Russia’s post election: Medvedev will meet with opposition

That the motorcade carrying Central Election Commission Chairman Vladimir Churov arrived at the presidential residence in Gorki today was no surprise. A report of the recent election results is standard practice.

President Medvedev (left) is briefed by Central Election Commission Chairman Vladimir Churov (right).

We’re betting that the context of the conversation was decidedly different from what the 2 men had envisioned just months ago. Russian voters have spoken and Medvedev’s next great project will be to ensure that Vladimir Putin moves back into the Presidential office without any hint of an “Arab Spring” sweeping across Russia.

Addressing reporters, President Medvedev assured the public that he will meet with the main opposition parties, something he would do no matter the result of the voting. “As far as the outcomes of the State Duma elections are concerned, I will be meeting with the heads of all our parties, both parliamentary and non-parliamentary.” (Mendeleyev note: A “non-parliamentary” party is one that didn’t meet the minimum vote threshold to hold seats in the state DUMA.)

Medvedev and Putin need to establish quickly the perception that they will listen to the opposition, something they’re not used to doing. Given the vote, they must at least give that appearance. “I think that they will also have some suggestions on improving our legislation.”

Medvedev cannot admit to irregularities. However he cannot afford to ignore or sweep them under the rug either. “Naturally, we will discuss all this, because our democracy is still developing and is not ideal – this is something I have said many times. And after every election, we have always made adjustments to election legislation.”

At least until Putin is in office concessions must be made. “Naturally, certain proposals are more drastic. Yesterday, I once again received the suggestion of returning to the mixed system for electing deputies to the State Duma, i.e., via party lists and majority constituencies.”

The ruling elite cannot allow a restive public to think that their protests were in vain. Neither however can they afford to reward the public for speaking out so clearly about needed changes. So, best thing is to put things off, or in the words of that American idiom, “kick the can down the road” a bit. “But that is a topic for a separate discussion. I think that we should discuss it in order to have the full palette on the table, so to speak. We will certainly meet to discuss this issue later.”

As for Central Election Commission Chairman Vladimir Churov, he probably needs to know that there is a modern pharmacy nearby, one with with геморрой medications: «ООО Интерофицина Плюс» Аптека №12.
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I don’t know if he is correct but a Russian journalist friend for whom I hold great respect had this to say about Sunday’s election, “коз охраняет капусту.” It is a favourite idiom for many Russians when things seem out of their control, “Goats are guarding the cabbage.”

More to come…