INSOR Russia: Institute of Contemporary Development
Updated April 18, 2019

INSOR Chairman Suggests Institution of Vice Presidency Might Be Appropriate for Russia

February 6, 2012

In an article published in Izvestiya on Monday, February 6, INSOR Management Chairman Igor Yurgens remarked that the institution of a vice president might be a welcome improvement to the Russian political system. It would make the political system more stable and could perhaps be offered to Dmitry Medvedev, Yurgens suggested, to ensure follow-up on long-promised reforms of the legislative and judicial systems.

“The people who support Medvedev ought to speak up in favor of vice presidency in Russia. Vice presidents here should reorganize the parliament and the judiciary... like in the United States, where this is Joe Biden’s responsibility. I do not think that the premiership under President Vladimir Putin will be all that beneficial to Medvedev’s political career,” Yurgens told the newspaper.

“Putin said that the economic and political affairs will develop in a paradigm where stability is king. In such a paradigm, Medvedev slowly becomes obscured, with the big bright personalities that have already been appointed deputy prime ministers, such as Rogozin and Surkov, coming to the forefront. And it is clear the Sechin is staying put in the energy sector,” Yurgens commented.

In the same article, Boris Makarenko, INSOR’s Director for Social and Political Development, notes that Russia’s constitution does not foresee such a political position. “Article 1 of the Constitution enumerates all supreme power structures... and the post of vice president is never mentioned there,” Makarenko notes. “And Articles 1, 2, and 9 of the Constitution cannot be amended in the manner all other articles are amended.”