9 January 2012

According to an article in the state-sponsored publication Izvestia on 9 January 2012 entitled Putin is writing his election programme, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is personally penning the campaign that he will apply in the forthcoming presidential elections. It should be published by 12 February 2012. Based on the so-called “Popular” programme prepared for the State Duma elections, apparently it will focus on economic, social and international policies and also provide detailed proposals on such areas as alcoholism, drug addiction, crime and corruption.

Given the rampant rise in crime and corruption under Putin’s watch both as former President and current Prime Minister, it remains questionable whether the programme will inspire much confidence.

At the same time, the focus on Putin’s personal involvement in writing the programme would appear to reflect the Kremlin’s concerns about the current distrust and disillusionment of a growing proportion of the population, albeit not sufficient for the abolition of the recently rigged parliamentary elections.

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