(EFE). Russian President Vladimir Putin encouraged the implementation of welfare programs for families, pensioners and the military during a government meeting three days before the legislative elections in which the Kremlin’s United Russia party was the favorite to win.
“We must maintain this coordination between Parliament and the government in the future. We must work as a team,” Putin said in the remote meeting.
Putin, who decided to quarantine upon detection of coronavirus cases in his environment, chaired a meeting in which a number of members of the government participated, such as four of the five heads of the United Russia list.
In a clear electoral promise, Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova ensured that 3.5 million pensioners, out of a total of 43 million, who have not yet received the support of 10,000 rubles ($135) announced by Putin, will do so before September 16. , one day before the start of voting.
“This coordination between parliament and the government must continue in the future. We must work as a team,” Putin said.
He noted that since last August, more than 20 million children aged 6-18 or disabled up to 23 years received a single payment of 10,000 rubles.
Two million families with children under the age of three have also benefited from monthly social assistance.
For his part, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, head of the Kremlin party, told Putin to pay 15,000 rubles (about $200) to soldiers and another 10 thousand to already retired soldiers.
The rest of the ministers reported on the current situation of education, health, housing improvement, transportation and gasification, among others.
At the end of August, Putin chaired the Federal Congress of United Russia, at which he made several electoral promises, including indexing pensions in 2022.
Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu informed Putin to pay 15,000 rubles to the soldiers and another payment of 10,000 to the retired army.
According to the latest poll conducted by the Center for Public Opinion Studies (Vitsom), United Russia, which has a constitutional majority in the State Duma or the Chamber of Deputies, has an intention to vote less than 30%, followed by the Communist Party with 16.6%.
The Kremlin opposition, whose leader Alexei Navalny is serving two and a half years in prison, has accused authorities of preventing many of its candidates from running for elections, forcing activists into exile and harassing the press.
According to analysts, a victory for the ruling party and its control of the lower house is essential in the face of the re-election of Putin in 2024, who reformed the constitution last year to be able to remain in the Kremlin until 2036.
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