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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ryzhkov Drops Liberal Party Plan

Independent State Duma Deputy Vladimir Ryzhkov said Monday that he has dropped plans to form a new liberal party with former chess champion Garry Kasparov and joined the Republican Party of Russia, Interfax reported.

Ryzhkov said the Republican Party would not have a single leader but a "collective management" and that independent Deputies Mikhail Zadornov and Svyatoslav Nastashevsky as well as United Russia Deputy Valery Zubov had joined the party.

He said he and Kasparov had had differences in opinion, but did not elaborate.

But Nezavisimaya Gazeta, citing a source closed to Kasparov, reported Monday that Ryzhkov disliked Kasparov's strong stance against President Vladimir Putin.

The newspaper also said the Kremlin had asked Ryzhkov whether he would like to replace Mikhail Yevdokimov as Altai governor. Ryzhkov was elected in a single-mandate district in the Altai region.

The Republican Party of Russia was formed by Vladimir Lysenko in November 1990.