Saturday, March 24, 2007

Borscht Fascism, Part 3

Further regress toward dictatorship, or something very like:

Russia's next parliament is likely to have no genuine opposition after a court in Moscow yesterday banned a leading liberal party from standing in elections.

Russia's supreme court announced that it had liquidated the small Republican party, claiming that it had violated electoral law by having too few members. The party is one of very few left in Russia that criticises President Vladimir Putin.

Apparently (IANAL, Russian or otherwise) there is an avenue of appeal to the Collegium of the Supreme Court. Clearly this court is structured differently from what we have in the US.

This action raises a question: if a party cannot exist if it has "too few members," how could a new one possibly be started? You got to start somewhere.

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