MOSCOW, September 14 (Itar-Tass) — Leader of Russia’s Right Cause party, billionaire businessman Mikhail Prokhorov said Wednesday he was terminating the powers of the party’s Executive Committee in line with a provision of the party charter and expelling from the party ranks a number of leading members.
The persons whom he expelled from the party are businessman Andrei Bogdanov and Revyakin brothers. Their expulsion follows the damage they have inflicted on the party, Prokhorov said.
He said the Right Cause’s Congress, which interrupted its sessions Wednesday, will continue Thursday and Friday.
A technical day-off was needed Wednesday in the sessions of the Right Cause’s Congress so as to calm down regional leaders who have found themselves to be under strong pressure.
“There’s no split in the party,” Prokhorov said, adding that he has no plans for abandoning the position of the Right Cause top leader, which he took in June.
“It looks like you’re waiting for me to say I’m leaving but you’re waiting in vain,” he said.
First reports about a scandalous situation that took shape at the party’s Congress, which opened Wednesday, started coming in the morning and a spokesman for the party press service said the situation at the Congress is developing in an unpredictable way.
“It seems a group of delegates led by Andrei Dunayev, the chairman of the Federal Executive Committee, is seeking to grab the initiative,” he said.
The group led by Bogdanov and Dunayev has gained the majority of positions in the steering agencies of the Congress.
In the meantime, Russia’s legendary pop diva Alla Pugachova, whose popularity has outshined that of many Soviet and Russian leaders since Leonid Brezhnev, has made known her plans to join the Right Cause ranks.
The party’s press service said the pop diva is going to attend the Congress functions Thursday, September 15.
“Pugachova has pledged support for Mikhail Prokhorov and she is joining the Right Cause,” a spokesman said. She may even decide to take the floor and speak out in Prokhorov’s favor.