The Upcoming Putin 4.0
By admin March 5, 2018

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File photo shows Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) watching a launch,18 February 2004 at the Artic Cosmodrome in Plesetsk.

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered his 2018 State of the Union address to the Federal Assembly last Friday. The State of the Union address, which was also the 14th State of the Union speech since he took office in 2000, is clearly a campaign strategy that is directly linked to the upcoming presidential election on March 18th.

When he ran for president in 2012, Putin built a campaign with seven long texts detailing his strategic goals for governance, including a number of quantifiable “ambitions,” such as Russia’s GDP ranking among the top five in the world. However, the impact of external factors such as the Ukrainian crisis and the economic restructuring made the goal difficult to realize, and Putin’s original list of strategic goals did were not realized as expected.

Therefore, the Kremlin’s 2018 presidential campaign plan for Vladimir Putin has changed significantly from the past. The lessons of the last presidential election were accepted, and he provided a more fulfilling policy objective to prevent the loss of votes.

It is clear that this time around, Putin has made more reference to the achievements and targets of military reform and military construction in his speech, but less on the international situation and Russia’s international status.

As a tradition, the focus on domestic politics, and economic and social issues was also a crucial part in the State of the Union address. He stressed that Russia’s top priority “is to preserve the people of Russia and improve their welfare,” and decided to continue to focus on social welfare issues that have been applied. He also pledged that the state would spend 3.4 trillion rubles ($60.07 billion) to support families and demographic growth over the next six years.

Putin’s re-election as Russian president will not be surprising, and the other seven candidates will have to continue to play supporting roles and refract Putin’s light and myth as a political strongman. However, there are still uncertainties by reaching a high target with a turnout rate of more than 70% as it shows that at the end of  November 2017, The Levada Center’s poll on voting intentions has Putin winning 53 percent of the vote, which was still 17% less than the target.

There is no doubt that Putin has restored Russia to the status of global superpower during his time in power. Some of Putin’s critics point out that that he has become more and more autocratic and that there is no political plurality in Russia. The strongman leader of Russia is a dominant force in political life. After all, the 2018 issue of Russian politics is about to end with predictable results, and the 2024 election will continue to entail the entire period of Putin 4.0.


For more information:

Why Vladimir Putin needs a supermajority in 2018

Putin pledges fight against poverty and more help for families in pre-election speech

Vladimir Putin gives a Soviet-style state of the union, and some Russian eyes glazed over

 Putin’s State of the Union



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