Zakhar Prilepin, co-chairman of the Just Russia – Patriots – For Truth presidential party, intends to take part in the next elections and is expected to be nominated. This was told to Vedomosti by four interlocutors in A Just Russia and a source close to the presidential administration (AP).
“Prilepin wants to show the AP that he could participate in the elections,” says a source in Fair Accept Russia. For this he builds a separate [от партии] staff activities and active activities in the regions. On August 15, Prilepin has a headquarters in the Krasnodar Territory, and then there will be seven of them in Russia. In addition, he has opened headquarters in the LPR, in the Kherson and Kharkov archives.
The desire to go to the polls from the party looks logical, says the source: “[Председатель «Справедливой России» Сергей] Mironov did not take part in the elections in 2018 either, because he cannot fight against the first person. A Zakhar [Прилепин] maybe he’s interested.” At the same time, as this interlocutor of Vedomosti says, such an initiative by Prilepin is still perceived “not in the best way” in the Presidential Administration.
I heard about the possible nomination of Prilepin and a source close to the Presidential Administration. According to him, the approval of such a project is “in the process.” While the ideological niche of Prilepin in the presidential campaign is being discussed, the source in A Just Russia clarifies.
record result of the leader of “A Just Russia” Sergei Mironov in the presidential elections in 2012.
When asked by Vedomosti about the possibility of running for the next presidential election, Prilepin replied: “As of August 14, 2022, I am interested in a) returning to Kyiv, b) de-occupation of Russian culture, c) completing Sholokhov’s biography. As for the message, you don’t even have a single glimmering thought. ”
The writer, former National Bolshevik Prilepin created the For Truth movement in 2019, and in 2020 an elected party was created on its basis. In anticipation of 2021, he became co-chairman of the Just Russia-Patriots-For Truth party, after one of the three parties met on the eve of the Duma elections. Prilepin said that he would study at the Higher School of Public Administration of the RANEPA, which is supervised by the internal political bloc of the Presidential Administration.
Political consultant Valentin Bianchi believes that Prilepin is associated with greater subjectivity, but “according to the current times of danger” to talk about the elections, to which almost two years have passed. The staffing and random evaluation shows that the candidate “seems to really” want to race, the expert says, but doubts anyone gets caught up in the serious patriotic vote-gathering.
Prilepin is narcissistic enough to strive to be the center of attention, says political scientist Mikhail Vinogradov. “He is relatively acceptable as a candidate – he is not taken over by a systemic figure capable of converting publicity into a political or administrative result, he does not look dangerous for the management system,” the expert believes. And it is convenient for A Just Russia, since it will be in demand by the candidate, but it is unlikely that it will be possible to intercept the levers of control of the party, Vinogradov believes.