"United Russia" intends to abandon the formed traditions: the Duma elections in 2016 the party list will be headed not for the first time the President and Prime Minister of the state. Political scientists report that this step seems logical and should increase the legitimacy of the vote.
Since 2007 the head of the list of "United Russia" in Federal elections has always been a leader, even when he was not in the party itself. Thus, on 1 October 2007 pre-election Congress of United Russia Vladimir Putin said that he agreed to head the list of political organization, although decided not to join it.
In 2011, the "United Russia" in the elections among other things was headed by the President - then this position was taken by Dmitry Medvedev, and the Chairman of the party was considered to be Putin. In 2016 "ER" is actually moving away from the habit, when her election is chaired by the head of the country.
"It's not bad when the Chairman of the party tops the list directly. Vladimir Putin remains our moral leader and the founder of the "United Russia". As President, he describes the strategy and course of development of the state. And Dmitry Medvedev, leading the party in power draws the "United Russia" on the implementation of these tasks", - quote "Izvestia" head of the General Council of the party Sergei Neverov.
"Vladimir Putin belongs to all the nation and reflects the interests of the main mass. Undoubtedly, I made is not only ER but also other parties support the President, and he should be above the party fray. The leader of the country - uniting figure, a favorite of a large political coalition. All current parliamentary faction, despite the disagreements, disputes on various issues, represent a coalition of support for the policy of the President", - said the head of the Political expert group Konstantin Kalachev.
"This is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the connection between the Executive and legislative branches. In addition, this solution will allow you to split the positions associated with the popular front: the party will be judged as a political mechanism, and the "popular front" will be the unification of the political forces in support of the President. Based on this scheme, it is logical that specifically the Prime Minister, who is also Chairman of United Russia, will lead the elections," - said the President of the Center for strategic communications Dmitry Abzalov.
"It seems like it's a pledge of security for the Prime Minister, with another - the opportunity to consolidate residents. As heard the criticisms of the President that he supports 1 party, and in onf representatives of different parties. And therefore Putin is the leader of all Russians," he added. Experts noted that the high rating of the President in any case has a positive influence on the support for the party.