Accessibility links

Breaking News

Russian Opposition Parties Unite In Udmurtia

IZHEVSK, Russia -- More than 1,500 activists from several opposition parties united to rally in the central Russian city of Izhevsk ahead of parliamentary elections on December 4, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.
Demonstrators at the two-hour gathering on Izhevsk's Central Square held flags and banners of the Communist Party, the Patriots of Russia, Yabloko, and A Just Russia.
The leader of A Just Russia's regional branch in Udmurtia, Viktor Shudegov, told RFE/RL that Udmurtia is the only region in Russia where all opposition parties have managed to unite on the eve of parliamentary elections.
Though rare, a similar cooperation agreement between five opposition parties has reportedly also been signed in the republic of Daghestan.
"We will do everything to eliminate the monopoly of the ruling [United Russia] party," Shudegov said.
Sergei Shchukin, leader of the local branch of Patriots of Russia, told people at the rally that all of the opposition parties must maintain their coalition until the elections to Udmurtia's State Council scheduled for next year.

Read more in Russian here

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.