Hinstein has refused participation in elections after a scandal in the primaries


The Deputy of the State Duma Alexander Hinstein has refused to participate in the primaries of “United Russia”, said on Thursday at a meeting of the Federal organizing Committee on carrying out of preliminary voting, the Secretary of the General Council of the party Sergei Neverov. Thus Hinstein no longer applies for election to the state Duma of the new convocation.

Officially Neverov explained the decision as a transition to a new job. Hinstein will become the Foundation Advisor for media relations. “It will be very useful. He has long worked in the shop, very professional,” said Secretary of the General Council. To combine the EA with the elections to the Duma would be “quite difficult” for Khinshtein, said Neverov.

“I received an offer to become an Advisor on media relations, and this job requires a lot of immersion, it cannot be combined with work in the primaries and in the constituency,” commented Sam Hinstein your transition to party work. According to him, the priority for him is the interests of the party, so he accepted the offer.

Earlier, the interlocutors close to the leadership of the party, reported that United Russia may exclude from participation in the primaries a few dozen people, mostly due to the fact that we failed twice to take part in the debate (this is a mandatory requirement). And several prominent politicians suspended due to the fact that the party received a “negative signals”: a native of business Deputy Mikhail Slipenchuk, the former Governor of Chelyabinsk region Mikhail Yurevich, as well as deputies Alexander Khinshtein and Elena Nikolaeva. One of the interviewees clarified that they will be suspended in the case, if the party leadership decides that they diskreditiert party.

Hinstein have an uneasy relationship with the regional elite, Samara and Nizhny Novgorod regions (which at different times was represented by Khinshtein, the state Duma), explained one of United Russia’s desire to suspend him in conflict with the leadership of the Samara region had to deal with the presidential envoy in the Volga Federal district Mikhail Babich. Hinstein were in disagreement with the leadership of “United Russia”, says another source close to the party.

“If Khinshtein himself not refused to participate in the primaries — he would have been suspended for one reason or another”, — the member knows.

In the state Duma the famous former journalist of “MK” for the first time elected in 2003 as the single-seat districts in the Nizhny Novgorod region. In 2011 Khinshtein changed Nizhny Novgorod oblast, Samara, participating in the primaries. Then he explained the situation, difficulties in cooperation with local authorities and accused them of trying to manipulate the preliminary vote. Recently, the Deputy actively criticized the mayor of Samara Oleg Fursova for the scandal with the celebration of his birthday.

In Parliament Hinstein has held the post of Deputy Chairman of the Duma Committee for security and combating corruption. One of the key topics dealt with by the Deputy, is a problem of the deceived shareholders.

Khinshtein himself denies the existence of conflicts with the regional authorities. “This proposal [to become an Advisor] wouldn’t do for the man with reputational risks”, — said the Deputy.

In 2014, the party discussed the question of membership Hinstein the Presidium of the General Council after an aviation scandal in may, on a flight from Mineralnye Vody to Moscow. The investigative Committee has charged him with disorderly conduct and failure to comply with the requirements of the crew. According to investigators, Hinstein “impeded the flight attendants of their duties, ignored not only the oral remarks of the flight attendant, but also a written warning of the aircraft commander about the provision of aviation security”. According to official representative SKR Vladimir Markin, Khinshtein allowed himself the expression “in relation to the flight attendant and two passengers, degrading human dignity”. Investigators saw action Hinstein signs of administrative violations and appealed to the state Duma with the request to deprive of it parliamentary immunity. But the Prosecutor General’s office refused to send in the state Duma the corresponding request: she has not seen in actions of the Deputy, even an administrative offense.

In addition Khinshtein from participation in primaries on Thursday refused and the ex-Governor Yurevich.