Accessibility links

Breaking News

Ex-Russian PM Sets Up New Political Movement

Mikhail Kasyanov (file photo) (ITAR-TASS) April 8, 2006 -- Russia's former Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov today officially assumed the leadership of a new political movement that could serve as a platform for him to run in the 2008 presidential election.

Addressing supporters, Kasyanov said his movement -- the Popular Democratic Union (NDS) -- would fight "for honest and fair elections" and strive to prevent the authorities from rigging votes.

Kasyanov also said his party would consult with other political forces with a view to drafting a long-term development program for Russia.

Kasyanov last December failed to win over the leadership of the Democratic Party.

(RIA Novosti, ITAR-TASS,

RFE/RL In Russian

RFE/RL In Russian

UPDATED CONSTANTLY: Visit RFE/RL's Russian-language website, featuring news, analysis, features, streaming audio, and more, in Russian, from RFE/RL's Russian Service.


RFE/RL's English-language coverage of Russia.

RFE/RL has been declared an "undesirable organization" by the Russian government.

If you are in Russia or the Russia-controlled parts of Ukraine and hold a Russian passport or are a stateless person residing permanently in Russia or the Russia-controlled parts of Ukraine, please note that you could face fines or imprisonment for sharing, liking, commenting on, or saving our content, or for contacting us.

To find out more, click here.