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Draft amendments to the Law “On Political Parties” are accepted

October 25, 2012, 16:08 UTC+3

Changes to law on political parties strengthen democracy, believes Dmitry Medvedev

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MOSCOW, October 25 (Itar-Tass) — The government accepted draft amendments to the Law “On Political Parties”, which will strengthen democracy, as Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said at a government meeting on Thursday.

The prime minister offered to discuss the draft amendments to the law, which envisage an increase in state funding of political parties from twenty to fifty roubles multiplied by the number of votes of the electorate if the federal list of candidates of a political party got at least 3 percent of the vote in elections of deputies to the State Duma.

“I believe that this measure will help to strengthen the party system and will contribute to the development of democracy in our country,” Medvedev said.

The prime minister also said that on October 14 the regional and municipal elections in a number of subjects “were held according to new, at least, more interesting, more equitable rules.” “Launched earlier this year, the political changes have taken shape,” he said. “All were seriously preparing for the elections, and it is an indication that there is an honest party struggle and competition,” Medvedev stressed.


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