Khodorkovsky backs alliance between RPR-PARNAS, Progress Party

Former Yukos head Mikhail Khodorkovsky has praised the opposition parties RPR-PARNAS' and the Progress Party's decision to set up a coalition in the run-up to elections to local and municipal government bodies in 2015 and to the State Duma in 2016.

"We support the decision of RPR-PARNAS and Progress Party's to form a coalition. Open Russia is a social movement, and therefore we cannot have our own list [of candidates] in elections. We support the list of democratic candidates. And we will do what we can to help make the forthcoming elections democratic," Khodorkovsky said in a statement available on his official website.

RPR-PARNAS and the Progress Party earlier announced the creation of a political alliance to make up a single roster of candidates for the 2015-2016 election cycle.

"The political forces that we represent, the party RPR-PARNAS and the Progress Party, are ready to assume responsibility for the future of the country. We believe that our alliance is currently the only political force capable of challenging the injustice, lies and corruption that underlie the current administration. We are consolidating our efforts in the upcoming 2015 and 2016 elections in Russia," Mikhail Kasyanov, co-chairman of RPR-PARNAS, and Progress Party leader Alexei Navalny said in a statement shared with Interfax on Friday.

The document says the parties will form unified lists of candidates on the basis of RPR-PARNAS to run in the 2015 regional and municipal elections and in the 2016 elections to the State Duma.

The Democratic Choice party later joined the alliance between the RPR-PARNAS and Progress Party.

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