||"A historical political resource."
Russian liberal drops out of presidential race
|Last Edited||Ralphie Dec 26, 2007 03:39pm|
|News Date||Wednesday, December 26, 2007 11:00:00 PM UTC0:0|
|Description||Boris Nemtsov, the veteran liberal politician, withdrew Wednesday from the Russian presidential race, saying that the opposition needed to put forward a single candidate in the March election to withstand the Kremlin's "foul play." |
The Communist Party leader, Gennadi Zyuganov, officially registered as a presidential candidate Wednesday, but said he might yet decide not to run if he felt the Kremlin was not playing by the rules during the campaign.
In a statement on his personal Web site, Nemtsov, the candidate of the Union of Right Forces said the Kremlin had turned democratic elections into "a clear-cut farce." He added that the Kremlin was "using Goebbels-esque propaganda, law-enforcement and administrative resources against opposition candidates," referring to the Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels.
"The democratic opposition needs a single candidate," Nemtsov said. "Therefore, I have made the decision to withdraw from participation in the presidential election."