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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kasparov Outlines Election Campaign

Opposition leader Garry Kasparov said Monday that The Other Russia would nominate two or three candidates to head the opposition ticket in next year's presidential election and decide on a single candidate later this year.

"We'll only be able to say by fall which of the candidates will have the most support among politicians as well as the population," Kasparov said at a news conference, Interfax reported.

Former Central Bank chief and Yukos chairman Viktor Gerashchenko and former Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov have expressed a willingness to run as the united opposition candidate in the March election to choose a successor to President Vladimir Putin.

Independent State Duma Deputy Vladimir Ryzhkov is also widely seen as a potential candidate.

Kasyanov, Kasparov and Eduard Limonov, founder of the banned National Bolshevik Party, lead The Other Russia, a coalition of political forces that have little in common other than their opposition to the Kremlin.

Kasparov also vowed Monday to continue organizing Dissenters' Marches.

"We're simply obliged to continue moving forward," said Kasparov, a former world chess champion.

The next major demonstration planned would take place June 9 on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg Economic Forum.

The march could be an embarrassment to the Kremlin as it tries to portray Russia to investors as a stable and thriving country. It will come on the heels of a march Friday in Samara, which coincided with a Russia-EU summit in a nearby resort, and another on Saturday in Chelyabinsk.

Unlike previous marches in other cities, the ones in Samara and Chelyabinsk were authorized by local authorities and not broken up by police. But police at Sheremetyevo Airport prevented Kasparov and Limonov, among others, from catching their flight to Samara on Friday, saying they needed to check whether their tickets and passports were counterfeit.

"The main conclusion that can be drawn from the events of May 18 is that authorities have stopped paying attention to any kind of legal conventions," Kasparov said, suggesting that his detention had been ordered by highly placed officials.

Members of the pro-Kremlin youth group Nashi, dressed in white smocks resembling doctors' outfits, stood outside the news conference and handed out leaflets claiming Kasparov and Limonov suffered from mental illness. The leaflet noted that Kasparov had lost a chess match to a computer in 1997 and "after this he began to pursue failure."

Kasparov ignored the demonstrators as he left.

MT, AP