SPS to join Kremlin’s project

The Russian opposition party, Union of Rightist Forces (SPS), will merge with pro-Kremlin right-wing forces. The party’s chairman, Nikita Belykh, has resigned from his post and from the party. SPS is divided between those who are ready to cooperate with the Kremlin and those who are not. The party is financially broke and cannot continue in its present form.

http://txt.newsru.com/russia/26sep2008/belyh.html

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  1. Acting leader of SPS, Mr Leonid Gozman, said opposition parties cannot survive in Russia without cooperation with Kremlin. Cooperation with those in power is the only way for the opposition to be able to continue advocating liberal values, Mr Gozman said.

    Mr Gozman said a total rejection of cooperation with the Kremlin would mean not only giving up on positions in power and business, but giving up on any sort of political activity in general. Russia has changed, and SPS therefore has to reform and adjust to the new reality, he argued.

    Mr Boris Nemtsov, one of the leaders of SPS, said the days of an independent party are long gone for SPS. No political party party in Russia has any future as an independent force, given that “independent politics” as such is banned in Russia, he said.

    http://txt.newsru.com/arch/russia/29sep2008/gozman.html

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