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November 10, 2004
Russian administration to set up three-party political system
The two-party system, the US model, is considered the best and most efficient political structure of the society
It has recently transpired that the Russian administration is currently working on the establishment of a new liberal party. The project is said to complete the formation of the three-party system, which also includes United Russia and Fatherland parties.
Regional divisions of the new political association have been reportedly established in 57 Russian regions. The key figures of the new liberal party have been exposed too: the Minister for Economic Development and Trade, German Gref, the Finance Minister, Aleksey Kudrin and the chairman of the Russian Audit Chamber, Sergey Stepashin. The Fatherland party will take up the role of the leftist group, the new liberal party will be the rightist faction and the United Russia party will be in the center. United Russia members will have very good opportunities for political maneuvers, cooperating either with the Fatherland or with liberals, according to necessities.
Russian analysts believe that the new plan of the Kremlin administration is not bad at all. It perfectly fits the statement released by the Russian president on 13 September 2004 at the session of the Cabinet of Ministers. Vladimir Putin said at the meeting with the ministers that national parties would be a part of the anti-terrorist struggle. In addition to it, the two-party system, the American model, is considered the best and most efficient political structure of the society.
Another message from Russian media outlets also proved the fact of complicated procedures underway in the Russian political life. Eight Russian political associations have reportedly announced their intention to set up the Coordinating board and establish a joint party. The information about that was released from vice speaker Sergey Baburin, the Fatherland faction. State Duma deputy Viktor Cherepkov believes that the party would be formed to create the "open and constructive opposition." It is noteworthy that the chairman of the Duma faction Fatherland, Dmitry Rogozin, did not take part in the work of the session.
The situation is becoming quite ambiguous: Sergey Baburin obviously tries to win the support of his partner in the bloc, to be on equal terms with Dmitry Rogozin. In the event Rogozin's party declines such cooperation, Sergey Baburin and his association People's Will will have to move on alone, which will inevitably weaken and split the country's patriotic coalition.
If the Fatherland party fits the scenario of Russia's new political picture, it brings up the idea that Sergey Baburin does not act incidentally. His actions are aimed at restraining Dmitry Rogozin's ambition. Furthermore, it seems that the so-called "manual administration" in the field of the party construction is gathering pace. However, the immature state of the Russian democracy, the absence of political parties' links with public associations makes such policy extremely minor in the scale of such a huge country as Russia.