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Russia Is Left Without Liberal Constituency - Yavlinsky

MOSCOW. Sept 18 (Interfax) - A founding member of Yabloko party, Grigory Yavlinsky, is not impressed by the predictions of analysts that the scandal in the Right Cause party will improve the election prospects of his party in the Duma elections.

"I did't even think about it. I don't even have a stance on the issue," he said on the Russian News Service radio on Friday.

In his opinion, in the upcoming election campaign liberal parties should not count on the so-called liberal constituency but address various population groups.

"The situation is absolutely different. Strictly speaking now there is no "liberal constituency" at all," Yavlinsky said.

Cochairman of the Honest Choice public organization Dmitry Orlov earlier expressed the opinion that the scandal with the Right Cause and Mikhail Prokhorov's resignation may add points to left-wing liberals.

"Indisputably there is one beneficiary that will gain from the scandal. It is Yabloko party the constituency of which may be joined by part of the Right Cause consistency. Even though the Right Cause constituency is not an entity that should be discussed seriously," Orlov said.

The scandal inside the Right Cause may mean that Yabloko is getting of chance to be elected to the lower house, he felt. "My forecast is that the scandal will result in a certain increase in voter support for Yabloko party which in the future may come very close to clearing the barrier," Orlov said.


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