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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Putin took under the wing of “United Russia”

On Monday in Moscow has finished work the second stage of pre-election Congress of “United Russia”. He remembered mostly the two events. For the first time in 4 years the party was made by its founder — President Vladimir Putin and the current leader — Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced the nomination of the party candidates to the state Duma a number of high-profile candidates. In addition to the first Deputy head of the presidential Administration Vyacheslav Volodin, the Prosecutor of the Crimea Natalia Polonskaya and Director Stanislav Govorukhin in the party list will include 9 10 governors and heads of republics, among them the mayor of Moscow Sergey Sobyanin.

photo: kremlin.ru

In the previous Congress of “United Russia” in 2013, Vladimir Putin did not participate. The last time the President spoke at a similar event after his inauguration in may 2012, then the party leader became Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. Before that — at the historic Congress of “United Russia” before the elections to the Duma in 2011, where it was decided that Dmitry Medvedev will head the party list in the Duma elections, and Vladimir Putin will run from the party in the presidential election.

In the first minutes of the Congress thought that in 4 years nothing has changed: the President and the Prime Minister together again appeared before the audience: when the national anthem sounded, they stood next to each other, during his speech, Dmitry Medvedev stressed the importance of the participation of Vladimir Putin in the Congress, and the President in turn said that in 15 years, “United Russia” became the point of Assembly of the country and its major political force, and was reminded that the creation of the party was his initiative. Hall for these statements are reacted with thunderous applause.

However, in the rest of the leaders ‘ speeches was very different from what it was in 2011-2012, because during this time many events took place and elections are held in quite a different context. In 2011, the entire Duma was elected by party lists, this time 225 deputies will be elected under the old system, the rest — in single-mandate constituencies. “Party bears full responsibility for those who will be included in the list of candidates,” stressed the President. — All candidates, especially in single-mandate constituencies, should not forget that they represent not only themselves, but also the largest political force”.

In the President’s speech reflected the current economic crisis. “Together we can overcome any difficulties, but only if we hear the views of people”, — Putin said. He noted that over the time since the last Federal elections, increased demands of voters, and urged the party to discuss with citizens even the most difficult and unpleasant questions.

No surprises regarding the leadership of the party the Congress is not presented. The list of “United Russia” headed by Dmitry Medvedev (Vladimir Putin said back in 2012), but following the Congress, the highest and General leadership of the party, the Prime Minister made a rather surprising suggestions for the design of the lists in the regional groups. In his speech, Medvedev noted that all proposed candidates are well known and do not require additional certification.

In the pre-election list of United Russia included several well-known figures: the Director, co-Chairman of the popular front Stanislav Govorukhin, the Prosecutor of the Republic of Crimea Natalia Polonskaya, the polar Explorer Arthur Chilingarov and the commander of airborne troops Vladimir Shamanov. Besides, Dmitry Medvedev has proposed to include in the list the first Deputy head of the presidential Administration Vyacheslav Volodin, who has worked in the state Duma of three convocations from the third to the fifth, and in 2010 went to government and then to the presidential Administration — to oversee the presidential election.

In the list of “United Russia” will also include 9 10 governors and heads of republics. Among them — the heads of Metropolitan regions — the mayor of Moscow Sergey Sobyanin, Moscow region Governor Andrei Vorobyov, Governor of St. Petersburg Georgy Poltavchenko. In the elections will be attended by the head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov. The list also included Ramzan Abdulatipov (Dagestan), Sergey Aksyonov (Crimea), Yegor Borisov (Sakha-Yakutia), Vasily Golubev, Rostov region, Alexey Gordeev, Voronezh region, Yunus-Bek Yevkurov (Ingushetia), Yuri Kokov (Kabardino-Balkaria), Rustam Minnikhanov (Tatarstan), Evgenie Savchenko (Belgorod region), Rashid Temrezov (Karachay-Cherkessia), Aman Tuleyev (Kemerovo region), Aslan Tkhakushinov (Adygea), Rustem Khamitov (Bashkortostan) Vladimir Yakushev (Tyumen region).

photo: mos.ru

Sergey SOBYANIN, mayor of Moscow:

“Today I was nominated the head of the list for the city of Moscow. I agreed, because I think that needs to take a proactive stance in the support of the party. On every promise of the party given for the city of Moscow, we will present a full report. The party made such a program, which can be interpreted for each region, including Moscow. We pinpoint each item to each factor affecting the decision of those tasks which we set ourselves”.

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