SELEZNEV FORMING A COALITION

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SELEZNEV FORMING A COALITION

Izvestia (Moscow issue), September 9, 2003, p. 3

Duma Chairman Gennadi Seleznev’s Party of Revival held its congress last weekend. Seleznev announced at the congress that his organization intended to form an alliance with Federation Council Chairman Sergei Mironov’s Party of Life. Response from the latter is expected after the Party of Life congress scheduled for next week. According to Seleznev, he also suggested an alliance to Mikhail Lapshin’s agrarians and the bloc of Sergei Glaziev and Dmitry Rogozin but the proposal was turned down. Should the Party of Revival and Party of Life scale the 5% barrier, they will back up initiatives of United Russia in the next Duma.

Congress of Liberal Russia voted for an alliance with the Russian Movement of Motorists (both have a single leader, Duma Deputy Viktor Pokhmelkin) and with the Republican Party of Russia led by lawmaker Vladimir Lysenko.

WILL TVER’S GOVERNOR FACE TRIAL?

Novaya Gazeta, No 66, September 8-10, 2003, p. 5

Tver regional prosecutor’s office demands criminal charges pressed against Governor Vladimir Platov for abuse of power resulting in embezzlement.

According to what information this newspaper has compiled, Platov’s troubles are really rooted in the outcome of the election of the mayor of Tver this July. Platov denied support to Major General Vladimir Babichev, chief of the Tver regional customs nominated by United Russia. Babichev lost the election to municipal lawmaker Oleg Lebedev.

The scandal is not needed to jail Platov or something. It is kicked up to diminish Platov’s chances for reelection on the eve of the gubernatorial election in Tver. Igor Zubov, ex-deputy interior minister, will run for governorship against Platov. Another man from security services, Deputy Interior Minister Vladimir Vasiliev, will run for Duma from the Tver region.

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