MOSCOW, July 9 (Itar-Tass) - Deputy head of A Just Russia faction at the State Duma lower house of the Russian parliament Mikhail Yemelyanov has denied a split within the Party. Yemelyanov's statement followed an article carried by the newspaper Izvestia which said that after the scandalous review of the Russian Academy of Sciences /RAN/ reform in parliament, an unofficial group spun off the faction. This group is led by deputy chairwoman of the house committee for budget and taxes Oksana Dmitriyeva.
Izvestia claimed the group includes at least five lawmakers who named Dmitriyeva their leader and ignored incumbent Party leader Sergei Mironov and Nikolai Levichev. Contrary to the line of the Party's leadership, these lawmakers are planning to enter an alliance with and eventually merge with the Communist Party.
"This is not true. The conclusions were drawn on the strength of the fact that five members of our faction signed the Communists' initiative to express no confidence in the government," Yemelyanov stated.
He noted that A Just Russia, too, believes that the performance of Dmitry Medvedev's government is unsatisfactory, and that in principle, the Party is ready to vote for its resignation.
Also, nobody has prohibited signing the Communists' initiative, while Party leader Sergei Mironov has repeatedly called for setting up a leftist party on the basis of the socio-democratic platform.
"Any talk about a split is far-fetched. It's advantageous to our political opponents," the lawmaker said.