People's Front for Russia

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People's Front for Russia
Leader

Stanislav Govorukhin, Brechalov Alexander,

Olga Timofeeva
Founder Vladimir Putin
Founded May 6, 2011 (2011-05-06)
Headquarters Russia Moscow, Russia
Ideology Putinism
Centrism
Colors White, Blue, Red
Website
onf.ru
Politics of Russia
Political parties
Elections

All-Russia People's Front (Russian: Общероссийский народный фронт) is a movement in Russia that was created in 2011 by then-Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in order to provide United Russia with "new ideas, new suggestions and new faces". This Front is intended to be a coalition between the ruling party and numerous non-United Russia nongovernmental organizations. On 12 June 2013 Putin was elected its leader.[1]

History[edit]

Poster of the front in a Marshrutka

At the meeting of United Russia on May 6, 2011, Prime Minister Putin called for the creation of a "broad popular front [of] like-minded political forces" to participate in the Duma election, including United Russia and other political parties, business associations, trade unions, and youth, women's and veterans' organizations. United Russia's party list would include non-party candidates nominated by these various organizations, he stated. Following Putin's speech, a headquarters and regional branches, leadership, and a website were quickly set up. Until the popular front works out a five-year plan for the development of Russia to serve as its program, the front is urging both individuals and groups that care about the "fate" and "victory" of Russia and want "access to participation in power" to fill out an application on the website of Prime Minister Putin. Putin's aides have stated that he is the "informal head" of the popular front, but deputy prime minister and chief of government staff Vyacheslav Volodin has been named the head of the popular front headquarters.

On early April 2011, at a meeting with the Coordinating Council of the People's Front Prime Minister and President-to-be Putin said the activities of the front will continue after the election season ends. At the same meeting Putin also said that Russia should not get into a situation where the parliament does not have a leading political force.[2]

By May 2011, hundreds of businesses had enlisted their workforces in the organisation, including around 40,000 from Siberian Business Union.[3]

On 12 June 2013 the movement convened its inaugurating congress. Putin was elected as leader.[1] Also elected in the front’s Central Staff where film director Stanislav Govorukhin, Delovaya Rossiya co-chairman Alexander Galushka and State Duma member Olga Timofeyeva.[1] According to the Charter, the front’s goal is "promotion of unity and civil solidarity in the name of Russia’s historical success" the country’s development as a free, strong and sovereign state with a robust economy, fast economic growth and reliance on the family. On the list of the ONF founders there were 480 people, including trade union activists, workers, scientists, culture workers, athletes, businessmen, farm and medical workers and politicians.[4]

On December 4, 2013 conference of the front was held with the participation of President Putin. The conference, which ran till December 6, discussed the process of implementing Putin’s key reforms in healthcare, economy, community services, education and culture. The meeting is held numerous round tables on the president’s so-called "May decrees" and tackle internal agenda.[5][6] On January 2014 the front registered its first regional office in the city of Lipetsk, located some 440 kilometers south of Moscow, with Russia’s Justice Ministry.[7]

Analysis[edit]

According to journalist Steve Rosenberg, writing for the BBC, the probable reason for the setting up of the ONF is so that one day it may replace the United Russia party that backs Putin.[8]

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