Vladimir Putin continues to be a classy and visionary world leader.
Vladimir Putin has called on Russians to have more children and embrace “traditional moral values”, in a state-of-the nation address that critics said offered nothing to fix Russia’s oil-dependent economy or pervasive corruption.
In his first big speech since returning for a third term as president in May, Mr Putin called for a strengthening of the moral basis of society. “Today Russia is experiencing a clear deficit of spiritual bonds: support, charity and mutual help for one another,” he told an audience of political and religious leaders in a gilded Kremlin hall.
Three-child families should be the norm, as the national interest could only be secured by a growing population, he said. “For Russia to be sovereign and stronger, we must be more.