On June 23, 2011 Mikhail Kasyanov, Vladimir Milov, Boris Nemtsov and Vladimir Ryzhkov commented on the refusal of registration of the Russian political party PARNAS. The party will hold a conference on July 2, and discuss its political future. In addition they invited invite all Russians to take part in the rally “Against tyranny! Against corruption! For Free and Fair Elections!” to be held at 1pm on June 25, in Moscow at the Pushkinskaya Square.
by the Co-Chairmen of the People’s Freedom Party
The refusal of state registration of the People’s Freedom Party is a logical extension of the desire of the ruling group to remain in power by any means. This decision is not a unique case of political oppression. The refusal to register opposition political parties contradicts the Russian Constitution and international commitments of our country, directly limits the active and passive suffrage of millions of Russian citizens who were deprived of the right to delegate their representatives to the government at both the federal and regional levels.
Decision to refuse the registration of our party triggers the mechanism of rigging the upcoming State Duma elections which will be neither free nor fair. Thus, the entire system of legislative and executive branches to be formed on the basis of such “elections” is depriving itself of any legitimacy in advance. Responsibility for the resulting political crisis and its historical consequences will wholly fall on the current authorities led by Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev, and on their political allies.
We consider the decision to refuse registration of the People’s Freedom Party illegal and dictated by short-term political interests of a narrow faction. We consider the Party established, and it will continue its work by defending civil rights and political freedoms of Russians to express the interests of those citizens who wish to live in a free and prosperous, civilized country and not in the atmosphere of total oppression, lies and corruption.
We will discuss the domestic political situation and the possible forms and methods of our future activities at the Conference of the People’s Freedom Party on July 2. The attitude to the State Duma elections, the future presidential elections, as well as all matters of party life, will be discussed at the Party Congress to be held in the fall.
The party will continue to hold protest rallies. We invite all the citizens to take part in the rally “Against tyranny! Against corruption! For Free and Fair Elections!” to be held at 1pm on June 25 in Moscow at the Pushkinskaya Square.
June 23, 2011