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The main political news, which all central newspapers are commenting, became the split between the Rodina Party and the Party of Pensioners with the A Just Russia Party. Members of the A Just Russia faction Igor Zotov and Alexei Zhuravlev stated that they break off the relations with the party. They stated earlier about the restoration of the Party of Pensioners and Rodina, respectively. Both these structures were participating in the forming of the A Just Russia Party in the meantime.
Leaders of the restored Rodina Party and the Russian Party of Pensioners for Justice Alexei Zhuravlev and Igor Zotov tore off publicly an agreement over the creation of the A Just Russia Party on Monday, the Kommersant daily reported. Although this decision does not have legal consequences, the breaking of the relations reflects a general tendency: sponsors, deputies and rank-and-file party members are quitting the A Just Russia Party.
The leaving of the deputies makes the sponsors of the party nervous, as the latter “joined a respectable pro-Kremlin party in the meantime,” the newspaper quoted political expert Yevgeny Minchenko as saying. Although the businesspeople were quitting Sergei Mironov’s party before as well.
Head of the Fund for Development of Democracy and Civil Society Konstantin Kostin, who is cited by the newspaper, believes that now A Just Russia is on the verge of falling from “top league” of the old parliamentary parties.
“This was a certain political experiment,” the Rossiiskaya Gazeta daily quoted Rodina chairman Alexei Zhuravlev as saying. “The parties with different resources, different ideologies, and different leaders were seeking to unite and a political Frankenstein turned out to be.”
“Three parties merged, and there is some cheating from all directions,” leader of the Party of Pensioners Igor Zotov believes. “On the parity basis” is said in the agreement. But from all leaders, which we offered, only the functionaries from the Party of Life were elected. People were waiting, but they were rudely ousted from the political life of regions and the country,” he said.
“The statements by Igor Zotov and Alexei Zhuravlev are tantamount to a statement of the Napoleon army retreating from the battlefield of Borodino. They are pursuing one goal that is to draw attention to the newly formed parties Rodina and the Russian Pensioners for Justice, which are probably experiencing some difficulties with the inflow of new members,” the RBC daily quoted A Just Russia leader Nikolai Levichev as saying.
The Nezavisimaya Gazeta daily is convinced that the ongoing attack on A Just Russia and the refusal of the latter from cooperation with the Bolotnaya opposition and actually a split with the A Just Russia faction in the State Duma are interrelated. A source of the newspaper close to the Kremlin, claims that A Just Russia is being brought back to a mission, for which they were formed six years ago. This is the ousting of the Communist electorate and turning some part of them in potential voters of some kind of second ruling party.