Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Friday, April 24, 2015

Uniting the oppostion

Anyone looking at the politics of Russia has to wonder, what factors keep Putin's opposition from uniting? Diverse goals? Irascible politicians? Little likelihood of success? Structural obstacles?

Does this news herald the beginning of a more unified opposition?

Russian opposition parties form anti-Putin alliance
The political party founded by murdered Russian dissident Boris Nemtsov is to join forces with another opposition party ahead of Russia's 2016 elections.

Alexei Navalny
RPR-Parnas will share a joint platform with the Party of Progress, founded by opposition activist Alexei Navalny.

Russia's political opposition has in recent years been riven by infighting, weakening its ability to challenge President Vladimir Putin…

In a joint statement on Friday, the two parties called on opposition figures to "consolidate on a common platform of a rejection of lies, corruption and aggression".

Mikhail Kasyanov, co-chairman of RPR-Parnas and a former prime minister, said the parties would form an alliance rather than merge.

Mr Kasyanov later announced they had been joined by a third party, Democratic Choice…

The parties said they would begin by running together in regional elections due to be held in 2015 before the full parliamentary elections due in 2016…

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