The forthcoming campaign for elections of municipal deputies of the capital promises to be unusually sharp and could face a split in the ranks of the Communist party. Elections of the lower level from time to time remained the most invisible, but that all changed with the advent of the municipal filter. Because now, from municipal deputies will determine who will be admitted to the elections of the mayor of Moscow a year later, and who is not. The rate is very high, and in the leaked version that the opposition decided to lay down their efforts in the fight against the “United Russia”. It is assumed that for this purpose the London exile, Khodorkovsky is willing to pay the Communists. To the extent possible — found out “MK”.
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Several media shared inside that the main unifier of the opposition all Russia tried to be a Duma Deputy and Communist Andrey Klychkov — the money of Khodorkovsky. Supposedly, the disgraced oligarch has promised to Fund through the “Open Russia” on 300-400 thousand roubles each candidate from the Communists and seemingly joined them supporters of Alexei Navalny and mayoral candidate Dmitry Gudkov. Version looks plausible from the point of view that the Moscow Communists have tried to create an Alliance with Navalny on the eve of elections to the state Duma. Only the highest leadership of the Communist party were forbidden to do so, insisting that red with the liberals absolutely not on the road. Then the initiator unit was made by the head of the Moscow city Communist party Valery Rashkin, but after a conversation with Gennady Zyuganov, he said that nothing like this was offered, but just he had been misunderstood. Then the experts started talking seriously about what the controversy over Navalny nearly led to a split and purges in the ranks of the Communist party. And now Andrey KLYCHKOV in conversation with “MK” put back up.
— I never said that I’m in talks with Khodorkovsky, he said. — The stuffing came after reports that I can become one of the candidates for mayor. His goal is to create around me a negative background. As for the municipal campaign, we really want to spend it actively, and joy in the current government is not the cause. She wants to quarrel with the Communists between them, distorting information about our campaign plans. Indeed, some of our candidates who advanced in the field of Internet technologies, has announced a fundraising. We have no objection to individuals listed donations to their election campaign. But this does not mean that the money will go from physical persons, Khodorkovsky. There will be candidates.
The degree of sincerity of the professional politician always doubt, meanwhile, the Executive Director of “Open Russia” Timur VALEEV has confirmed that in the educational project of Khodorkovsky in the preparation of candidates actively join the Communists.
State Duma Deputy and assistant head of the Central Committee of the Communist party Alexander YUSHCHENKO spoke about the possible allies in the municipal elections very carefully:
— I don’t know that someone from the liberals decided to support the training of our candidates. The contacts of the Communists and the liberals are possible on a personal, human level, but as a party we don’t have anything to do with either Navalny or Khodorkovsky. We have our own program, their positions, their policy. Last Saturday we started a training program for its candidates. Was a big collection — nearly a thousand people in front of them was made by Zyuganov, is now held a series of workshops. We are not opposed to them were recorded not only candidates from the Communist party, but also independents. At the seminars we talk about the tactics of the campaign, about how to defend given for us to vote. We are ready to work together with all who are willing to observe the fairness of voting and counting. But on our terms not on the terms of any “Open Russia”.
— In some areas the candidates of the different political forces can unite in coalition against the “United Russia”, — said the candidate in mayors of Moscow Dmitry GUDKOV. But my staff will only support democratic candidates. The Alliance with the Communists seems to me with difficulty. As for the “Open Russia”, many of our candidates were trained in her system, and some of their candidates we will support. Candidates from the Bulk we can also support. If people of democratic views, it doesn’t matter to me, they go from the “Apple” of Parnassus or the “Open Russia”. But without the Communist party. As for financing, we will be primarily engaged in fundraising: each candidate will be account. Any resident of Moscow can go to our website and transfer funds to any any candidate in their constituency from the democratic forces.
The head of the Moscow branch of the “Open Russia” Maria BARONOVA said that he did not know about any negotiations with Khodorkovsky the Moscow Communists, and advised to call London. But there is a spokesman for Mikhail Borisovich, Maxim Dbar, said that any negotiations he did not know. Although said that Khodorkovsky is planning to organize and Finance the training of candidates from the opposition before the September elections.
Alexei Navalny is now serving his administrative arrest and negotiate with other politicians technically impossible. So the news of his possible Alliance with the Communists to press Secretary, Kira YARMISH was unexpected. However, it is known that he planned to support Dmitry Gudkov at the election of the mayor.
So, all speak very carefully and in different ways. And it’s tempting to think that the smoke without fire does not happen and some kind of game between the Communist party and Khodorkovsky was afoot.
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