“Open Russia” will work in almost 30 regions and will support candidates in the local elections of 2017, said the Executive Director of the organization Timur Valeev. According to him, four regional branch of the movement created in Saint-Petersburg, Cheboksary, Kazan and Chelyabinsk. The following offices will open on January 27 in Rostov-on-don, January 28 — in the Moscow region and Moscow, said Valeev. According to him, in February, will open offices in Nizhny Novgorod, Ufa, Tver and Tambov.
Offices are being established in order to recruit candidates who will participate in elections in regional legislative Assembly and municipal councils in 2017. Valeev stressed that “Open Russia” will support candidates “hidden”. In 2016, the politician who wanted to get help from the organization, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, had to openly declare such cooperation.
“Now the story has changed because we have more cards on hand: a well-functioning movement, we started other media projects, so they can afford to support candidates hidden. The applicant can receive support in the framework of the campaign, but is not obliged to talk about it,” — said Valeev, stressing that we are not talking about direct financial assistance. Organization will help with experts, lawyers, political strategists, up to the design development of campaign materials.
The approximate cost of such a “resource support” candidates Valeev could not name, explaining that it all depends on the level of elections, but added that in Moscow for the election campaign in the municipal district candidate need 150 thousand.
Many of those who want to cooperate with the “Open Russia”, are ready to work only tacitly, recognizes a member of the Federal Council of the organization Marina Belova, who oversees the formation of centers in the regions. “The farther from Moscow, the more acute is the problem of the fear of people to tell about what and whom they are doing,” said Beebe in conversation with .
The head of “Political expert group” Konstantin Kalachev skeptical about the effectiveness of the promotion of movement in the regions, noting that “much more interesting would be to hear that “Open Russia”, for example, brought to power at least one of the regional Deputy.” But it still is better than nothing, concluded Kalachev.
At the end of December “Open Russia” Mikhail Khodorkovsky opened a school for the training of 400 candidates in the municipal deputies of Moscow. It is necessary for the nomination of the candidate in mayors of the capital in 2018, told the participants of the project.