Party bounty: with whom the “United Russia” has shared power in the districts


At the Congress on 27 June of the “United Russia” approved the list of candidates, not nominated their candidates in single-member districts 18 (225 in total). Thus, United Russia is partly implemented the idea of inter-party agreement, which was described earlier: to nominate candidates for election in terms of constituencies against candidates from other parliamentary parties to keep the Duma important politicians from every parliamentary force. In the end, as told to two people close to the Kremlin, the United Russia party gave seven districts of the “Fair Russia” five — the liberal democratic party, three Communist party, one “Home” and “Civic platform”, and another district liberated for their own candidate, who will go in as a candidate.

District for United Russia

“United Russia” has put forward a single-seat districts in Adygea. None of the opposition parties there are no strong candidates, this district is exempt for United Russia, first Deputy Chairman of the Committee on financial market Vladislav Reznik, told two sources close to the Kremlin.

According to one of interlocutors, Resnick uncomfortable for the party as the official candidate. In March, the MP was declared in the international search on request of Spain. The MP is charged with involvement in a criminal group and money laundering. In early may, the Spanish court issued a warrant for his arrest, in the middle of the month the order was cancelled. Claims to the butcher in Spanish appeared in 2008 when they searched his home on the island of Mallorca.

Each year, the Deputy declares a major income — in 2015 it amounted to 73 million rubles, and in 2014 — 375 million rubles. a candidate — too easy target for opponents, said the source .

On the other hand, Resnick has serious connections among high-ranking officials, he is a native of Petersburg, tells a source close to the Kremlin. In addition, Reznik — honored member, he was part of the “Unity” (later joined the “United Russia”) in 1999 and in 2001 with the creation of the “United Russia”, was co-chair of the Commission, which wrote the party program. Therefore, the totality of the circumstances, it was decided that Reznik should go to the Duma, but not from the “United Russia”, and as an independent candidate, the party will not be put against him their candidate.

Sam Reznik on Tuesday didn’t come to the phone, his assistant suggested the reporter call him tomorrow. The Secretary General Council of “United Russia” Sergei Neverov was unavailable for comment. At a media forum of the party on Monday Neverov has listed the names of several people for which the party has released County, surname of butcher was not among them.

Honored people

Among people for whom the “United Russia” has cleared the district, many of those who have merits before the government, and that is why the party decided not to fight with them, says the source . For example, United Russia is no candidate in one of the districts of the Penza region, where the socialist-revolutionaries put forward the Chairman of the Committee on information policy Leonid Levin. Levine has a good relationship with the authorities, in this convocation he secured the enactment of many important laws, so you need to guarantee passage in Parliament, says a source close to United Russia.

A few people have a County as not to interfere with the candidates on elections of the Governor. For example, Eser and head of the Committee on economic policy Anatoly Aksakov in 2015, did not participate in the election of heads of Chuvash Republic, although he had a chance to compete for the chair, says a source close to the leadership of the party. According to him, for that he was guaranteed a place in the state Duma and as Chairman of the Committee. A similar story from another socialist-revolutionaries — Fedota Tumusova: he did not participate in presidential elections of Yakutia in 2014, although theoretically he could win, said the source close to the Kremlin.

For the LDPR party, cleared one of the single-mandate districts in the Moscow region. There is running for Deputy Sergei Zhigarev. He is close to Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, told earlier sources close to the government. Last year, interviewees reported that Zhigareva can be owned undeclared property in the United States, the investigation revealed that a man with such a name and the name actually has an apartment in Miami. The MP denied the existence of foreign ownership.

Cleared County and for two people who will run for the Duma from non-parliamentary parties. In the Voronezh region will be elected the head of the “Motherland” Alexander Zhuravlev. Now he is the faction of United Russia and has always supported the ruling party.

And in one of the districts of Bashkortostan in the Duma will go the leader of the “Civic platform” Rifat Shaikhutdinov. He was the head of the party is Mikhail Prokhorov, when she began to take a Pro-government position. Shaikhutdinov confirmed that he intends to run for the Bashkir district. He said he learned about the refusal of United Russia to fight it from the media, and no negotiations with it on this occasion no lead.

Strong opponents

For some people the County was exempted because United Russia simply makes no sense for them to fight, says a source close to the Kremlin. According to him, aserca, Chairman of the Duma Committee for housing and communal services Galina Khovanskaya in his district in Moscow will win in any case. The same thing can do in Omsk Communist, first Deputy Chairman of the education Committee, the Deputy of all convocations, except the first, Oleg Smolin.

Tough fight ahead for the United Russia party in St. Petersburg against the Director Vladimir Bortko, so in his constituency the party has not endorsed a candidate.

Sergei Furgal from LDPR on elections of the Governor of the Khabarovsk Krai, in 2013 took the second place after the incumbent Governor. It is clear that he is the strongest in the region after the Governor and the elections to the Duma will win, said a source close to the leadership of “United Russia”. Another liberal Democrat Ivan Abramov successfully participated in the gubernatorial elections of the Amur region in 2015, when it got 28%. Against him, United Russia has also decided not to move.

Part of the districts “United Russia” was just released experienced opponents. For example, in the Krasnodar Krai from the Communist party candidate is an experienced MP, ex-presidential candidate, the Deputy of all convocations Nikolay Kharitonov, and in one of the districts of St. Petersburg actress Elena Drapeko.

And in Transbaikalia, the party just couldn’t find a strong candidate, so the district moved the liberal democratic party, which put it Vaseline Kulieva, said a source close to the leadership of United Russia.

A failed agreement

Sources close to the Kremlin and “United Russia”, earlier it was told that four parliamentary parties were in negotiations about section 40 districts in the Duma elections. Therefore, party members were to keep in the state Duma the most important for each of the party members. In the “United Russia” stated that the initiative on division of the districts belongs to the opposition. The interlocutors in the Communist party and “Fair Russia” claimed that the idea belonged to the authorities and there is not going to engage in the transaction.

In the end, at their congresses, the opposition did not release County for the “United Russia”, and that gave the Communist party, LDPR and a just Russia is twice less districts than was discussed earlier. A just Russia will make concessions in response, but they will be informal, according to a source in the party of socialist-revolutionaries.

A source in United Russia said that there in the end did not ask opponents to release the district for their candidates. Neverov on Monday said that the party refused to nominate its candidates in 18 constituencies because the opposition asked for the assignment within the party dialog.

Part of the agreement fell through because of the opposition of United Russia themselves. Sources close to the Kremlin, told about the plans to transfer a greater number of districts non-parliamentary parties. For example, it was about the liberation of the leader “Patriots of Russia” Gennady Semigina. But United Russia too actively resisted the idea of the government to give such a large number of districts. The source in the party said that in some cases arrangements were made by local offices and some opposition themselves are constantly changing their requests, which were impossible to satisfy.

We are not talking about that “United Russia” exempt districts for the opposition, said political analyst Igor Bunin. “Power frees space for the fraternal parties, which is in Alliance. Why not help these people?” — says the expert.