The Russian People’s Democratic Union has chosen Mikhail Kasyanov as its candidate for the presidential election next March. Kasyanov already has knowledge of how the Kremlin operates. But he will not be backed by the outgoing President, as Vladimir Putin sacked him as prime minister three years ago. As yet, the liberal opposition party has not been officially recognised.
Nevertheless, that did not stop pro-Kremlin protesters from gathering outside the meeting hall. Many voters associate the liberal opposition with the economic meltdown and political chaos of the 1990s – but all opposition groups have been facing similar demonstrations recently.
Meanwhile, the leader of the United Russia party, Boris Grzylov, has announced that the party will name its presidential candidate on December 17. It has also put Putin on top of its list of candidates for the lower house of parliament. The Communist leader, Gennady Zuganov, has also thrown his hat into the presidential ring for next year’s election.