MOSCOW, January 13 (Itar-Tass) —— This is his personal site as a presidential candidate, said his press secretary Dmitry Peskov. According to his information, Programme 2012-2018, which is published on the site, is far from final. Its items are rather brief, but they will be expanded along with the work on the programme. Peskov reminded that Putin was writing the programme himself, “by hand.”
Responding to the question on whether the ideas of United Russia (UR), specifically the People’s Programme, will be used in it, Peskov said: “Nothing has been forgotten, but the electoral campaign before presidential elections has its characteristic features.” The document is almost identical (minus the preamble and the conclusion) to another one, which appeared on the UR site late in November, immediately after the electoral congress, which was entitled “Programme of United Russia Party for the presidential elections.” UR members assured that time that it had been made on the basis on People’s Programme, which UR had drafted for the Duma elections. The UR member said that Putin’s new initiatives would be made public in a special appeal to electors early next week.
Many paragraphs in the text begin with the word “we,” but the Popular Front and its label are often mentioned. Alexander Khinshtein, deputy to the Duma from UR, explained that Putin is a presidential candidate not only from UR, but also from all the healthy political forces of the country. He may count on the support of electors from other parties, which is confirmed by sociological studies.