“By 2010 the question of permanent, and by 2012 of service housing for servicemen must be finally resolved.”
So declared President Vladimir Putin in his Poslaniye on May 10, 2006.
According to RIA Novosti, at United Russia’s interregional conference in Cherepovets today, Prime Minister Putin declared:
“Throughout Russia from 2011 to 2013, servicemen will be presented nearly 77 thousand apartments, that will allow the housing line for the armed forces to be eliminated completely.”
Putin had 5 years, 7 months, and 22 days to keep his original military housing promise. Even though he admits he failed to keep it, he actually still has 118 days remaining on the original deadline.
He now has 1 year, 3 months, and 27 days to keep his new pledge.
Now many will argue that, when it comes to apartments and housing for Russian military men, the Putin regime’s glass is half, two-thirds, or mostly full, or something like that.
But it can also be argued that this was a pretty straightforward task, and that, with proper management, with adequate funding, and without inordinate corruption, it should have been accomplished pretty easily.
It’s another question altogether whether Russian voters keep track of political pledges and broken promises . . . and whether it means anything when they point them out.
In any event, the military is a small constituency no politician really worries about offending.