Carefully thought out policy simulation

Carefully thought out policy simulationForeign media about the electoral efforts of the United Russia and its leaders

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Foreign media outlets write about the opening congress of United Russia and the general situation in the country on the eve of parliamentary and presidential elections. “This obscurity is unbearable,” one journalist chuckles. “Will the Kremlin party manage to grab 80% of the seats in the Duma or the entire 75, or 105?” For the bureaucratic apparatus, paralyzed by uncertainty with the future president, the more important question is whether the “era of one boss” will return.

The congress of United Russia, which begins in Moscow today, is in no way similar to the party conferences in Great Britain or any other country of Western democracy, believes The Times. "There will be practically no discussions about the political course. Delegates will make only a minimal contribution to the work with their reports. They will not state the strategy for the upcoming election campaign." According to the publication, the only concern of "United Russia" is "how to create the appearance of democratic elections, without running into open sneers."

And yet in Moscow there is a feeling of excitement: they expect at least a hint of his intentions from Putin. Did Putin's work disappoint Medvedev? Is Putin confident that he will maintain his rating? Or does he think that the current option is best for him - the ruling tandem?

"Most Russians do not know this and do not want to know. The country has plunged into deep political apathy," the article says. "Russia enters a completely surreal election campaign, which will end only in March, with Putin’s expected return to power," concludes the British edition.

Rumors began to crawl on Thursday: Russia allegedly wants to copy Germany, writes the Russian edition of The Arguments of the Week. “At its congress, United Russia would seem to advocate for the transformation of the Russian Federation into a parliamentary republic, in which the president will have only a representative function,” Sueddeutsche Zeitung shares. Boris Gryzlov, the leader of the United Russia parliamentary faction, called such rumors absolutely "absurd".

“Many Russians and without these rumors are confident that today Russia is headed by strong Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, and President Dmitry Medvedev represents the country more likely. It’s not known how this situation will continue,” the author notes.

According to polls, United Russia should not count on two-thirds of the seats in parliament after the elections of December 4. "" Russians’s discontent with the political elite is growing. Gasoline, food, heating are constantly becoming more expensive, and bribes are expensive, if a person is looking for a place to study or is counting on high-quality medical care. Every fifth resident of the country would prefer to leave her - all this is summed up in far from bright prospects, "the article says.

According to political analyst Mikhail Delyagin, Medvedev is already "preparing a new workplace." As an alternative candidate who could take the premiership or even the presidency, there are both Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin and Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov. “However, it has little in common with democracy, transparency and fair competition,” the publication emphasizes.

United Russia, the Kremlin party, which won two thirds of the seats in 2007, will not have a real contender, with the exception of the Communist party, writes Les Echos correspondent Yves Budriion. “Using technical and legal excuses, the Justice Ministry denied registration to the liberal“ People’s Freedom Party ”(PARNAS). To create the illusion of pluralism, the Kremlin invented the pseudo-opposition Right Cause party, putting billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, but he took his own the role was too serious and was recently eliminated, ”Budrion sets out his version.“ The Kremlin has a masterly skill in electoral engineering and has decided to include United Russia, which many Russians consider to be a party of crooks, in the All-Russian People’s Federation ont, taking whole enterprises and associations into this structure. "

The Russian political class is still hostage to the “2012 problem” - decision-making by President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, which of them will run in the presidential election next March, the Financial Times writes.
At the annual congress of the United Russia party, Putin’s political hegemon, experts expect at least some hints, if not a direct announcement of the transfer of power, the article says. In the absence of a clear signal from above, the Russian leadership and the bureaucratic apparatus remain in a paralyzed state. "Now, no strategic decisions are made because of uncertainty," said one Moscow banker.
“Analysts disagree on whether they are watching a backstage political struggle or an elaborate simulation of a policy that has become the norm over the decade of Putin’s rule,” the article says.
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