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October 14 2009

Today members of the three opposition factions in the Duma - the Communist Party, the LDPR and A Just Russia "- left the hall, protesting against the results of elections held on October 11 in 75 Russian regions. However, experts believe this move a bad PR.

As stated by LDPR leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky, his party would not recognize the results of elections across the country and requires a recount of votes in all polling stations. The leader of the Liberal Democratic Party said that the faction would not return to the courtroom the State Duma, until it encounters with the Russian president as a guarantor of the constitution, to discuss the violations during the past 11 October a single day of voting. Quite unexpectedly, move the Liberal Democrats supported the Communist Party faction and the "Fair Russia", whose members were also dissatisfied with the outcome of regional elections.

In the United Russia, whose deputies were working in splendid isolation, move his colleagues in the lower house of Russian parliament, explained an attempt to explain his failure to voters. According to first deputy head of the faction "United Russia" Valeria Ryazan, a low percentage of the opposition parties due to the fact that while United Russia fielded its candidates in 95% of cases, the opposition fielded an average of ten times smaller than the candidates, ie
3-4 thousand candidates for the 42.5 thousand people. "If the 42 thousand to nominate only 10% - what kind of result do you want? Need to improve their back bench" - said Ryazan, RIA Novosti reported.

First Deputy Secretary of the Presidium of the General Council of the Party "United Russia" Andrei Isayev also said that "instead of having to analyze their mistakes that caused the drop in their ratings, they (the opposition) are trying to shift responsibility from blame on others." Such a situation recalled Isayev words sportscaster Ozerov: "Judging by this championship is not on top. It's not just my opinion, this opinion coaches of all teams dropped out of the tournament."

"If a political force able to get the support of the municipal elections, this does not mean that it should behave like a little kid - to start a fuss, and fall to the ground," - said State Duma deputy coordinator of the Social Conservative Party club Igor Igoshin .

Political analyst Dmitry Badovsky believes that political demarche opposition is understandable, but the parties are worth first apply to the court for recognizing the legitimacy of their claims. "To demand a meeting with the president and his intervention in this situation, probably more than it would be logical if the opposition parties to first use judicial procedures to challenge the election results and, in case if the judge would have affirmed the legitimacy of their claims, then they would clear legal framework in order to appeal to the president, "- said the analyst. Now, such a requirement "looks like an exclusively political, and under a no judicial and legal basis," concluded Badovsky.

Point of view of political analyst and co-chairman of the association of non-profit organizations to protect the electoral rights of citizens, "Civil Control", a member of the Public Chamber of Russia, Alexander Brod. According to him, without a separate voting irregularities could not have done and now the Public Chamber of Russia "holds a special hearing" on the subject."As for the parties, the head of these parties who have not passed the election, largely speaks to their wounded pride, desire to attract attention, to do public relations", - said Ford, adding that in his opinion, "this is not the best course in order to achieve a fair investigation into all violations, and orazdo productive for the parties would seek a qualified audit for each violation by improving dialogue deputies and CEC, the prosecutor's office, the Interior Ministry. "But these outputs, the demarche, demonstration, I think, will have no effect," - noted human rights activist.

Arseniy Stepanov

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