Civic Platform (Russia)

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Civic Platform
Гражданская платформа
Leader Rifat Shaykhutdinov
Founder Mikhail Prokhorov
Founded 4 June 2012
Headquarters Moscow
Youth wing Novoye Vremya (Новое время)
Membership (2014) 26,030
Ideology Conservatism
Economic liberalism
Liberal conservatism[1]
Political position Centre-right
European affiliation None
International affiliation None
Colors Purple, Red and Blue
Seats in the State Duma
1 / 450
Seats in the Regional Parliaments
13 / 3,787
Website
ppgprf.ru (in Russian)

Civic Platform (Russian: Гражда́нская Платфо́рма, tr. Grazhdanskaya Platforma; IPA: [ɡrɐʐˈdanskəjə plɐtˈformə]), is a 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]

Purpose[edit]

According to Prokhorov:[7] "The "Civil Platform" is interested in participating in municipal elections in cities with a population of 500,000. 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.

History[edit]

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

Mikhail Prokhorov began to participate in the 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]

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

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