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Head of Chechen branch of LDPR party quits

October 29, 2013, 23:20 UTC+3
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Photo ITAR-TASS / Rasul Yarichev

MOSCOW, October 29 (Itar-Tass) - Adlan Shamsadov, head of the regional branch of the LDPR in the Chechen Republic, sent in his resignation from the post. Aleksey Didenko, deputy of the State Duma, member of the high council of the LDPR, confirmed this to Itar-Tass on Tuesday. “We have received this statement and we are obliged to discuss it and to make the decision,” he said. Didenko has said there can be no other decision but to grant the wish.

Regarding prospects for the continued functioning of the Chechen branch of the LDPR, Didenko made assurances that voluntary dissolution or liquidation is out of question. He has said this is juridically impossible. “The situation is, certainly, nervous now because of ambiguous interpretation of phrases and opinions of LDPR leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky, taken out of the context, but we continue working,” he said.

Didenko also said that another candidature would be nominated to the post of head of the Chechen branch of the LDPR.

Shamsadov had earlier said that members of the branch were going to quit the party, so that the branch’s activity in the region would stop. He said this decision was motivated by disagreement with the stand of Vladimir Zhirinovsky regarding North Caucasus republics.

However, the official communiqué of the LDPR press service said that not a single statement about quitting the party had come to the central office of the party from the Chechen branch in the recent days. The document also said the head of the branch had been pressurised into quitting.

This was prompted by Zhirinovsky’s pronouncements in Poyedinok (The Duel) talk show on Rossiya 1 TV channel on October 24 in which he, specifically, declared against internal migration of North Caucasus residents. Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov and other political leaders sharply criticized this stand.

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