By Mikaprok for SouthFront
As you all know, the term of Mr. Putin as President of the Russian Federation is going to end the next March.
So we need to choose someone suitable. Why not him again?
Mr. Putin himself still preserves the intrigue.
Though you think, he put it in till the imminent New Year’s address. Or not?
Mr. Putin was introduced in 1998.
Let me remind you that at all elections since 2004 happened the strange things.
And the candidates from the “ER” (“Edinaya Rossia” or “United Russia”) did not have any options:
- 2004 – 71.31% (Mr. Putin won)
- 2008 – 70.28% (Mr. Medvedev took opportunity)
- 2012 – 63.60% (Mr. Putin second time, thanks!)
- 2018 – …
We didn’t have any chance to see even close alternative.
We could understand officials: the situation in 2000 with “53% (V.Putin) and 29.3% (G.Zyuganov, from Russian Communist Party)” would be strange to model in advance, so let’s do it this way:
- an underdog candidate for an elder post-USSR electorate;
- non-politician deviant (journalist, writer or even an impressive painter).
They draw attention to 2% of electorate.
What is the situation in the Russian Federation in 2017?
OK, suppose, we know the leader.
Who could take seats 2 to 4?
If the state worked properly, we would have had a set:
1) Candidate-governor. The obvious solution. In the 2000s, none of the governors ran for election. Now there is no such person again.
2) Candidate-mayor. In late 1990s there was a test call of the Moscow ex-mayor. And it’s unfortunate. Currently in Moscow and St. Petersburg mayors are officials who read their words on the teleprompter.
3) Candidate-security official. There is no such person. Emptiness.
All media cry about the restoration of the army, honor and dignity. OK, but the army is not an equipment and not even armored vehicles, but the military intelligence.
Where is at least one (1) freely speaking person in epaulets with a social stance? Well, let it be retired and on a well-deserved pension. None.
4) Candidate-businessman. For the period 2000-2012 (+5 years of waiting) there were two performances: Mr. Dzhabrailov (it is not worth mentioning) and Mr. Prokhorov (he failed).
In a country where at least 100,000 dollar multimillionaires we do not have a single person to think of as a potential president. Just an average top manager. For example, I immediately come up with Mr. Lisin (co-owner of NLMK – one of the four largest steel companies in Russia).
It’s strange, isn’t it?
5) Where at least one person is from all this diversity of state think-thanks? Yes, let it be a dummy, but still. Ah!
What do we have instead?
Nevertheless, Ksenia Anatolyevna Sobchak, Russian TV-host and celebrity (something like less glamorous Paris Hilton) opened the “week of haute couture” for pretenders to the throne.
They both know each other very well. By the way, she is the daughter of V.Putin’s former boss. [Anatoly Sobchak, a mayor of Saint Petersburg in the period between June 1991 and June 1996]
I have never been particularly interested in her life or intellectual abilities. In a recent interview, the girl reached the designed capacity and showed everything she could.
We do not need to comment on or say something meaningful. It is better to see and get a sharp aesthetic pleasure once than to hear a hundred times the inevitably silly jokes on this topic.
Since that everyone rushed to discuss some thoughts of Madame “to-be” President, phraseological turns, political predilections, etc ..
Dear friends, what are you talking about?
I’ll mark one stylistic moment and one important social one atop this fruitful dialogue.
Obviously, her candidacy as an imitator was designed to personify the younger generation of voters. 18-25 to be exact.
Her scandalous popularity is concealed by the carefully arranged image of the mistress of the secular salon, almost Madame De Stael. She grinned into the fan with a squint, and then let a fashionable anecdote. Just to leave in her diary a deadly note.
The noise in the cabin even contributes to the consolidation of this image.
Such a person comes to a public place, sits down, cross her legs and gently squeeze out poison from her mouth.
And all this in the infant age for the master of doom.
Do you know what’s interesting? Mrs. Sobchak is an old woman. And the cosmetologist has nothing to do with it.
Gestures, facial expressions, a way of talking, method of arguing.
What is the difference between her and the old generation of Russian politicians?
The latter are MUCH better oriented not only in what is happening, but also simply MORE modern. They work with youth professionally.
It’s not about slang, but about how to conduct a dialogue.
Regardless of culture, young people demonstrate better adaptability and consistency.
It does not matter what and why she says: “right-left”, “Crimea is Russian or not”, “Putin is good or Putin is bad”.
What is really important is the style, the ability to plausibly substantiate and enjoy this audience.
Here are some endless repetitions, mumbling, quarreling, like an old maid who is walking with her cats.
She after a couple of interviews turn from (1 * journalist) to (0 * public figure).
She did not even seem to understand the question of her earnings (in the abovementioned interview). Maybe it will happen that at the stage of getting involved in an adventure, it did not bargain, but now there will not be a single grain winter.
It is clear why they chose it.
That’s in the Russian Federation should replace real politics.
“Look, argue, empathize, dear fellow citizens!”
It turned out worse.
Do not pull the decoration on the candidates for the simulation.
It became obvious: full bankruptcy of political technologies in today’s Russia. As you know, muscles without training atrophy.
This interview needs to be shown (with translation or even without) by the rare sober American political activists.
Look, you are attributing such clever ideological attacks with Facebook ads and hypnosis at a distance to such people. Are you, guys, not ashamed?
Here follows the important conclusion: it turns out that in the current situation the first experienced and not completely lost loyalist can instantly seize the initiative.
We don’t need extremely smart and we already have disproportionately stupid, but in the middle places an appropriate candidate.
Whoever comes first with any constructive social agenda that is not hostile and at the same time, will not play Gandhi, grab the bank.
Casting for such a character can be considered declared. When his or her advent will happen, it starts the political life of the Russian Federation.