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ATP Presents "vodka for the voter"

February 27 2007

Political Party "Union of Right Forces, unlike their competitors in the election campaign, did not make any promises had already been caught in words and slogans of the voters, the old Russian tradition by offering him a drink" for himself and for that guy. " By "that guy", of course, assuming candidate from the ATP.

To drink without eating, and subscribe to a candidate from the Liberal Party offered Omsk people agitators "Union of Right Forces," says private entrepreneur Sergei Nigmatzyanov , by submitting a complaint to the regional electoral commission. According to the vigilant citizen, he is personally the representatives of the 'right' not to pour vodka, proposing instead a cherished forty degrees 100 rubles. But the neighbors still tempted entrepreneur spirits, for that Sergei Nigmatzyanov, evidently, took offense at the agitators.

In general, vodka topic - corporate fad ATP in the election. Back in 2003, a regional list of ATP was included "Vodka King" - billionaire Yuri Shefler. Chairman of the Board of Directors of SPI Yuri Shefler was at that moment in the federal search warrant on charges of violating Article 119 of the Penal Code ("threats of death or grievous bodily harm"), but still finished third in the regional group of West electoral list of candidates Party of ATP. As the President of the Board of creative ATP Gozman, "while the person is convicted - it is not criminal." Interest ATP to the person of Mr. Shtflera was clear - trade vodka outside Russia brought the group Shefler more than 600 million dollars a year.

And afterwards the Liberals consistently defended the interests of alcohol kings and barons, not forgetting about consuming alcoholic beverages.

Early last year, Kursk Regional Branch of the Russian Party of Pensioners call your local oblizbirkom demanding to cancel the registration of the ATP for "illegal" campaign. According to the "retired", their rivals for the elections illegally used the name of their party. Also, the "right" were seen in the fact that the packages were distributed to potential voters with vodka and condoms. Implication of ATP to this action, however, failed to prove, but an unpleasant aftertaste tangle-legs left.

In summer 2006, the party led by Nikita White vividly reacted to the so-called "alcohol crisis, linked to short-term disappearance from the sale of imported alcohol in relation to the introduction of new excise stamps. "In shops and restaurants disappeared wine, is about to disappear medicines containing alcohol and perfumes. Businesspeople and budget of the country are multi-billion dollar losses. Shutting rural shops, bankrupt small businesses," - said in the statement of ATP. At the same time, members of the Presidium of the Federal Political Council of the ATP accused the officials of the party "United Russia", urging the Russians, after being affected by the disappearance of alcohol, apply to the courts, demanding compensation for damages and compensation for moral damage.

The efforts of the "right" were not in vain. According to one opinion poll conducted before the New Year, a third of the supporters of liberal ideas prefers to celebrate a cognac and vodka. A third of respondents were confident that the leader of ATP will drink vodka: "Still, a Russian man" - they think.

Yelena Sakharov


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