The Other Russia (coalition)

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The Other Russia
The Dissenters March in St. Petersburg, March 3, 2007.jpg
15,000 people in St. Petersburg on March 3, 2007. Dissenters' Marches were main events of the Other Russia.
PredecessorCommittee 2008
SuccessorNational Assembly of the Russian Federation,
Solidarnost (2008),
Coalition "For Russia without Lawlessness and Corruption" (2010),
The Other Russia (party) (2010),
Russian Opposition Coordination Council (2012)
Legal statusCoalition
LeaderGarry Kasparov,
Mikhail Kasyanov,
Eduard Limonov
Leaders of the Other Russia Andrei Dmitriev and Garry Kasparov on march

The Other Russia (Russian: Другая РоссияDrugaya Rossiya), sometimes cited as Another Russia, was an umbrella coalition (2006–2008/2009/2010) that gathered opponents of President Vladimir Putin and was known as an organizer of Dissenters' Marches. The coalition brought together representatives from a wide variety of political and human rights movements, liberals, nationalists, socialists and communists (though the CPRF was absent), as well as individual citizens. The last Dissenters' March took place in 2008.

The group included both far left, centre, and far right opposition leaders as well as mainstream liberals such as former world chess champion and United Civil Front leader Garry Kasparov, the radical National Bolshevik Party leader Eduard Limonov, and the far-left Vanguard of Red Youth.[1][2]


The Other Russia was formed during a constitutional meeting in July 2006, (during the G8 summit) in Moscow. Western diplomats, including British Ambassador to Russia Anthony Brenton, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Barry Lowenkron, and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Daniel Fried, were attending the conference.[citation needed] The two main liberal parties, Yabloko and the Union of Rightist Forces, were boycotting the event over the participation of what they consider to be nationalist and extremist groups.[3]

During the summer of 2006, the society prepared a "coalition of national harmony", designed to accumulate common positions among its members. Work on several agenda items are discussed in specialized work groups. The final text was presented for a general discussion at a meeting on November 22, 2006. On September 25, 2006, The Other Russia was declared a "national forum".

On December 16, 2006, the first joint political rally took place in Moscow, named the "Dissenters' March". The name was first used by Garry Kasparov in 2005. Later, on March 3, 2007, the next "Dissenters' March" took place in Saint Petersburg, which was the largest opposition rally made in recent years in Russia.

A further "Dissenters' March" took place on April 14, 2007 in Moscow. Several people, including Garry Kasparov and former Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov, were arrested, but released some hours later. Another rally was held on April 15 in Saint Petersburg.

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  1. ^ Thousands Take to City Streets for Protest by Galina Stolyarova, St. Petersburg Times, March 6, 2007.
  2. ^ Anti-Kremlin protesters beaten by police Associated Press, March 3, 2007. Retrieved: 2007-03-24.
  3. ^ The Other Russia Conference Opens In Moscow, Interfax, July 11, 2006
  4. ^ Former Russian Premier Leaves Opposition Group Archived 2011-07-27 at the Wayback Machine, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (July 03, 2007)

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