Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual address to the Federal Assembly, this Thursday, March 1 in Moscow
President Vladimir Putin pledged on Thursday to improve the living standards of Russians and halve the „inadmissible“ poverty during the six-year term that he will likely win in the March 18 elections.
With just over two weeks to go before the elections, Putin began his annual address to Parliament insisting on the need to improve the „well-being“ of the population and invest in infrastructure and health to prevent the country from falling behind. his understanding would be the „main enemy“.
„The next few years will be decisive for the life of the country,“ said the Russian president, who considers „the development of well-being essential“.
„We have to solve one of the key tasks of the next decade: provide secure growth and long-term real income to citizens and reduce the poverty rate by at least half in six years,“ Putin said.
The number of poor people in the country, according to him, went from 42 million in 2000 to around 20 million today. The downtrend was reduced in his last term (2012-2018) due to the economic recession.
„The delay, that is our enemy,“ Putin said, emphasizing the importance of technological advances so that Russia, with a „colossal potential“, does not stay out of the „technological revolution“.
Putin has led Russia for more than 18 years as president or prime minister. Now he is running for a fourth term of six years for the presidential elections of March 18, which he will most likely win in the absence of strong opposition.