Aug 27, 2021
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Natalia Poklonskaya: “Honorary Link” or a New Career?

In the photo: Deputy of the State Duma Natalya Poklonskaya

In the photo: Deputy of the State Duma Natalya Poklonskaya (Photo: Anton Novoderezhkin / TASS)

It became known what new position with “even more beautiful form” was recently hinted at by the deputy of the State Duma Natalia Poklonskaya

The candidacy of the deputy chairman of the Duma committee on international affairs is being considered for the post of Russian ambassador to Cape Verde. If everything goes well, then Mrs. Poklonskaya will soon find herself very far from Russian political battles.

Actually, the fact that the former prosecutor of Crimea should be sent to hell from the State Duma has been talked about for a long time. She clearly did not sit quietly in the parliamentary chair: either she violates factional discipline, votes in the wrong way (against the pension reform, for example, there was), then she initiates bills to combat corruption and conflict of interests among State Duma deputies, then she teaches filmmakers to make films …

By the way, Natalia Poklonskaya was going to participate in the elections to the State Duma of the VIII convocation. In April, she even submitted documents to the Crimean regional organizing committee of the United Russia party to participate in the primaries, but withdrew her candidacy in May. In exchange for the post of head of a foreign mission? She herself stated that she was interested in diplomatic activities, but it was too early to comment on reports about her future employment.

If we compare with the army ranks, then the ambassador is equated to the general of the army. In the army, to become a general, you need to start serving as a lieutenant, in a career diplomat, that is, a professional, the path to the post of ambassador is also difficult.

But there were exceptions.

The tradition of appointing people “from outside” to this most important position dates back to Soviet times. Almost all of the most significant foreign missions were headed by functionaries tired of party work and disgraced ministers and other high-ranking officials, including those from the union republics.

In a number of cases, this was justified. For example, the leadership of socialist and developing countries sometimes insisted that they should not send foreign ministers to them, but experienced business executives who had direct access to the Soviet leadership. With such ambassadors, all problems requiring significant material costs from the Soviet side were solved much easier.

But for Soviet functionaries, this position was often an honorary exile (for example, sending to Mongolia Molotov), they understood this very well and often took revenge on the embassy employees who were in their power.

For example, one Central Asian leader, who sat in the ambassador’s chair, first in Yemen, and then in Mauritania, “became famous” for raising sheep, and embassy workers worked part-time as shepherds.

But we must admit that such appointments are common practice all over the world, especially in the United States. No, not like that: the United States even surpassed us: they have a so-called spoil system, in which the posts of ambassadors to attractive countries are simply distributed among the sponsors of the victorious president. But we are confidently catching up with the Americans, the political scientist believes Mikhail Delyagin.

– This is the worst tracing paper from American practice, which makes diplomatic work meaningless as such. And discredits the country. In Soviet times, at least people were appointed who had colossal life and managerial experience, moreover, varied. These were people who quickly entered a new diplomatic sphere for themselves, because they knew how to lead people and understood what global competition is and how it works. And then, it was not always a good option. And the appointment of anybody is a disaster.

– I would not call Poklonskaya “anyhow who”, after all, she worked for many years in the Duma committee on international affairs, besides, she has a higher legal education, – believes former African diplomat Alexey Litvinov. – Although, of course, it would be better if the posts of ambassadors were received by professional diplomats specializing in certain regions and areas.

“SP”: – What are Russia’s relations with Cape Verde?

– In Cape Verde (and in many African countries) we have a tiny embassy, ​​there is not a lot of work, although the daily routine does not go anywhere anyway … Relations with this country are normal, no special crises are planned, so it’s okay if there not the most experienced person will go, in any case everything that is needed will be prompted to him. That is why there are different attachés, secretaries and envoys. After all, they are the ones doing all the rough work. And then he (herself) will gain experience!

In general, if the Cape Verdians do not shoot some film that freely interprets the facts of Russian history or someone’s bust does not pacify, perhaps Natalya Poklonskaya will cope with her new responsibilities. After all, in post-perestroika Russia there are positive examples of how the “appointees” do an excellent job of their duties.

For example, Doku Zavgayev, who for some time was the “head” of Chechnya, successfully headed the Russian embassy, ​​first in Tanzania, then in Slovenia. And here is the former Minister of Health and Presidential Adviser Mikhail Zurabov not only overshadowed the escalating situation in Ukraine, but also turned many Ukrainian politicians against him. They didn’t like that Zurabov imagined himself as a plenipotentiary Putin in the “Ukrainian Federal District”. Although, it seems, he has both management experience and life. So, apparently, until a person works in the position, it will not become clear whether he is suitable or not.

But the problem remains: there are 197 states in the world. The State Duma alone has 450 deputies, 200 senators sit in the Federation Council, and there are also ministers and governors. There is not enough for all the warm places!

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