Russian President Vladimir Putin visits voter's rundown home as part of his campaign for the 2018 general election. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Russia's Vladimir Putin flew 1,200 km (750 miles) to call in on a woman living in squalor and ordered her to be rehoused immediately and gave her a trip to Sochi as a birthday present. Anastasia Votintseva had complained to the Kremlin leader during a televised question-and-answer session this month that she had to live in unsanitary conditions in a ramshackle wooden house. Putin's trip to the woman's Urals home, with state media on hand to cover, is part of a pre-election Kremlin drive ahead of 2018's general election to project the image of a caring leader as poverty rises nationwide and the economy slows. Putin is expected to seek another term next March and, though he is all but certain to be re-elected by a landslide, he has shown he is eager to address mounting social grievances across his vast nation of 146 million.