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Putin’s electoral programme published

November 29, 2011, 12:04 UTC+3

Experts believe that the authorities will explain with a possible crisis their inability to fulfil some of them

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MOSCOW, November 29 (Itar-Tass) — A programme, with which Vladimir Putin is going to run for presidency at the 2012 elections, has been published on the site otf the United Russia (UR) Party. Promises take up a major part of the document. Experts believe that the authorities will explain with a possible crisis their inability to fulfil some of them.

Russia will be a united and strong country, which will guarantee a reliable job and high living standards to every individual, and in which “freedom will be based on the foundation of justice.” According to the document, published on the UR site, this is the programme, with which Putin will run for the third presidential term, The Kommersant writes. The opposition pays no attention to another “programme of promises,” which the current authorities “give, but do not fulfil.” Experts believe that even the authors of the programme will forget about it after the elections.

The presidential programme of UR was ready prior to the nomination of Putin to the post of president. The document was drafted by the Institute of Social, Economic and Political Studies, which was created in May 2011 for drafting a programme of the All-Russia Popular Front. The 135-page document, drafted by 600 experts from the Institute, was ready by the end of September. It was entitled People’s Programme. A programme, with which UR ran for parliament, was based on that document. The programme of presidential candidate Putin came from the same source. The same as the People’s Programme, it begins with the summing up of the results of the past decade, when the country managed “to defeat separatism and to overcome the sternest crisis of the hard 90s.” Now, “relying on the Popular Front and a broad public support,” we can pass over to “resolute and responsible actions for achieving the modernization of the country.” The programme says that “the development of individuals is the key value.” This is why “proper living standards” have been promised to “the people of the great country.” All this will be based on “the national economy, modernized on the basis of innovations, in which labour productivity should be doubled within the coming decade.”

Mikhail Rogozhnikov, deputy director of the Institute of Public Designing, told The Kommersant that “this is a good bourgeois programme.” In his opinion, its bourgeois character comes from the ideas about “the priority importance of freedom, family values, the protection of private property and the reduction of the repressive character of law enforcement agencies.” The programme says nothing, however, about the mechanisms with the help of which it could be put into effect.

Experts believe that the coming crisis will put all the ideas on their proper place, The Nezavisimaya Gazeta writes. In the opinion of Nikolai Petrov, member of the scientific council of the Carnegie Foundation, this is the reason for the current shift towards the army, the police and the security services: “populism of the electoral campaign will not be put into effect, and the authorities are getting prepared for social protests well in advance.” A representative of the Communist Party believes that the hope of the authorities, that the crisis will permit them to drop most of the promises, is not a supposition, but the truth.

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