Civic Platform (Russia)

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Civic Platform

Гражданская платформа
LeaderRifat Shaykhutdinov
FounderMikhail Prokhorov
Founded4 June 2012
Youth wingNovoye Vremya (Новое время)
Membership (2014)26,030
Liberal conservatism[1]
Economic liberalism
Political positionCentre-right
European affiliationNone
International affiliationNone
ColorsPurple, Red and Blue
Seats in the State Duma
1 / 450
Seats in the Regional Parliaments
13 / 3,980
Website ‹See Tfd›(in Russian)

Civic Platform (Russian: Гражда́нская Платфо́рма, tr. Grazhdanskaya Platforma, IPA: [ɡrɐʐˈdanskəjə plɐtˈformə]) is a liberal-conservative[1] political party in Russia. The party was formed on June 4, 2012[2] by Mikhail Prokhorov, one of the richest businessmen in Russia.[3][4][5]

The party was formed with 500 members, the minimum number required by law for a party to be registered in Russia.[6]


According to Prokhorov:[7] "The "Civil Platform" is interested in participating in municipal elections in cities with a population of 500,000 or more. In Russia, there are 14 megacities and 23 cities where the population exceeds half a million people. That is where the most enterprising people live, those who form the framework of Russia".

According to his words, the party will support the evolutionary development of the country.


Congress of "Civic Platform" Party in October 2012. Mikhail Prokhorov Opening Speech.

Mikhail Prokhorov began participating in Russian politics in May 2011 as he was announced that he would join the leadership of the Russian pro-business political party Right Cause. In June, Prokhorov was elected to the leadership of the party at the Right Cause Party Congress in 2011. However, in September, Prokhorov reversed course and resigned from Right Cause, "condemning it as a 'puppet Kremlin party' micromanaged by a 'puppet master' in the president's office ..., Vladislav Y. Surkov".

In December 2011, after the legislative elections, Prokhorov announced that he would contest the 2012 presidential election against Vladimir Putin as an independent candidate, In March 2012 presidential polling, Prokhorov gained 7.94% of the vote, and he promised to create a new party. In his official website he invited its supporters to take part in the selection of names for the party that is going to organize.[8]

Among the proposal names were the "New Russia" Party, Democratic Party of Russia, and Free Russia Party. Finally, in June 2012, Prokhorov announced that the new party carry the name "Civic Platform" Party.

Sergey Andreyev who is the 4th Mayor of Tolyatti is the only representative from the party in the regional high office. Another known political figure was Evgeny Urlashov, Mayor of Yaroslavl, from April 1, 2012 until July 2013, when he was arrested by Investigative Committee of Russia and accused in corruption charges[9][10]

In February 2015, to the surprise of some, participants from Civic Platform took part in the (pro-Putin) "anti-Maidan" demonstrations in Moscow,[11] which prompted Prokhorov to quit the party.[12]

On 11 December 2017, the leader of Civic Platform Rifat Shaykhutdinov also said that his party will support current president Vladimir Putin in the Russian presidential election, 2018. [13]

Electoral results[edit]

Legislative elections[edit]

State Duma
Election year # of
overall votes
% of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
+/– Leader
2016 115,433 (#13) 0.22
1 / 450
Increase 1
Rifat Shaykhutdinov

Presidential elections[edit]

Election year Candidate first round second round
# of overall votes % of overall vote # of overall votes % of overall vote
2018 No candidate, endorsed Vladimir Putin 56,430,712 76.7

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Nordsieck, Wolfram (2016). "Russia". Parties and Elections in Europe. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  2. ^ Russian tycoon Prokhorov founds own party, In The Sacramento Bee, by The Associated Press, 4 June 2012
  3. ^ Prokhorov’s 500 – billionaire announces new party plan, Russia Today, 4 June 2012
  4. ^ Milionário russo anuncia criação de partido Plataforma Civil, Russian billionaire created the Civic Platform Party,
  5. ^ Prokhorov announces creation of his political party Archived 22 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine,, 04/06/2012
  6. ^ Prokhorov founds Civil Platform party, June 4, 2012
  7. ^ see Here
  8. ^ Выбираем название партии Archived 8 June 2012 at the Wayback Machine let vote the party name, official website, March 22, 2012
  9. ^ Yevgeny Urlashov, Russian mayor and opposition figure, arrested
  10. ^ Evgeny Urlashov, Russia Opposition Mayor, Arrested For Alleged Corruption
  11. ^ Russia Update: Paid Protesters, Ultranationalist Groups, State Workers March Against Maidan, The Interpreter (Institute of Modern Russia), February 21, 2015.
  12. ^ Billionaire Prokhorov Quits Civic Platform Party, Sputnik News, 13 March 2015
  13. ^ ""Гражданская платформа" поддержит Путина на выборах президента России". ТАСС. Retrieved 11 December 2017.

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