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    The Other Russia opposition party, whose official program was published on Tuesday, wants to build a new capital "from scratch" in South Siberia.

    The Other Russia opposition party, whose official program was published on Tuesday, wants to build a new capital "from scratch" in South Siberia.

    Led by controversial writer and activist Eduard Limonov, the party held its founding congress in Moscow on July 10. It shares its name with The Other Russia opposition coalition, which recently disbanded.

    The party says its plan would counter Russia's tilt towards the West - as well as boost Siberia's ailing infrastructure.

    The program, published in the government daily Rossiiskaya Gazeta, also includes plans to eliminate red tape from Russia's bloated government apparatus, and calls for wholesale reforms in areas as diverse as agriculture, housing, the army and the mass media.

    Limonov, who once served time for plotting to raise an army to invade Kazakhstan, outlined "The Other Russia" he would like to see in a book of the same title published in 2008.

    "Boys and girls will be taught to shoot from grenade launchers, to jump from helicopters, to besiege villages and cities, to skin sheep and pigs, to cook good hot food and to write poetry," he explained, adding ominously that "Many types of people will have to disappear."

    He also suggested that Russia would need a "New God, possibly some Tunguska meteorite or an iron planet in the cold universe. Our god will be the one who gave us death. Maybe our god will be death."

    MOSCOW, July 20 (RIA Novosti)

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