People's Front for Russia

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People's Front for Russia
Leader Vladimir Putin
Founder Vladimir Putin
Founded May 6, 2011 (2011-05-06)
Headquarters Russia Moscow, Russia
Ideology Putinism
Conservatism
Statism
Political position Centre
Colors White, Blue, Red
Website
onf.ru
Politics of Russia
Political parties
Elections

The All-Russia People's Front (Russian: Общероссийский народный фронт), known by its Russian initialism ONF, is a movement in Russia started in 2011 by Vladimir Putin, the then-Prime Minister of Russia, 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, Putin called for the creation of a "broad popular front [of] like-minded political forces" to participate in the Duma election. He included United Russia and other political parties, business associations, trade unions, as well as youth's, women's, and veterans' organizations. He explained that United Russia's party list would include non-party candidates nominated by these organizations.[citation needed]

Following Putin's speech, a website was set up involving headquarters, regional branches and leadership. Until the popular front works out a plan for the development of Russia to serve as its guide, 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 Putin's website. 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.[citation needed]

In 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 in which the parliament is not a leading political force.[2] By May 2011, hundreds of businesses had enlisted their workforces in the organization, including around 40,000 from the Siberian Business Union.[3]

On June 12, 2013, the movement convened its inaugural congress, which elected Putin as its leader.[1] The congress also elected the front’s Central Staff: 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 were 480 people, including trade union activists, workers, scientists, culture workers, athletes, businessmen, farm and medical workers and politicians.[4]

On December 4, 2013, the conference of the Front was held with the participation of Putin. The conference, which ran until December 6, discussed the process of implementing Putin’s key reforms in healthcare, economy, community services, education and culture. The meeting held numerous round tables on the president’s so-called "May decrees" and tackle internal agenda items.[5][6]

In January 2014, the Front registered its first regional office in the city of Lipetsk, located about 440 kilometers south of Moscow, with Russia’s Justice Ministry.[7]

Analysis[edit]

According to journalist Steve Rosenberg, in an article for the BBC, the ONF may replace the United Russia party that backs Putin, in accordance with the probable reason for its establishment.[8]

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