Why and who are needed “SVO candidates” in the elections in Russia

Vedomosti reported that the presidential administration and United Russia are considering the possibility of involving the military, volunteers and volunteers of NVOs in the election campaigns. “It is beneficial for everyone to have such people in their team as it is requested in the society,” the source said. The Communist Party of the Russian Federation, the Liberal Democratic Party and A Just Russia immediately joined the patriotic chorus of those wishing to nominate candidates “from the SVO”. We will soon see how all these statements are reflected in practice: the United Russia primary campaign takes place in April-May (sometimes traces of its public preparation are visible in February-March).

Most likely, as in all previous campaigns, the media’s backlash against the pro-war PR campaign promoted by the authorities will be expressed in two things. Firstly, there will be some “candidate-symbol” that will be shown to everyone as an example of the party’s participation in this PR campaign (“We have one!”). secondly, to participate in NVO with duty Komsomol agility, the same candidates, as always, will be issued trips to NVO zones, participation in the collection of humanitarian aid, legislative initiatives, etc. Etcetera. Just like before people participated in the organization of national projects (if anyone remembers) and in PR campaigns to combat COVID. Then it suddenly turns out that a certain candidate was not only a long-term lobbyist of some department, but also “actively participated in the organization of the volunteer movement” or initiated actions “to say thank you to the doctors.”

no electoral benefit

Does this news say anything about the real public mood in Russia and does this initiative promise any new political prospects for “ordinary” participants of the NWO? Answer: Not twice. There is no evidence of public demand for the participation of “NOR veterans” in politics that it would bring any real electoral benefit to at least one of them. Sympathy for those who got there and suffered is not an election request. Nothing shines for ordinary participants in SVO, except for a few who will be singled out as exemplary examples of the motive of Soviet milkmaids as part of the duties of the peoples of the USSR / RSFSR.

Then why and who needs it? The answer is simple: this is a purely inter-elite story. A demonstrative test of loyalty to the one person or group of peers who organized it all. According to the principle “If the authorities like it, you need to warmly support and participate.” Such loyalty to the highest authorities is thus displayed by the leaders of the internal political blocs of the presidential administration and the leaders of parties and regions, and by the candidates themselves. This is a marker-signal “I am mine”, “I need help”, “I will do everything you say”. Moreover, they not only demonstrate their loyalty in this way, but also apply for its funding from the authorities and administrative support. The executives will be happy as a result of getting another PR-production from the same person.

A story about how loyalty to the authorities is now more important to the organizers of elections in Russian elections than focusing on voters’ opinions.

In fact, when there is a real electoral struggle (and in many regions it still exists and will remain so, and it is there that the sacrilege of the “participation of SVO supporters in the elections” campaign will be most obvious, in the same place where the falsification are strong, SVO candidates will be more realistically deputized) Parties need candidates not by themselves, but precisely to the extent that they bring electoral benefit. And the more elections are administratively manipulated and rigged, the more the choice of candidates is an attempt to accommodate the whims and tastes of the boss.

no practical use

What type of candidates do parties require under normal competitive conditions? These include several groups that the parties are trying to balance in their structure. The one who finds this balance better, achieves more success.

  • First, of course the leaders of parties and their branches want to see themselves and their inner circle as representative.
  • Second, you need to mandate sponsors who can finance the entire campaign.
  • Third, we need candidates who can drive real votes. These are people with real popularity, they are also representatives of social groups who can help in the electoral mobilization of these groups.

Why are there so many candidates in our elections from the social sector – education, healthcare, social security agencies? Therefore, it is around them that local social networks are most often built, it is they who are best known to citizens at the local level. The mobilization of these local social networks is a key success factor in low turnout. Fourth, among the candidates, we also need people who will actually work in the elected body (lawyers, economists, housing and communal services specialists, etc.) – strange as it may sound, for those who generally serve us all our lives Consider it a show. After all, someone actually has to write the laws, rules, etc. Ideally, when a candidate is united in several persons, when he has both money and popularity, and he can be just a good deputy. But this rarely happens.

Potential “SVO candidates” do not solve any of these tasks required in elections. they do not bring financial resources (on the contrary, due to their non-publicity and lack of resources, the administration itself and local businesses will have to spend money on them, which will be forced to do so); They do not bring in new votes because they do not rely on any real local social networks and any significant electoral social groups; They are useless as representatives, as they are not experts in any of the fields required in the local or regional parliament.

In addition, as practice shows, they are completely helpless in public, due to the lack of the necessary education and skills, they usually cannot speak at all – and if they can, they must Scandals have to be resolved arising from them and compensate for the jokes.

In the end, they can do nothing as lobbyists. It is extremely difficult to explain to voters why they need such a depot. As a result, for regional and local authorities such candidates are just another burden and burden. They would have to be elected through administrative pressure, bribery and falsification, which would not strengthen the government, but would only weaken it.

Thus, the whole story with the “SVO candidates” in the elections is best described by the simple phrase “anyone for your money”. There is nothing else in it.

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