The Russian President has presented his top candidates for the parliamentary elections. The long-sponsored former President Medvedev is not one of them. Because that is now considered a problem.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov are to head the Kremlin Party’s candidate list in the Duma elections this autumn, according to President Vladimir Putin. In his speech at a party congress on Saturday, however, Putin did not name the party leader of “United Russia”, Dmitri Medvedev, as one of the five desired top candidates. Delegates were due to vote on Putin’s proposals later that day.
Political scientist Tatiana Stanowaja described the fact that the former head of government Medvedev, who is considered Putin’s political foster son, to no longer run as a top candidate, described the political scientist Tatiana Stanowaja as a logical step. Medvedev, who had topped the list in 2011 and 2016, has now become a “toxic figure” and a risk for the party. Putin dismissed Medvedev as head of government at the beginning of last year in view of the severe economic crisis in Russia.
In the past, Putin himself was also the top candidate for “United Russia”. It is customary in the Kremlin party for prominent politicians to be nominated for the top positions in the list, but then to hand over their seats in parliament to party colleagues after the election.