“The degree of dissatisfaction is growing”
On January 23, young people agitated by Navalny and opponents of the authorities took part in an unauthorized rally in the center of Novosibirsk. Wednesday, in general, is homogeneous, the more surprising it was to meet among them the ex-governor of the Novosibirsk region and the Krasnoyarsk Territory, the former permanent representative of the president in the Siberian Federal District and the current adviser to the governor of the region, Viktor Tolokonsky.
The holder of the Order of Merit for the Fatherland IV degree did not announce his walk with the opposition fan club, but it was impossible not to notice the appearance of a political heavyweight among the light-headed schoolchildren and students.
The next day, the ex-governor of the Novosibirsk region commented on his trick as follows:
I have always somehow got used to being where my fellow countrymen are, where the townspeople are, where there are many people.
In his opinion, the degree of dissatisfaction is “growing”.
So, such events were normal in all major cities of the country,
– summed up Viktor Alexandrovich.
It turns out that the governor’s adviser does not see anything shameful in the fact that thousands of people (according to various estimates, from 2 to 4. – Ed.) Went to an unauthorized rally, thereby violating the law. Why does he, who was in power a few years ago, go against it?
Constantinople asked for a comment to the political scientist, dean of the Faculty of Politics and International Relations of the Siberian Institute of Management – a branch of the RANEPA under the President of the Russian Federation, Sergei Kozlov.
Viktor Aleksandrovich did not make any political statements about this action. As for his possible political future, it was clear that after his removal from all posts he had an irrepressible desire to remain a public person. It is possible that some political forces in the region may use it as a “locomotive” (leader of the party list in elections to the State Duma. – Ed.),
– noted Kozlov.
Tolokonsky is well known not only in the Novosibirsk region, although his political career began right here. In 1981 he became the head of the regional planning commission, gradually climbing the career ladder. Until 1991 he was a member of the CPSU. In 1994 he headed the city council, and in 1996 became the mayor of the city. After 4 years – the governor of the Novosibirsk region. He joined United Russia in 2005. In September 2010, by decree of President Dmitry Medvedev, he was appointed Plenipotentiary in the Siberian Federal District, and in May 2014 he became acting. Governor of the Krasnoyarsk Territory and after a confident victory discards this prefix.
However, the warm support – the victory in the first round of elections with a score of 63% – was short-lived. Also in status and. about. Tolokonsky promised to keep direct elections of the mayor. However, after the elections in September 2014, he changed his position. The councils of deputies of Krasnoyarsk, Achinsk, Nazarovo and Mansky regions opposed the abolition of direct elections of mayors, but they were reasoned by the district courts. Then Tolokonsky said that the abolition of direct elections of the mayor “will reduce the risks in management.”
In October 2016, United Russia won 40.5% of the votes in the Krasnoyarsk Territory in the elections to the State Duma, and United Russia also won in all 4 single-mandate constituencies.
In the winter of 2017, he was criticized by those whose replicas should be taken into account. After it became known that Tolokonsky was considering the sale of such enterprises as Krasnoyarsknefteprodukt and part of the Yemelyanovo airport, this idea was criticized by the speaker of the regional legislative assembly Alexander Uss.
“Nothing from these enterprises – none,” Uss said at the time. As a result, they refused to privatize enterprises.
In June 2017, residents of the region had bad thoughts about the governor. Then Tolokonsky signed a decree on increasing the salaries of deputies of the Legislative Assembly twice – to about 200 thousand rubles.
The governor called this decision “justified”, but the residents of the Krasnoyarsk Territory began to demand his resignation. As a result, on September 19, the deputies themselves voted to repeal this bill. And on September 27, by presidential decree, Tolokonsky’s powers were terminated with the wording “of his own free will.”
“Moved according to Chubais’s logic”
United Russia Russia Tolokonsky returns to Novosibirsk, where he becomes the chief adviser to the communist mayor Anatoly Lokot. On May 14, 2018, Tolokonsky was recommended to the board of directors of Russian Railways. The order was signed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. But ten days later this decision was canceled. After that, Viktor Alexandrovich extended a helping hand to Elbow and, unexpectedly for everyone, began to support his candidacy for the post of regional governor. It turned out that Tolokonsky was going against his own party, which supported the appointed and. about. Governor Andrei Travnikov.
I have nothing personal against Travnikov, but I think that the president’s decision is not the best,
– Tolokonsky said then.
Political scientist Armen Gasparyan then suggested on his Facebook that Tolokonsky, fearing criminal cases following the results of his activities in the Krasnoyarsk Territory, decided to support Lokot so that he (if he won the gubernatorial elections – Ed.) Sent him to the senator – and there and inviolability will arrive in time. A similar thought was expressed in 2018 by political scientist Oleg Matveychev.
He (Tolokonsky – Ed.) Understands that in Krasnoyarsk he “inherited”, that there are criminal cases there and that the security forces will come to him. And he decides to get ahead of the events. He “pushes” Elbow to the governors, so that later, as they say, he can break up with the presidential administration: I will “push” Elbow, and you will turn down all criminal cases against me in Krasnoyarsk.
In a commentary to Tsargrad, Oleg Matveychev noted that Tolokonsky was never a real “Putinist”:
Tolokonsky is more of a “Yeltsin-style” man, from somewhere in the 90s. Rather, he moved in a liberal logic, such a “Chubaisian” one. Supported small businesses and innovated. And he wanted, of course, to be in power as long as possible.
As a result, Lokot withdrew his candidacy from the elections, and the Communist Party of the Russian Federation did not nominate another candidate. Travnikov then scored 64.5. In July 2020, political scientists were in for another surprise from the political master: Tolokonsky became an advisor to Travnikov on a voluntary basis.
Going “to the people”
And now there is a “walk” in the company of non-systemic opposition. “This is a normal action of people who love their city and are responsible for their city,” – another quote from Tolokonsky after his appearance on Lenin Square.
Could this promenade in the company of people with beautiful faces become the beginning of another campaign to power, especially since this year’s elections? Maybe Tolokonsky is so unobtrusively drawing attention to himself? Last year, he admitted that he was called to the Rodina party.
However, Oleg Matveychev believes that Tolokonsky is unlikely to succeed. “Now that he has left all posts, he can openly express his opinion, especially since he really did have a grudge against the authorities. But it is unlikely that any of the political forces can be useful today,” concluded the interlocutor of Constantinople.