The question of the postponement of presidential elections from March 2018 to September 2017 in the Kremlin do not discuss, assured on Monday, 7 November, the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov.
“This is an absolute, so to say, scholasticism. Such question on the agenda is not as such, there is the usual work, quite tense. In the Kremlin these discussions are not” – quoted by RIA “Novosti” Peskov response to a question, how can he comment on reports about the possibility of holding elections in September 2017.
“Gazety” with reference to sources close to the Kremlin, writes that early, shortly after the decision about the postponement of the Duma elections to an earlier date, such an idea was really discussed to the President, but in the end it was abandoned.
The postponement of the Duma elections from December to September, there were two main explanations: first, the authorities wanted to lower the turnout to increase the result of “United Russia”, according to the second, it was a test of transfer of the presidential campaign. Although officially Russia has no case law, the same constitutional court (CC) in their decision-making is guided by their own earlier decisions, and the COP confirmed the legality of the postponement of parliamentary elections.
In late September, rumors about the postponement of presidential elections in 2017, has denied the head of the CEC of Russia Ella Pamfilova. Commenting on the planned draft budget allocation of the Central election Commission of 15 billion rubles in 2017, she said: “Nothing like that, it’s normal budgetary process… I know nothing about any early election.”
Early presidential elections in analogy with the parliamentary was offered in June of 2015, a former Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin to accelerate the programme of reforms in the country. According to him, “the new program changes are easier to conduct, with the mandate to carry it out”. In the state Duma then criticized this idea and accused Kudrin of attempting to destabilize society.
On the possibility of early presidential elections was echoed by other economists. In June 2015, Russian economist Yevgeny Gontmakher in the column for the “Vedomosti” newspaper wrote about a possible postponement of presidential elections a year early, explaining that the deterioration of the socio-economic situation in the country and the possibility of personnel shifts in the government and the state Duma.
Commissioner for the protection of the rights of entrepreneurs, the leader of the Party of growth Boris Titov 31 October noted that the earlier election of the President of Russia, the better for Russian business: “If to speak about my opinion, that real reform will be after the election, so the sooner the elections are held, the better” (quoted by “Vedomosti”).
Head of the economic partnership “New economic growth” Mikhail Dmitriev thinks otherwise. In an interview with RIA “Novosti” he said that the postponement of the elections is theoretically possible, but may not be the best solution due to risks of falling prices for oil: “what if the price of oil will fall much? What if again worsen the geopolitical situation around Russia, which has again begins to heat up, and how will this affect the economy?” However, Dmitriev in the same interview said that the alternative to Vladimir Putin as President in Russia both was not, and no.
In September 2016 in an interview with Bloomberg, the incumbent President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin has declaredthat has not yet made a decision to participate in the campaign, and added that the future President should be young enough and at the same time “Mature”.