Three Russian political parties, considered supporting the government, merged into one group called Just Russia – Patriots – For the truth. These changes took place before the September elections to the lower house of parliament, the State Duma, to weaken the opposition’s influence, say observers.
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The new formation was created by merging three parties: Fair Russia, Patriots of Russia and For the Truth. The decision to change the name was made at the Monday convention.
The three parties announced their merger plans at the beginning of the year. At the end of January, party leaders signed a unification manifesto. It contains “The 12 Principles of Truth, Patriotism and Justice”. The postulates of the emerging grouping included: strengthening the role of the state in the economy, tightening penalties for corruption, and increasing pensions and social benefits.
Fair Russia, which was once created as a competitor to the Communist Party, was spreading leftist slogans. At the beginning of the last decade, she found support among voters who were critical of the ruling United Russia. Later, however, especially after the Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014, she supported the Kremlin’s line, especially in foreign policy.
The Party of Russia Patriots has existed since 2005. She took part in parliamentary elections three times, never exceeding the election threshold.
For the truth
The For Truth party was founded in early 2020 by the writer Zachar Prilepin. In the middle of last year, the party proposed to hold a referendum on the annexation to Russia of the areas of Ukrainian Donbas controlled by pro-Russian separatists, as well as separatist regions in Georgia and Moldova: Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Transnistria. Prilepin took part in the armed conflict in Donbas on the side of the separatists.
September elections to the State Duma
Changes on the political scene in Russia are seen as part of the preparations for the September elections to the State Duma. According to observers, new party projects are to weaken the influence of the anti-Kremlin opposition on the elections and allow new groups supporting President Vladimir Putin to enter the Duma.
Currently, the party associated with President Vladimir Putin – United Russia has a clear majority in the State Duma.
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