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Duma deputy confirms she quits A Just Russia for opposition coalition plans

March 21, 2015, 12:36 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, March 21. /TASS/. Ex-head of the A Just Russia party’s branch in Russia’s second largest city of St. Petersburg confirmed on Saturday she was quitting the party to take part in a new political project to set up an opposition social-democratic coalition.

"If I am not expelled from the party on March 30, I will quit on a personal application," State Duma deputy Oksana Dmitriyeva told TASS.

"We have plans to restore the Development of Entrepreneurship Party, which may become part of and the basis of a new political structure," she said.

She explained earlier that together with three other parties - Fatherland, the Russian Party of Pensioners and the Russian Party of Life, this party had set up A Just Russia

After that, Development of Entrepreneurship existed as a non-governmental organization supporting small and medium-sized business, she said, adding that this organization could be once again transformed into a political party with a possible change of its name.

Early in March, Dmitriyeva was suspended as head of the party’s regional department in St. Petersburg, and was replaced with a lawmaker of the State Duma lower chamber of parliament, Oleg Nilov.

After that Dmitryeva repeatedly said she could be expelled from the party shortly, saying that if it did not happen, she would quit on personal application.

Earlier, A Just Russia Party leader Sergei Mironov said her expulsion from the party was not on the agenda. He also said he had offered Dmitriyeva a guaranteed deputy’s seat and number one on the regional group’s list for elections to the Duma in 2016.

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