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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Gulyayev to Run for President

Sergei Gulyayev, a former St. Petersburg city legislator from the liberal Yabloko party, has announced that he will run for president as an opposition candidate, RIA-Novosti reported Monday.

Gulyayev is the fourth opposition figure to declare his intention to run for president. The others are former Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov, former Central Bank chief Viktor Gerashchenko and Soviet-era dissident Vladimir Bukovsky.

Gulyayev was nominated over the weekend by The People, a new opposition group that he heads up. The group held its founding congress Saturday and Sunday in Moscow.

Gulyayev has been active in The Other Russia, an opposition umbrella group that has organized protests around the country. He was detained by riot police in March after St. Petersburg authorities violently broke up an opposition rally. Later that month, he lost his seat in the St. Petersburg city legislature after Yabloko was excluded from elections for technical reasons.

The presidential election is scheduled for March 2008.