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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kasyanov Parts Ways with Other Russia

Former Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov has split with opposition coalition The Other Russia amid disagreements over how to determine a single opposition candidate for the March presidential elections.

Speaking Tuesday in Nizhny Novgorod, where organizers of his new political party were meeting, Kasyanov told journalists that because of disagreements over how to choose a single candidate, he sees "no possibility of cooperating" with the coalition.

"As we haven't reached an agreement over these issues, we have nothing to discuss," Kasyanov said in reference to The Other Russia's upcoming congress, Interfax reported.

It was the latest blow to the already fractured opposition, which for years has been mired in internal squabbling.

United Civil Front leader Garry Kasparov, one of the leaders of The Other Russia, said coalition members were "sorry to admit that in the past few months serious disagreement emerged ... on a number of crucial and principal issues."

"We had really hoped to solve them, but our hopes weren't to come true," Kasparov said in a statement Monday.

Kasparov has said nationwide primaries, such as those held in the United States, would be an ideal option for selecting a single candidate, though difficult to carry out given the limited resources of the opposition.

Kasyanov has pressed forward with his own candidacy.

Kasparov's spokesman, Denis Bilunov, said the coalition would continue despite the exit of Kasyanov's movement, the Russian People's Democratic Union.

Kasyanov, who declared his intention to run for president last month, plans to create a new political party this fall called People for Democracy and Justice.

He said Tuesday that his supporters would hold talks with Yabloko and the Union of Right Forces on a possible single candidate and political platform.

Meanwhile, The Other Russia is preparing for its nationwide congress, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at the Holiday Inn Lesnaya in Moscow.

The congress will begin national primaries and hopefully end in selection of a single opposition candidate this fall, Bilunov said.

Kasyanov said Tuesday he would not take part, Interfax reported.