Posted 22 декабря 2022,, 08:23
Published 22 декабря 2022,, 08:23
Modified 24 декабря 2022,, 22:38
Updated 24 декабря 2022,, 22:38
The list of "The Best Political Technologists of the Country" was formed on the basis of the opinions of experts - participants and customers of the political consulting market, who were asked to name the best in six categories.
The first stage of the study was conducted from November 15 to December 7, 2022. Methods - full-time and part-time questioning. Questionnaires were sent to the base of political strategists and customers of political consultants, available to the editors, and were also posted on the official Telegram channel of the Russian Association of Political Consultants (RAPC) and in the closed group of the Political Technologies Committee of the Russian Association for Public Relations (RAPR).
Verification of market participants took place on the principle of membership in the RAPC and RAPR, as well as in thematic groups in social networks.
A total of 226 questionnaires were collected. 14 questionnaires received by mail or through a Google form could not be verified as belonging to specialists or clients in the field of political consulting, and they were rejected. Therefore, the final sample of the first stage consisted of 212 profiles of specialists working in the market of professional services in the field of political consulting, as well as full-time political technologists of parties and customers of political consultants' services in party, state and commercial structures.
At the second stage, from December 8 to 19, 124 more questionnaires were collected, 5 of them were rejected. In total, we received 331 relevant questionnaires, which seems to be quite sufficient.
Immediately make a reservation - the range of opinions was very large. And a number of leaders in their regions have already entered the tops of one category or another at the federal level.
In particular, Andrey Klyuzov and Alexander Seravin, respectively, became the leaders of voting in the Siberian and Northwestern Federal Districts, who have already entered the top 10 in another category - the best vice-governors for domestic policy - in the Novosibirsk and Pskov regions. And in the "new territories" the first and second places were taken by the vice-governors for domestic policy of Sevastopol and the Donetsk Republic - Sergey Tolmachev and Alexander Kostomarov, who participated in referendum campaigns in the Zaporozhye region and the Donetsk Republic. The second in the Northwestern Federal District was Petr Bystrov, who is already on the list of federal political technologists. Also high positions in the regional tops were taken by Andrey Maksimov and Yaroslav Ignatovsky (CFD), Daria Kislitsyna (FEFD), Dmitry Elovsky (SFD), Rinat Khazeev (UrFD).
Naturally, since these specialists are already in the federal part of the rating, we did not duplicate them at the regional level.
An interesting anomaly was the Far Eastern Federal District - in most questionnaires, the candidate for the position of political strategist number 1 in the district was Grigory Kuranov, Deputy Plenipotentiary Representative of the President. Despite the fact that formally Grigory Vladimirovich has been working in the civil service for a long time and has nothing to do with political technology practice, apparently, many consultants perceive him as a person who speaks the same language with them.
We also encountered some difficulties in the preparation of the results. Sometimes, even in the top 5 in each federal district, we were unable to find a formal place of work for the participants. And, probably, it would be strange to write “political strategist” after each surname separated by a comma, if we are talking about political strategists. Also, unfortunately, we did not receive a detailed commentary on each participant in the rating. What is there to say? -did not receive on most of them)
Therefore, in the lists, we limited ourselves to only the first and last names. The rating participants are listed in descending order of mentions. The cut-off line is more than three mentions by colleagues.
A number of political technologists who do not have a strict territorial reference were included in several lists at once. We have kept them all.
The largest number of recognizable political technologists was in the Central (56) and Siberian (49) federal districts.
The average number of specialists was found in five counties:
Volga Federal District - 36, Ural Federal District - 34, Far Eastern Federal District - 32, Southern Federal District - 29, Northwestern Federal District - 27.
Political technologists are not popular in the North Caucasus (13 in total), and Igor Sopov, who no longer works in the region, is in the top 10, but heads the election commission of the Pskov region. In the new territories, there were no applicants even for the top 10 - the market for political technologies has yet to develop there.
In general, we can agree with the assessment of one of the experts that our rating has become a "reputation rating". For example, Kirill Istomin, First Deputy General Director of ANO Dialog Regions, took the first place among political technologists of the Ural Federal District. His activities have long reached the federal level, but he is still well remembered and respected in the Urals.
In conclusion, the editors want to emphasize that this is only the first approach to the projectile. We are grateful for any kind criticism and recommendations. We plan to make the rating of "the best political technologists in Russia" an annual one. We are sure that in 2023, with the help of our readers and the professional community, it will become even more representative and objective.
Julia Trofimovskaya (Bachikalo)
Mikhail Friben (posthumously)
Ilya Mitkin (Spokoinov)
Tatiana Zambrodskaya (Kushnirenko)