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Putin appeals to voters ahead of next year's election

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 01:02

Russian President Vladimir Putin visits voter's rundown home as part of his campaign for the 2018 general election. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Russia's Vladimir Putin flew 1,200 km (750 miles) to call in on a woman living in squalor and ordered her to be rehoused immediately and gave her a trip to Sochi as a birthday present. Anastasia Votintseva had complained to the Kremlin leader during a televised question-and-answer session this month that she had to live in unsanitary conditions in a ramshackle wooden house. Putin's trip to the woman's Urals home, with state media on hand to cover, is part of a pre-election Kremlin drive ahead of 2018's general election to project the image of a caring leader as poverty rises nationwide and the economy slows. Putin is expected to seek another term next March and, though he is all but certain to be re-elected by a landslide, he has shown he is eager to address mounting social grievances across his vast nation of 146 million.

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Putin appeals to voters ahead of next year's election

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 01:02