“You can hit on Prokhorov’s nose”

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The Civic Platform’s participation in the Anti-Maidan movement provoked the party’s split. The founder of the party Mikhail Prokhorov blamed the current leader Rifat Shaykhutdinov on what happened. A musician Andrey Makarevich stated the possibility of leaving the CP. The expert believes that it was meant to happen: the party may experience a mass oppositionist exodus.

On February 21 the CP took part in the Anti-Maidan movement. The party’s website announced the participants’ gathering for the meeting, and one can find at the site such a postrelease: “On February 21, 2015 the Civic Platform party took part in the meeting “Sorrow. Remember. Won’t repeat!”. The action was timed to coincide with the anniversary of the tragic events in Ukraine, where the anti-constitutional take-over begat a civil war and led to many victims. The CP is opposed to the so-called “color revolutions” that cause civil confrontation, civilian casualties and poverty”.

That event was a reason for the party’s split. On Tuesday the RBC media group informed it was possible that Andrey Makarevich would leave the party. The Saturday’s meeting had slogans opposed to the musician in relation to his position on Ukraine: “Makarevich is an organizer of Maidan”.

“I am now on a tour abroad, and it is very difficult to deal with the problem from here. I will come back, and take part in a meeting of the Party’s Council. After that it’ll become clear what to do,” commented Makarevich. Earlier the founder of the party Mikhail Prokhorov commented on what happened. According to him, it was the current leader Rifat Shaykhutdinov’s decision to participate in the Anti-Maidan. “The participation in such events has little to do with the ideology of the Civic Platform that initially was based to bring together millions of people,” wrote Prokhorov in his blog. In October 2014 Rifat Shaykhutdinov became the only leader of the CP, after Mikhail Prokhorov was actually away from work and his sister Irina Prokhorova ceased to lead the federal civil committee (FCC).

The resignation of Irina Prokhorova who is an ordinary member of the party now, was officially connected with the fact that she had dissenting views on the events in the Crimea. She participated in the “Peace March” and criticized Russia’s policy in the south-east of Ukraine. “The majority of regional offices support the annexation of the Crimea to Russia. Being an intellectual, I cannot agree with this position as it creates an incredibly complex conflict between feeling and duty. I can’t allow the party’s split, so I take this difficult decision,” she said at that time.

The representatives of the party did not comment in details on the statements of Andrey Makarevich and Mikhail Prokhorov, explaining that everything will be clear after the meeting. “The response, as you can imagine, is predictable: amazement and indignation. Yes, we will meet in the nearest future and solve this problem, I can’t say anything else. I can talk openly only after the FCC comes to a decision,” added Irina Prokhorova.

Solomon Ginzburg, a member of the FCC and the political committee, a deputy of the Kaliningrad Regional Duma, stated he intended to hold talks with Irina Prokhorova on Wednesday (February 25), and openly speak against Shaykhutdinov in the next FCC meeting.

“I joined another party; I think we need a management rotation. For me, Rifat is not the chairman of the political committee after what happened. There are enough ass-kissers!” said Ginzburg.

A journalist Stanislav Kucher shares Ginzburg’s amazement: “I have dealt neither with the CP’s ideology nor other party’s projects for more than a year. I only know that I, Andrey Makarevich, Irina Prokhorova, Evgeny Royzman, Solomon Ginzburg and Lyudmila Ulitskaya, who joined later, had created a completely different party that has nothing in common with the party of today”.

Another CP’s member, a lawyer Kseniya Zelentsova did not give detailed comments, but she confirmed that the FCC was scheduled in early March. The party’s leaders think there are no any preconditions for major changes in the party: “At the end of the year we had ideological debates, conversations. On board the ship there is always a group of people who do not agree with the ship’s course”.

A party’s ideologist Sergey Tsekhmistrenko who had taken part in the Anti-Maidan refused answering the questions and redirected them to the press service.

The party Chairman Rifat Shaykhutdinov sent to Gazeta.ru a written commentary where he explained that the event had been attended by those who “wanted to express their negative attitude towards the “color revolutions”: “They have their own public stances! The party was originally founded as an anti-revolutionary one! Revolution leads to the people’s impoverishment, and our voters want to live in dignity and prosperity! If there is an intention to organize the Civic Committee (a public body of the party) and discuss the ideology let us gather and discuss that!” wrote Shaykhutdinov.

The CP does have people who support the Anti-Maidan, considers a FCC member Sergey Militsky. “There are different viewpoints within the party, as well as within the nation. But people were killed, and I do not want to observe anything similar in our country. Our party is against any revolutions, we should always resolve problems peacefully,” said Shaykhutdinov. Konstantin Kalachev, the Head of Political expert group was surprised by the fact that Andrey Makarevich hadn’t left the party yet: “Apparently Prokhorov still believes he just rented the party. He thinks like a businessman who invested money. Prokhorov and Shaykhutdinov have had strange relationships from the beginning. I suppose Shaykhutdinov knows the exact power balance, and Prokhorov does not. The story about Bogdanov (this Kremlin’s political analyst “stole” Prokhorov’s “Right Cause” party in 2011 which led to the collapse of the project) is repeated. The expert predicts oppositionists and liberals will leave the party.

“I’m sure that Shaykhutdinov foresaw everything: I’m not aware of the structure of the CP’s governing bodies, but it will be fun if the extraordinary congress expels Prokhorov in disgrace. Times and relationships have changed. You can hit on Prokhorov’s nose. Different people in different circumstances made him deal with politics,” said the expert.

Text and pictures by GAZETA.RU