The government refused to negotiate with the Communist party about the division of seats in the state Duma

The failure of the negotiations

The management of “United Russia” has decided to refuse negotiations with the Communist party about the responsibility part of single-mandate districts in state Duma elections, said one of the participants in the talks and a source close to the leadership of the party in power. According to one of them, the decision is agreed with the presidential administration.

The negotiations became known in mid-February. Then it was that the four parliamentary parties (United Russia, CPRF, LDPR and “Fair Russia”) will not fight each other in 40 single-member constituencies (out of 225) of the Duma elections this fall. According to the preliminary agreements, each party had to nominate candidates in ten constituencies, and the remaining thirty to support candidates from opponents. This was necessary to ensure the preservation of the most influential Duma deputies from all factions, said the interlocutors . Information confirmed in the leadership of “United Russia” and LDPR.

Now the Secretary of the General Council of United Russia Sergei Neverov said that positive dynamics in the negotiations with the opposition regarding the single-mandate districts no. “The representatives of the parliamentary opposition offered to discuss the issue. In our opinion, the discussion should be conducted on existing deputies who are experts in their fields. But after public statements about the beginning of negotiations, our colleagues no longer with us discussed this topic. In any case, no matter how will go on dialogue, the primaries (the primaries of United Russia) will take place in all 225 districts”, — said Neverov.

Vice-speaker of the state Duma from LDPR Igor Lebedev said earlier about the same: according to him, no further negotiations have not recently been conducted. But the agreement with the socialist-revolutionaries and the liberal Democrats are still in force, assures a source in “an United Russia”. “Just now, most likely, will be divided 30 counties between the three parties, and they will fight with the Communist party,” he says. A source in the leadership of “Fair Russia” confirms that the party has already prepared ten candidates for the inter-party agreement and ready to support United Russia and the liberal democratic party in other districts.

Zyuganov’s Maneuver

Two people close to the leadership of United Russia, lead the following version of why the party rejected negotiations: Communist party leader Gennady Zyuganov has broken the main condition for a possible agreement — to put in the “non-competitive” areas, only the most influential deputies. “Zyuganov in the negotiations said that the most powerful members of the Communist party and no agreements will be held in the Duma. And included in the coalition list of “averages” — little-known MPs, who, of course, can only win without competition,” says one of the interlocutors. According to him, negotiators from the ruling party could not go on such conditions, that create clear preferences for the Communists in comparison with other participants in the negotiations. Now United Russia will nominate candidates in districts that were previously suggested to give to the Communists, says the source.

The Communists deny this version. Press Secretary of the leader of Communists, the Deputy of the state Duma Alexander Yushchenko has informed that the party initially did not conduct any negotiations on the division of counties and everywhere are preparing to nominate their candidates. Previously Deputy head of the Communist faction in the Duma Nikolai Kolomeitsev called information about a possible agreement “zilch”.

Zyuganov himself in an interview to “Russia 24” on 20 February did not rule out that the party may not nominate strong candidates in those regions where there are well-established candidates from other forces. But he stressed that any agreements the parties reached. The leader of the Duma faction United Russia Vladimir Vasiliev at a meeting of the Presidium of the party argued that Zyuganov was the initiator of negotiations.

The Communists wanted to negotiate the non-public and eagerly discussed the topic until then, while negotiations were closed, said another United Russia and just Russia confirms. “Once the government made the negotiations public — the Communists gave them up,” says one of the interlocutors. According to him, power was important to talk about the negotiations, because in recent years, many significant initiatives taken publicly to serve as ideas of the opposition.

New competition

Failure of negotiations will lead to stiff competition from the Communists and United Russia in the regions where the ruling party initially wanted to avoid it, says a source close to the presidential administration. The Communist party has strong candidates who will surely be able to win and be nominated against them just made no sense, he explains.

Among the dangerous opponents he considers United Russia party members Vadim Solovyov, who is elected in the region of Tver, and Oleg Smolin, who may run for office in the Omsk region.

According to the interlocutor , the situation in the Tver region complicate the gubernatorial elections that will be held this year on the same day as the Duma elections. “If Solovyov was confident in passing in the Duma, he could agree that he won’t be too hard to oppose a candidate for Governor from the “United Russia”. Now he will want to participate in the gubernatorial campaign and will have the current head of the serious opposition,” says the source.

Soloviev in an interview with reported that the Presidium of the party decided that he would run for Governor of the Tver region. In the Duma in single-mandate constituencies in the area will the deputies of the legislative Assembly Lyudmila Soloveva and Artem Goncharov, says Soloviev.

Smolina he also describes a strong candidate who is able to defeat the candidate from “United Russia” in Omsk. Last year at the gubernatorial elections in the region, another candidate from the Communist, Oleg Denisenko, has gained about 28%. Also in the Communist party initially assumed under the agreement may get Deputy speaker of the state Duma Ivan Melnikov (traditionally stands from Moscow), Deputy Sergey Obuhov (Krasnodar region) and the Chairman of the Committee on natural resources Vladimir Kashin (included in the Federal part of the list in the last elections).

Communists, probably, has considered that it is more important to get several districts or to preserve the image of the party, which will vote the protest electorate, says political analyst Konstantin Kalachev. “A significant part of the electorate of the CPRF is not the supporters of Lenin and Stalin, and voters who come to sites with nothing in their pockets and vote for anyone except the authorities. From this point of view, the Communists is more important to preserve the image of the opposition party. The more they have the opportunity to show good results in regions such as Tver, Volgograd, Novosibirsk, Sverdlovsk, Irkutsk and Samara region”, — summed up the expert.

With the participation of the Maria Makutenas