The Russian voters pull today to the polls to decide who the country’s next six years will lead. The chance that Vladimir Putin remains in power, is very great. Russians not Putin want to vote, have the choice of these seven candidate (or stay home).
1. Ksenia Sobtsjak: the Russian Paris Hilton
With its 36 springs is the extravagant tv anchor and journalist Ksenia Sobtsjak the youngest candidate since 2004. This Russian Paris Hilton – that of her stoeipoesimago want to know as the daughter of Anatoly Sobtsjak, putin’s former mentor, excellent how they the well-to-do circles and the media must play.
The political program of Sobtsjak is particularly thinly and starts from the premise that its policy ” against everyone and everything’. Out of the many zenduren that Sobtsjak on television got, it turns out that they are mainly against the ideas of the opposition. At the end of december, they stated that ” it is not healthy to 18 years in power, not even for Putin, but that they Putin never will personally attack you because there is a distinction to be made between the politician and the man who was her father’s life has been saved’.
2. Sergei Baboerin: the bejaardenmagneet
This fixed value of the Russian popular union) is running in the state duma since Vladimir Putin first became president. On his conservative nationalist program is a lot of dust, but the old ‘protect your home country and throughout the sovjetwonden’formula remains mainly at pensioners trek.
Baboerin know how he at the right moment in the Russian media may appear. In 2007, he called all of a sudden that every Russian citizen 4 million ruble compensation should get from the government for the mistakes that have been made during the privatization after the fall of the Soviet Union’. And when had his opponents, but explained to the Russian voters why they – despite their similar partijgedachtengoed – not such a good idea.
3. Pavel Groedinin: the not so simple aardbeiboer
Groedinin is the white rabbit of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation. The 53-year-old businessman is proud of his communist roots and was on the state television for hours, telling about how he as a young boy, together with his family in a large sovjetboerderij full of vegetables and fruit worked. That he after the fall of the Soviet Union, that company bought it, empire was and now with his products just about every major market in the country dominates, he will find to say less important.
Preferably is Groedinin seen as simple aardbeienplukker of yesteryear the talent to the old communist system in a new guise to stop with just the desires. Thanks to his affluent status knew Groedinin the (financial) support of oligarchs. That are after all ‘the replacement of the state’ in the vision of Groedinin, that the Russian families, once again, from their birth to death wants to bind to a single employer.
4. Vladimir Zhirinovsky: the troublemaker
As 71-year-old is Vladimir Zjirinovsky the oldest presidential candidate. All that does not mean that debates with the leader of the Liberal Democratic Party is a dead quantity. On the contrary: the nestor of Russian politics is kicking against the shins of people who deserve it’, being just about everybody, except men who ultranationalistisch and the extreme right. The name of the party is somewhat misleading, since Zhirinovsky is no liberal and democratic course, but rather a radical-nationalist course.
Zhirinovsky is the Russian media regularly described as ‘an incompetent clown”. One of the most controversial incidents was the sexist allusion he made at a press conference in 2014. He suggested there that “all Ukrainian women are nymphomaniac,’ and asked two of his bodyguards to” who is a journalist there Rossija Sevodnja brutal rape to prove it’. The pregnant journalist was had in a state of shock brought to the hospital.
5. Maxim Soeraikin: the pure Stalinist
For whom the traditional Communist Party of the Russian Federation is not ‘pure’ enough, ‘Communists of Russia’ an alternative. That party, that is a purely marxist-leninist line, is especially known for its call for the death penalty again.
The neo-Stalinist front man Maxim Suraikin takes his presidential mission seriously, but remains pragmatic. “I will definitely second,” he said in december 2017. ‘On the first place, we talk now, not yet.’ With the tienpuntenprogramma ” Ten Stalinist attacks on capitalism and American imperialism,’ hopes Suraikin the voter to seduce.
6. Boris Titov: the liberal reluctantly
It was a ‘shoulds’ in the Party of the Growth in Russia: businessman Boris Titov initially wanted to not participate in the elections, but could not because his party the lack of support for other potential candidates.
With some reluctance, and speeches that are full of euhs and clichés, Titov, the Russians are trying to convince people of the benefits of the free market economy, democracy and the rights of the middle class. The chances of the party in the new electoral threshold of 5 percent for a seat in the state duma, is not large.
7. Grigory Tsar: the conservative academic
As the presidential intentions arrive, know Grigory Tsar of the party Jabloko (‘apple’ in Russian) how the fork in the stalk. After Boris Yeltsin was challenged in 1996, Putin in 2000 and in 2012 it was not allowed to participate in the presidential elections, try this economist, academic, author and politician it again this year.
Tsar does not quickly catch on one-liners if he don’t substantiate with scientific evidence. That line takes the voter back to the party, which is cautiously critical exhaust on the authoritarian policies of Putin, but chooses to mostly focus on areas for improvement. The highlight of the party: the Russian people convince that the political and economic reforms in the nineties were made, not of the devil, were to the oligarchs of the system in a perverse way ” started out to milk.