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Saturday, October 22, 2016

PARNAS mixed nationality party asked Kiev to let her in the Crimea

On the eve of elections to the state Duma of the Russian Federation candidates from the liberal party PARNAS asked the Ukrainian leadership’s permission to campaign in the Crimea. The candidates addressed to the Consulate “square” for a transit visa. According to them, without obtaining permission of Kiev, they are at risk of violating “international law”. However, the expert “MK” asked the question: if the party Parnas considers Crimea part of Ukraine, why it requests permission to participate on the Peninsula in the Duma elections in Russia? If Crimea is Russian, then why submit a petition to the Ukrainians?

photo: Gennady Cherkasov

Members of the Krasnodar regional branch of PARNAS was sent to the Consulate General of Ukraine in Rostov-on-don (application for transit visas in Ukraine”, reported the press service of the party. Wishing to get the go-ahead from Ukraine were: Marina Kapitsa, Alexander Safronov Alexey Korolev.

Experts commented on the step PARNASSUS:

Yevgeny Minchenko, General Director of the International Institute of political expertise:

“By its actions, the party reduces to zero their chances in Crimea. PARNAS further weakened the position of the Federal list. And they bury themselves for one simple reason: in Crimea there are 1-2% of people who continue to consider joining the Crimea to Russia annexation, but these people are bound to boycott the elections and their voices Parnassus will not get. Before the chances of the party was considered rather weak, and now they are the nail in the coffin score.

Konstantin SMIRNOV, the editor of Department of economy “MK”:

“This behavior is simply a betrayal, a testimony that this political force is ready to trample the interests of his country and of the people of Crimea. After all, the residents of Crimea had overwhelmingly voted for reunification with Russia”

Valery KHOMYAKOV, head of the national strategy Council:

“The party reiterates its position that Crimea is not ours. Therefore, they appeal to the leadership of another state, which can give them permission. The party enters fully in accordance with their beliefs. Think “Apple”, if you are going to visit the Crimea with the aim of campaigning could send a similar request to the diplomatic authorities of Ukraine. However, it is not clear another: time candidates to the Duma from PARNASSUS consider Crimea part of Ukraine, why would they permit Kiev to carry out the campaign where there are their constituents? They also believe that Ukrainians live there.

And the chances of Parnassus in the Crimea is zero. Also as in the whole country.”

Dmitry ZHURAVLEV, Director of the Institute of regional problems:

PARNAS wants to enjoy outside of Russia that it does not care what will think about it inside. The candidates of the party think about how they will be in London, Paris or Brussels after the election. They did not recognize the Russian Crimea. His step the party has once again demonstrated its solidarity with the West.

Great chances of the party anywhere in the country. PARNAS is heir to a particular political line, and the heavy 90s too memorable in adults. For them, the notion of “liberals” and “90” is too tightly connected. As for the young, a significant portion of the provincial youth will choose more Communists than PARNASSUS. The influence of “left” organizations in the province stronger than “right”. Ordinary person the liberals can’t promise”.

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