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Opposition Groups In St. Petersburg Agree To Cooperate

ST. PETERSBURG -- Several Russian opposition groups in St. Petersburg signed a cooperation agreement today, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

The St. Petersburg branches of the opposition Yabloko party, the United Civil Front, the Russian People's Democratic Union, and the Solidarity movement signed the agreement.

Yabloko political bureau member Boris Vishnevsky told RFE/RL that the main idea of the agreement is to coordinate all activities that are working toward the "return of democracy" to St. Petersburg.

According to the pact, the opposition groups will conduct joint activities such as holding protests, issuing statements, and possibly participating jointly in elections.

Mikhail Reznik, the Yabloko leader in St. Petersburg, told RFE/RL that the agreement is open to other political groups to join.