Ensuring decades of a vibrant, stable, capable and powerful Russia is President Vladimir Putin’s priority as he heads into his third term, he said in his state-of-the-union speech Wednesday.
Speaking at the Kremlin in Moscow, Putin warned foreign influences to stay away while suggesting the country needed to “de-offshore” its economy, Reuters reported.
Reuters estimates that $80 billion leaves Russia annually, while Russian companies complete 90 percent of their transactions outside of its country’s influence through tax shelters.
Putin wants government officials to stop funneling their money overseas. “We need a whole system of measures to ‘de-offshore' our economy,” he said, adding that government officials should be subject to such measures, too.
“Don’t applaud too soon — maybe you won't like it,” Putin told a crowd of fellow politicians and other high-ranking Russians.
To reach its goals, Putin suggested Russia completely avoid foreign influences.
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While his opponents deride his government’s corruption and clamping down on opposing voices, Putin countered by saying his detractors are western agents, the Guardian reported.
“Direct or indirect meddling in our domestic politics is unacceptable.… A figure who receives money from abroad for his political work, and thus serves some foreign interest, cannot be a politician in Russia.”
Only a Russia with a strong internal engine can sustain itself — which is why Putin promised to create 25 million jobs through revitalized shipbuilding, aerospace and military industries.
“Our military might is the guarantor of Russia's security and independence,” Putin said, according to the Telegraph.
A baby boom with three children per family should also be the norm, he said.
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