A former Russian Prime Minister has failed to take over the country’s oldest liberal party amid allegations authorities sabotaged the proceedings. Mikhail Kasyanov who is a vocal critic of the Kremlin and has voiced presidential ambitions said the events would not deter him in his fight for democracy:
“Today authorities clearly demonstrated that they are afraid of any political or social movement, any political or social process, any event which takes place without their control. It means democracy is under great danger in Russia,” he said.
Kasyanov was widely expected to be elected the Democratic Party leader – but itappears his supporters were blocked from entering the building where the ballot was to be held. A then rapidly organised conference failed to attract enough people to secure his leadership amid accusations bribes were paid to persuade delegates to stay away.
Kasyanov was President Vladimir Putin’s prime minister for four years. He was fired in 2004 after criticising the state’s legal assault on the oil giant Yukos