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  SPS Finds New Place Closer to Kremlin
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Last EditedRalphie  Oct 03, 2008 11:31am
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MediaNewspaper - Moscow Times
News DateFriday, October 3, 2008 05:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionUnion of Right Forces on Thursday opted to disband the party and join up with two others to form a new pro-business party that would seek cooperation with the Kremlin.

In what is widely seen as a Kremlin move to round out the political spectrum with obedient parties, leaders from Union of Right Forces, or SPS, and the Kremlin-connected Democratic Party and Civil Force announced that they would form a new party, whose name will be announced Nov. 16.

The new party will be led by Gozman from SPS; Boris Titov, head of the business association Delovaya Rossia; and political commentator Georgy Bovt, who is a columnist for The Moscow Times.

Civil Force leader Mikhail Barshchevsky and Democratic Party leader Andrei Bogdanov -- who ran in the March 2 presidential election -- announced that they were stepping down from their posts, citing mutual animosity with several SPS members.
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