Putin Approves €170 Bonus For Police And Military Ahead Of Election

Putin Approves €170 Bonus For Police And Military Ahead Of Election

Andrew H. Sweet

Critics say the move is designed to encourage the military to vote for Putin's ruling United Russia party ahead of next month's parliamentary election. Last week, a similar one-off bonus of 10,000 roubles (€110) was offered to pensioners.

Russia has an estimated 42 million pensioners and at least 1.7 million police, military, and national guards. Both groups traditionally vote for United Russia, but the party is facing heightened criticism before the tense election calendar.

Russian citizens have voiced anger at falling living standards in the country since 2014, coupled with a rise in consumer prices.

United Russia is currently polling 27.3% of the vote, according to the Vtsiom institute that is close to the government. Meanwhile, confidence levels in Vladimir Putin are rated at 62.2%.

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