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Communists trying to distance itself from Khodorkovsky

September 6 2005

Today is the first deputy chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party Ivan Melnikov told Kommersant that the Communists "did not have and will not have anything to do with the initiative group to nominate a candidate for Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the State Duma or during the formal campaign, or for organizations 'popular vote'.

However, the information ", Ivan Melnikov was a list of the initiative group together with Mikhail Delyagin, who was to represent the" homeland. "Moreover, the Delyagin told reporters" Pravdy.Ru "that join the initiative group Khodorkovsky's nomination he was offered by none other than Ivan Melnikov. But then both names from the list disappeared.

Thus, the Communist Party decided to disown the nomination of Khodorkovsky as a candidate for the State Duma. However, in the Communist Party faction including two deputy "of Yukos - Sergei Muravlenko and Alexei Kondaurov. The latter, as we know, was once a landmark 5-m KGB (the fight against "ideological subversion") and has served there until the general. He was a close adviser to Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Yukos head of analytical department.

Today a number of people involved in the infamous list for nomination of Mr. Khodorkovsky as a candidate for the State Duma, having recused himself. This is Vladimir Kara-Murza, Eduard Limonov and Aleksandr Prokhanov.

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