Putin discusses Russia’s economy growth with ministersBusiness & Economy September 24, 2:38
Lavrov warns against partition of SyriaRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 23, 0:00
Lavrov calls to coordinate Russian, US military action in SyriaRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 22, 21:05
Lavrov blames Obama administration for souring Russia-US tiesRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 22, 20:41
Waging war on Korean Peninsula inadmissible, says LavrovRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 22, 20:36
Russian Northern Fleet completes drills in ArcticMilitary & Defense September 22, 18:01
OPEC and non-OPEC countries to continue talks on oil production cut dealBusiness & Economy September 22, 17:28
Russian pair figure skaters Kavaguti, Smirnov retire from sportSport September 22, 16:48
Record number of delegations register for St. Petersburg-hosted IPU AssemblyRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 22, 16:47
ORYOL, January 15 (Itar-Tass) — Russian Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov, who runs for the country’s president, on Saturday announced his election program.
Virtually, it repeats the theses Communists’ program for the parliamentary elections.
“If you elect me president, I promise: education, including higher education will be really free of charge, retirees will be granted allowances of 15,000 to 17,000 roubles a month that will be higher than the average living wage in Russia, and state employees will be paid wages of 20,00 to 25,000 roubles,” he said. “With your help, we will revive such crisis-gripped industries as aircraft-building, ship-building, machine tool-building, the defence and agricultural sector.”
He also promised new Forest, Land, Water Codes, and the Law on Natural Resources to legalize all people’s property of natural resources. “The banking and energy sectors are also to be partially nationalized,” he stressed. “Nationalization is to strictly comply with laws.”
“We shall support small and medium-sized businesses, we cannot do without such businesses,” he said.
In the event of his win in the presidential race, Zyuganov pledged to form a “government of popular trust from among patriots and professionals.”
Another item of his election program is the revival of the agrarian sector. “After joining the World Trade Organization, Russia is to further half support to farmers,” he noted. “Normal countries spend at least ten percent to develop and support farmers. Thus, the United States spent twenty-four percent for these purposes in 2011, Europe – 30 percent, whereas Russia has been spending barely one percent in the past ten years.”
Zyuganov’s team will implement in the industrial sector an non-stop modernization project based on the achievements of scientific and technological progress. Thus, in the next three years, state allocations on industrial development will be increased by at least ten trillion roubles, allocations to the agricultural sector will be increased to reach 10 to 15 percent of the entire budgetary spending, he promised.
In his words, his only rival at the March 4 presidential polls is Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.