Alexander Sokurov will go to elections in the state Duma from “the Apple”


Yeltsin refused, Yavlinsky — no

About Sokurov’s decision to run for the state Duma from party “the Apple” will soon be declared to be launched on Friday in the suburban village of the Moscow two-day pre-election Congress of the party, told the two people in the party.

According to one of interlocutors, the talks with Sokurov went four months and on Thursday, the Director confirmed his desire to run for a meeting with the founder of the party Grigory Yavlinsky. The election, he is likely to be headed by a regional group of the “Yabloko” in St. Petersburg.

He Sokurov, not present at the Congress, explained his decision to participate in elections on the list of party of Grigory Yavlinsky that says “Apple” experienced the most democratic party in Russia. “They have always supported gradozaschitnoy movement in St. Petersburg and has done much for the city”, — said the Director

In March the Director in the appeal to the Governor Georgy Poltavchenko urged not to call the bridge in St. Petersburg in the name of Akhmad Kadyrov. Against this are consistently performed and “Apple”.

In conversation with the correspondent the Director stressed that he supports “Apple”, but remains non-partisan. “I’m a filmmaker, not a politician, but it’s important to me, I am a citizen of Russia. Doing this is not against someone, but because they want according to their possibilities to participate in building civil society”, — added he. He noted that he wants in Parliament come from the educated people and new faces.

According to Sokurov, he offered to cooperate with Yabloko Yavlinsky. “I’ve known him for several years, we have been with them the debate over public life and policy,” he said, adding that a few months have pondered and disagreed, and agreed only the night before.

The Director stressed that it never agreed to cooperate with any parties and even refused at the time, Boris Nikolayevich (Yeltsin)”, because they believed that cultural workers should be politically neutral. “But today, I find the political situation is extremely complicated, much more complicated than in the nineties. Watching what is happening in our Parliament, I anxiously look to the future and want to support “the Apple”, — he said.

“Sokurov is one of the most prominent people not only in St. Petersburg but throughout Russia, this is a man who is both a wonderful film, an outstanding public figure and a citizen of Russia”, — commented on the decision of Sokurov’s work with “Yabloko”, member of the political Council of the party, Deputy of St. Petersburg legislative Assembly Boris Vishnevsky.

“We Sokurov many years conduct a joint human rights activities, and is the person we are unusually close,” said Wisniewski. He stressed that the party is a great honor to cooperate with Sokurov, and expressed the opinion that the status of the Deputy of the state Duma will give the Director the opportunity to do even more for St. Petersburg and the Russian culture.

In 2011, Sokurov won the Golden lion at the Venice film festival and the Ecumenical jury prize for his film “Faust”, the final cycle, called a tetralogy about power. After that public organizations were offered to elect Sokurov honorary citizen of St. Petersburg city deputies refused to do it. In 2012 he left the Board of Directors of “Lenfilm” due to disagreements with his leadership.

Colleagues and competitors

Sokurov will be the fourth famous movie Director running for election in 2016. Colleagues Sokurov, Directors Stanislav Govorukhin and Yuri Kara running through the list of “United Russia” in Moscow. Another big-name Director and member, Vladimir Bortko, is on the list of the Communist party in St. Petersburg and Leningrad region, as well as on the Central one-mandatory district of the Northern capital.

Expelled from the party “Fair Russia” the Deputy of the state Duma Dmitry Gudkov and former co-Chairman of party PARNASSUS Vladimir Ryzhkov in February called on the opposition with the liberal views to create a unified list on the basis of the party “Yabloko”. Ryzhkov intends to be elected in single-mandate district in the Altai territory, hooters — in Tushino district of Moscow.

But in the end very few of the non-system opposition agreed with the party of Grigory Yavlinsky on cooperation in the elections. In timirjazevskij the one-mandatory district of Moscow from the “Apple” plans to be elected one of the leaders of the Party on 5 December the activist Julia Galiamina, single-seat districts from the party also intends to move the co-founder of Discerned, physicist Andrei zayakin. In which constituency he will go, it should become clear at the end of the Congress.

Also in the elections is going to take part the member of the political Council and the Chairman of the Pskov regional branch of the party Leo Schlossberg and former mayor of Petrozavodsk Galina Shirshina.

To talk about who will be included in the Federal part of the party list, and who regional groups, yet, said press Secretary of Grigory Yavlinsky Igor Yakovlev. The exact configuration will become clear at the party Congress, which will be held on June 25-26, noted the representative of the party.

With the participation of Farida Rustamova