A Just Russia was formed in October as a merger of the nationalist Motherland Party, the Party of Life, and the Party of Pensioners.
Chairman Sergei Mironov said the party today began drafting its program for State Duma elections due in December.
Mironov, who is the speaker of the upper house of parliament, said the program will focus on improving living standards through social reforms.
He said he believes his party will break the "monopoly" of the ruling Unified Russia party.
Mironov, however, is a staunch supporter of President Vladimir Putin. Critics say A Just Russia is only a nominal opposition force.
(with material from Interfax, ITAR-TASS)
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