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Justice Ministry suspends registration of seven parties

January 20, 2014, 22:21 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, January 20, 21:32 /ITAR-TASS/. The Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation suspended the registration of seven parties, including the People’s Alliance, whose chairman Aleksey Navalny was elected, says a report published on the Justice Ministry’s website.

Aside from the People’s Alliance, the list of the political parties whose state registration was suspended includes the People’s Unity, MMM, New Strength, Great Cossack Brotherhood, Veterans of Russia and Freedom and Justice.

The Justice Ministry has noted that the registration of the parties was suspended in accordance with Article 20 of the federal law On the Political Parties. The article’s provisions specify that a party can be denied registration if the provisions of its regulations contradict the Constitution and federal legislation and if its name and/or symbols are not in keeping with requirements of law, if the documents needed for the registration of a political party have not been supplied, etc..

The People’s Alliance was founded by Navalny’s supporters on December 15, 2012. The Ministry of Justice at first suspended the party’s registration and then refused it. The party’s leadership decided to go through the registration procedure again and a second founding congress was held on November 17, 2013. Navalny was elected the party’s chairman.

But in late November 2013, the Justice Ministry registered the change of the name of Andrei Bogdanov’s Native Country party to People’s Alliance.

The Justice Ministry’s press service had earlier told ltar-Tass that the documents of the Native Country political party were referred to the Justice Ministry on November 18, 2013 for state registration of amendments to the regulations of the Native Country political party that held the congress on November 1, 2013. Upon considering the documents supplied, the Justice Ministry made the decision on the party’s state registration on November 26, 2013. The documents required for the entry in the unified state register of legal entities were submitted to the Moscow department of the Federal Tax Service, the press service said.

Thus, Navalny’s party cannot be registered as the People’s Alliance, as, according to law, the name of a political party, either full or abbreviated, cannot coincide with the names of other political parties or public associations existing in Russia, says the report.

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