Russian opposition thinks big with megaparty plan
The idea came into being after President Dmitry Medvedev suggested a lower membership threshold for the registration of new parties, Boris Nemtsov explained. He believes there is a danger that too many small rival parties will spring up, with each barely scraping 2 per cent of the vote.
Proposals for unification are now being discussed. If the participants agree to establish the ‘megaparty’, they will have to give up their own groups. Their coalition would constitute a union of equals.“Financing will be provided in equal parts by the participants,” Nemtsov went on to say. Yabloko leader Sergey Mitrokhin is skeptical though. “On what ideology will it be based? The list of names is strange,” he says. “Such disparate forces will be unable to create a party, it’s not realistic.”