Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
8th January, 2016
“United Russia” did not wait for the end of the Christmas holidays and have already began work. The party held a briefing for media representatives, which informed them about the plans for 2016. The event was attended by the Secretary of the party’s General Council Sergei Neverov, his Deputy Sergei Zheleznyak, the Chairperson of the Central coordination Council of supporters of party Olga Batalina and coordinator of the party project “Civil University” Vyacheslav Nikonov.
In particular, on January 27th, a forum for the primary branches of “United Russia” in Moscow and the Moscow region is scheduled. “Last year we held a forum for local branches of the party – an unprecedented event. And the secretaries of the primary branches voiced a request to hold a similar event on topical issues for them. With this initiative, in particular, they spoke of the regional branch Moscow and Moscow region”, – quotes the press service of the party Sergei Neverov.
The upcoming event will raise key themes for the region. “The issues of urban environment: problems of housing and communal services (as you remember, we held a housing forum in Chelyabinsk and important decisions were taken), the issues of land and urban planning, refurbishment and tariffs. Moscow and the Moscow region have many similar problems, so it is important that these problems are discussed together”, – said the Secretary of General Council of “United Russia”.
Another major event, planned to be held in 2016, will become the first stage of the party Congress. “This is an important event for us. The Congress will be held in Moscow on 5-6 February. It will approve the regulation on the procedure for voting, approved by the Federal organizing Committee, who will take step-by-step provisional voting regulations. The results of the poll will form the list of candidates for United Russia in State Duma”, – said Sergei Neverov.
Neverov reminded everyone that the project “the Candidate” has registered more than 4500 participants, and more than 1400 of users have confirmed their intention to participate in the preliminary vote, scheduled for May. “After the Congress we plan to hold the educational forum “The Candidate” (in particular, seminars on public speaking skills: debates will be mandatory for all participants in the preliminary vote)”, he added.
This will not spare the Secretary of the General Council of the party and General strategy of the “United Russia” for 2016. “Ideologically, we are going to hold that position, that niche which is occupied, is still the center and more conservative politics than policy sharp liberals. But at the same time, we understand that under certain economic difficulties that exist today we will need to make some decisions somewhere, maybe not all popular or acceptable today”, – quotes RIA Novosti from Sergei Neverov.
He stressed that the main task of the party is to maintain the level of support for socially vulnerable categories of citizens. In particular, in the context of economic difficulties, the focus will be on providing targeted support to the Russians who need it the most.