MOSCOW, June 14 (Itar-Tass) — Thirteen new political parties have been already registered with the Russian ministry of justice, thus bringing the overall number of official parties to 20, a spokesman for the Russian ministry of justice said on Thursday.
Officially registered parties include the People’s Party For Women of Russia, the Alliance of the Green – Popular Party, the Union of City Dwellers, the Party of Social Networks, the Socio-Democratic Party of Russia, the Communist Party of Social Justice, the Cities of Russia party, Young Russia, New Russia, the Party of Free Citizens, and People’s Party of Russia. The latter however has nothing to do with the People’s Party of the Russian Federation led by Gennady Gudkov, which is only in the process of registration.
Two organizations regained their registration. After splitting from the Right Cause party, Andrei Bogdanov’s Democratic Party of Russia was registered in May an independent entity. Later, Igor Zotov’s Party of Russian Pensioners split from the A Just Russia party, thus regaining its independent status.
According to the ministry’s of justice website, as of today a total of 177 initiative groups have applied for registration of their political parties.
Before a new liberalized law on political parties was passed, there had been seven political parties in Russia, namely United Russia, the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (CPRF), A Just Russia, the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR), Right Cause, Yabloko, and Patriots of Russia.