Thank you all, everyone is stable – Kommersant Newspaper No. 115 (6836) on 07/03/2020

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On July 2, Russian President Vladimir Putin at a meeting of the Pobeda organizing committee thanked the citizens of Russia for everything they do for him, and he for them. With details of how he did this, a special correspondent of Kommersant Andrey Kolesnikov.

At the very beginning of the meeting, the president predictably turned to citizens – who voted not only for a new way of life, but also against it.

It is generally too late to justify the need for amendments, but Vladimir Putin did not deny himself this pleasure again:

– I have repeatedly talked about the need to adopt amendments to the Basic Law of the country, to the Constitution. Here we have both the improvement of the political system and the consolidation of social guarantees. Here is the strengthening of sovereignty, territorial integrity. Finally, our spiritual, historical, moral values ​​that hold generations together.

In strengthening which particular values, spiritual or moral, does the amendment to zero past presidential terms (and merit during these terms also automatically reset to zero?) Contribute, it remains, alas, only to guess. And most likely, historical, because it is she – about the untimely.

“We are still very vulnerable in many ways,” Vladimir Putin noted, “we have done a lot, as the people say, done a living”! We need internal stability and time to strengthen the country, all its institutions. And so thanks again to those who supported the amendments!

No, this amendment still contributes, apparently, to such enduring intrinsic value as stability.

“At the same time,” the president added, “I understand those of our citizens who voted against.” We still have a lot of unresolved problems, it’s true (that is, someone told him about this: he now agreed with this. A. K.) People often face injustice, callousness, and indifference. Many still live very hard and difficult. And to us, the leadership of the country, it often seems that we are doing everything possible.

I think this was one of the most sincere confessions. Vladimir Putin is sure that he really does everything possible (he really leaves work from work).

“But no, life shows something else,” he added, “life shows that we often underperform, but must act faster, more precisely, more organized and more efficiently.” At the same time, the results of the All-Russian voting show that the vast majority of Russian citizens believe that we can do better! And the so-called expanded government – from municipalities to the president – is obliged to do everything to justify this high confidence of the people.

Yes, now municipalities are built into the vertical. They should not forget about it. However, even from these words it was obvious that he would not.

Having thus noted his crushing victory, Vladimir Putin went on to what, as a result, he seemed to be going to, in fact, to determine the list of cities with a new title: “City of Labor Valor”.

“And today,” he said, “it is striking how people solved problems of such inconceivable complexity, worked at the limit of human capabilities. There are many examples when not only workers, but also heads of enterprises and ministers died there, in the mud (yes, now it’s hard to imagine such a thing. – A. K.), died when they transported and set up enterprises in a new place. They managed to move entire sectors of the national economy thousands of kilometers deep into the country, launch strategically important industries literally from the wheels in an open field in one or two months, and in a year with a small amount, create, in fact, a new industry, a new industrial base that worked to win.

Everything was so in these words, and all this was, and it is not even clear how to select those which are more worthy from many cities.

It turned out that the president is not going to leave work to restore historical truth:

– According to their plans, the Nazis were preparing the colonization of the lands of the Soviet Union, and all who lived here – Slavs, people of other nationalities – were going to destroy or turn into slaves, deprive their language and culture. These crimes of the Nazis and their minions, genocide against the peoples of the Soviet Union do not have a statute of limitations. And such an assessment should be unshakable in our legislation and in the system of international law.

Elena Malysheva, a member of the organizing committee responsible for this work, reported that there is nevertheless a rating of cities claiming a high rank, comparable, apparently, with the title of a hero city:

– Among them, Nizhny Novgorod is the first, then Yekaterinburg, Samara, Perm, Chelyabinsk, Saratov, Nizhny Tagil, Omsk, Kazan and Novosibirsk. All these cities occupied their niche in the defense industry, but there were no equal to them in terms of production and scale of production.

These criteria, therefore, were taken into account first of all.

– Nizhny Novgorod is one of the most important multifunctional military-industrial centers. This is 43% of submarines, ”explained Elena Malysheva,“ this is every third plane and every third tank … And Perm is generally the only center for the supply of carburetors for aircraft! .. And besides this, the only center for the supply of all kinds of artillery springs, arms shields, without which guns would fire and planes would not fly! ..

That’s all, it was necessary to stop, and so it was more than convincing, especially about carburetors.

Thus, Elena Malysheva asked for 10 cities out of 28 (who submitted applications .— “B”), and then unexpectedly asked to add Yaroslavl also to them (however, so many things went to the war on Yaroslavl tires, took off and sat down, that only for this it was possible to give boldly).

Secretary of the General Council of “United Russia” Andrei Turchak proposed adding to them nine more cities, “called centers of the defense industry”, for which their residents collected signatures:

– In the year of the 75th anniversary of the Victory, we ask you to support our proposal to award this honorary title to nine other cities: Magnitogorsk, Izhevsk, Ufa, Ulyanovsk, Tomsk, Irkutsk, Ivanovo, Novokuznetsk and the city of Borovichi, Novgorod Region. These are cities where people voted most actively, where this idea enjoys wide popular support.

In total, this turned out to be 20.

“I want to give one example – Borovichi of the Novgorod region,” said Andrei Turchak. “In total, 49 thousand people live in the city, 42 thousand of whom have voted — this is 85.5% of the city’s population, that is, almost all the inhabitants of the city!

Thus, eight cities from the application were not awarded.

Still, initiative groups should be more proactive.