The analyst spoke about the role Putin Team in the probable election campaign of Putin

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Initiated by the hockey player Alexander Ovechkin, the movement of the Putin Team forms one of the vectors of a likely election campaign of Russian President Vladimir Putin, the bet is placed on the depoliticization of the movement of the support, but much will depend on its composition and principles of organization, the head of the practice of political analysis and consulting VTSIOM Mikhail Mamonov.

As shown by the VCIOM poll, the widely known offer Ovechkin on the establishment of the «Putin’s Team» until it became: 17% of respondents said that they had heard about the initiative. However, the idea of creating such a social movement, according to VTSIOM, found the support of 68% of Russians, 22% were indifferent to it, and 6% were skeptical.

«The movement of the Putin Team forms one of the vectors of a likely election campaign of Vladimir Putin. Obviously, the bet is placed on the depoliticization of the movement of the support. The population is tired of politics, «political struggle,» the slogan of both right and left. In this regard, non-political movement capable of enhancing the mobilization of supporters of the incumbent,» said Mamonov, commenting on the survey results.

Building traffic is the first step, the most interesting, according to the expert, will come.

«Much will depend on the individuals of the movement and the principles of its organization: more officials in its composition, the more bureaucracy and beautiful words, the less the chances of this movement to take place and become an important element of the campaign. The first steps can be called successful, however, as the name itself,» — says the sociologist.

Ovechkin, who since 2005, plays for the club NHL Washington capitals and is its captain, in early November announced that creates a social movement for Team Putin — «Putin’s Team». He said that it has always openly supported the President of Russia and noted that the purpose of the social movement will be the Union of all supports Putin in one team to «show a strong and United Russia.»

The administration of the President yet does not answer the question of the participation of the incumbent in the campaign of 2018. Last Saturday at a press conference in the framework of the APEC summit Putin said that I will leave the question about his possible nomination for another presidential term without an answer, noting that «the time will come, let’s talk on this theme».

Regular elections of the President of Russia will be held in March 2018, the campaign is supposed to start in December 2017.

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