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Putin outlines national priorities to restart economy & raise living standards as Russia emerges from Covid crisis

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The Russian government took unprecedented measures to support the economy through the coronavirus pandemic, saving five million jobs, President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday in his annual address to the Federal Assembly.

According to Putin, the government will continue promoting private investment to support the creation of new jobs. He has instructed the government to develop a program of additional measures to support small and medium-sized businesses. The proposals on “tax incentives, affordable loans, expansion of product sales, including through purchases from large state-owned companies,” should be submitted within a month.

He added that last year’s decision to halve insurance premiums for small and medium-sized enterprises from 30% to 15% is not subject to revision. “To support the creation of new jobs, the government will support and encourage entrepreneurial initiative, stimulate private initiative,” Putin said, adding that the commercial sector’s profits are expected to be at a record high this year, despite all the problems brought on by the coronavirus crisis.
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Keeping inflation in Russia within the established parameters is an “extremely important task,” the president said. “The government and the Central Bank should continue to pursue a responsible financial policy and ensure macroeconomic stability… I proceed from the fact that it will certainly be solved.”

The Russian president added that another major goal for the government is to ensure the growth of real incomes for the population. He urged to focus on “Restoring and guaranteeing its further growth, and achieving tangible changes in the fight against poverty.”
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Among other things, Putin also talked about the need to remove excessive restrictions in the field of foreign exchange controls for non-resource exporters.

“It is necessary to significantly simplify the conditions for the work of non-resource exporters. We need to remove all excessive restrictions in the field of currency controls for these exporters. This is one of the problems. This procedure should start working from July.” He added that all amendments to the legislation should be adopted as quickly as possible during the spring session.

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Louise Redknapp talks being seen as 'terrible mum' as she slams parenting double standards

Louise Redknapp, 45, divorced football pundit Jamie Redknapp, 47, in 2018 after 19 years of marriage. She has since discussed some of the negative reactions she received as she continued to work and get on with life as a single mum. In her new book You’ve Got This, the singer addressed parenting double standards.
She said: “When I split up with Jamie, the accusations came in thick and fast.

“I was so heavily judged, and it amazed me that so many people, including other women, made assumptions about what I was or wasn’t doing when it came to my kids.

“I noticed real double standards: women are simply expected to be with their kids, whereas if fathers spend any time with their children, then suddenly they are ‘Super Dad’ or Dad of the Year’.”

Giving an example, she added: “If I go on holiday with some of my girlfriends, or even just out for a meal in the evening and I’m photographed, it feels like I’m suddenly being seen as a terrible mother.”

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She added as soon as fathers play an active role “they are seen as heroes”.

In the book abstract obtained from The Metro, the singer went on to say she wasn’t criticising her ex-husband, who she called a “fantastic father”.

But, she believes people need to refresh their thoughts on parenting and view mums and dads on an equal level.

Addressing life as a single mum, the mother-of-two went on to say she probably lets her sons get away with more now than before as she wants to be the “good parent”.

“Stop, say what you need, say what you think, don’t be afraid to say what’s really going on. You don’t have to be quiet.”

Louise added she had a split-second thought about ending her life after their public break-up.

She continued: “I would be standing in Central London and would wonder whether it would be easier for a bus to take me out.”

“All it would take was for me to step out at the wrong moment and it would be over.”

Following her candid interview, Louise admitted she was apprehensive about opening up in her new book due to there being “so much judgement”.

She wrote on Instagram: “You’ve Got This is by no means a tell all autobiography, but I do talk about many different aspects of my life – some good, some bad and other lessons I have learnt along the way.”

She added: “It is very difficult opening up as there is so much judgement, lack of compassion and nasty comments in the world today but, the one thing I’ve learnt over the last few years is that kindness really can go a long way!”

Louise went on to say she hoped to empower others who had also been through something similar.