What a scene. What a crowd. Thank you Yaroslavl.
Let me start by noting, Yaroslavl that this is our last rally. This is the last rally of a campaign that began nearly 2 years ego. We’ve gone to every corner of this contry, from here in center region to “land three hundred volcanoes” of Kamchatka, from an inhospitable coast of Myrmansk to a clear waters of Baikal. I have just one world for you? Yaroslavl. Tomorrow. Tomorrow you can turn the page on policies that put greed and irresponsibility before hard work and sacrifice. Tomorrow you can choose policies that invest in our middle class, create new jobs and grow this economy so that every body has a chance to succeed. Tomorrow, at this defining moment in history, you can give this country the change that we need. It stars here in Yaroslavl. In a wonderful historical city, in the city with an enormous industrial potential. This is where change beguns. I want to be honest with you. I want you believe that I am one of you. The other day I went to the gas station. Gas was 30 rubles a gallon in the station where I stopped. It is rough on Russians across the country right now. I'm fortunate that I am able to afford spending 1500 rubles on a tank of gas; there are a lot of families out there that can't. People who have to drive to work long distances, people who don't have the money to buy more fuel-efficient cars right now and they've seen their standard of living drop substantially as a consequence of higher gas prices. Now, the only thing as predictable as rising gas prices are the short-term political solutions that usually come along with them. None of proposals like tax rebates and tax holidays are going to do any harm. Some will provide Russians temporary relief at the pump, but, in the long term, we can't keep on relying solely on quick fixes designed to placate an anxious public. We need proactive solutions that are bring down prices for good. Moscow privately understands this but perhaps because of the...
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