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The Moscow Times, May 19, 2004

Liberals to Pick Leadership Through a Poll

The Moscow Times

The Committee of 2008 on Tuesday laid out its strategy for picking which of its prominent members would lead the liberal camp into the next parliamentary elections in 2007.

"Effectively, it's a primary," said former SPS leader Boris Nemtsov, referring to the preliminary elections in the United States used to determine a party's candidate.

Rather than leaving the question up to the politicians themselves, whose personal divisions have stalled past attempts at cooperation, voters will be polled to find out who they want to see as the face of the Coalition of Democratic Forces, into which the nonpartisan discussion club intends to transform itself.

Nemtsov said they hope to solicit the views of all 20 million people "who want to live in a truly free country," and the undertaking will cost at least $2 million, most of that buying television coverage.

Nemtsov is one of five people seen as candidates for the "primary." Others are Garry Kasparov, who is head of the Committee of 2008, independent State Duma Deputy Vladimir Ryzhkov, recent presidential candidate Irina Khakamada and Yabloko leader Grigory Yavlinsky.

Order of popularity in the poll will determine the order of the party list.


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The Moscow Times, May 19, 2004

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