|Last Edited||Ralphie - February 23, 2008 12:06am|
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Civic Union was a centrist political group in early Russia that at its onset appeared to be the likely opposition force to the Yeltsin administration while the Communist Party was still a banned organization. Key figures involved in the union included Democratic Party leader Nikolai Travkin, Vice President Aleksandr Rutskoi, and Arkady Volsky, leader of the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs.
Civic Union failed in the lead-up to the 1993 legislative election campaign when Travkin pulled out of the union to run the Democratic Party independently and Rutskoi was jailed. Volsky became the party's leader because of this, and proved to be an uninspiring figure unable to run a modern, image-conscious media campaign. The party won 10 single-member seats in the first Duma convocation but its failure to win any proportional seats doomed its chances in future elections.