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Mikhail Kasyanov has been the victim of a political order

June 2 2006

After a month of one political party in Russia will be more. July 1 at the Congress of People's Democratic Union (VAT), led by former Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov, will be announced to transform the movement into a political party.

Leader of the VAT listed methods, which intends to use in the fight for the leadership. They were quite peaceful: "Seminars, rallies, political parties, to prepare people for the elections" - writes today, "Nezavisimaya Gazeta. Unifying theme Democrats Kasyanov called the "very delicate and sensitive, on the one hand, but on the other - is extremely important because the time before the upcoming election is running out."

Comment on this statement by Mikhail Kasyanov, we asked the Chairman of the Executive Committee of Democratic Party of Russia "Vyacheslav Smirnov:

- Not so long ago myself, Mikhail Kasyanov, and his closest associates have stated that they do not intend to focus on creating a political party and participate in parliamentary and local elections. Why did they changed their position on this issue?

- I understand that Kasyanov had great desire to rise above all political parties. They tried and encountered several difficulties. Firstly, Kasyanov really wants to try himself as a presidential candidate. But it is likely that by 2008 candidates will be able to offer only the political parties. Secondly, it is impossible to be a politician and remain nonpartisan. After all, a political party, as opposed to a social movement, provides an opportunity to participate directly in political life. And here Kasyanov's supporters are entitled to ask the question: "Well, Comrade Kasyanov, now you become president, and we get that? After a legal right to participate in the elections we do not have a go on the lists of other parties, you give us is prohibited." So that a political party - a move forced to Kasyanov, an attempt to attract regional politicians.

In addition, if you do not go to the polls, it means that you deny in advance the entire legitimacy of the election and, thus, goes to extreme opposition, such as Garry Kasparov. That is, to put himself a revolutionary. But Kasyanov is not revolutionary. He is the official, who sleeps and sees how to get it in the "United Russia".

- How realistic is to Kasyanov in a very short period of time from scratch to create a party?

- Actually, everything, but it will be very expensive. We need to create and maintain regional offices, we must solve a lot of organizational problems. Traditional way of Kasyanov is not very good. It's a process not a few months. "The Democratic Party of Russia is building its structure 16 years and then I would say that makes it to" chetverochku. If Kasyanov will find a lot of money to solve all the problems, then maybe he'll get. But you still need to get state registration for the party ... But I would place the government would have registered his party, so he got his 2% and calmed down.

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