The arrest of the Deputy Chairman of the Legislative Assembly of Nizhny Novgorod region Oleg Sorokin was in the top 5 significant events of the regional policy of Russia in December 2017, finishing in fourth place in the ranking along with the start of the presidential election campaign, the appointment of new envoys in NWFD and CFD, change of Governor of the Voronezh region.
Oleg Sorokin, former Vice-speaker of the Parliament of the Nizhny Novgorod region. Photo: zsno.ru.
In the review of the Fund said that in the beginning of the presidential campaign, there is a “contradiction between the request from the Federal level on “the agenda of the festival” to attract the attention of voters and the growth of social optimism and the dual economic background, self-perception of the citizens are experiencing a situation like the economic crisis.”
“At the same time the boundaries of the acceptable in regional politics become less clear. The December arrest of Deputy speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Nizhny Novgorod region, the former head of Nizhny Novgorod Oleg Sorokin can be understood in a dual context – explains in Analytics Vinogradov. – As evidence of a desire to hamper the political activity of local players at the same time this step reflects the deficiency of the actual political, nerepressivnyh levers of settlement of conflicts and crises in regional politics”.
“In the last time in Nizhny Novgorod is not mentioned “traditions” to act in a markedly repressive hard to put in prison the former leaders of the last cities in Russia, to tear certain management chain, because it is obvious: Oleg Sorokin had a great influence in politics Nizhny Novgorod – said Mikhail Vinogradov, the correspondent of “MK in Nizhny Novgorod” in a telephone conversation. – Of course, this situation is stressful for the whole elite. Just as “merchant” traditions of Nizhny Novgorod had to agree”.
According to the analyst, undertaking such repressive measures, it is important to be confident in the positive effect that going to the potential beneficiaries of this whole story, otherwise, it is possible to predict negative consequences. Now is the time to think how to fill the void in a broken political space. “Especially considering the fact that Oleg Sorokin had the reputation of a person, able to make choices,” said President of the Foundation.
According to Vinogradov, is the principal question of the future scenarios concerning the political group Sorokin: the complete “elimination” of the policy or the integration (saved) her on certain conditions.
– Can we expect other personnel changes? – asked the correspondent of “MK in Nizhny Novgorod”.
– On the rotation of the Plenipotentiary Babic said before the arrest Sorokin. He is one of the strongest representatives, but also hard. A lot will depend on how the rest of the may reallocation of key posts in Federal Executive authorities”, – said the expert.
By the way, telegram-channel “Kant’s Tomb” reported that Babich can take the place of Nikolay Tsukanov, who is a representative of the RF President in the northwestern Federal district. And on December 12 the telegram-channel “Nesigur” wrote that Babich could go to the service in the Central Federal district. “Perhaps the place of the envoy in the Volga Federal district is the former Director of the Federal Agency Lyubov Glebova,” – said the news report. Recall that Babich is a representative of the President in Volga Federal district December 15, 2011.