In the elections of the state Duma on 18 September, “United Russia” will lead to only one person — the Prime Minister and party leader Dmitry Medvedev said on condition of anonymity, two United Russia. According to them, it is likely that the Federal part of the list (the one that is visible in the ballot to voters across the country) will only Medvedev. All the other candidates in deputies of the state Duma will be included in a regional group, there will be about 35-40 (the inhabitants of each territory will see in the Bulletin the top “three” candidates). The final decision about how it will look in the list, United Russia will take on the Congress on 26-27 June. Press Secretary of the head of the government Natalia Timakova declined to comment.
According to the law in the Federal part can be up to ten people, but there’s only one person to the tradition of the last two election cycles. In 2007 alone, the list was led by President Vladimir Putin, and in 2011 — President Dmitry Medvedev. Prior to that, the ruling party led to the Duma by three. For example, in 2003 it was Boris Gryzlov, Yuri Luzhkov and Sergei Shoigu.
The discussion list for the elections of 2016 has studied various options, the last time the United Russia discussed the two — to form the Federal part of three or to make the Prime Minister led the party in the Duma alone, says the source close to the leadership of the party. “In the end we are inclined to believe that in the Federal list was one person. In this case, the list will not be overwhelmed by a lot of names, but will focus on the regions,” he explains.
If you include several people in the Federal part, the ballot will be saturated with names, says the head close to the Kremlin Fund ISAPI Dmitry Badovsky. “Three or even a dozen in the Federal part, plus the top three in the affinity group — there will be a blurring of the campaign,” he says. In addition, according to Badovsky, United Russia during the elections is to focus on the local agenda, and in this case, logically, if the voters will see three territorial and only one person representing the whole party and the Federal agenda’, its Chairman.
Earlier, a source in the party told me that they discussed the extension of the Troika in order to strengthen the Federal part of the list of the rating men, popular with different strata of society. For example, such a person, in addition to Medvedev could become the representative of the foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova (she denies this), its appearance in the list could be projected on a rating of popularity of United Russia’s foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, suggested one of the interlocutors . According to him, in addition to Zakharova, the Federal portion would include a Director, co-Chairman of the Central headquarters of the popular front Stanislav Govorukhin.
“But in the end it was decided to focus on the Federal part, and the regions”, — said United Russia. For example, the administration is likely to run for the state Duma from Moscow. It can take in the capital’s list second place between the mayor of Moscow Sergey Sobyanin and the winner of the primaries, a member of the Central headquarters of the onf Love Dukhanina. Govorukhin refused to comment, citing the employment.
United Russia there are no politicians, except Dmitry Medvedev, which they could put in the list for the benefit of themselves, says political analyst Konstantin Kalachev. “Popular Sergei Lavrov and Sergei Shoigu in power positions can’t participate in the elections, and the participation of all the rest does not make sense from the point of view of increase in their rating. Much more important than some people on the list the opportunity to associate themselves during the campaign with President Vladimir Putin. If it succeeds, the party is quite enough for the current rating,” he adds.
Primaries plus Chilingarov
The party list will be formed by results of preliminary voting, which “United Russia” held on may 22, promised by the Secretary of the General Council “United Russia” Sergei Neverov. According to him, the party will not retreat, and in some cases only possible to move between the list and single-member district, if the candidate were nominated and now we need to make a final choice. The loser politicians in the party list on places through passage will not be assured Neverov.
But in some cases, the list will get the policy that did not participate in the primaries, it concerns the most authoritative people told informed the interlocutors in the party. For example, bypassing the procedure of the primaries, the list can enter the Prosecutor of the Crimea Natalia Polonskaya (she enters the group from the Peninsula), and General Vladimir Shamanov, said earlier United Russia.
Most likely, the list will be Artur Chilingarov, says a source close to the leadership of “United Russia”. He declined to comment. Chilingarov was the Deputy of the state Duma for five convocations, representing the Nenets Autonomous Okrug. In 2011 he joined the Federation Council there was presented the Tula region. 2014 Chilingarov left the upper chamber, becoming Advisor to the Governor of the region Vladimir Gruzdev. This year Gruzdev resigned.
Most likely, the Duma Chilingarov will run from one of the Northern regions, says a source close to the leadership of “United Russia”, without naming the affinity group. He’s a famous polar Explorer and participate in the primaries, he didn’t, adds the source in the “United Russia”.
The local group will be headed by the governors, they also did not participate in the primaries. All such heads of regions may 15-17, said earlier the Deputy Secretary General Council of “United Russia” Viktor kidyaev. The interlocutors in the party pointed out that among the leaders of the lists will be Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin and St. Petersburg Governor Georgy Poltavchenko.
Question about the officials
The question of whether someone from high-ranking officials to lead an affinity group of the “United Russia” remains open, and it can raise only the Congress, said a source close to the leadership of the party. “But even from the point of view of the idea it can only be those who really will strengthen the support of the party,” he said.
On state Duma elections 2011 regional lists of “United Russia” was headed by nine senior officials, Vice — premiers, Ministers and the head of the presidential administration (then the post was occupied with Sergey Naryshkin). Basically, this practice was not justified, says Russia. For example, in Primorsky region (the list was headed by first Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov) “United Russia” won with 33%, and local capital — Vladivostok — received just over 20% and became the third after the Communist party and “Fair Russia”. In the Leningrad region (the list was led by Naryshkin), United Russia won about 35%, and in Krasnoyarsk region (headed by the then Minister for emergency situations Sergei Shoigu) is less than 37%.
Successful was only Vice-Premier Igor Sechin (led the list in the Stavropol region, where United Russia gained about 50%) and Vyacheslav Volodin (he headed the group in the Saratov region, the party won about 65%), adds the source. Now Sechin heads Rosneft, and Volodin is the first Deputy head of the presidential administration.