Agrarian Party of Russia

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Agrarian Party of Russia
Leader Olga Bashmachnikova
Founded February 26, 1993
Preceded by no
Ideology Centrism, Agricultural policy
Political position Left-wing
International affiliation unknown
Colours Yellow
Olga Bashmachnikova - the leader of the party in 2012

The Agrarian Party of Russia (Agrarnaya Partiya Rossii, Аграрная Партия России, АПР) was a left-wing agrarian political party in Russia. Founded in February 1993, it was among the earliest parties in modern Russia.


The party was founded by the Head of the Altai Republic Mikhail Lapshin and Governor of the Tula region, a former member of the State Committee on the State of Emergency of the USSR Vasily Starodubtsev. During their leadership the party was in Alliance with the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (CPRF) and block the Fatherland – All Russia. The ideology of the party until 2008 was the agrarian socialism and collectivism.

The party was founded and led by Mikhail Lapshin until 2004; the last leader of the party was Vladimir Plotnikov. In the State Duma election of December 1993, the Agrarian Party of Russia obtained 37 seats in the parliament and won 8% of the popular vote. Between 1994 and 1996 party member Ivan Rybkin was a speaker of the Russian parliament. In the State Duma elections in December 1995, the APR did not make it over the 5% threshold, obtaining only 3.78% of the vote. At the last legislative elections, 7 December 2003, the party won 3.6% of the popular vote and 3 out of 450 seats.

Agrarian party member Nikolay Kharitonov ran as a presidential candidate of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation in the 2004 Russian Presidential election and won 13.7% of the vote, placing second to Vladimir Putin.

In the 1990s the party deputies were usually allies of the Communist Party in the State Duma and advocated greater government support for the agricultural sector.

The party won 2.30% of votes in the 2007 elections, not breaking the 7% barrier, and thus capturing no seats in the Duma.

The Agrarian Party supported the candidacy of Dmitry Medvedev in the 2008 presidential election. It merged into United Russia.[1]


In 2012, the party was officially restored and registered leader was elected Executive Director of the agricultural Association Olga Bashmachnikova, the party abandoned the ideas of agrarian socialism and collectivism, now the party's ideology centrism. The party has abandoned the Alliance with the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (CPRF) which was in the Union since its Foundation. Agrarian party of Russia is the Union People's Front for Russia and the Russian Ecological Party "The Greens".[2]

According to the results of the regional Elections of 2012, 2013, 2014 years, the party failed to win in regional and city parliaments.


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