Russian government denies liberal party's registration

June 22, 2011, midnight

Russian authorities on Wednesday refused to register a liberal opposition bloc as a political party, effectively preventing them from fielding candidates in parliamentary and presidential elections. Leading opposition figures, such as former Prime Minister Mikhail KASYANOV, formed the Party of People's Freedom, also known as Parnas, last December. Russia’s justice ministry claimed that many of the signatures Parnas submitted were invalid.

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