Star cast: which actors, sportsmen and TV presenters will go to the polls


In the Duma easier than the gym

MPs-athletes don’t want to retire from politics — they all intend to participate in the elections of the new convocation of the state Duma, which will be held on September 18. All athletes from the “United Russia”, in addition to the tennis player Marat Safin, have already applied to participate in the primaries (the primaries) party.

Information about the participants in the primaries and how they were nominated (list or single-mandate constituency), appointed on 22 may, published on the website of the party, applications are accepted from early March to 10 April. Primaries “United Russia” — a mandatory procedure of inner-party voting by selection of candidates.

The former boxer Nikolay Valuev will run from the Bryansk region in single-mandate constituency and list, the triple Olympic champion in Greco-Roman wrestling Aleksandr Karelin — odnomandatnik from the Novosibirsk region, the President of Federation of hockey of Russia Vladislav Tretiak, from the Ulyanovsk region (list and constituency), speed skater Svetlana Zhurova — from the Leningrad region (constituency and list). POPs also Paralympic Duma Mikhail Terentyev (Moscow region, list) and Rome Batalov from Bashkortostan (list and constituency).

Safin said that is not yet decided, will be re-elected.

Deputy of the liberal democratic party of Russia, bronze medalist of the Olympic games in judo Dmitry Nosov expects to be nominated as odnomandatnik from the Krasnoyarsk region, said the interlocutor in its environment, without specifying from which party, but noting that “it is most likely with the liberal democratic party he is not on the way”. In the leadership of that party has previously stated that “a Deputy from the liberal democratic party he will not.” Athletes who have political weight, “can be better heard by children and their parents”, motivates his decision to stay in the state Duma Zhurova. The status of the Deputy is very helpful in work on popularisation of hockey, said the Agency “R-Sport” Tretyak.

The most active legislator of deputies-athletes became Batalov from the Committee on sports and youth Affairs, the signatories of 96 bills on a variety of topics — from the creation of conditions for unimpeded access of invalids to objects of residential infrastructure to provide the Central Bank support mechanism of the interbank lending market, the information presented on the website of the state Duma. Her colleague on the Committee Valuev (bill 42), in addition to projects about the development of sports, was engaged in anti-alcohol and anti-drug initiatives. A significant part of the proposals Zhurova (56 projects) of the international Committee concerning support for culture.

Nosov, part of the Committee for security and countering corruption, made mostly bills aimed at combating use of tobacco, alcohol and drugs (32 initiatives). Safin out of Committee on Affairs of public organizations engaged in problems of indigenous peoples and the control over the activities of non-profit organizations-foreign agents (19 projects).

Cultural initiative

All of the Duma’s cultural figures from “United Russia” also will participate in the primaries. The application was filed by the singer Joseph Kobzon (on the list of TRANS-Baikal territory), Opera singer Maria Maksakova-Igenbergs (on the list and on the majority district in St. Petersburg), actress Maria Kozhevnikova (according to the list from the Vologda region). He was going to run and film Director Stanislav Govorukhin, said his spokesman.

Be re-elected to the new Duma will be also the Deputy from “Fair Russia”, actress Elena Drapeko (list and single-mandate district in St. Petersburg) and a representative of the Communist party of Russian Director Vladimir Bortko (for the district in St. Petersburg). They talked about it .

In the sphere of protection of culture the gaps left, explains Drapeko his desire to continue working in the Duma. “In the near future our country will see big changes, good or bad. And I would like to participate,” said Bortko.

The record for the number of signed bills members of the Committee for culture Maria Kozhevnikova. She put my name under the 101 novel in a variety of topics — from mortgage to turnover of ethyl alcohol. Almost always it is the collective laws of United Russia, which signed dozens of deputies. In second place — Elena Drapeko (now first Deputy Chairman of the culture Committee), signed under 65 bills, most of them related to her profile. Bortko together with colleagues made a total of seven initiatives, among them the proposal to ratify the article on illicit enrichment the UN Convention against corruption.

To fellow Directors in the new Duma intends to join Yuri Kara. He filed an application to participate in the primaries of “United Russia” in Moscow. Kara was often in solidarity with the position of the authorities. In 2014, Kara has signed a letter of support for the President’s policies in Ukraine. Kara also proposed to ban the rental of the American cinema in Russia after the US imposed sanctions. His proposal was supported by Govorukhin. Once in the “black list” of Ukrainian Ministry of culture, Kara said that he was proud of it.

Deputies from the sphere of culture in its public statements sometimes behave more freely than their colleagues in the Duma. Maksakova in the summer of 2014 during his speech at the meeting of the state Duma urged to review the law banning propaganda of homosexuality, although a year earlier voted for its adoption.

Joseph Kobzon in the winter after the publication of the Fund of struggle against corruption Alexei Navalny investigation about the family of the Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika announced his intention to pursue the study of the facts and sent a request to the TFR in one of the episodes of the investigation.

TV people

To continue work in the Duma is planning the author of the analytical program on the TV Center channel, the President of the international Committee, Alexei Pushkov, said his spokesman. According to her, he’s going to be elected in the new Duma, according to the list in the Perm region. The main speaker of the state Duma international policy Pushkov, caught in the sanctions list, signed up just under four bills, among them — on NGOs-foreign agents and to ban the production of alcoholic energy drinks.

Deputy ranks decided to improve the TV presenter “the First channel” Peter Tolstoy and TV presenter Oksana Pushkina — they, too, have applied to participate in the primaries.

Pyotr Tolstoy, the great-grandson of the writer Leo Tolstoy, for seven years led the final program “Sunday time”, and in the Duma elections of 2011 and presidential elections in 2012 led the pre-election debates. In recent years hosting the talk show “Time will tell” and “Politics”. In February of this year, Tolstoy was elected to the Supreme Council of “United Russia”.

“I always say that the political class must learn clearly and precisely to convey their thoughts for the voters. I want to try myself to implement this idea in practice,” he explained . To be elected to the Duma he will be on the list and single-mandate district in Moscow.

Pushkin, the author and presenter of the program “the Female sight”, has applied to participate in the primaries in the Moscow region in single-mandate constituency and the list. In June 2015, on the proposal of the Governor of Moscow region Andrei Vorobyov she was appointed to the post of Commissioner for children’s rights in Moscow region. Pushkina in this work, she said, “not enough of certain laws, amendments” (quote from the website of the office of “United Russia” in the Moscow region).

For athletes and entertainers getting into the Duma is an opportunity to become part of the establishment, to capitalize on his personal popularity into status achievements, says political consultant Valentin Bianchi. According to him, the authorities want famous people, because to get to vote for a famous person is easier though to convert the fame into the motive for voting is not easy, but for politicians to achieve competitive athletes and artists level of fame is very difficult.

If a famous person goes on one-mandatory district, they have any obligations to half a million voters, and his star status can help you to solve not only social, but also fundamental lobbying issues, says political analyst Gleb Kuznetsov. “If celebrities put forward in Parliament through the list, he will feel less responsibility and this is often only sell their face,” says Kuznetsov.