A coalition of Russian opposition groups plans to fight for official registration as a political party in order to compete in the 2011 parliamentary elections, a leader of the democratic coalition said on Thursday.
For Russia Without Lawlessness and Corruption aims to get itself established in time for the parties and movements involved to compete as one bloc in the 2011 State Duma elections. The group also hopes to nominate a single candidate for the 2012 presidential elections.
"We intend to submit documents to the Justice Ministry for registration," Vladimir Ryzhkov of the Republican Party of Russia told journalists.
In the past, the attempts of some opposition groups to register as political parties have been rejected on technicalities that supporters say are used by the Kremlin to stifle political debate.
"We will fight to be registered, including by organizing protest rallies... Everyone knows Article 31 and we will force everyone to learn Article 13 of the Constitution - the right of citizens to a multi-party system," Ryzhkov said.
Some small Russian opposition groups have been rallying on Triumfalnaya Square since July 31, 2009, on the last day of each month that has 31 days in defense of their right to freedom of assembly, as enshrined in Article 31 of the Russian Constitution.
Ryzhkov is joined on the new coalition's organizing committee by Boris Nemtsov, a co-founder of the opposition Solidarity movement, Mikhail Kasyanov, the head of the Russian People's Democratic Union, and Yabloko party youth wing leader Ilya Yashin.
The coalition's main goal is to fight "corruption and the dominance of both political and economic monopolies" in Russia, as well as the lack of democracy and free elections.
MOSCOW, September 16 (RIA Novosti)