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IDU suspends Right Cause, Russia as Associate Member

The International Democrat Union (IDU) on 23 September, 2011 suspended the Russian political party Right Cause (Pravoe Delo) as an Associate Member due to undemocratic developments within the party.

Right Cause became an Associate Member of the IDU in 2009 when IDU's former Russian Member Party, the Union of Right Forces (SPS), merged with two smaller parties in 2009. This decision was in part influenced by the endorsement of former SPS Leaders. IDU Vice-Chairman Leonid Gozman became co-chairman of the new party.

Since that decision the IDU has kept in close contact with Right Cause and carefully monitored their progress. Following recent changes in the leadership of Right Cause, it has become clear that the party is now under the direct control of the Kremlin and that all liberal voices within the party have been sidelined.

The IDU’s founding declaration agreed in London, 1983 states that IDU Member Parties are committed to the “right of free speech, organisation, assembly and non-violent dissent; the right to free elections and the freedom to organise effective parliamentary opposition to government.”

As Kremlin rulers consistently violate these principles, the IDU has judged that any party under the direct control of the Kremlin can not be considered fit for IDU membership. The IDU has therefore decided that the Associate Membership of Right Cause should be suspended with immediate effect.

The IDU looks forward to future co-operation with Russians and like-minded political parties genuinely committed to democratic values.

If you have queries, including any questions from the media regarding this decision, please e-mail secretariat(at)

Eirik Moen
Secretary General 
International Democrat Union


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