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    Russia: Oligarchs, Reds Join Forces
    News; Posted on: 2007-04-17 09:37:55 [ Printer friendly / Instant flyer ]
    Just Russia says Communists used criminal ties at polls

    A leader of the Just Russia party has accused the Communists of using their links to the criminal underworld during elections in the West Siberian region around Krasnoyarsk.

    The local parliamentary elections, widely considered a rehearsal for the December federal polls, were held in the Krasnoyarsk Territory Sunday. Just Russia, which is largely seen as a Kremlin-sponsored project to poach votes from the Communists, emerged third after the Communists (20.3%) and the winner of the vote, the pro-Kremlin United Russia (42.5%).

    "The second place that the Communist Party of Russia secured on party lists during the elections to the Krasnoyarsk Territory legislature directly results from the unprincipled cooperation between the Communist leadership and criminals," Sergei Mironov, the Just Russia leader, said.

    But Mironov said the elections were satisfactory for Just Russia on the whole. He also said the party came third on party lists with 12.5%, but second in terms of single-constituency candidates.

    "Our party practiced a new tactic in the Krasnoyarsk Territory by promoting candidates both on party lists and on a single-constituency basis," Mironov said, adding that four single-constituency candidates from the party had made it to parliament.

    The Communist leader, Gennady Zyuganov, dismissed Mironov's accusations as absurd, adding that he himself had conducted a proactive election campaign and met with a great deal of voters in the area.

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    News Source: en.rian.ru

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