“It is impossible to divide the members of the SPPS into friends and foes”
The spiral of conflict around the presidential election in St. Petersburg Sailing Union is being dragged on more and more. We continue to closely monitor the situation and today we present to you, dear readers, two brief interviews of both candidates for the post of SPPS president.
We draw your attention to the fact that we do not comment or edit the answers sent to us by the candidates, with the exception of the obvious minor corrections of spelling and punctuation. At the same time, we reserve the right for the YR editorial office to separately separately state a number of facts as they appear to us.
The first one we offer is a short interview with candidate for the post of president of the SPPS Alexei Semenov.
Yacht Russia: What, in your opinion, is the main driving cause of the conflict (scandal) around the election of the SPPS president?
Alexei Semenov: The driving force behind the conflict was the decision of the Presidium to become completely closed to the sailing public, which chose it. With all the decisions that follow from this on holding closed meetings and not publishing information on the final decisions made at them, closing information on the number of members of the organization, accepting new members, dividing members of the Sailing Union into friends and foes. All these actions discredited one of the main principles of the Public Union of Socialist Party of Independent States, such as its openness. All this, unfortunately, has led to the current split within the sailing community.
I am also prepared to attribute a number of norms of the current Charter of the organization to the root causes of the conflict, as well as the absence of such bodies as the Board of Trustees and the Supervisory Boards in the structure. I am sure that their presence would allow to address acute issues at an early stage and would not allow bringing the situation to its current state.
YR: Is it possible to somehow summarize (the pros and cons) of the current activities of the leadership of the Union of Right Forces?
A.S .: If it’s enlarged and short, then, on the one hand, in recent years various kinds of sailing events have been noticeably carried out in our water area – this, of course, is a plus, on the other hand, clubs continue to close, and this is sad statistics for everyone known – these are, of course, cons.
YR: What are the main and primary tasks you see for yourself in this post if elected president?
AS: Organization of the work of the Presidium, based on the principles of openness. Determining the list of priority tasks with developing a mechanism for their implementation and fixing those responsible for their implementation in areas of the number of persons of the Presidium. Organization of the effective work of the executive bodies of the SPPS in order to implement the points stated in my program. Creation of the Board of Trustees and Supervisory Boards. Organization of a full-fledged press service for high-quality and open coverage of all events of the Union.
YR: Is there another chance to stop the permanent disappearance of Leningrad yacht clubs?
A.S .: I believe that yes, and I’m even more than sure that it is possible not only to preserve the remaining, but also to revive the old from the now closed, such as Kronstadsky, and the emergence of new ones. Without faith in this, I would not declare myself as a candidate for election and I see this as my main task.
YR: Are there any (and whose exactly?) Property interests behind these elections?
A.S .: I can answer for myself. Personally, when I go to the polls, I do not pursue any property interests. Moreover, I am laying my own budget for the maintenance of the executive structure of the Union.
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