Members of Russia’s opposition movement have established an alternative parliament in Nizhny Novgorod. The first session of the Regional Council of the opposition’s National Assembly took place in Nizhny Novgorod on 15 March 2009. Similar Councils have been established throughout Russia’s regions.
Local human rights activists Stanislav Dmitrievsky and Oksana Chelysheva, members of the banned National Bolshevik Party Ilya Shamazov and Yulian Ryabtsev, and chairman of the local branch of the United Civic Front Nikolay Nikolaev were elected to the Council’s Presidium.
The Council decided to develop cooperation and coordinate joint action with independent trade unions, which will have a representative in the Council. The session also decided to establish a regional branch of the International Union of Labour Migrants, which was established by Geydar Djemal, chairman of the Islamic Committee of Russia.