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Just Russia


Just Russia (full name Just Russia — Patriots — for Truth) is a systemic opposition party. It is the third largest party in the State Duma of the Russian Federation (27 out of 450 seats). The party is represented in most regional parliaments but does not hold a majority in any of them. As of April 2024, only one incumbent governor in Russia is nominated by Just Russia.

Just Russia emerged in 2006 due to the merging of three other pro-Kremlin parties. Since then, it has been represented in all convocations of the State Duma of the Russian Federation. In 2020, the party merged with two other pro-Kremlin parties, "For Truth" and "Patriots of Russia". In the last elections to the State Duma in 2021, Just Russia received 7.46% of the party list votes and won in 8 out of 225 single-member districts.

Since 2006, Sergey Mironov has been the party's leader and chair. Mironov stood as a candidate in the 2004 and 2012 presidential elections and came in last place both times. After merging with "For Truth" and "Patriots of Russia", the party has acquired two co-chairs - Zakhar Prilepin and Gennady Semigin.

Just Russia can be described as a left-oriented party founded by the Kremlin as a left (yet loyal) alternative to the Communist Party, meant to siphon votes away from the Communist Party. In its early days, Just Russia adhered to the social-democratic rhetoric. However, over time, and especially after the Bolotnaya Square protests, it has evolved towards the nationalist rhetoric.

Last update on 2024-04-30 by Content manager.

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