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Putin talks tough one year into his presidency

Putin talks tough one year into his presidency
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Vladimir Putin has called his government to task over the pace of promised reforms.

In a speech to mark the one year anniversary of his re-election, the Russian president urged his ministers to make swifter changes and also banned them from having offshore accounts.

“Our goal, our work is to reinforce the living standards for all our citizens – first of all by improving the quality of management of the State and the quality of the state sector,” he said.

Putin’s popularity has plummeted since his re-election but the opposition is also struggling.

On Monday, thousands of Russians took the streets to in a bid to revive the movement amid widespread frustration over the opposition’s failure to turn big rallies into a sustained challenge.