Saturday, July 22, 2017

Navalny forms team to set up political party

Alexey Navalny, a Russian blogger and opposition figurehead, has created an organizing committee of a new political party that includes the independent deputy of the Yekaterinburg City Duma.

Navalny filed with the Justice Ministry to set up the new political party on Wednesday. The organizing committee of the People's Alliance includes Leonid Volkov, the independent deputy of the Yekaterinburg City Duma, Vladimir Ashurkov, the head of Navalny's Anti-Corruption Fund, and Georgy Alburov, the coordinator of the election-monitoring Rosvybory project, RIA Novosti reports.

Navalny was charged on Tuesday with embezzlement and was ordered not to leave Moscow. Navalny said he was initially accused of causing approximately $30,000 in damage, though the figure has been upped to $502,176 in damage and has been paired with a criminal collusion charge. Vadim Kobzev, Navalny's lawyer, said he thinks his client has done nothing wrong.

Ashurkov said that the People's Alliance would be separate from Navalny but that the leaders of the party would use their experience from working with him. Ashurkov will engage in questions for the organization and will persuade people to try to join the party and said that the Peoples' Alliance is likely to take part in the regional elections in 2013, according to RIA Novosti.