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On Wednesday, the United Russia Party launched the intra-party humanitarian and educational project “Civil University”. The program began with a lecture, which leader of the United Russia Party and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev delivered. The prime minister stated that he remains a supporter of direct gubernatorial elections and urged the party “to hold the debates in the civilized way without any impudence.”
The prime minister raised all topical issues for the ruling party, the Kommersant daily reported. But the priority issues of the lecture became a possible refusal from direct gubernatorial elections and a ongoing conflict between the United Russia faction in the State Duma and the Moskovsky Komsomolets daily.
Dmitry Medvedev, who enacted the law on the comeback to direct gubernatorial elections in the last year of his presidency, told the party fellows that he “still supports that the top officials in Russian federal constituents should be electable.” The prime minister believes that different models are possible in the federative state and the model approved yesterday should be applied, if applied somewhere at all, “primarily in the North Caucasus, where the election procedure in several regions was never used before.” However, Dmitry Medvedev did not agree on a possible cancellation of direct gubernatorial elections even in the North Caucasus.
The newspaper recalled that Vladimir Putin stated at his big press conference last December about a possible cancellation of the elections in the republics over the danger of probable interethnic conflicts sparking up there, giving as an example Dagestan and Karachay-Cherkessia.
Speaking on the scandal between the Moskovsky Komsomolets daily and the United Russia deputies in the State Duma, Medvedev called on his party fellows “to hold the debates in the civilized way without any impudence.” “The media outlets represent the whole spectrum of opinions. Although in different ways, but it is represented. The party should be more operational and open and conduct the dialogue smartly,” he said. “Even when unpleasant things are said, people should be at least permitted to voice their opinion, and we should not cede this rostrum to anyone,” Medvedev remarked.
Medvedev noted that if some questions are raised regarding the State Duma deputies or the senators, these questions should be answered, but not hushed up, and the Russian state authorities should “give a tough, but civilized response: through the courts and the law enforcement agencies” against the impudence.
In his lecture Medvedev noted that the work of three platforms, which are formed in the United Russia Party, is important, the Nezavisimaya Gazeta daily noted. He believes that social, conservative and liberal platforms “allow all major social groups to see themselves inside the party and establish a constant dialogue.” In his words, the platforms can “not only discuss, but also directly realize their ideological ideas in concrete deeds.” Meanwhile, realizing that ideological disagreements may arise between representatives of the platforms, the party should develop a consolidated position on different issues finally.