In anticipation of the next presidential election in Russia is growing political tensions in the higher echelons of power is a hidden struggle for the appointment of a new head of government, writes Bloomberg. Vladimir Putin has not yet announced its participation in the elections of 2018, but that is tipped to win, will have to dissolve the government and submitted for approval to the state Duma a candidate for the post of Prime Minister. According to the authors of the article, in this candidacy, “it will be easier to guess who he wants to leave power after his resignation”.

A few people in Putin’s inner circle told the news Agency that with the approaching date of elections active lobbyists advocating for the replacement of the current head of the government Dmitry Medvedev a stronger Manager who is able to make a greater effort “to revive a bad economy.”

“In Putin’s “Politburo” is a struggle for power. It escalates, as we prepare for the potential changing of the guard”, – told Bloomberg political analyst Yevgeny Minchenko, quoted InoPressa.

According to sources, among the possible candidates for the post of Prime Minister referred to as Bank of Russia Chairman Elvira Nabiullina, mayor of Moscow Sergey Sobyanin and the head of the Ministry of industry and trade Denis Manturov. According to Bloomberg, prominent business leaders and their allies in the government even begin to consider the possible contenders for the presidency in 2024, although this is still very far away.

For 17 years, Putin, as the article says, pushed their heads against the different groups in power, including the security forces and influential managers such as the head of “Rosneft” Igor Sechin who promote economic nationalism, and supporters of the easing of state control like Medvedev and former Minister of economic development Alexei Ulyukayev. According to the authors of the article, now the security forces clearly have the upper hand.

As an example, the acute confrontation between the political elites Bloomberg cites the case brought against the speaker on charge in extortion of a bribe of Sechin. From two sources, Bloomberg reportedthat Putin supported public disclosure in court of record speaker with Sechin, if not ordered to do it. As you know, later Sechin, commenting on the decision, called it “professional cretinism”.

Now everyone is waiting how it turns trial Ulyukaev, in the hope that the verdict will hint at the intentions of Putin. A guilty verdict will be a blow to already weakened technocrats from the economy, the article says.

“When the conflict between the head of a major state-owned companies and a key Minister is permitted by operation with a duck decoy, and then, in the course of the trial, you know that there is a serious crisis,” said Bloomberg Yevgeny Minchenko.

Alexei Ulyukayev accused of receiving bribes for the Ministry of economic development issued a positive opinion on the transaction, which allowed Rosneft to buy back the state of 50.08% of shares of “Bashneft”. The trial began on 16 August. Ex-Minister threatens till 15 years of imprisonment. The speaker is under house arrest in his apartment in the Minsk street in Moscow. His guilt he does not recognize. Ulyukaev argues that in relation to it employees of FSB have made bribes, organized on the basis of knowingly false denunciation Sechin and holding then a post of the head of the security service of “Rosneft” FSB General Oleg Feoktistov.

Recall that in recent months the ratings of Dmitry Medvedev fell in March after published investigations of the Fund of struggle against corruption “you do not Dimon” and related large-scale protest rallies against corruption, held in all regions. However, before this the society had expressed dissatisfaction with Medvedev. After dubious advice of the Prime Minister to teachers who do not have enough money, work more or go into business, activists last year even collected signatures under the petition to send Medvedev to resign.

In July press reported that, despite the low premiere ratings, the level of confidence in Putin and Medvedev is so high that it for the first time will not send in resignation of the Prime Minister before the election and leave him in charge of the government until at least may 2018. “Putin and Medvedev – full understanding,” assured the source of the TV channel “Rain” around the President. Medvedev passed the test of authority, gave the post of President, so Putin trusts him, said a friend of the Prime Minister. At the same time Medvedev started the trip in elected regions.

Bloomberg called the applicants for the post of Prime Minister, instead of Medvedev after the presidential election 11.10.2017

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