Organizing Committee of the “Round Table of 12 December” to Set Conditions for Talks with Putin

posted 10 Jan 2012, 03:38 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 10 Jan 2012, 03:39 ]
Source: (info), 29/12/11 

· Electoral rights 

The organizing committee of the “Round Table of 12 December” has approved an initiative by former minister of finance Aleksei Kudrin to hold talks between government and the opposition. The statement issued by the organizing committee says that “Kudrin will be informed of the principles and conditions for holding such talks over the next two days”. Members of the organizing committee are ex-prime minister Mikhail Kasyanov, political scientist Georgy Satarov and human rights defender Ludmila Alekseeva. 

As reports, on 26 January the first meeting of the Round Table that was set up on Constitution Day (12 December) by a group of academics, cultural figures and civil society leaders, will take place. The stated aim of the forum is to “prevent a political or social explosion in the country and to formulate a systemic alternative to the authoritarian regime led by Vladimir Putin”. A memorandum and appeal by the founders of the Round Table of 12 December was signed by Leonid Parfenov, Boris Akunin, Olga Romanova, Vladimir Sorokin, Ludmila Ulitskaya, Liya Akhedzhakova, Yury Ryzhov, Dmitry Zimin, Yury Norshtein, Sergei Gandlevsky, Dmitry Muratov, Svetlana Sorokina, Andrei Piontkovsky and others. [Read more]