The Russian political party “A Just Russia” (SR) will merge with the “For Truth” and “Patriots of Russia” parties in the near future, SR leader Sergey Mironov announced on Wednesday, January 20.
Of course we are uniting, counting on the consolidation of the left-wing in the run-up to the State Duma elections, but this isn’t the main thing. The main thing is to change the course of history in our country. For 30 years we have swallowed liberal ideas and recipes, we’ve swallowed the experience of a life according to other people’s templates. We have to go our own way. Leftist ideas are very popular.
Mironov added that the name of the new party will be “A Just Russia — For Truth.” The party will be led by a single chairman and Mironov expressed hope that he might be supported in taking up this post.
According to a Znak.com source, Sergey Mironov was extremely reluctant to take part in negotiations on merging his party with any other. However, according to our source, Mironov was interested in a proposal from the first deputy chair of the party For Truth, Alexander Babakov, to partially sponsor the “SR” [A Just Russia] duma campaign. At the same time, the SR leader himself calls this information “a very interesting rumor.”
The party For Truth, led by nationalist writer Zakhar Prilepin, was established in early 2020. Among other things, the party has proposed conducting a referendum on unifying Russia with a number of disputed territories in post-Soviet countries, including the Donbas, Transnistria, Abkhazia, and South Ossetia. During the regional elections in September 2020, the party entered the Ryazan Regional Duma.
The Patriots of Russia party was established in 2005 as a result of a split in the Communist Party (KPRF). During the 2007 State Duma elections, it received 0.89 percent of the vote; in 2011, it received 0.97 percent and in 2016 — 0.59 percent.