The Kremlin’s domestic political bloc has begun preparations for the re-election of Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2024, Kommersant writes, citing sources close to the presidential administration.
The elections are expected to take place on March 17, 2024, and the election campaign will begin after their official appointment by the Federation Council in December 2023. The Kremlin proceeds from the fact that Putin will take part in them, the source said. According to him, it was within this framework that experts recently discussed preparations for the upcoming re-election of the president.
There are still no clear outlines of the ideological component of Putin’s election campaign, but in September 2023 there will be about 36 elections in the regions of Russia, where various ideas and political technologies will be tested.
“There is a gigantic amount of tasks for this year. The elections will be held in the conditions of a special military operation, sanctions, escalation in international relations. This year it will already be possible to look at the technological solutions of opponents. So this is a really good year to test these or those solutions,” the Kremlin source said.
According to him, the emphasis is supposed to be on social networks, which have become an “alternative space”, as well as on the participants in the war in Ukraine and those who were directly affected by this war. Also, political technologists are going to inform the “new development plan” of Russia within the framework of the presidential campaign. The Kremlin considers it important to prepare for the elections in the annexed regions of Ukraine, where “we will have to work with the electorate.”
Before Putin’s re-election, United Russia was instructed to update the base of its supporters, after which the party in power began to purge opponents of the war in Ukraine from it. At the end of January, special seminars will be held for vice-governors and officials of the Presidential Administration, at which they will give instructions on the presidential elections, Vedomosti wrote.
At the same time, the Kremlin instructed the regions to compile lists of the most important social problems for residents, which they can solve in the coming months. In addition, it is necessary to assess the mood in social networks and take measures to improve it, Nestka wrote, citing sources in the leadership of two constituent entities of the Siberian Federal District.
As Putin’s sparring partners in the elections, the impassable leader of the Liberal Democratic Party Leonid Slutsky, the leader of A Just Russia Sergei Mironov and the deputy chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation Yuri Afonin, who will have to replace party leader Gennady Zyuganov, are considered. The latter, due to his age, will not be able to take part in the elections, sources of Nestka in parliament noted.