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Russia’s former economics minister to create right-of-centre party

April 19, 2012, 1:26 UTC+3
He underlined that a new party should be created on clear ideological principles, without “any-isms”
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MOSCOW, April 19 (Itar-Tass) — Russia’s former economics minister Andrei Nechayev plans to create his right-of-centre party.

Speaking at a public meeting at Moscow’s Sakharov Museum on Wednesday he expressed confidence that people of mainly “liberal views” took part in the Bolotnaya Square rally last December, “although they themselves will not agree with this, as the word “liberal” turned into something abusive.”

Nechayev, who worked in the post-Soviet government led by Yegor Gaidar, noted that rally participants “realize that it is necessary for them to have their political representative body.”

“The program “against” unites quite well, but I as a man of liberal views cannot unite with the Communists, because they call for nationalization, while I – for private property. We have nothing in common except for calls for fair elections and release of political prisoners,” Nechayev said.

He underlined that a new party should be created on clear ideological principles, without “any -isms.”

“I and my colleagues are working on such a party project. I am confident that this should be a right-of-centre party based not on the cult of the leader, but on the principles of large-scale intraparty democracy,” Nechayev said.

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