Against the background of repeated failures of Vladimir Putin to talk about his plans for the nomination for the presidential elections 2018 in the media continue to be published that de facto election campaign of the head of state has already started. So, in September it became known that the Kremlin is already making a list of Trustees for the future of the candidate. A month later this information was confirmed by the newspaper “the Interlocutor”. The newspaper conducted an investigation about the financial successes of Trustees Putin in the last election, in 2012. The newspaper has noticed that the welfare of those who expressed support for the policy, then markedly increased.

In particular, prosperity has touched restaurateur Arkady Novikov. Businessman listed as the founder of nearly a hundred commercial organizations, from the data register. Eight of them after the 2012 elections became successful to win tenders from government. Firms Novikova contractors for the Administration of the President, the Federation Council, the state Duma, the audit chamber and Prosecutor General’s office, the newspaper said.

According to the newspaper, the company of restaurateur provided nutrition during the visits of foreign delegations. The total income from execution of such contracts amounted, according to estimates of “Source” that almost 12 million rubles.

Speaking confidant of fashion designer Valentin Yudashkin subsequently also lucky with the orders. It controls the Fund “ARTES” has organized corporate events for Rosneft and the Ministry of Finance for a total amount of 60 million rubles, according to the procurement website. In addition, the Association of high fashion Yudashkin for 16,6 million roubles organized a holiday for the Moscow city hall. Finally, the designer after the election secured the rights to the production of vodka under the brand name “Kremlin”.

Leader of the musical group “lube” Nikolay Rastorguev after Putin’s support was a success in the field of cinema. The Ministry of culture has allocated 27 million rubles to LLC “Production company Nikolay Rastorguev” to create a film about the war “72 hours”. Fees from the picture in the cinemas were 2.5 times less.

Artistic Director of the Moscow variety theatre Gennady Khazanov won a tender from the Ministry of culture of Tatarstan, in which as object of purchase for 800 thousand rubles, it was stated to “Ensure their participation in the solo performance of G. V. Khazanov”. As the newspaper writes, “he thus nastrelyal 6.5 million rubles”.

Conductor Yuri Bashmet has also received the state order. Its “Center of creative meetings “Elbe” has received 9 million rubles for the provision of catering services in educational institutions and on the activities of the Committee for external relations of St. Petersburg.

Saxophonist Igor Butman and his orchestra earned on government contracts to 4.75 million rubles. Moreover, in 2016 he owns, the share (17%) in LLC “ISK “homeland,” which recently received goodread to 414 million rubles for construction and installation works in Mytishchi hospital.

Also among the recipients of state orders the magazine says pianist Denis Matsuev, the Chairman of the Union of theatrical figures Alexander Kalyagin and the singer Hope Babkin.

Support was felt not only representatives of business and culture, but also public figures. Organization non-commercial partnership “Institute of political research”, which founder is agitating for Putin political scientist Sergey Markov, has received a budget of almost 18 million rubles. Customers were of the Ministry, Administration of the President, Rosstat and regional authorities. Organization Markova conducted “scientific research”, and has also organized conferences on, for example, the identity of the Cossacks in history of Russia”.

Some of Putin’s supporters got after the 2012 election the advancement on the career ladder. Igor Kholmanskikh of Uralvagonzavod became the presidential envoy in the Urals Federal district, Professor MGIMO Vladimir Medinsky – Minister of culture, writes “Interlocutor”.

Putin has repeatedly stated that it has not yet made a decision about the nomination for the presidency in 2018. Last week at the plenary session of the forum “Russian energy week” the head of state reiteratedthat he had not decided whether he will run.

However, the upcoming participation of Putin in the elections press writes from the beginning of the year, the preparation of the concept of the campaign for President in the spring. It was reported that she actually started in the summer, when the Russian leader began to hold meetings with young people and to travel around the regions.

On the eve it became knownthat Putin is expected to announce its plans to re-elected during the annual address to the Federal Assembly, which will probably take place in December this year. It was noted that the elections he will go as an independent candidate.

In September, RBC daily wrote, citing sources, that the administration has already started making a list of proxies for Putin in the upcoming elections. Specific criteria for determining the candidates there, but among the contenders in the AP want to see new faces and youth.

Under current law, a candidate may appoint to 600 authorised representatives, who have to campaign in his favor. The party nominating the candidate, shall be entitled to designate up to 100 proxies. proxies are forbidden to be citizens who are candidates in elections of any level, heads of local administrations, persons occupying state or elective municipal positions, and employees of election commissions. Government officials can be appointed as the Trustees only in the case of leave for the period of the campaign.

In the 2012 election, Putin was 499 Trustees, including teachers, doctors, athletes and cultural figures. Among them, the players are Igor Akinfeev, Andrei Arshavin, Alexander Kerzhakov, Vyacheslav Malafeev, figure skaters Tatiana Navka and Evgeny Plushenko, singers Nadezhda Babkina, Nikolai Rastorguev and Stas Peha, Directors Nikita Mikhalkov and Fyodor Bondarchuk, actor Mikhail Boyarsky, artistic Director of the Mariinsky theatre Valery Gergiev, Director of the Hermitage Mikhail Piotrovsky, restaurateur Arkady Novikov, fashion designer Valentin Yudashkin, a leading “Field of dreams” Leonid Yakubovich, the writer Eduard Bagirov, publisher and mediaproducer Konstantin Rykov.

“The source” found out about the orders, received the Trustees of the President after backing Putin in 2012 11.10.2017

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