The leadership of “United Russia” has entered the speaker Volodin, the Minister Men

At the end of the five-year plan

In Moscow Sunday, January 22, was held the report-election Congress of “United Russia”, which was elected the leader of the party, Secretary of the General Council, members of the Higher and General councils.

The Congress was opened by the leader of the party Dmitry Medvedev, who read a congratulatory telegram of President Vladimir Putin, and then and own it.

Medvedev’s speech was largely devoted to results of activity of “United Russia” in the five years that passed since the previous reporting-election Congress, which took place in may 2012.

United Russia has built a new type of party, reformed party structures, updated form of communication with voters, said the Prime Minister, without specifying their theses. “I must admit that followed us and the other parties, but his leadership we have kept,” — said the head of “United Russia”, referring to the elections to the state Duma, the results of which the party won a constitutional majority. “This choice was made not by officials, and citizens of the country. They know that “United Russia” will protect them”, said Medvedev.

Medvedev recalled that in the Single voting day in September in Russia will hold regional elections, and this will be the last election before the presidential campaign.

Gryzlov and governors

After the speech, Medvedev and United Russia were invited to vote for him as party leader. According to the Charter “an United Russia” the Chairman is elected by open vote. For Medvedev as Chairman of the party for the next five years was voted unanimously.

Did not bring surprises, and the election of the Supreme Council, one of the Central bodies of “United Russia” responsible for its strategy. The head of the Supreme Council, as told United Russia, has again become Boris Gryzlov. In this body included several new members: the speaker of the state Duma Vyacheslav Volodin, the head of Russian Railways Oleg Belozerov, Director General of “Russian grids” Oleg Budargin and a number of governors, in whose regions “United Russia” scored the result is higher or comparable to the result of the game across the country (54.2 per cent). This, in particular, Vasily Golubev (Rostov oblast), Sergey Aksyonov (Crimea), Valery Shantsev (Nizhny Novgorod oblast). The Supreme Council is transferred from the General Council of ex-Deputy of the state Duma Vladimir Pligin.

Withdrew from the high Council of the heads of regions, the results of the elections to the state Duma which was below the result of the party in the country: Nikolai Merkushkin (Samara region), Marina Kovtun (Murmansk oblast), Alexander Zhilkin (Astrakhan region).

Remained in the composition of the Supreme Council, defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, state Duma speaker and Valentina Matviyenko, the General Director of Corporation “rostec” Sergey Chemezov, the head of the SVR Sergey Naryshkin, the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin, Moscow region Governor Andrei Vorobyov, the Ministers of culture and agriculture Vladimir Medinsky and Alexander Tkachev.

The first Minister

Other party on the “United Russia” — the General Council which is the governing body of the party, entered the Minister: the head of the Ministry of construction and housing Mikhail Men.

Sources close to the presidential administration, said earlier that the issue of including Me in the General Council come from the fact that his Ministry “needs to be the primary operator” projects “United Russia” “Urban environment” and “Parks and small towns”, aimed at the improvement of territories. The project “Urban environment” the budget has allocated 20 billion rubles., on “the Parks of towns” — 50 million rubles.

The inclusion of the Minister in the General Council, it is doubtful from the point of view of the law, said Ilya Shumanov, Deputy Director of the center of anticorruption researches Transparency International. “If a member of the General Council simultaneously holds the position of Federal Minister, this situation shows signs of violation of anti-corruption legislation”, — he said.

According to Shamanova, in accordance with the anti-corruption law (No. 273-FZ “On combating corruption”, part 3, article 12.1, item 2), the Minister as a person who holds a public office, must not be driven by the economic entity. In the category of economic entities, he said, related not only to commercial enterprises but also NGOs, which include public associations and political parties. Under the Charter of “United Russia”, it is a permanent collegial body is the General Council. Member of the General Council of the party is a member of the management body of the entity.

Prohibition of officials to participate in the management of the parties can be removed with the approval submitted to the Duma by Putin December 15 of the bill, amending the anti-corruption legislation. One of the points of the document provides amendments to the law “On combating corruption”, under which officials will once again be allowed to control the political parties.

Alternative choices

After the election of the General Council held its meeting at which he was elected Secretary of the General Council and the Presidium — the key governing body of the party.

For the post of Secretary of the General Council claimed three people on the Charter party, the election of Secretary should be held on an alternative basis.

As told sources in the “United Russia”, the post of the head of the General Council were nominated by the acting Secretary Sergei Neverov and head of the coordination Council “Young guards of “United Russia” (MGER) Denis Davydov. The third applicant was the Secretary of the Voronezh branch of party Vladimir Netesov.

Davydov recused himself, stating that he wanted implemented in MGER. Netesov on the results of the vote, won 16 votes, and Neverov – 131, pereizbranie to the post of Secretary.

Composed of Deputy Neverov also has not changed: they were deputies of the state Duma Viktor Seliverstov, Olga batalina, Sergei Zheleznyak, Yevgeny Revenko.

According to the analyst Abbas Gallyamov, the role of “United Russia” in the presidential campaign will be minimal in the next year or two actively used party will not, therefore, to change something “is no reason”. “Moreover, it is clear that his ceiling party reached and is unlikely to be more than that. It seems that she just waved a hand,” commented the conservation management team of the “United Russia” expert.

Political analyst Konstantin Kalachev, in contrast, believes that United Russia handled the crisis in 2011-2012, and is still important for power tools. According to him, the inertial scenario (no change in the top leadership of the party) the power to choose, as it sees challenges and threats on the basis of sociology. “There is no need for drastic changes. While the party earned career elevators, amplified representation of the primary branches. All this changes in order to preserve the status quo. Because the political process is controlled by the same moderators,” — says the expert.