The governors will head to half the regional lists of United Russia

“United Russia” decided to increase the number of governors who will head the regional list of party on elections in the state Duma this fall. The number of such governors — the leaders of the lists may reach 15-17, told close to the leadership of the party interlocutors and confirmed Deputy Secretary of the General Council “United Russia” Viktor kidyaev.

In Russia’s 85 regions, but the territorial lists of the party will be much smaller, presumably 35-40, told the interlocutors . The leaders of the regional lists will be the most influential people of his interlocutors .

The party is now discussing the question of the first numbers of lists, said kidyaev, but the final decision on cutting the territorial districts, and the leaders of the groups will be made at the second stage of the party Congress in June.

What governors will lead United Russia

Right to a list of a few types of governors. The first is the heads of major regions, the lists in which you do not want to unite with others. This Chapter capitals — the mayor of Moscow Sergey Sobyanin and St. Petersburg Governor Georgy Poltavchenko (the lists in the Northern capital will not unite with lists in the Kaliningrad region, as previously assumed, said the source). They also include the head of Moscow area Andrey Vorobyov, the Governor of Rostov region Vasiliy Golubev and the head of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov and the head of Bashkortostan Rustem Khamitov. In such cases, the leadership of the Governor in a group logically and politically justified, says head close to the Kremlin Fund ISAPI Dmitry Badovsky.

Will be headed by regional lists, and the heads of smaller areas, a list which will unite in one with other regions, says a source close to the party leadership. But we will talk about those executives whose rank and influence extend not only to the region, he said. For example, the head of the Tyumen region Valery Yakushev. His list will be one for the so-called nested doll Yamalo-Nenets and Khanty-Mansi Autonomous districts. It is clear that Yakushev — authoritative leaders of these areas, said the source. Lead the list and the Governor of the Voronezh region Alexey Gordeev, he is a former Minister and has a high rating, says United Russia. According to him, the Voronezh list can combine with Lipetsk. Also refers to the head of the Kemerovo region Aman the Money (he would have one list or with the Republic of Altai, or Altay territory, or Tomsk region) and the Belgorod region Governor Evgenii Savchenko (Belgorod list, it would be logical to combine with Kursk, the interlocutor assumes). Such cases, where the governors are headed by the interregional group, not so much, and this is possible especially where there are strong governors with high personal credibility, says Badovsky.

A combined list of the Crimean Federal district will be headed by the head of the Crimea Sergey Aksenov. Sevastopol is a city of Federal subordination, but a separate list for Sevastopol: the Governor of Sevastopol, which has long been in conflict with the speaker of the legislative Assembly, to head the list, says another, close to the party source .

The third type of governors who will lead the regional group are heads of republics of the North Caucasus. There is a small area but cannot be combined with each other due to the nature and relations in the Caucasus, says a source close to party leadership. Lead lists can the head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of Dagestan Ramazan Adbulatipov, the head of Ingushetia Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, the head of Karachay-Cherkessia Rashid Temrezov, head of the Kabardino-Balkaria Yuri Kokov, acting head of North Ossetia Vyacheslav Bitarov.

The concept has changed

On state Duma elections of 2011, the governors led more than half of the territorial groups. There were 80, and regional leaders stood at the head of more than 50.

In the summer of 2015, sources close to the party and to the presidential administration, claimed that the elections of 2016 all will be fundamentally different — governors at the head of the list will not. This was due to the desire to stop the practice of “locomotives” (when the Governor leads the list in the Duma elections, and then refuses from the mandate and sends it to the next number on the list) and remove the heads of territories from the influence of the Duma on the lists. Besides, even then, was supposed to unite several regional lists in an affinity group, and in this case it would be illogical to put a Governor at the head of the list, and another to put aside, explained to the interlocutors .

In January 2016 kidyaev announced that only five governors can lead the United Russia to the polls. The interlocutors in the party later claimed that there will be no more than ten, it considered including Sobyanin, Poltavchenko and Tuleev.

Initially, the Kremlin wanted an affinity group of United Russia was headed by the leaders of public opinion that are not related to local politics and local authorities, says political analyst Abbas Gallyamov: the mark of the “party officials” is not the best option for elections in the fall of standard of living. The problem is that leaders of public opinion, really popular in the magnitude of their region, country not so much, continues Gallyamov. “In addition to the governors this is usually the representatives of the sphere of art, but it is impossible to make a list, consisting of some singers and artists. I had to go back to the governors,” he concludes. “And the choice of governors was guided by the fact that these were the heads of the regions with a low rating. The main thing here is not that their much loved, much to nobody’s annoyed,” added the expert.

“But it’s still [the governors at the head of the list] is substantially less than in the previous elections, when lists were either governors, or Ministers,” says a source close to the party leadership. Compared to the last election reduced even up to 17 is already a revolution, says political scientist Igor Bunin.