Opposition leader turns governor

Russia’s President, Dmitry Medvedev, has proposed the candidacy of Mr Nikita Belykh, former leader of the disbanded opposition party, Union of Rightist Forces (SPS), to the post of governor of the Kirov Oblast.

Mr Belyh led SPS from 2005 until the party decided to join the Kremlin’s new “opposition” project, Right Cause (Pravoe Delo) in September 2008. Mr Belykh then joined the liberal opposition’s new alliance, Solidarity (Solidarnost).

Following his nomination to become governor of the Kirov Oblast, Mr Belykh resigned from Solidarity. Russia’s ruling United Russia party, led by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, announced its support for the candidacy of Mr Belykh to the post of governor of the Kirov oblast.


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