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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Yavlinsky Open to Duma Compromise

Russia's political standoff deepened Friday, with several opposition factions refusing to end their boycott of the State Duma and criticizing acting President Vladimir Putin for failing to intervene in their dispute with the majority.

About 100 legislators stormed out of the first session Tuesday after the two largest parties - the Communists and Unity, made up of Putin's supporters - struck a deal to re-elect Communist Gennady Seleznyov as speaker. The dissidents also were angered by what they saw as the unfair distribution of committee chairmanships.

"We are not talking about portfolios and posts but the fact that the deputies, who were supported by 20 million voters, must implement the policy expected by the voters,'' Yabloko leader Grigory Yavlinsky said.

But Yavlinsky left the door open for compromise, saying that "we are awaiting the majority's proposals.''

Putin's "long silence'' means that he approves of the Communist-Unity alliance, Yavlinsky charged.