MOSCOW, August 3 (Itar-Tass) — The Republican Party of Russia – Party of People’s Freedom (RPR-PARNAS), which is headed by Boris Nemtsov, Vladimir Ryzhkov and Mikhail Kasyanov, was registered in the Justice Ministry. The Justice Ministry has earlier received a request for registration from the opposition party People’s Alliance headed by associates of opposition politician Alexei Navalny. The experts do not predict a major success to any of these projects.
Nemtsov, Ryzhkov and Kasyanov stated about the creation of PARNAS in 2010, the Novye Izvestia daily recalled. The party was officially registered only more than two years later. The authorities refused to grant the official status to the party under the pretext that the party charter contained the provisions that contradict the law on political parties. The oppositionists have contested the refusal of the Justice Ministry in various courts for a long time, but the party got a real opportunity for registration only after the Russian Republican Party decided to merge with PARNAS at its congress on June 16, 2012. RPR managed to regain the party registration only through the European Court of Human Rights last April.
First disagreements have already aroused in RPR-PARNAS, the Kommersant daily noted. The party bureau, including its co-chairmen Vladimir Ryzhkov and Mikhail Kasyanov, opposed direct elections in the coordination council of the opposition, warning that “the internal rivalry between the leaders of the opposition will lead to a split.” But co-chairman of the party Boris Nemtsov supported the initiative. He believes that the election of “representatives of the Bolotnaya protests” will help “to legalize the protest.”
Instead of the elections in the coordination council of the opposition the RPR-PARNAS bureau proposes to invite various political forces to a round-table meeting, at which “the principles of a future constitutional reform will be approved in order to change the balance between the branches of power in favour of parliament and independent courts.” Meanwhile, the party bureau is convinced that the cooperation is also needed with representatives of the state authorities at a round-table meeting.
On Tuesday, the Justice Ministry received the documents for registration from another opposition party People’s Alliance, the RBC daily reported. Navalny’s associates – head of the foundation for the struggle against corruption Vladimir Ashurkov, coordinator of the Russian Elections project Georgy Alburov and independent deputy from the Yekaterinburg legislature Leonid Volkov headed the party. Navalny does not intend to join either People’s Alliance or any other party, but hails the initiative of his supporters.
Both parties were named as “competing” parties immediately in the Internet and the blogs.
The debates in PRP-PARNAS over the system to form the organizing committee raised the internet discussion over a soon split in the opposition, the newspaper noted.