“Putin on aina oikeassa”

Valeri Tshurov  Venäjän vaalijohtaja: Putin on aina oikeassa

Julkaistu: 9.4.2007

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Moskova. Venäjän keskusvaalilautakunnan tuore johtaja Valeri Tshurov pitää presidentti Vladimir Putinia erehtymättömänä. Tshurov julisti maanantaina ilmestyneessä Kommersant-lehdessä tärkeimmän ohjenuoransa: Putin on aina oikeassa.

Kun lehden toimittaja kysyy, mitä seuraisi jos presidentti kaikesta huolimatta tulisi olleeksi väärässä, vaalijohtaja ihmettelee: “Kuinka Putin voisi olla väärässä?”

Haastattelu antanee lisäpontta Putinin hallinnon arvostelijoille, jotka ovat epäilleet viime kuussa keskusvaalilautakunnan johtoon valitun Tshurovin puolueettomuutta. Hän oli Putinin työtoveri jo Pietarin paikallishallinnossa 1990-luvulla.

Tshurov on tärkeässä asemassa, kun Venäjällä pidetään parlamenttivaalit joulukuussa ja presidentinvaalit ensi vuoden maaliskuussa. Putin ei voi asettua enää ehdolle, ja Tshurovin valinta vaalijohtajaksi onkin nähty yhtenä keinona varmistaa sujuva vallanvaihto Putinin seuraajalle.

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Putin is always right, says Russia elections chief
April 9, 2007

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Russian official whose
role is to act as an impartial umpire in
elections said in an interview published on
Monday that President Vladimir Putin is always right.

Kremlin critics have raised doubts about the
impartiality of Vladimir Churov, a former
colleague of Putin’s who was last month chosen as
chairman of the Central Election Commission.

In his first major newspaper interview since he
started his new job, Churov told the Kommersant
daily that “Churov’s Law No. 1” is that Putin is always right.

Asked by the newspaper what would happen if it
turned out the Russian leader was mistaken on a
certain issue, Churov said: “How can Putin be wrong?”

Churov worked alongside Putin in the 1990s in the
same local administration department in St Petersburg, Russia’s second city.

The new election chief has previously said he
will treat all participants in elections fairly and equally.

Churov will have a crucial role overseeing an
election to the federal parliament in December
and a presidential poll next March, when a
replacement for Putin is to be chosen.

In Russia, the election chief is often called on
to adjudicate on allegations of vote violations,
including claims bureaucrats have used their
power to influence the outcome of elections.

Churov replaced the independent-minded Alexander
Veshnyakov at the helm of the election commission.

Analysts have interpreted the change of guard as
part of a Kremlin plan to ensure a smooth
transfer of power to Putin’s preferred candidate in the presidential poll.

Putin, accused by critics of rolling back
democracy, enjoys strong popularity at home after
presiding over seven years of stable economic
growth which brought relative prosperity for millions of Russians.

Putin’s popularity and his tight grip on power
leave little doubt that his preferred candidate
will win. But analysts say the Kremlin wants to
make the transition as smooth as possible to rule out political instability..

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