Democratic Choice of Russia

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Democratic Choice of Russia
Демократический выбор России
Leader Yegor Gaidar
Founded October 17, 1993; 23 years ago (1993-10-17) (bloc Choice of Russia)
June 12, 1994; 22 years ago (1994-06-12) (party Democratic Choice of Russia)
Dissolved May 19, 2001 (2001-05-19)
Succeeded by Union of Right Forces
Headquarters Moscow, Russia
Newspaper newspaper "Democratic Choice", magazine "Open politics"
Ideology Liberalism
Conservative Liberalism
Slogan Свобода, Собственность, Законность!
"Liberty, property, the law!"
Seats in the 2nd State Duma
9 / 450

The Democratic Choice of Russia — Russian right-wing liberal political party. In 1993 — 1994 was called "The choice of Russia". In 1994 — 2001 had an original title. Later the party was self-disbanded and most members had merged to Union of Right Forces.

Background and Establishment[edit]

At the elections to the State Duma held on December 12, 1993, the block Choice of Russia (the predecessor to the Democratic Choice of Russia) received 15.51% of the vote, and consequently, 40 seats in the State Duma.

On January 20, 1994, having lost influence over making economic decisions and opposed to the increase of budget expenditure, the leader of the Choice of Russia, Yegor Gaidar, resigned from the government headed by Viktor Chernomyrdin. At that point the Choice of Russia lost its status as a pro-government faction, yet at the same time it continued to support president Boris Yeltsin and the Chernomyrdin's government by providing constructive criticism of their policies.

On 12–13 June 1994, the founding meeting of the party Democratic Choice of Russia was held. At the meeting, the party's programme was adopted and its governing bodies were set up. Yegor Gaidar was elected as party chairman.

In 1995, the party contested the election in a coalition of (minor) like-minded group, forming the Democratic Choice of Russia - United Democrats.

Later, in 2001, it merged into the Union of Rightist Forces.


The party had valued ideas of liberal and Liberal conservatism. The party values was human rights, self-determination, market economy, private capital, fair competition and restrict government regulation in economic.

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