Opposition Republican Party - PARNAS gets registered

The Russian Justice Ministry has granted registration to the Republican Party of Russia - People's Freedom Party (PARNAS). Vladimir Ryzhkov has become the Executive Secretary of the Party's Federal Political Council, and Mikhail Shneider has taken the position of the Executive Director.

Ryzhkov said in May 2012 that the Justice Ministry had restored the state registration of the Republican Party of Russia. He told Interfax in April that a renewed liberal democratic party - the Republican Party of People's Freedom - might appear in Russia in summer.

It was decided at a meeting of the Federal Political Council of unregistered PARNAS that the new party "would operate on the basis of the Republican Party, and PARNAS would need serious renovations," he said.

The Russian Supreme Court received the Justice Ministry's disclaimer of its demand to liquidate the Republican Party of Russia on April 19. Party lawyer Alexander Kostin told Interfax the court order would enter into force within 15 days.

The Republican Party of Russia was formed in 1990 on the democratic platform of the Soviet Communist Party. It was a part of the opposition coalition The Other Russia and became a part of PARNAS in 2010. The Russian Supreme Court deprived the party of its registration in 2007 on the grounds its activity failed to meet the Law on Political Parties.

The Supreme Court repealed its decision on January 23, 2012, after the Strasbourg Court ruled there were procedural violations. The Justice Ministry submitted to the Supreme Court its disclaimer on March 15 and promised to restore state registration of the party.

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