Alexei Navalny's Progress Party not included in the federal list of political forces allowed to run in elections intends to prepare for the 2016 elections to the State Duma and region legislatures.
"We will continue working for participation in elections. The probability that we won't be allowed to any elections is very high. But work to prepare candidates should be conducted already now in case premature elections are held," he said at a party convention on Sunday.
Navalny said that in 2016 his party intends to hold primaries and compile a list of candidates. "Probably, they will be removed [from elections] according to this list. It is most likely that we will find ourselves in a situation when nobody will be cleared for the elections," he said.
In that case he intends to canvass for colleagues from the opposition coalition. "People will be addressing our organization anyway with the question: whom should we vote for. [Our] recommendations will add 10-20% [of votes] to a candidate. Naturally, we won't be giving a license for opposition. We will make every effort to get registered and be elected outselves," he said.
Navalny said that party members are ready to run in elections at any level despite the reputation of being a Moscow party.
"The most important thing is that we have people and that we must preserve. We are ready to talk to absolutely any person from the Academic Town [in Novosibirsk] to Uralvagonzavod [workers]. We are not a bit ashamed of working in any part of Russia," he said.
In his opinion, there is no other way to win the possibility of running in elections except joining street protests.
"We will not be included in ballots as long as we will not make them include us through massive actions. There are no other ways to make them do it, except taking to the streets. None of us wants to freeze in the street, snowbank or fountain and then be driven somewhere in a cold police van. But this should be done," Navalny said.
On Sunday the office of the Fund against Corruption housed a convention of the Progress Party that was attended by 62 delegates from 50 regional chapters.
The Progress Party was officially registered by the Justice Ministry on February 25, 2014. On January 28, 2015 Moscow's Zamoskvoretsky district court declined the party's protest against the refusal of the Justice Ministry to enter it in the register of parties entitled to take part in elections.
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