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Putin's election plan has little new to offer Russians

Friday, March 2, 2018

Significance

Judging from Putin's remarks, no dramatic reforms are envisaged for the early part of his term. His promises of higher wages and better living standards rest on hopes of economic growth that looks unlikely. The speech is nevertheless meant to show voters that the president plans to improve their lives and revitalise their country.

Impacts

  • The authorities will try to minimise police violence at polling day protests for fear of negative domestic and international publicity.
  • After the election, Kremlin-watchers will look to changes in government for signs of a succession plan.
  • Sabre-rattling by Putin should worry Western governments more after the election than before it.
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