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Russian opposition party faces lawsuit ahead of election

Russian opposition figure, former Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov, chairman of the opposition People's Freedom Party, or Parnas, speaks to a group of people calling themselves 'Defenders of the Russian White House' at a memorial for three men killed in the August 1991 hard line Communist coup attempt, during a ceremony marking the 25th anniversary of the failure of the coup in downtown Moscow, Russia, Monday, Aug. 22, 2016. Many Russians who opposed the coup have grown disillusioned with democracy, which they have come to associate with the hardships of the initial years of the dismantling of the Soviet state and a transition to the market economy. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

Russian opposition figure, former Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov, chairman of the opposition People’s Freedom Party, or Parnas, speaks to a group of people calling themselves ‘Defenders of the Russian White House’ at a memorial for three men killed in the August 1991 hard line Communist coup attempt, during a ceremony marking the 25th anniversary of the failure of the coup in downtown Moscow, Russia, Monday, Aug. 22, 2016. Many Russians who opposed the coup have grown disillusioned with democracy, which they have come to associate with the hardships of the initial years of the dismantling of the Soviet state and a transition to the market economy. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

MOSCOW (AP) — A rare opposition party that has been allowed to run in the upcoming Russian parliamentary election could be taken off the ballot days before the vote.

The Parnas party led by former Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov said in a statement on Friday that it has received a lawsuit filed by another party with the Russian Supreme Court. The little known party called Civic Platform accuses Parnas of extremism and enticing hatred against supporters of President Vladimir Putin.

Parnas is one of two opposition parties that have openly criticized the Kremlin during the campaign ahead of the Sept. 18 vote.

Parnas said the lawsuit is due to be heard next week and could end up striking it off the ballot.

 

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