As it should be, two years before the next presidential election, the campaign
teams of leading The idea to nominate a single right-wing presidential
candidate, which Boris Nemtsov proposed to his colleagues two
months ago, caused a great stir. Although the politicians soon
departed for their summer vacation, the idea floated by the Union
of Right-Wing Forces faction has taken on a life of its own. It
was recently the topic of an on-line poll on the mail.ru
Almost four thousand site visitors voted: aA third of these
visitors supported the Union of Right-Wing Forces initiative.
Another 29% of respondents were convinced that the various democratic
parties would never be able to reach agreement among themselves.
A third of the respondents said they didn't care; but only 10%
were completely opposed to the idea of a single presidential candidate.
Of the possible candidates, Boris Nemtsov was the top choice
(945 respondents, or 25%). He was followed by Grigory Yavlinsky
(23%), Irina Khakamada (20%), and "some other candidate"
(a total of 14%). Anatoly Chubais was the choice of 10% of respondents,
Vladimir Lukin got 5%, and Sergei Ivanenko got 3%.