In the presidential administration believe that the statements of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev that are dissatisfied with their salaries, teachers should go into business, “is obviously custom-made character”, said two of the interlocutor in the Kremlin. “Dmitry Medvedev — himself a former teacher and also worked in the business. He came to a youth camp where there were many teachers of Economics. That is, he came into their midst. It is clear that he was open with these guys, and partly told them about his way. In the end he suffered for his openness,” explains a senior source .
A Kremlin official said that the scandal the statements of Medvedev broke the next day after the application. “The theme is the constructed nature. Clearly, trained individuals conducted the monitoring, looking for certain words that can be put in a negative light. In the end, you pulled the theme, beat it, gave in another context, and she went,” he says.
The interviewee made several assumptions about the person who can lead a campaign against Medvedev. This may be the one who claims to be the head of government, he says. “In this case speech can go about vnutripolostno confrontation,” he suggested. Another option — “forces interested in the fact that “United Russia” on elections received fewer votes” (Medvedev — the leader of United Russia and the first number in the election list of the party). On the question of what kind of force, the source said that interested parties can be different people — from opposition parties to financial structures.”
Press Secretary, Natalya Timakova did not answer the question whether or not the White house that the anti-Medvedev campaign is conducted.
What Medvedev said
2 Aug lecturer, Dagestan state University, Haji Kurbanov on the forum “Territory meanings-on-Klyaz’ma” asked Medvedev why young teachers “got 10-15 thousand [rubles per month], while the power structures, the police officers get a 50 [thousand] and above.” The Prime Minister replied that compare the salaries of teachers and police is not necessary and that he himself, working as a teacher after University, received $ 90, and Lieutenant — 250.
“I am absolutely confident that modern energetic teacher able not only to receive the salary which he put on the official schedule, but still earn something. <…> This call, and if you want to earn money, there are lots of wonderful places where you can do faster and better. The same business. But you did not go to business, as I understand it,” — said Medvedev.
Video from the Prime Minister’s speech at the forum began to appear the next day, August 3.
On the same day, Russian media drew attention to a column by Timothy ash published on the website of the Financial Times newspaper on 1 August. In it, in particular, the author suggested the resignation of Medvedev after the elections of the state Duma in September, and the appointment instead of the former Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin. “Exercises on the topic of the impending resignation of the government — they are not new. We know that consistently all guessing on a coffee thick”, — commented on the column, the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov.
The following day, August 4, on the website Change.org there appeared a petition to send the Prime Minister to resign. It was created by a user with a nickname of Alexander If not previously filed petitions on the website. For the first day offer took 160 thousand signatures. “The Cabinet should be headed by competent, educated, radeyuschie for the country. Now we see the opposite picture,” reads a description of the petition. Dmitry Peskov said that the Kremlin with a petition is not familiar. At the time of publication of this article it has been signed by about 264 thousand.
Then, on August 4, deputies from “United Russia” met with the Minister of education Dmitry Livanov, who said that the salary of teachers has reached 100% of the regional average and that their average wages are growing on average by 6-7% per year. The Chairman of the Duma Committee on education Vyacheslav Nikonov after the meeting with the Minister announced a teachers ‘ forum with the participation of Medvedev before the beginning of the school year.
The statements of Medvedev often cause resonance in the social networks and the media. In may, the Prime Minister visited Crimea and that Crimeans responded to the complaint of the pensioner of the high prices and low pensions, “Just no money. Find the money, will do the indexing. You stay here, you all the best, good mood and health,” — said the Prime Minister.
According to the analytical center “Medialogia”, the meme “there’s no Money but you stay” in the number of references in the Russian media became the most popular for the year (from June 2015 to July 2016).
On the eve of the last elections of the state Duma, President Medvedev said that “no one will ever back in 2007, because the court in 2011, and we’re all different”. Shortly before the presidential elections in 2008, as first Deputy Prime Minister, Medvedev said that “freedom is better than unfreedom”.
The campaign for the resignation of Prime Minister Medvedev may be associated not with the Duma elections, and presidential, said political analyst Alexei Makarkin. “This is the story wider, about to hold presidential elections in 2018, or in 2017,” says Makarkin. — Remember how recently on “the Territory of meanings” [Deputy Finance Minister] Tatyana Nesterenko said that by the end of 2017 run out of money altogether. And a related question, when to remove the Prime Minister.”