Putin’s attempt to appeal to young Russians at campaign event

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Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the international exhibition and Expo Russia forum at the Exhibition of Achievements of the National Economy (VDNKh) in Moscow, Russia, on February 1, 2024. The president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, met with members of a Russian youth movement as part of his electoral campaign ahead of the March elections, where he will seek his fifth term. Putin addressed the young people at the VDNJ Exhibition Center, where he emphasized the achievements of modern Russia and the importance of the youth movement.

Putin highlighted the significant number of people involved in the Pioneer Movement, estimated to be between 4.7 and 5 million. He expressed his belief that today’s Russia has made remarkable progress that was previously unimaginable. The event concluded with the singing of the Russian anthem, and Putin interacted with the young people in attendance.

Despite previously stating that he would not seek re-election, Putin amended the Constitution in 2020 to allow for the possibility of running for another term. This change enables him to remain in the Kremlin until 2036. At 71 years old, Putin’s approval rating stands at 80% among Russians, and he is expected to win the upcoming elections with a significant majority, as he did in 2018.

However, the Kremlin is particularly focused on young voters, as surveys have indicated a decline in Putin’s approval among individuals aged 18 to 24. The Levada Center reported that Putin’s approval rating among young people decreased from 68% in January 2020 to 51% a year later.

On January 29, Putin officially registered as a candidate for the presidential elections scheduled for March 17. The Central Election Commission (CEC) verified that Putin’s candidacy met the requirements, with only 0.15% of invalid signatures among the 60,000 signatures analyzed. Putin is running as an independent candidate but has the support of the Kremlin party, United Russia, which controls both houses of the Russian Parliament.

In addition to Putin, the CEC has registered three other candidates: communist Nikolai Kharitonov, ultranationalist Leonid Slutski, and Vladislav Davankov of the Gente Nueva party. The upcoming elections will determine the next president of the Russian Federation, and Putin’s campaign is focused on engaging with young voters and securing a fifth term in office.

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