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Noviye Izvestia, November 24, 2003

The Union of Right-Wing Forces Splitting Over YABLOKO

By Yaroslav Rodionov

Boris Nemtsov and Irina Khakamada could be expelled from the party

Another internal conflict seems to be brewing within the leadership of the Union of Right-Wing Forces (SPS). According to sources close to the SPS campaign team, Anatoly Chubais, head of the RAO UES and a co-leader of the SPS, is planning a purge of the party ranks immediately after the parliamentary elections. SPS co-leaders Boris Nemtsov and Irina Khakamada are expected to lose their party membership cards as a result.

The discord in the SPS ranks would appear to be attributable to the notorious saga of a possible merger between the SPS and YABLOKO. After YABLOKO leader Grigory Yavlinsky declared that it would be impossible for his party to unite with somebody like Chubais, it appears that Chubais completely gave up on any idea of a union - and is now revising SPS strategy towards confrontation with YABLOKO. However, Nemtsov and Khakamada take the opposite view. Despite the official impossibility of uniting the two democratic parties, they are seeking to strengthen cooperation links with YABLOKO.

Judging by reports from the SPS camp, Anatoly Chubais is highly displeased with the political independence being displayed by his party colleagues. To avert any deeper crisis within the party, he intends to get rid of his recalcitrant co-leaders. Of course, the adoption of such radical measures before the elections might cut into the SPS's already-low chances of being elected to the Duma.

This would appear to be the reason why the personnel purges have been postponed until after the elections.


See also:

State Duma elections 2003


Noviye Izvestia, November 24, 2003

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