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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

United Russia Offers List of Top Candidates for State Jobs

Ruling party United Russia has published a list of its top 300 candidates in a talent pool aimed at identifying qualified middle managers to fill lower government and party posts.

The list, similar to President Dmitry Medvedev's "Golden 1,000" of candidates for senior government jobs, consists primarily of little-known regional figures, including officials, businesspeople and party workers.

"Their professional qualities have been highly valued by experts, and it will be logical if they are in demand," the project's head, Yury Kotler, told The Moscow Times on Thursday.

Launched two years ago, the party's talent drive is called "Talent Pool: Professional Team" and allows people to apply for a spot on the list via the Internet.

More than 18,000 people have applied so far, of whom 1,342 have passed an intellectual test and have been interviewed for inclusion on the list, Kotler said.

The list of United Russia's top 300 candidates includes a smattering of prominent figures, including State Duma deputies Sergei Belokonev and Svetlana Zhurova. Several United Russia members also made the list, which was published Wednesday.

Senior officials have conceded that the state is facing difficulties in identifying and recruiting competent personnel for public service, thus necessitating such talent searches.

One-third of the United Russia talent pool's 1,342 candidates have worked in state or municipal agencies, one-fourth are in business and one-fifth are involved in either party activities or social services. Sixty percent of the candidates are aged 24 to 35, while the other 40 percent are 36 to 46 years old. The 300 top candidates were chosen based on a review of their applications by a panel of experts. Some of the talent pool's 1,342 have been offered government and party posts at various levels, Kotler said.

In February, the Kremlin published the first 100 names of Medvedev's Golden 1,000.