Russian Pensioners' Party
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The party was founded as the Party of Pensioners (Общественно-Политичеcкая организация) in 1997. On November 29, 1997 Sergei Atroshenko was elected as the first chairman. On May 29, 1998 the party was registed with the Ministry of Jusice. In the December 1999 State Duma elections the party won 1.95% of the vote.
On December 1, 2001 the party was given its present name. On May 15, 2002 RPP was registered with the Ministry of Justice.
On January 31, 2004, in an extraordinary congress of the party, chairman Sergei Atroshenko was dismissed from his post for their poor performance.
On March 27, 2005 Valery Gartung was elected chairman.
Between 2004 and 2005 RPP has been able to hold candidates in the elections of the parliaments of 12 regions. Their highest result was 20.7% in elections for Magadan Oblast's Regional Duma on May 22, 2005.
On December 17, 2005 an extraordinary congress was held to elect new members. Igor L. Zotov was elected Chairman.
After the merger on the 2nd of September, 2007 supporters of the Russian Party of Pensioners created its own Russian public organization "Russian pensioner for Justice" which brought together 88,000 seniors in some 60 regional organizations (Igor L. Zotov became the Chairman of the organization). The organization conducted independent social and political activity aimed at protection of interests of pensioners and low income citizens, came forward with public legislative initiative of the Pension Code adoption in the Russian Federation.
On the 29th of February, 2012 the General Council of the organization leaded by the Russian Federation State Duma Deputy Igor L. Zotov decided to convert the public organization "Russian pensioners for Justice" into political party "Russian Pensioners' Party" during the next Congress on the 7th of April, 2012 in Moscow.
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