Russia: Putin Promises Guns and Butter

Mar 1, 2018 | 20:37 GMT

With elections just weeks away, eyes from around the world were looking to catch a glimpse of Russia's future. President Vladimir Putin gave his annual state-of-the-nation address on March 1 -- a speech that was expected to present the road map for his fourth term in office. One of three annual speeches, the address was pushed back until just three weeks before Russian elections to act as one of Putin's electoral stump speeches. Usually held within the Kremlin, the address was moved to a large exhibition space, the Moscow Manege. The building was outfitted with large screens so Putin could punctuate his presentation with infographics and animated videos -- something he rarely (if ever) does. Throughout, Putin used the speech to lay out the two key focal points of his goals for the next six years: combating poverty and preparing for a new global arms race....

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