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Ex-MP Gudkov resigns as party leader

October 09, 2014, 7:05 UTC+3 MOSCOW MOSCOW October, 9. /TASS
He took the decision due to pressure put on the party in connection with the developments in Ukraine
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MOSCOW, October 9. /TASS/. Former State Duma member Gennady Gudkov told TASS on Wednesday that he decided to resign as co-chairman of the Alliance of Greens and Social Democrats.

“I have decided to quit the party,” he said, explaining that he took the decision due to pressure put on the party in connection with the developments in Ukraine.

“Under such conditions, part of regional activists of the party took a conciliatory position, directly supporting United Russia and administrations formed by it,” the politician said.

State Duma members Dmitry Gudkov (his son) and Ilya Ponomaryov, lawyer Yelena Lukyanova and former Opposition Coordination Council secretary Dmitry Nekrasov had already quitted the alliance, he said.

The arrest of its co-chairman Gleb Fetisov had a demoralizing effect on the party, Gugkov said. “I believe the criminal case against Fetisov and his arrest are of a political character and have been ordered because of his intention to finance an opposition party.”

The opposition politician assured he had supported, was supporting and would support Fetisov, but supposed his tough position lowered chances for his release.

Gudkov said Fetisov had not asked him to quit, but asked to save the party.

The politician does not intend to establish a new party. "There are no conditions in Russia to set up large parties now," he said. "As soon as such conditions emerge, we will return to the subject of creating a mass social-democratic party worthy of Russia's great socialist history."

For the present, Gudkov intends to help his son, State Duma member Dmitry Gudkov, and his colleagues. "I will engage in public activities. I plan to publish several books and booklets about Russia's political future and care for the family and grandchildren," the politician said.

Gudkov expressed gratitude to his fellow party members and wished them success, though he admitted that he was not confident of the party's success. The alliance will just cease to exist under such hard conditions, he added.

The Alliance of Greens and Social Democrats was formed in January 2014 by uniting the Green Alliance People's Party of Gleb Fetisov and the Social Democratic Party of Gennady Gudkov.

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