Just two famous United Russia on Thursday somehow paid for their position on pension reform. First there was information that the deputy secretary of the General Council of the United Russia, Sergei Zheleznyak, had applied for resignation from the party post: this was reported by RBC sources and confirmed by Vedomosti's interlocutors in the party of power. Later, colleagues of Natalia Poklonskaya on the "United Russia" faction refused to attend the session of the commission headed by her to monitor the incomes of deputies.
Poklonskaya on July 19 voted against the bill to raise the retirement age, Zheleznyak did not attend the meeting - the "Rain" TV channel explained his absence of unwillingness to vote for reform.
According to Vedomosti's interlocutors in the State Duma, Zheleznyak simply decided to withdraw from the big politics: last year his candidacy was considered the deputy head of the presidential administration for domestic policy, but the appointment never took place. As the interlocutors said, this appointment was opposed by the authorities of Moscow because of the need in this case to conduct additional elections to the State Duma in the 204th Perovo district, which were very unprofitable for the city. Besides, the big drawback was that the deputies' daughters live and work abroad, said the man in the State Duma. Zheleznyak did not receive any new posts, and he oversaw the international direction in the party.
The press service of United Russia on Thursday refused to comment on the information on the resignation of Zheleznyak. The deputy himself did not answer the calls of Vedomosti.
As for Poklonskaya, for example, the United Russia party Anatoly Vyborny assured Vedomosti that he was simply informed late about the meeting of the commission and he could not integrate it into his schedule. However, the interlocutor of Vedomosti in the faction said that United Russia consciously boycotted the commission's meeting - this was an agreed decision in response to a vote by Poklonskaya against the bill on pension reform. As a result, out of the 17 members of the commission, in addition to Poklonskaya, only two came to the meeting - from the Communist Party and "Fair Russia".
Poklonskaya must now decide whether she is ready to continue working in the team, said on Thursday the leader of the faction "United Russia" Sergei Neverov. He recalled that Poklonskaya was included in the party list in the 2016 State Duma elections, not at the regional conference, but at the congress of "United Russia", which imposes a special responsibility. And to the question whether this means that Poklonskaya must pass the mandate, Neverov replied: "If a person is an adult, he should think for himself."
Poklonskaya later told reporters that she was not going to give up her deputy mandate, and promised to report on the failure of the meeting to State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin: "This is ridiculous. Maybe in the kindergarten such boycotts could be arranged by colleagues on neighboring beds and pots. But here is a serious organization - the parliament of the country. " Earlier in the "United Russia" they said that personnel decisions on Poklonskaya could be taken already in the autumn, as the spring session ends on the nearest Friday.
A person close to the Duma leadership believes that it will be difficult for Poklonskaya to lead the commission in this respect: "She lost respect within the faction. In the crisis of trust, it is difficult to work as the chairman of the commission who will go there? "According to him, the situation around the Poklonskaya faction is" stormy and negative ": many United Russia people do not understand why she got away with it, and if the situation surrounding her struggle with the film" Matilda "was released on brakes, then the vote will be brought down hardly.
These events rather fix the state of uncertainty, political scientist Mikhail Vinogradov says: "There is no preparedness either to tolerate demarches or to follow the path of severe repression. Therefore, a compromise scenario was chosen - Zheleznyak is not excluded from the party, and Poklonskaya is postponed for the fall. " And for this time the situation is being frozen - including, in part, communication with the deputy, the expert adds. Poklonskaya feels the power - once it became the symbol of the Crimean Spring - and goes ahead, political scientist Abbas Gallyamov believes: "Besides, I'm sure that she has a tooth for her colleagues: the ex-prosecutor of Crimea hardly forgave them grin, which was exposed because of his strange "novel" with Nicholas II. " Internal conflicts in such complex structures as a political party are always, the expert notes: "In situations where it is a matter of dividing dividends, they are smoothed out, but in situations like this, when it is necessary to share responsibility for an unpopular decision, they become more acute" . And we can assume that the number of such stories in the future will only grow, concludes Galliamov.