Russian opposition parties link up

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MOSCOW: The marginalized Russian opposition parties of slain Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov and arch Putin foe Alexei Navalny have announced they will form an alliance for legislative polls in 2016. Nemtsov’s RPR-Parnas and Navalny’s Party of Progress said Friday they are joining forces to put forward joint candidates at local elections this year and parliamentary polls next year. In a statement the two parties accused officials of having established an authoritarian system under President Vladimir Putin that had wiped out opposition, wrecked the economy and plunged the country into a conflict in Ukraine.

AFP

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