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Number Of Political Parties Will Be Sharply Reduced After the Duma Elections In 2016
August 6, 2016 02:39

The Russian electoral legislation does not satisfy only those parties that do not have any potential. This was said by the President’s Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov on Wednesday, August 3, according to the correspondent of “”. “This is the political reality where we act. And all the same, perhaps you agree, it does not lead to a reduction in the level of competition and political struggle” – Peskov answered the question whether the Kremlin considers the restrictions for the parties wishing to participate in the elections to be excessive.

According to the President’s Press Secretary, mainly only the associations which “do not have any potential, even in the long term” complain about the system. “Of course, it will be difficult to survive. But then again, the political system is not static, it is constantly developing”- Peskov noted. He added that the rule according to which “very marginal, small associations that can hardly de facto be called parties” operates in many countries. The purpose of these restrictions, according to Peskov, is not to devalue the electoral process.

On August 2 the Committee of Civil Initiatives (CCI) published a report, according to which the number of political parties will be sharply reduced after the Duma elections in 2016, as these have faced many restrictions. Two-thirds of the associations did not even try to propose themselves to the lower house of parliament. This has been the lowest percentage of the total number of registered parties over all time of elections to the Duma since 1993, according to the report.


Author: Anna Dorozhkina


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