Voters' League created in Russia

Source: (info), 17/01/12

· Electoral rights  · Right of assembly  · Freedom of association  · Protests  · Moscow city & Moscow region

On Monday the creation of a Voters’ League was announced. Founders of the new non-governmental organization are 16 individuals who include Leonid Parfenov, Yury Shevchuk, Boris Akunin, Tatyana Lazareva, Rustem Adagamov, Ilya Varlamov, Sergei Parkhomenko, and Petr Shkumatov.

Tatyana Lazareva was the first to announce the foundation of the League in her blog. “We have to start doing something,” she wrote. “I am not a politician and I never shall be, but if I see that my country is in decline, then I will fight against it. And I call on all those who, like me, identify themselves with their country to do the same.”

“Let’s move from talking to acting: sign up to be election observers, take part in our demonstrations, put forward your own ideas. We have to put our own house in order. No one else will do it for us,” Boris Akunin said.

According to, citing Interfax, the League’s programme will be announced on Wednesday. Aleksei Kudrin has declared his support for the new organization. As he wrote on Monday night, achieving the demands of the demonstrations For Fair Elections is possible if the opposition unites.

“If all the opposition, left and right, unites on the issue of elections, including the parliamentary elections, then achieving the demands of the rallies is possible,” Aleksei Kudrin said. He advised the protests’ organizing committee not to delay in choosing its representatives: “The organizing committee is ready to initiate an Internet vote to select its representatives. But they are waiting for a signal from the authorities. I believe that we do not need to wait.”

According to Aleksei Kudrin, presidential candidate Mikhail Prokhorov “could help in advancing key demands of the demonstrations.” He also believes that fresh parliamentary elections are needed to resolve many of the current disagreements.