The Kremlin starts to «work the system» to discredit opposition leader Alexei Navalny, mandated under the political control of the administration, said on Tuesday, April 18, the website of the TV channel «Rain» with reference to own sources close to the presidential administration.
This decision was taken after a mass protest held on March 26 and, as a consequence, the sharp fall of the rating of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. Among the methods of discrediting – rollers, exposing the Bulk.
According to sources, the campaign will start in the near future. It is designed to tarnish the reputation of the opposition and weaken his influence before the presidential elections scheduled for March 2018.
Navalny himself is unlikely to participate in elections – he was convicted under so-called «case of Kirovec», but nevertheless he is able to influence the mood of the electorate, said one of the interlocutors.
Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov declined to comment on the information, the newspaper writes.
For a long time, the current leadership of the political unit of the presidential administration, which oversees the first Deputy head of administration Sergei Kiriyenko refused to see Navalny as a real threat. However, the situation has changed in connection with the release of the movie «He’s not Dimon» after that in different cities there were mass protest actions under slogans of the fight against corruption.
The film, posted on YouTube, was viewed by 9 million people that had a negative impact on the ranking of Medvedev in early April, «Levada-center» recorded a decline of support for the Prime Minister to a record low – 42% vs. 52% a month earlier.
«Kremlin officials have removed clips, movies and video games that diskreditiert Bulk – fighting is much like Hitler» – leads edition the words of the source. The work of the special created for this purpose, the Department oversees the Deputy chief of the political Directorate of the President Alexander Kharichev.