“Should be modest”: what Putin said about Sechin and early elections


Early elections

“Possible but impractical” — so Putin answered a question about the possible postponement of the presidential election. Later in the press conference, the journalist of “Kommersant” Andrei Kolesnikov asked Putin to explain why he should or should not again become President of Russia. The head of state, jokingly naming a journalist “provocateur”, promised to answer this question, “when ripe the time.”

Most experts are inclined to believe that the President has denied the information about early elections. Political analyst Nikolai Mironov believes that the phrase “possible” the President meant the legal aspect of the transfer.

“This is a funny submission. Putin likes to intrigue,” said political analyst Konstantin Kalachev. “The matter is closed permanently, and the relative improvement in the economic situation and the election of Donald trump in the US, and the result of “United Russia” on elections in the state Duma”, — said the expert. “Putin has shown that the probability of early elections does not exceed 20%,” — says political analyst Mikhail Vinogradov. The analyst Abbas Gallyamov, in contrast, believes that the wording “may” gives scope for options: “Either the President himself does not exclude the option of early elections, or he decided to confuse the situation. Now competitors will be more difficult to make the plans”.

On 7 November, the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov said that the issue of the postponement of the presidential election in Russia is not on the agenda and the discussions on this topic are “scholasticism”. The CEC head Ella Pamfilova confirmed that the presidential elections in Russia will be held in March 2018. She stressed that early elections will not be held because “it is technically impossible for various reasons”.

“Should be modest”

Putin said the construction of the head of “Rosneft” Igor Sechin house in Barvikha and lawsuits against journalists. Earlier, the court decided to remove from the site of the newspaper “Vedomosti” article about the house Sechin and destroy the surviving mintage numbers. The publication of the newspaper alleging that he builds a country house near the sanatorium “Barvikha” on the ruble

The President said, the heads of corporations with state participation should “be more modest” real estate and premiums. Such top managers should be limited to such costs, even if it is for money, because you need to consider in which country they live in and not to irritate the population, said the President. Speaking about the claims of Sechin to the media, the President stressed that in the case of the court “appointed an insignificant amount.” Putin advised journalists not to interfere in the private lives of people but stated that he was glad that the press is “tingling” of officials and business.

Putin has promised to re-examine the case of a special correspondent Alexander Sokolov, who is on trial for “extremist article”. Responding to a question , the President noted that a year ago, this topic has been raised, the President’s administration dealt with the problem. “Nothing has changed, so not everything is so easy there”, — said Putin. At the end of 2015, the President has pledged to deal in Sokolov.

The speaker and Eremeev

A few questions at the press conference was devoted to high-profile criminal cases. Putin said he was monitoring the progress of the investigation of the murder of Boris Nemtsov and supports everything that makes a consequence. So the President answered a question about a call on interrogation of a former soldier of the battalion “North” Ruslan Eremeev, who protect relatives Nemtsov calls the organizer of the assassination attempt.

Putin is obviously not Eremeeva denied involvement in the crime, said in a conversation with the lawyer of relatives of opposition Vadim Prokhorov. “I hope the result will finally find the strength to deal with the procedural status Eremeeva and show him in absentia charged the same way as it occurred with his driver, Ruslan by Muhudinov. I still seems that when the crimes involved law enforcement officers is absurd,” — said the lawyer.

In addition, the President pointed out that the materials, which consequently provided in the case of Alexei Ulyukayev, was enough for his dismissal. Meanwhile, Putin urged not to do hasty conclusions about the case of the former Minister. The President also supported the former head of the Federal customs service Andrei Belyaninov: “it had no case. What dosledstvennaja all sorts of actions, including searches and something similar was thrown out in the media, is inadmissible”. Searches Belyaninov was conducted in the framework of the case of smuggling, which is the businessman Dmitry Mikhalchenko.

Putin refused to release the journalist Roman Sushchenko, Director Oleg Sentsov and Crimean “saboteurs”, who complained of torture. The head of state noted that they could fall under Amnesty if Kiev will abandon hostile activities against Russia. “Putin asked many times to show respect. good will, as he did in relation Hope Savchenko, — said the Director’s lawyer Dmitry Dinze. But we’re hearing only about conditions that must occur, but no specifics”.

Turkey and Syria

Speaking about relations with Turkey, Putin said that the murder of the Russian Ambassador Andrey Karlov, which he called “assassination of Russia”, will not prevent their development. Putin is confident in the success of the new format of negotiations on Syria with the participation of Ankara and Tehran. The “Troika” managed to negotiate a cease-fire and the withdrawal of Aleppo of militants and civilians after government troops took the city completely under control. Next must be followed by the establishment of the ceasefire across Syria and political negotiations, Putin said.

Putin also said that his attitude to the events in Turkey have changed. If he had not believed that a Russian military plane last fall could be shot down without an indication of the Turkish government, after the assassination of the Ambassador, he admits, “anything is possible and the penetration of destructive elements is of a deep nature.” The Ministry found that Ambassador Charles killed a police officer mevlüt Altıntaş. He says the police had contact with representatives of the preacher Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara accuses of attempting a coup d’etat in July of this year. One of the pilots of the Turkish aircraft shot down by a Russian su-24, the Turkish authorities also suspected of ties with Gulen.

Answering the question about the involvement of Russian state structures to the organization of hacker attacks on the servers of the democratic party of the United States, Putin reiterated his position: it does not matter who is behind the attacks, and what has been discovered as a result.

“Basically, at the press conference was dominated by domestic topics, it is a shift that is observed in recent years, the President to a lesser extent now more concerned about foreign policy issues,” — said General Director of the Russian Council on international Affairs Andrey Kortunov.

The statements of the President of Turkey confirm that for Russia it is very important to keep relations with this country and try to integrate Turkey into the multilateral format of negotiations on the Syrian issue, said Kortunov.

With the participation of Margarita Alyokhina

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