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Russian Opposition Holds Rallies On Eve Of Constitution Day


Mikhail Kasyanov

Mikhail Kasyanov

MOSCOW -- Activists from former Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov's Russian Popular Democratic Union (RNDS) began a protest campaign in 30 Russian towns and cities today called "Leadership! Implement the Constitution!" RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

Kasyanov's supporters are holding rallies at which they are speaking with citizens about the country's constitution and people's rights.

Yelena Dikun, an aide to Kasyanov, told RFE/RL that the RNDS activists' major demands are fair and free elections, freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, and freedom of association.

Dikun said, "we want to explain to everyone that without political freedom no economic modernization is possible."

On December 12, 1993, the Russian Federation's constitution was approved in a nationwide referendum, a day that has been marked as a national holiday since 1994.
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