Alexander Sokurov will go to elections in the state Duma from “the Apple”

Russian film Director and screenwriter Alexander Sokurov on fotocelle his film “La Francophonie. The Louvre under German occupation” in the framework of the 72nd Venice international film festival, September 2015

Yeltsin refused, Yavlinsky — no

About Sokurov’s decision to run for the state Duma from party “the Apple” will soon be declared to be launched on Friday in the suburban village “Moscow” two-day pre-election Congress of the party, told RBC two people in the party.

According to one of interlocutors, the talks with Sokurov went four months and on Thursday, the Director confirmed his desire to run for a meeting with the founder of the party Grigory Yavlinsky. The election, he likely will lead the regional group of the “Yabloko” in St. Petersburg.

He Sokurov, not present at the Congress, told RBC his decision to participate in elections on the list of party of Grigory Yavlinsky that says “Apple” experienced the most democratic party in Russia. “They have always supported gradozaschitnoy movement in St. Petersburg and has done much for the city”, — said the Director of RBC

In March the Director in the appeal to the Governor Georgy Poltavchenko urged not to call the bridge in St. Petersburg in the name of Akhmad Kadyrov. Against this are consistently performed and “Apple”.

In an interview with RBC Director stressed that he supports “Apple”, but remains non-partisan. “I’m a filmmaker, not a politician, but it’s important to me, I am a citizen of Russia. Doing this is not against someone, but because they want according to their possibilities to participate in building civil society”, — added he. He added that he wants in Parliament come from the educated people and new faces.

According to Sokurov, he offered to cooperate with Yabloko Yavlinsky. “I’ve known him for several years, we have been with them the debate over public life and policy,” he said, adding that a few months have pondered and disagreed and agreed only the night before.

The Director stressed that it never agreed to cooperate with any parties and even refused at the time, Boris Nikolayevich (Yeltsin)”, because they believed that cultural workers should be politically neutral. “But today, I find the political situation is extremely complicated, much more complicated than in the 90-ies. Watching what is happening in our Parliament, I anxiously look to the future and want to support “the Apple”, — he said.

The interlocutor of RBC in the party said that it will be a great honor to be in your faction famous film Director.

In 2011, Sokurov won the Golden lion at the Venice film festival and the Ecumenical jury prize for his film “Faust”, the final cycle, called a tetralogy about power. After that public organizations were offered to elect Sokurov honorary citizen of St. Petersburg city deputies refused to do it. In 2012 he left the Board of Directors of “Lenfilm” due to disagreements with his leadership.

Colleagues and competitors

Sokurov will be the fourth famous movie Director running for election in 2016. Colleagues Sokurov, Directors Stanislav Govorukhin and Yuri Kara running through the list of “United Russia” in Moscow. Another big-name Director and member, Vladimir Bortko, is on the list of the Communist party in St. Petersburg and Leningrad region, as well as on the Central one-mandatory district of the Northern capital.

Expelled from the party “Fair Russia” the Deputy of the state Duma Dmitry Gudkov and former co-Chairman of party PARNASSUS Vladimir Ryzhkov in February called on the opposition with the liberal views to create a unified list on the basis of the party “Yabloko”. Ryzhkov intends to be elected in single-mandate district in the Altai territory, hooters — in Tushino district of Moscow.

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But in the end very few of the non-system opposition agreed with the party of Grigory Yavlinsky on cooperation in the elections. In timirjazevskij the one-mandatory district of Moscow from the “Apple” plans to be elected one of the leaders of the Party on 5 December the activist Julia Galiamina, single-seat districts from the party also intends to move the co-founder of Discerned, physicist Andrei zayakin. In which constituency he will go, it should become clear at the end of the Congress.

Also in the elections is going to take part the member of the political Council and the Chairman of the Pskov regional branch of the party Leo Schlossberg and former mayor of Petrozavodsk Galina Shirshina.

To talk about who will be included in the Federal part of the party list, and who regional groups, so far, told RBC press Secretary of Grigory Yavlinsky Igor Yakovlev. The exact configuration will become clear at the party Congress, which will be held on June 25-26, noted the representative of the party.

With the participation of Farida Rustamova