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Problems fixes all over Russia after appeals on Putin's show

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures after speaking to the media after his marathon call-in TV show in Moscow, Russia, on Thursday, April 14, 2016. Russian President Vladimir Putin says the United States must abandon its "imperial ambitions" and treat Russia as an equal partner. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

    Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures after speaking to the media after his marathon call-in TV show in Moscow, Russia, on Thursday, April 14, 2016. Russian President Vladimir Putin says the United States must abandon its "imperial ambitions" and treat Russia as an equal partner. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)  (The Associated Press)

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin listens for a question during his annual call-in show in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, April 14, 2016. The Kremlin has been sifting through more than 1 million questions from across the country to get Putin ready for the television marathon. (Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

    Russian President Vladimir Putin listens for a question during his annual call-in show in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, April 14, 2016. The Kremlin has been sifting through more than 1 million questions from across the country to get Putin ready for the television marathon. (Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • The marathon call-in TV show with Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen on TV screens in an electronic store in Moscow, Russia, on Thursday, April 14, 2016. Russian President Vladimir Putin says the United States must abandon its "imperial ambitions" and treat Russia as an equal partner. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

    The marathon call-in TV show with Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen on TV screens in an electronic store in Moscow, Russia, on Thursday, April 14, 2016. Russian President Vladimir Putin says the United States must abandon its "imperial ambitions" and treat Russia as an equal partner. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)  (The Associated Press)

In just one day, roads of a Siberian city were repaired, swindled fishery workers got wads of cash and a child prodigy was invited to go a Crimean summer camp. The one thing that made it possible was President Vladimir Putin's call-in show where distressed Russians appealed to the country's leader to solve their problems.

Local media on Friday ran a myriad of news stories about the Midas touch effect that Putin's Thursday TV show has produced. Hours after the show, investigators rushed to open probes into reported abuse while regional officials pledged support for projects that they had previously said they could not afford.

Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday lauded the willingness of local officials to "put things right."