Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov took Yury Skuratov and Sergey Dorenko under his wing
The Communist Party did not respond to Sergey Glazyev's request, so the politician started forming the patriotic coalition. The coalition will be formed on the base of the Russian Communities Congress and the Russian Regions Party. The federal list of the new bloc includes Dmitry Rogozin - State Duma deputy, former member of the People's Deputy faction, Airborne Troops Commander Georgy Shpak, former chairman of the Russian Central Bank Viktor Geraschenko, Eurasia Party leader Alexander Dugin, deputies Sergey Proschin, Sergey Shikarev and others. Dmitry Rogozin will chair the pre-election headquarters of the new coalition.
Four more organizations joined the coalition yesterday: the Russian public movement Union of Orthodox Citizens, People’s Party Russia, the party of National and Patriotic Forces of Russia and the Federal Lezghin National and Cultural Autonomy. "We will definitely overcome the five-percent minimum, because the things that we offer embrace the interests of the whole society," Sergey Glazyev stated. "We present our program and social goals in a lot of Russian regions and people support our ideas," Sergey Glazyev stated.
Glazyev's good start has upset communist leader Gennady Zyuganov. Political advisers of the Communist Party convinced Zyuganov of Sergey Glazyev's inevitable defeat. They believed, there would be no famous politicians in the coalition except for Dmitry Rogozin and Glazyev himself. Yet, the coalition managed to win Georgy Shpak and Viktor Geraschenko over to its side. In fact, there is a reason for Gennady Zyuganov to be upset. The Communists decided to do something in return, to make the Communist Party become the talk of the day, to overshadow Sergey Glazyev and his coalition. The information reason was found very quickly.
Former Prosecutor General Yury Skuratov will run for parliamentary elections as a member of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation. In an interview to Interfax, Yury Skuratov said, he always sympathized with leftist ideas, but his occupation did not allow him to show it publicly before. Yury Skuratov reminded, he worked as deputy chairman of the legislative initiatives department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party at the end of the 1980s. It is not ruled out that Skuratov's candidacy will be included on the party's main list, which counts 18 candidacies. Valentin Kuptsov - deputy chairman of the Communist Party's Central Committee - told Interfax, Skuratov had recently applied for the membership in the party. As it turned out later, it was not Yury Skuratov alone: notorious journalist Sergey Dorenko also wished to become a Communist Party member. Dorenko announced it in an interview to Echo of Moscow radio station. The journalist also rejected the information, which had been published in the newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets. The newspaper wrote, Sergey Dorenko was conducting negotiations with the Communist Party to include him on the pre-election list. "If the party suggested that, I would agree to run to the Duma on the party list," said the journalist. However, he pointed out, there were no such negotiations. "If the newspaper said so, one shall believe it. It means there are some negotiations, so they will call me soon," Dorenko said.
The groups of the Armed Forces of Russia blocked the town of Lisichansk from the south, an official representative for the Ministry of Defense, Lieutenant General Igor Konashenkov said