The leadership of “United Russia” and presidential administration have started to prepare the United Russia party to communicate with voters during campaign for elections of the state Duma on 18 September. Party members in different meetings with senior government officials, who tell them about the situation in the country, say several participants. The meetings involved the leadership of the party and the popular front: mainly those who occupy the top ranks in election lists or will represent the party in single-member districts.
Meetings are held on Mondays. There were already three or with the head of audit chamber Tatyana Golikova, presidential adviser Alexandra Levitskaya and Chairman of the Central Bank Elvira Nabiullina.
The event started even before the primaries (held may 22), taking into account which the list of “United Russia”, therefore, involves the policies that the leadership of United Russia at that moment was seen at the top of the list. There are about 30 people. Among them, the Secretary of the General Council of the party Sergei Neverov (will run from the Smolensk region), the head of the Committee on constitutional legislation Vladimir Pligin (Petersburg), Chairman of the Committee on civil and criminal legislation Pavel Krasheninnikov (Sverdlovsk oblast), co-chair of the Central headquarters of the onf Olga Timofeeva (Stavropol Krai), Deputy head of unit and member of the Central headquarters of the popular front Natalia Kostenko (Krasnodar Krai), an activist of the popular front Lyubov Dukhanina (Moscow), journalist Yelena Yampolskaya (Chelyabinsk oblast) and the editor-in-chief of the journal “Expert” Valery Fadeev (participated in the primaries in the Komi Republic, but ranked only sixth place).
It is clear that many candidates poorly understand the economy, so to communicate with voters and participate in debates with opponents, they need an educational program, says one of the participants. Executive power is also important that party members during the election period properly explained to voters the policy of the leadership of the country and didn’t send false signals, puts a Federal official.
At the meetings, the officials did not disclose secrets. Nabiullina on Monday largely repeated the theses, which were previously performed in public, says one of her students. According to him, she talked about the fact that in comparison with the 2008 crisis, the current situation in the economy is much better: there is export diversification, reduce capital outflow and the external debt of the companies, managed to prevent “dollarization” of the economy. The head of the Central Bank argued that the stabilization of the situation contributed to the decision to transition to a floating exchange rate.
Now the main goal is the reduction of inflation, the Central Bank remained determined to achieve by the end of 2017 increased to 4%, recounting the meeting. What was said at the meeting this thesis, confirmed by the interviewee at the Central Bank. According to sources , Nabiullina spoke about the withdrawal of licenses from banks. If the policy of scrubbing the weak players had not been done before, but now, under the influence of external shocks, the situation would have been much more difficult, she explained. The head of the Central Bank promised to continue this policy.
In a press-service of the Central Bank confirmed the meeting Nabiullina with United Russia but did not disclose details.
Golikova told future candidates in the deputies of the inspections conducted by the audit chamber, about the problem of debt load of the regions, says the party. In a press-service of the accounting chamber could not comment on this information.
Politprosvet to Congress
This week, the United Russia party will discuss the policy already. On Saturday at the headquarters will gather the candidates in the primaries took in lists the first line in your region, respectively, are up to 85 on the number of territories, tell two people in the party. According to them, it is expected that participants will arrive the first Deputy head of the presidential administration, the curator of the political bloc Vyacheslav Volodin. Together with Neverov they will answer all questions of interest to the winners of the preliminary vote.
In mid-June, the party leadership will gather for several hundred winners of the primaries, it will probably be candidates in single-mandate constituencies, says United Russia. Who is going to communicate with them — is still under discussion, but the candidates have a lot of questions, the interlocutor continues. “Many people do not understand not only Economics but also politics. For example, someone important just to hear the signals about the situation in domestic politics and is important to someone to learn about how, in principle, elections will be held, something to clarify on issues of the electoral legislation”, — says a party member.
Officially, the participants will become candidates for the state Duma election on Congress. In coming days, party leader Dmitry Medvedev will announce the date, but the party already knows that it will be June 26-27 (the Congress is held for two days), tell two United Russia. Press Secretary, Natalya Timakova confirmed that Medvedev will be at the event on June 27. After that candidates will be already officially to agitate voters.
“It is clear that during the campaign, United Russia, on the one hand, will criticize individual Ministers, and with another — will promote the achievements of the Executive. Will have to find a middle ground. But if they will take on the role of lawyers of the government, the result will be lower than expected,” warns political analyst Konstantin Kalachev.