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New Nationalist Party Founded In Russia

(RFE/RL) May 5, 2007 -- A new nationalist party has been founded in Russia seven months before parliamentary elections.

A statement read out at the founding congress of the Great Russia party in Moscow today said the party aims to unite "hundreds of thousands of staunch Russian patriots."

MORE: Interview with party founder Dmitry Rogozin, in Russian, from RFE/RL's Russian Service.

The founders of the party say it is "not a Kremlin project."

In order to register as a party, Great Russia will have to meet stringent criteria, including having at least 5,000 members across Russia.

(Interfax, dpa)