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THE BOSSES OF THE STAFF« Назад
The organization plans to “create the corruption-free economy in Russia” while upholding Putin’s policy. The movement aspires to obtain 30% of the seats in the municipalities after the next elections. Sofia Savina found out who are the organization’s leaders.
“The public staff for implementation of the president’s programs” claims its aim as protection of the small and medium-sized business on the municipal level. Presently, the initiatives of President Putin often have been stuck because of resistance of officials and tycoons. So the initiative to establish the movement has come from the grassroots level, a member of the steering committee Sergei Markov told reporters.
Markov has been Putin’s proxy since 2012. He was a member of the Fifth State Duma where he had proposed amendments to tighten the law about meetings, rallies and demonstrations.
Currently, Markov is a member of the Public Chamber, the Popular Front and heads a handful of “patriotic” organizations.
There are some “common people” among the founding committee such as accountants or teachers. But on a wider scale, the public headquarter comprises well-connected people who know each other through business interests.
Say, Kirill Ivanov, chairman of the committee, has been a member of the Moscow lawyers chamber. He has invited at least five of his clients and partners to the movement.
Kirill Ivanov has been not only an expert in property issues but he also assists the candidates during elections as a lawyer.
A member of Moscow city Duma Andrei Shibaev recommends Ivanov. Ivanov says in his Facebook account that he has been acquainted with one more Duma and the Public Chamber member Georgy Fedorov. Ivanov, along with Markov, conducts trainings in the Center for efficient political communications. Two experts from that project, Nadezhda Muravyova and Sergei Volodenkov, have been members of the new movement headquarter.
Daryan Grevtsova has been connecting the Staff with Vladimir Shaposhnikov, a member of the Presidential Council for development of civil society.
A deputy head of the National Foundation for the regional sustainable development Igor Skurlatov is a member of the new movement. The foundation’s chairman has been Valentin Grakovich, an official in one of the State Duma committees.
Ilya Rabchenok is a member of the National association of the corporate directors. Stepan Zotov leads a youth patriotic movement “New Frontier” in partnership with the Public Chamber and the Popular Front.
NATIVES OF THE “HOMELAND”
Some members of the new organization share a common political platform.
During the Duma elections in September 2016, Kirill Ivanov ran as a candidate from the Rodina (Homeland) party.
Mikhail Demidov also participated in the 2016 elections from the Homeland. Dmitry Drobychev heads the Rodina’s TV studio. Stepan Zotov is a member of the party youth council. The Rodina’s leader Alexei Zhuravlyov has been a State Duma member and a member of the Popular Front’s central staff.
Nearly all members of the movement’s public staff have been also members of various patriotic and spiritual organizations.
Vladimir Mikov is a deputy chair of the Russian Club of the Orthodox patrons, head of the Love and Fidelity movement, advocating “Orthodoxal approach to business”.
Kirill Ivanov is the head of the Orthodoxal lawyers union.
Igor Starkov, director of the RosArt patriotic arts factory, is in charge of propaganda in the new movement.
“Polite people are coming” -- work of the RosArt factory
The new organization’s charter states it will be financed from the membership fees and donations. The staff has been occupying in the Moscow-city business hub, one of most expensive office towers in the capital.
The movement’s members have plenty of connections with influential people despite the animosity to the tycoons stated in its charter.
For example, Sergei Volodenkov worked for the presidential elections in 2008. He is a managing partner of the G3 Communications Group which has worked with the State Duma, Moscow city government, Education Ministry, Ministry for economic development and the Rosatom corporation. Volodenkov has also been a professor in the Moscow state university and a director of the National Endowment for social development founded by the Russian Academy of Science and Academy of Education chairpersons as well as by Alexander Babakov, a former MP and the Popular Front member.
Babakov name had emerged in the Panama Dossier for his participation in energy and hospitality business while holding the State Duma seat.
Oxana Ovchinnikova, another member of the Staff, is a deputy head of the Mitoinzheneria institute founded by the Mitotekh gerontological company (currently owned by the Rosnano).
Mikhail Shtetser is the head of Kaluga regional branch of the Russian Firearm Union. The Union’s chairman has been Vladimir Lisin, who was listed among 200 Russia’s richest businessmen in 2012. Lisin is also a co-founder of the Foundation in support of the Russian Olympians along with tycoons Roman Abramovich, Victor Vekselberg, Oleg Deripaska, Vladimir Potanin and others, with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev as the head of its supervisory board.