Every year, Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the Federal Assembly, which is a joint assembly of all representatives from the Federal Council (Senate), Deputies of the State Duma (House of Representatives), government members, leaders of the Constitutional Court and the Supreme Court, governors from all regions of the Russian Federation.
As always expected, Putin’s address focuses primarily on current achievements, outlines future domestic social and economic growth plans and strategies, provides insight into key foreign policy goals, and outlines challenges and necessary steps to solve internal and external setbacks. Vladimir Putin will hold the next federal meeting on January 15, 2020, according to official reports, to assess results and set new goals. While awaiting his next speech, it is important to look back at a review of his assurances and promises made on February 20, when the last ceremony was held in Gostiny Dvor, about 100 meters from the Kremlin, Moscow Centre.
The goals were planned, among others, to increase infrastructure for growth and to create a new quality of life for all generations. “It would be unethical to break from the objectives outlined. It’s true that these targets are daunting. That being said, reducing or watering down the criteria for specific targets is not a choice. It is our duty to keep going forward and gain momentum, outcomes in each area of the Russian Federation must be clear, “Putin said at last year’s meeting.
Russia has entered a very challenging demographic period. Nonetheless, by the end of 2023–early 2024, the world will return to natural population growth. Preserving the family, marriage, procreation, and reverence for the elderly has always served Russia as a strong moral framework.
This mission must be undertaken by the state, civil society, religious organizations, political parties and the media to reinforce family values and engagement.
From 1 January 2020 onwards, Putin suggested raising the bar to two living wages per family member. That’s what people have asked for, and these demands come directly to the Executive Office. This measure will increase by nearly 50 per cent of the number of families entitled to additional benefits. Approximately 70% of families with one or two children will be able to benefit from government assistance.