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Russia's Putin launches presidential campaign website

(Xinhua)

15:49, January 13, 2012

MOSCOW, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) -- Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Thursday launched the official website for his presidential campaign and posted a manifesto on it.

The website, www.putin2012.ru, features Putin's campaign platform, biography, interests, events and popular opinion, reported the RIA Novosti news agency, which designed the website.

In the "Let's change Russia together" section, visitors could leave their proposals to Putin.

"It's a modern and reliable online resource, which presents necessary information about Putin as a presidential candidate," Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

In a manifesto posted on the website for the March 4 presidential election, Putin vowed to end police repression, make government more accountable and improve people's life.

"We will guarantee the accountability of the state to the citizens it serves. We will create an effective mechanism of civil control over the activities in these spheres most vulnerable to corruption: state purchases, domestic utility charges, road construction and law enforcement," read the manifesto.

Putin called for the creation of a system of administrative courts to handle complaints from citizens against the state.

He also promised higher wages and pensions, and said Russia's strategic economic goal is to double productivity within the next decade.

In the military sphere, Putin vowed to continue the modernization of the Armed Forces and enhance their operational effectiveness.

"We need a battle-worthy, professional and highly mobile Army and Navy," he said.

As for the future foreign policy, the Russian PM indicated Russia would follow a more vigorous policy, responding effectively to any unilateral moves by its partners.

"Unilateral steps by our partners that disregard Russia's opinion and interests will receive an appropriate assessment and commensurate reaction," Putin said in the manifesto.

In presidential elections Putin faces competition from the leaders of three opposition parties in parliament.

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