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Russian opposition plans parallel parliament for excluded political parties

Russian opposition leaders said Wednesday they plan to create an alternative national assembly in a bid to give a voice to groups shut out of a political system increasingly dominated by the Kremlin.The Other Russia has held several street protests dubbed Dissenters’ Marches — several of them dispersed forcefully by riot police — but its co-leader Garry Kasparov said the new forum would give opposition groups another venue to air discontent.”In a situation where 80 or 90 percent of political forces have been excluded from the official political process, we believe it is important to create an organization that will enable us to form an agenda for the country,” said Kasparov, the former world chess champion who is one of President Vladimir Putin’s fiercest critics. Full Story

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