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Kasparov vies for Russia presidency
Former world chess champion is named candidate for Russian leadership election.
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2007 18:48 GMT
Kasparov has led a number of protests against
the Russian government [EPA]
Garry Kasparov, the former world chess champion, has been named as the Other Russia opposition party's candidate for next year's presidential elections.
 
Kasparov overwhelmingly won a party vote ahead of five other candidates to contest the March 2008 election to replace Vladimir Putin.
"I will do everything possible for the ideas of Other Russia to win. This will work only if we stay united," he said on Sunday.
 
"I know that the road will be difficult," he said, referring to the group's regular encounters with the police and negotiations with other opposition leaders.
He won 379 of 494 votes cast at the meeting, beating other candidates including Mikhail Kasyanov, the former prime minister, and Viktor Gerashchenko, a former central bank chief.
 
Opponents detained
 
The Other Russia coalition, comprised of a variety of small groups opposed to Putin, has been targeted by the authorities with some of members detained during protests.
 
The group also chose Kasparov to be one of three candidates to head the coalitions list in parliamentary elections in December.
 
The coalition, however, has virtually no chance of participating in the election for the State Duma, the lower house of parliament.
 
Only registered political parties can take part, and none of the political movements that make up the Other Russia qualify.
 
According a recent opinion poll, only about three per cent of Russians say they will vote for the Other Russia.
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