UNITY TO BECOME A PARTY

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UNITY TO BECOME A PARTY

Independent Television, Segodnya, April 22, 2000, 19:00

On April 22 the leaders of Unity discussed plans for converting the movement into a party. Unity intends to nominate its candidates in all regional election campaigns.

YABLOKO TO SUPPORT IGOR ARTEMYEV IN ST. PETERSBURG

Independent Television, Segodnya, April 22, 2000, 19:00

The Yabloko movement held a meeting of its central council. Tomorrow the session will continue. The council will have to determine the strategy of the movement under the new political circumstances. The main work has already been done: Yabloko has decided to unite its efforts with the Union of Right Forces and other liberal organizations, and to create a joint coordinating council which will plan policy at “democratic meetings”.

Another decisive move by Yabloko is its decision to support Igor Artemyev in the gubernatorial elections in St. Petersburg.

Grigory Yavlinsky said that he does not see anything of substance behind all the economic programs discussed by the government. It is planned to hold a scheduled meeting of Yabloko in June, at which this movement will be converted into a party. The central council of Yabloko will discuss this issue tomorrow.

THREE CANDIDATES FOR ST. PETERSBURG GOVERNOR ARE OUT OF THE RACE

Independent Television, Segodnya, April 22, 2000, 19:00

The St. Petersburg election commission has cancelled the registration of three candidates for St. Petersburg governor. They are Vyacheslav Marychev (Working Russia), Sergei Ivanov (head of the Legal Department of the Baltic Financial-Industrial Group) and Duma deputy Petr Shelish (Yabloko faction). The commission found errors in the documents of the former two; Shelish withdrew his candidacy voluntarily.

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