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Disputes Between Parties, Government Must Be Resolved By Court - Prokhorov

Mikhail Prokhorov
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MOSCOW. July 7 (Interfax) - The European Parliament's resolution condemning the failure to register the People's Freedom Party (PARNAS) can be seen as political pressure, Mikhail Prokhorov, leader of the Right Cause Party, said.

"I think one can thank European parliamentarians for being bothered and paying particular attention to 'the right sector of Russian politics.' But at the same time, I would like to suggest to our 'campaigners' that this is our internal affair. Such resolutions are very similar to political pressure, which, as a matter of fact, has always resulted in negative consequences for all sides," Prokhorov told Interfax on Thursday.

"The Russian public is prepared for the introduction of a notice-based registration procedure for any party," he said.

"The public has already gained enough experience of political life and received a jab against political extremism and manipulations. All soap bubbles will disappear themselves," Prokhorov said.

Also, "any debatable moments in the relationship between the state and political parties must be resolved through the legal process, and this legal procedure must automatically switch on in the event of clear signs of dissent on either side," he said.

"If PARNAS disagrees with the Justice Ministry's grounds, it should go straight to court," Prokhorov said.

The European Parliament passed a resolution on Thursday expressing regret over the Russian authorities' decision to not register the PARNAS party for participation in the 2011 parliamentary elections.

The EUP demanded that the Russian authorities guarantee free and honest elections and prevent any actions conflicting with the principles.

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