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    Founder of Russia's Yabloko Party Yavlinsky Says to Run for President in 2018

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    Grigory Yavlinsky, the founder of Russia’s liberal Yabloko party, said Monday he was going to run for president in 2018.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Yavlinsky unsuccessfully ran for president in 1996 and 2000, and attempted to take part in the 2012 elections, but his candidacy was refused by the Central Elections Committee.

    "We believe that our party will participate most actively in what will be called ‘presidential elections’. I am a presidential candidate from the Yabloko party," Yavlinsky told reporters.

    ​The Yabloko party failed to win the threshold of 5 percent of the votes in the Russian parliamentary elections which took place Sunday.


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