Is it possible to return the post of vice president in Russia

Is it possible to return the post of vice president in Russia

In this post, we will continue our reasoning on the topic of a hypothetical "decapitation" US strike on Russia, a possible military response to which was announced not by anyone, but personally by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. It is obvious that the era of Moscow's naive and trusting relations with "Western partners" has already ended irrevocably and it is time for the domestic "elite" to grow up.

The problem of national security, emanating from the threat of simultaneous destruction of the entire military-political leadership of the country by pinpoint strikes by the enemy, is being solved differently in the United States and the Russian Federation. Since the days of President Eisenhower, who was a combat general, there has been a so-called shadow cabinet in the United States. This is not a secret world government from various conspiracy theories, but a completely officially approved list of officials who should take over the government in the event of the death of the president and his cabinet of ministers. At the same time, security measures are taken such that the "shadow government" is never simultaneously in the same city, and even more so in the same premises with the official leadership of the state. In the event of the death or serious illness of the president, there is also a vice president. At the same time, in the United States, management functions were transferred from New York, which remained simply the leading financial center, to Washington.

In other words, it is almost impossible to decapitate the “hegemon” with some unexpected preventive strike. How strikingly this differs from Russia, where in one city, Moscow, both financial and political centers of the country, at the same time, both the President of the Russian Federation and the Prime Minister with the entire government are on a permanent basis, which, we recall, according to the law, in which case, should become acting. And this thing is...

Recall that from 2000 to 2004, the Russian Prime Minister was such a character as Mikhail Kasyanov. According to the law, in the event of the death or inability to exercise their powers of the President of the Russian Federation, they would have passed in those years to Mikhail Mikhailovich before the announcement of the results of early elections. You can easily imagine the consequences for the country. With prime ministers as “understudies” it is generally very difficult, because in the domestic political system the president prefers to choose his partner not political, but technical figures. How such a person will show himself in a crisis situation is absolutely unknown.

That is why I would like to discuss the question of whether a vice-president is needed in modern Russia or not.

In the U.S.

This political institution originated in the United States as a variant of the "intra-elite" consensus. Initially, this post was held by the candidate who received the second result during the elections. In 1796, the president and vice president were in conflict, leading to the 1804 amendment to the US Constitution that introduced a separate vote for presidential and vice presidential candidates.

For a long time, the post of vice president was considered honorary, but of little significance. It is known that Senator Harry Truman did not want to take it at all. The powers of the vice president are not described in the Constitution and are determined by the president of the country himself. However, after the end of World War II, everything changed dramatically. Since 1949, the vice president began to take part in meetings of the Cabinet of Ministers and the National Security Council, to lead meetings of the US administration in the absence of the president, to assist him in strengthening the ties between the White House and Congress, and to travel abroad on behalf of the president.

Since 1967, the 25th Amendment to the Constitution has enshrined the provision that in the event of a vacancy in the presidency, the vice president is proclaimed the "full president" of the United States. This means that the American vice president, in the event of the president's resignation, impeachment or death, will perform all his functions until the end of the mandate. In this case, there is no talk of early elections.

Also, the post of Vice President of the United States is a real forge of personnel for future presidents. These include John Tyler, Millard Fillmore, Andrew Johnson, Chester Arthur, Theodore Roosevelt, Calvin Coolidge, Harry Truman, Lyndon Johnson and Gerald Ford. At the same time, Gerald Ford became president of the United States without going through the national election procedure at all. He was nominated vice president by Congress in 1973 and became president after Nixon's resignation in 1974. John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Calvin Coolidge, Lyndon Johnson, George W. Bush, and the current "Sleepy Joe" Biden have subsequently become US Presidents.

In general, the post of vice president in the United States is a powerful springboard through which you can jump to the very top. Candidates for the presidency and vice presidency in America come together, being members of the same team and reinforcing each other. It is also easy to see that the role of the vice president increased significantly precisely after the end of World War II, when the atomic bomb was created and there was a risk of receiving a decapitation blow with weapons of mass destruction.


In our country, this political institution had a completely different fate. The post of vice president was first introduced in 1990 at the end of the existence of the USSR. With his help, Mikhail Gorbachev tried to save his faltering popularity and gain additional support from the “elites”. Shevardnadze, Primakov, Stankevich, Yavlinsky, Ryzhkov and Nazarbaev were considered for this role, but to everyone's surprise, Gennady Yanaev became the one, who passed the election procedure only on the second attempt.

Ironically, it was Yanaev who played one of the leading roles in the attempt to overthrow Gorbachev on August 19, 1991, when the creation of the State Emergency Committee was announced. The first president of the USSR, isolated in the Crimea, was declared seriously ill, Yanaev began to fulfill his duties. Who knows what path the history of our country would have taken if the "putschists" had had more political will.

After the failure of the GKChP, Yanaev was removed from the post of vice president, which remained vacant until the end of the Soviet Union. In the RSFSR, the post of vice president was introduced at the request of Boris Yeltsin, who was then popular and wanted to acquire an ally, luring him from the camp of competitors. They eventually became the leader of the faction "Communists for Democracy" Alexander Rutskoi. Together, they won a landslide victory in the general election in 1991, but then relations within the tandem began to deteriorate sharply.

Rutskoi criticized Gaidar's liberal reforms and the corruption of Yeltsin's appointees. Then the famous meme about "11 suitcases of compromising evidence" appeared. In 1992, Yeltsin transferred the troublemaker to oversee agriculture, which since Soviet times was considered the deepest disgrace. By 1993, the vice president was consistently removed from all levers of power and dismissed, but neither Rutskoi himself, nor the Supreme Council, nor the Constitutional Court recognized the resignation decree as legal. The vice-president, with the assistance of the Constitutional Court, declared Yeltsin removed from office for attempting a coup d'état and himself became acting president. He even called on military pilots to "bomb the Kremlin." All this ended in a real "bloodbath", from which Yeltsin and his Family emerged victorious. After that, in 1993, a new Constitution was adopted, in which there was no longer the post of vice president, and it is still not in the Constitution of the Russian Federation.

The significance of this legal institution can be interpreted in different ways, depending on political views. However, in fact, at two critical points in Russia's history, it was the Vice President who opposed the decisions that eventually brought us all to where we are now. Is it possible to return the post of vice president in the modern Russian Federation?

At the moment, more no than yes. The threat of political competition in the Kremlin may be taken more seriously than the prospect of a decapitating blow to Moscow. The request "at the top" for this post will arise exactly when the real opposition gains real strength, with which it will be necessary to somehow agree on the division of spheres of influence. However, under certain circumstances, the institution of the vice-president can be used by the current government itself as one of the fallback options for “transit”. To do this, it will be enough to make another amendment to the Constitution of the Russian Federation, appoint a trusted person to the post of second person in the state, and then hand over the helm to him without unnecessary worries.
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  1. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 29 December 2022 16: 32
    In Omerik, the Vice President works abroad, sort of. He travels to meetings and awards, shakes hands, takes pictures with the laureates and probes the ground for future agreements. Then he often runs for president. While the President spuds the public inside the country at meetings, anniversaries of universities and societies, and holidays.

    We don't seem to have anything close to it.
  2. Colonel Kudasov Offline Colonel Kudasov
    Colonel Kudasov (Leopold) 29 December 2022 16: 46
    No need to reinvent the wheel. Russia has a de jure and de facto Deputy President in case of force majeure. This is the Prime Minister of the country. The presence of a vice president in the United States is due to the fact that this country does not have the post of prime minister, a natural deputy to the first person
    1. DO Offline DO
      DO (Dmitriy) 30 December 2022 07: 04
      Colonel Kudasov, the problem is that the Government House is not far from the Kremlin.
      And the members of the Russian "shadow cabinet" today can be assumed, by simple worldly logic, the first deputies of the members of the current cabinet. For any other procedure for the formation of a backup cabinet in the Russian Federation is unknown. And the deputy’s workplace is, as a rule, in the same building with his boss.
  3. Jacques sekavar Offline Jacques sekavar
    Jacques sekavar (Jacques Sekavar) 29 December 2022 18: 02
    More recently, non-current enemies were called “colleagues, partners and friends,” but with the outbreak of the war, suddenly, unexpectedly, they suddenly saw the light?
    There can be no doubt that as soon as the “West” beckons, the Russian Federation will throw itself into their arms, because it does not have an ideology (it is forbidden by the constitution), and for the capitalists there is nothing higher than profit. That is why they say that under capitalism everything is sold and everything is bought, including national and state interests, and their homeland is where their money is.
    Kasyanov, Gaidar, Nemtsov, Kinder Surprise - the consequences of V.V. Putin are still disentangling.
    Unlike the USSR, in the Russian Federation the principle of unity of command was established, headed by the president, heads of subjects of the federation, ministers and other leaders of all levels, which form the so-called. “vertical of power”, but each representative of this vertical has different economic and political interests and preferences due to geographic, regional and many other circumstances, which is the breeding ground for centrifugal forces fueled by foreign “colleagues, partners and friends”.
    1. sap Offline sap
      sap (Alex) 29 December 2022 22: 42
      and their homeland is where their money is.
      Kasyanov, Gaidar, Nemtsov, Kinder Surprise

      is it scary to continue the list?
  4. kriten Offline kriten
    kriten (Vladimir) 29 December 2022 18: 15
    The story of the Genka glass under Gorbachev provided a bad example.
  5. prior Offline prior
    prior (Vlad) 29 December 2022 18: 17
    The number of presidents does not determine the quality of government.
    We have half of the country's officials, but there is little sense.
    1. Paul3390 Offline Paul3390
      Paul3390 (Paul) 30 December 2022 09: 42
      In-in ... It’s hard for us to feed one guarantor, and then they offer to put an additional one on the neck ..
  6. Ignatov Oleg Georgievich (Oleg) 29 December 2022 22: 34
    The author has a direct itch that does not go away how and in what way to change our president. Now another essentially bloody option is offered (the option is described in the author’s article where *bloodbath* is mentioned) Maybe that’s why to avoid all sorts of baths except for those where people wash themselves from dirt, and there is no vice duty in the Constitution. Also indicative in this connection is the message about ... when the real opposition will gain real strength.
    Author, who are you laughing at? over yourself or amuse yourself with unrealizable fantasies about nothing? What is the real opposition? Taking into account that the opposition can be systemic, this is the one that is present in the system of power and participates in the state administration of the country and non-systemic, which runs around the squares with stupid slogans - Down, offering nothing intelligible except for populism and projectionism. You about this opposition. No one will negotiate with them for sure.
  7. zenion Offline zenion
    zenion (zinovy) 3 January 2023 16: 10
    A Georgian and a Ukrainian are traveling in the same compartment. After a while, the Georgian takes out a suitcase, and from it various food. He puts the bottle on the table, pours for his neighbor and himself. Let's drink and eat. Girl - I can't eat it, I have a big pist. Man, it's not scary. In Georgia, we also have a little girl - a small pist, a big girl - a big pist, but they still eat.
  8. Ivan Ivanych 68743684 (Sergei) 5 January 2023 20: 54
    in wartime conditions, this is out of the question, that's enough, in the 90s we had all sorts of things, and where are they? now more than ever, unity of command is very important
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