Udaltsov refuses to attend Seliger forum after new May 6 case arrests

Left Front leader Sergei Udaltsov refused to attend the Seliger 2012 pro-Kremlin youth forum after more people were arrested over the May 6 clashes on Bolotnaya Square in central Moscow.

"I planned to accept an invitation to take part in the political segment of the Seliger 2012 pro-Kremlin youth forum and present the opposition's political program and demands at it. I planned to address the event on July 28 or July 29. I am still certain that we should not fear any open dialogue with opponents. We need to go there and prove that the truth is on our side. However, I decided not to participate in the forum when I learned on July 25 that another two people were arrested over the May 6 case," Udaltsov told Interfax on Thursday.

"Discussions will become possible if you stop arresting our friends. I have nothing to do at Seliger in this situation, where the authorities cynically continue to stuff prisons with representatives of the opposition," he said.

Udaltsov initially planned to decide whether he would attend the Seliger forum or not after his status was clarified in light of an Ulyanovsk court's verdict.

The Seliger forum organizers invited Udaltsov to the event.

Seliger 2012 representative Dmitry Ternovsky told journalists on Tuesday that all opposition activists had been invited to the forum.

The organizers hope to see debates between members of different political forces, he said.

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