Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov commented on the running staff Mikhail Khodorkovsky portal “Instead of Putin”, dedicated to the search for an alternative candidate for the presidential elections in 2018.
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According to Peskov, he saw mention of this project in the media (his presentation was this morning), but did not see in the project something-interesting.”
Press Secretary considered that such initiatives are prepared by people who are already irretrievably cut off from Russia, what’s going on here, from the Russian agenda.” Recall that at the moment, Khodorkovsky now lives in London, while in Russia there is sponsored by the human rights organization “Open Russia”, which, in particular, was created the project “Open elections”.
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In 2016, the framework has already passed the selection of candidates in deputies of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, which eventually were provided with information and resource support. Khodorkovsky himself has repeatedly stressed that before the project are primarily educational purpose: an opportunity for young politicians to gain experience of elections.
They were selected by a vote of a jury composed of businessman Yevgeny Chichvarkin, the writer Lyudmila Ulitskaya, coordinator, “Open Russia” Vladimir Kara-Murza, a political analyst Nikolai Petrov and the chief editor of “Novaya Gazeta” Dmitry Muratov. The jury was headed by Khodorkovsky himself.
In the framework of the selection of candidates for the presidential elections in 2018 created a similar scheme. On a special website during the first stage of the selection process users and experts offer their candidates, for and against whom may vote by any person. At the moment the number of experts are scientist Stanislav Belkovsky, architect Eugene Asse, the politician Vladimir Milov has already been involved in the selection of candidates for GD Kara-Murza and Chichvarkin, as well as other politicians and public figures.
Among the nominees there are the judge of the constitutional court in resignation Tamara Morshchakova, former Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin, a journalist of Radio “Freedom” Elena Rykovtseva, a former Governor of Perm region Oleg Chirkunov, the daughter of the first President of Russia Boris Yeltsin Tatyana Yumashev and others. In all, over one and a half hours after the opening of the portal users have added more than 40 candidates who will now have to be approved by the experts. The nomination can take place without the consent of the nominees if they do not agree, you can request a review.
While Khodorkovsky, who participated in the presentation of the new project via video link from London, said that he is not going to run, but at any moment ready to “lend a shoulder” to the other candidates.