The experts considered the message to Putin a restrained, full of allusions and focus on freedom instead of threats
Experts and journalists found the tone of the 13-th message to the Federal Assembly, announced by the Russian President Vladimir Putin, more restrained than the previous one. Previously it was even called “stagnant”. Analysts noted that in his speech, the President focused on the freedoms, not on the threats, although a small fragment of the external pressure on the country in the President’s speech was. However, Putin did not mention in the address a number of pressing issues, both domestic and foreign policy. An overview of Russian mass media materials on the topic of the speech of the President of the Russian Federation before Parliament publishes the website “Headlines”.
Next message Putin has tried to build anew, starting with the announcement of the upcoming speech and its key ideas, writes “Nezavisimaya Gazeta”. “It was in recognition of the fact that the citizens of Russia, supporting the actions of the country’s leadership on the international stage, rightly demand the government’s attention to their urgent problems. Future plans for the development of their decisions is a big part of the message was devoted. The answer to the question, why has all this not been done before, the Kremlin traditionally does not” – says the author.
On the eve of the politician Kirill Shulika noticed that Putin at the beginning of the message also touched the issues of political development of the country, and “not from the point of view of some sentences, and terms, that is, to boast of”, he said. The only party mentioned by the President, was “United Russia”. “But, of course, a special responsibility on the party “United Russia”, which today celebrates its fifteenth anniversary. The party has a constitutional majority in the state Duma, is the mainstay of the government in Parliament. And need to work together, to all promises, commitments to the citizens who were executed”, – Putin said.
According to Szulik, the President says that “the existing status quo with the actual four parties and a mixed system of elections decided to keep” and enter this political system in presidential elections.
The correspondent of”Kommersant” Andrei Kolesnikov noted that “the tone of the message was until some deliberately restrained, without any exclamation marks”. “In his message to the Federal Assembly Vladimir Putin focused on the freedoms, not on the threats,” – concluded the journalist. As an example, the author cites the appeal of the President to the cultural figures urging them to be restrained in the debate, in which Putin stressed that “in culture, in politics, in the media and in public life, in polemics on economic questions, no one can deny to think freely and openly Express its position.”
The reporter also noticed that a number of the head of state touched on not directly, but only hints. So, Putin in the message to never mention Ukraine, but, apparently, meant her, asking the question: “is it Possible to adequately develop on a shaky ground of weak state and weak-willed controlled from the outside of government have lost the trust of its citizens?”
Kolesnikov noted in the speech of the President on “immediate response to the recent publication lists of the NKVD officers involved in the shootings of 30-ies of the last century.” “It is unacceptable to drag the splits, anger, resentment and bitterness of the past in our present life, for their own political and other interests to speculate on the tragedies that have touched almost every family in Russia, on whichever side of the fence then neither were our ancestors,” – said Putin, concluding the introductory part of his message.
As noted by RBC, the President’s speech focused on the theme of reconciliation and unity of the nation. When we did not hear a specific plan of political reforms, and instructions to the government on this subject. The President simply commented on international issues, focusing on the socio-economic problems of the country, the Agency said.
Political analyst Nikolai Mironov told RBC that the message was technical, because the President has not announced specific reforms, not surprisingly “in the context of budget cuts and economic decline”. “Much has been said about the success, the word “crisis” is still not used, structural changes will not, – said the expert. – The letter created a positive virtual picture that was obviously designed for TV, but she paints a picture of the future.” According to Mironov, the keynote of the future presidential campaign may be just the theme of unity of the nation raised by Putin in his message.
Meanwhile, Forbes drew attention to several topical themes that Russian President chose to ignore in his speech. In particular, nothing was said about the bill on “freezing” the parent capital until 2020, while the document has already been adopted by the state Duma in the first reading.
Silent Putin and the law, involving a one-time payment to retirees in five thousand rubles in January 2017 instead of re-indexing of pensions in the second half of 2016. This measure should help to save budget funds.
The President also said nothing about the bill to extend the “freezing” of insurance contributions on funded part of pensions in the years 2017-2019. The state Duma adopted in the first reading in mid-November.
The head of state did not mention the tensions between Russia and Ukraine. In particular, the recent statement of the Ministry of defense of the Russian Federation about the abduction of two Russian soldiers in Crimea, the Ukrainian intelligence services, as well as the messages the FSB in November and August, about the detention of Ukrainian saboteurs on the Peninsula.
Has not affected the President and the scandal with Montenegro, who accused Russia of plotting the assassination of the Prime Minister.
Putin spoke in General about some of the difficulties faced by the Russians, but not recalled on the fall of real incomes of citizens. “In total, according to Rosstat, real income continuously declined over the past two years,” recalls Forbes.
Putin also did not affect the topic sentences for extremism, which Russia imposed more and more.