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Notorious opposition leader forms new party to run in Russian parliamentary elections

© RIA Novosti . Ilya Pitalev / Go to the photo bankThe Other Russia coalition leader Eduard Limonov
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The Other Russia coalition leader Eduard Limonov said on Tuesday he is forming a new party of the same name to run in the 2011 parliamentary elections.

The Other Russia coalition leader Eduard Limonov said on Tuesday he is forming a new party of the same name to run in the 2011 parliamentary elections.

Limonov said a founding congress of his new party will take place in Moscow on July 10.

"After the congress, some time must pass, according to the law, I can't remember exactly, maybe half a year. During this time... we will turn in [the registration documents]," Limonov told RIA Novosti.

The Other Russia coalition, which no longer exists, included the National Bolshevik Party, outlawed in 2007, former prime minister Mikhail Kasyanov's People's Democratic Union and ex-chess champion Garry Kasparov's United Civil Front.

Kasyanov pulled out in 2007, while Kasparov drifted toward the opposition Solidarity movement.

"In practice, the coalition has fallen apart, and for the past two years has existed on paper or through the work of my followers. Now, a political party of the same name is being formed," Limonov said.

He added that the party will take part in "all possible" elections, aiming primarily at the 2011 parliamentary elections.

 

MOSCOW, June 29 (RIA Novosti)

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