For The Bulk
On Tuesday, Navalny has announced plans to run for President in 2018. In conversation with some of the opposition leaders spoke in support of it.
Mikhail Khodorkovsky will support the Bulk nomination for the presidency, confirmed the Executive Director of “Open Russia” Timur Valeev. “Will provide the help which we are asked now about the specifics to say before,” he said.
The head of the human rights direction of the “Open Russia” Maria Baronova said that “if all unjust decisions” to the Bulk will be cancelled and he will be able to participate in elections, it is “most likely” will vote for him.
The chair of PARNAS Mikhail Kasyanov after the failure of the party in the elections refused presidential ambitions. PARNAS support of Navalny, but the program the candidate should be coordinated with the party, said a member of Bureau of political Council of the party Konstantin Merzlikin. It is impossible to talk about the support of PARNASSUS, as it is split, said Deputy Chairman of the party Ilya Yashin.
As suggested by Yashin, support his party doesn’t matter, as the candidate need to apply directly to the voter, and not to the “political bureaucrats”. “Navalny is the optimal candidate, as it can show good results and is able to mobilize citizens who believe that Russia is headed the wrong way,” said the opposition leader .
The former leader of the party “Democratic choice” Vladimir Milov supported the decision Navalny to run. According to him, the ability to get better quality policies proved in the elections of the mayor of Moscow in 2013, when he received 27% of votes. “Then he scored one and a half times more votes in absolute terms than all of the democratic party together. He’s the obvious choice, and I will be happy to assist in the company and, I hope, take active part in it,” — said Milov.
The head of the party “Civil initiative” Andrei Nechayev said that the chances of Navalny becoming a consolidated opposition candidate depends on what policies he will pursue, and what obligations you take upon yourself. Nechaev is not yet ready to support the Bulk, but may change his mind if he will reflect in his program “the right way” themes of economic and social policy and local self-government.
Kirill Shulika, a former Chairman of “democratic choice”, supports Bulk and believes that if the opposition decides to support one candidate, the main country’s elections will be the same “sad” for her, just as the parliamentary, “Then the current composition of the opposition will not rise even to go to municipal elections.”
Earlier intention to participate in presidential elections the founder of the party “Yabloko” Grigory Yavlinsky. He was unavailable for comment on Tuesday afternoon, December 13. A source in the leadership of the “Yabloko” said that the presidential ambition of the Bulk is worth discussing after the end of the court on the “case “Kirovec”, the outcome of which will determine whether he can run. “We think he [announcing presidential ambitions] protected by the court. So after the verdict to say that didn’t become Russian President because of the sentence of the court” — said the source.
Sergei Mitrokhin, Chairman of the Moscow Yabloko said it would not support Bulk, as the party has decided to nominate Grigory Yavlinsky as a candidate for the office of President. “I think that presidents have to nominate a professional economist, who can cope with difficult economic situation with the crisis. A man with great political experience. And our candidate, Grigory Yavlinsky,” said Yabloko.
Ex-Duma Deputy Dmitry Gudkov reminded that all candidates nominated by “Yabloko” in the state Duma this year, signed an agreement with the party of support of candidacy of Grigory Yavlinsky in the presidential elections. “I this agreement is also signed and does not intend to violate it, because they are used to hold the word. In this regard, the nomination of other candidates can not comment,” — said Gudkov.
Another opposition politician Vladimir Ryzhkov (as he Gudkov was going to the Duma under the Federal list “the Apple”) also supported Yavlinsky. “The program of Yabloko and Yavlinsky us closer in views, approaches, values,” — said Ryzhkov. According to him, the more people will participate in the elections, the more competition of people and programs, so the Bulk nomination ‘it was good’.
Political analyst Alexander Kanev said that the registration of Navalny in the elections — a political issue. “The only losers in a possible Bulk registration “the Apple” and the old democratic opposition, which actually play the role of the dog in the manger — when and yourself can not conduct effective campaigns and others to participate do not give” — said the analyst. In his opinion, in terms of actual half-life of opposition democratic parties and the destruction of their regional network campaign Bulk can give the chance to create the new democratic party.
With the participation of Maria Istomina, Yegor Gubernatorova, Elena Smirnova, Dmitry Nasonov