Kasyanov has proposed to create before the elections, an opposition coalition

© RIA Novosti / Michael Voskresenskiye in fotobanka Kasyanov. Archival photoKasyanov has proposed to create before the elections, an opposition coalition© RIA Novosti / Michael Voskresenskiye the image Bank

The chair of PARNAS Mikhail Kasyanov suggested the founder of the party «Yabloko» Grigory Yavlinsky, the TV presenter Ksenia Sobchak and blogger Alexey Navalny to meet and discuss the creation of a coalition ahead of presidential elections in 2018, to «the Democrats went along». Sobchak has declared that it is ready for such a meeting.

«PARNASSUS turns to Alexei Navalny, Grigory Yavlinsky and Xenia Sobchak with the insistent offer to get together in the near future and to agree on joint participation in the presidential elections», — quotes the press service of the party Kasyanov’s statement. According to the former Prime Minister, the opposition’s participation in elections can only be effective «if the Democrats are going together.» «Today, that means creating a coalition, which should include Bulk, and Yavlinsky, and Sobchak. They are required to agree on a joint work in the upcoming elections,» — said Kasyanov, adding that PARNAS is ready to «enter into such a coalition.»

The official representative Sobchak Ksenia Chudinova told RIA Novosti that the presenter is ready to hold the meeting. «Of course, we are ready to meet, it is generally the most important part of our program. How, when and what time it will happen, I don’t know. We see an active desire Kasyanov to cooperate with the campaign «Sobchak against all», it is clear, but what are the next steps, we have not yet discussed,» Chudinov told RIA Novosti.

The Agency interlocutor added that Kasyanov’s statement about the unification is difficult to comment. «Because we all agree, so we are talking a heated discussion of what’s happening… that we have to meet, it is necessary to discuss, it is necessary to establish contacts, we are absolutely convinced of that,» said Chudinov.

Later came the statement and the presenter.

«This week there are talks about the need to unite all democratic candidates before the elections of 2018. I fully support this appeal. Moreover, the municipal elections in Moscow have proved the feasibility of such enterprises. Believing in each other and trusting each other, we are able to defeat the enemy, the victory which seemingly predefined», — reads the statement on the website Sobchak.

She called to unite Alexei Navalny and the progress Party, Grigory Yavlinsky and Yabloko, Mikhail Kasyanov and the people’s freedom Party, Andrei Nechayev and the party «Civil initiative», Boris Titov and the Party of Growth, of Mikhail Khodorkovsky and the «Open Russia», and «who considers himself a supporter of democratic ideas, human rights and freedoms».

Earlier, the representative Sobchak has told RIA Novosti that the TV presenter had a meeting with Kasyanov, a leader of Parnas explained to the Agency that during the meeting they discussed issues of cooperation in the upcoming elections. Kasyanov said his party supports the consolidation of opposition forces in the presidential elections. In particular, it is suggested to include in the coalition Sobchak, Yavlinsky and Navalny, who, as noted by the CEC because of a conviction has no right to run for elections-2018. Kasyanov himself is not going to run.

The Chairman of the Central election Commission Ella Pamfilova said that the Bulk of outstanding convictions may not run for presidential elections in 2018 and will be able to think about participation in the presidential campaign only after 2028. According to the law «About presidential elections of the Russian Federation», convicted to imprisonment for committing a serious crime can become head of state only after 10 years from the date of withdrawal or cancellation of conviction. The Kirov regional court has previously confirmed a five-year suspended sentence Navalny on charges of embezzlement of more than 16 million rubles of the company «Kirovles».

Regular elections of the President of Russia will be held in March 2018, the campaign is supposed to start in December 2017. We already know about plans to participate in the electoral campaign of the leader of LDPR Vladimir Zhirinovsky, one of the founders of the party «Yabloko» Grigory Yavlinsky, almost certainly from the Communist party will again run Gennady Zyuganov. The intention to run in the upcoming elections said Sobchak, who is positioning himself as the candidate «against all», the political scientist Andrey Bogdanov and one of the founders of the movement «Nashi» Boris Yakimenko.