US Senate votes overwhelmingly in favor of Montenegro’s accession to NATOWorld March 29, 5:24
Putin’s popularity in Russia ‘unfaltering’ — GallupRussian Politics & Diplomacy March 29, 5:19
Lavrov says he plays football once a week, goes rafting every yearSport March 29, 3:59
UK prime minister signs formal Brexit letter to Brussels — official photoWorld March 29, 1:26
Some 20 Topol-M, Yars mobile ICBM systems take part in massive Central Russian drillsMilitary & Defense March 28, 23:10
Russia clinches last-minute 3-3 draw with Belgium in friendly football match in SochiSport March 28, 21:40
Washington-based National Symphony Orchestra members excited to perform in RussiaSociety & Culture March 28, 21:36
'Gentlefan' continues: 'Angels' greet Belgium football fans ahead of Sochi gameSport March 28, 21:12
Scottish parliament backs new referendum on independenceWorld March 28, 20:42
MOSCOW, December 8 (Itar-Tass) —— Election headquarters of presidential candidate Vladimir Putin will be organised on the basis of the All-Russian Popular Front.
The prime minister offered the chairing role in the headquarters to head of the Mosfilm Concern Stanislav Govorukhin.
“During the presidential election campaign, there will be certain structures: headquarters of candidates for presidency in the Russian Federation,” Putin told a meeting of the Federal coordination council of the Front. “Until now, they have been technological, administrative structures.”
“Thus, I would like to voice a suggestion: i would like the headquarters of your humble servant were not a technical, administrative structure, but i would like it to be of an open character,” the prime minister said.
Putin added that if the participants in the movement do not object, he would like to organise the headquarters “on the basis of the All-Russian Popular Front, on the basis of the organisation which is above parties and which unites most different people, with most different political views, but who share common basic values of development of this country.”
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has asked non-affiliated winners in the elections of the 6th State Duma on the United Russia ticket not to cede their seats to party functionaries.
“We have already seen what is happening in some regions, there where United Russia functionaries failed qualify, but Popular Front representatives succeeded. Already now these are being persuaded to cede their mandates to United Russia functionaries,” Putin said at a meeting of the federal coordinating council of the All-Russia Popular Front.
Putin said that he had a very “nice and warm” feeling towards the United Russia party.
“But I am asking you, those candidates who won, not to succumb to pressures,” Putin said. “Not to hand in any mandates.”
He added that State Duma seats must be taken by those who emerged the winners in fair struggle.