MOSCOW (AP) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that further social support and incentives for companies will be introduced as he responds to the nation’s response to the coronavirus pandemic ahead of a vote that could extend its reign to 2036. has given.
In a speech on television, Putin said that Russia has successfully gone through the most dangerous phase of the outbreak.
“Together we have proven that we are capable of performing the most difficult tasks,” he said.
Putin said the early introduction of stringent sanitary controls at the border, travel restrictions and a major closure allowed Russia to save time and slow the rate of contamination. In late March, Putin introduced a nationwide partial economic closure that remained in effect through May 12, and most Russian regions imposed tight closings.
“We have saved time and achieved the most important thing: protecting human lives,” said Putin.
Russia registered nearly 600,000 infections on Tuesday, the world’s third largest caseload after the United States and Brazil. However, the coronavirus death toll is 8,359 significantly lower than in many countries with a much smaller population.
The relatively low mortality has led some to argue that Russia has worked statistics for political purposes, but the Russian authorities strongly denied any manipulation and called for strong prophylactic measures and effective treatment to help reduce deaths.
Putin noted that the coronavirus has not yet been defeated and urged the Russians to remain cautious until a vaccine becomes available. He added that Russia has conducted 17 million coronavirus tests to identify patients without symptoms and to control the spread of the disease.
When the first signs of a slowdown in new infections appeared, Putin quickly called a vote on constitutional changes before July 1. The changes included a provision that would allow Putin to run for another two years if he elected after his current tenure ended in 2024. The plebiscite was originally scheduled for April, but was postponed due to the pandemic.
“The epidemic is not over yet, we still need to end the contamination,” Putin said. “But life returns in its usual way, its normal rhythm.”
He expressed confidence that the Russian economy will quickly recoup the losses suffered by the outbreak.
The Russian leader also said that subsidies to families with children and other categories of the population introduced during the outbreak will be extended by several months and new measures will be added, including subsidized mortgage rates to make new homes more affordable.
He also offered new tax breaks for businesses, proposing to reduce the tax on profits for IT companies from 20% to one of the lowest rates in the world by 3%.
At the same time, Putin announced that the fixed interest rate will increase from 13% to 15% for the Russians who will make 5 million rubles (about $ 72,800) per year from January 1. That is the first change in interest rates since its introduction in 2001.
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