Annexation of Crimea by Russia: Russian opposition party not allowed to campaign in annexed Crimea

18:21 Aug. 19, 2016

Russian opposition party not allowed to campaign in annexed Crimea

The party's leader Mikhail Kasyanov at a congress of the PARNAS Party at the Izmailovo Hotel, ahead of the 2016 State Duma election (TASS via Getty Images)

Earlier PARNAS promised not to campaign if Kyiv objects 

Russia's opposition PARNAS party will not campaign for Russia's upcoming legislative elections in the annexed Crimea because the Ukrainian government has denied permission for it to do so, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported on Friday.

"We will follow Ukraine's decision and act in accordance with international law," the PARNAS branch in Krasnodar region wrote on social media on August 18.

Oleksiy Makeyev, the director of Ukrainian Foreign Ministry's department for policy and communications, told RFE/RL on August 18 that Kyiv cannot officially allow a Russian political party to conduct any activities on Ukraine's "occupied territories."

PARNAS leader and former Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov told RFE/RL in March that his party considers Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea illegal and that he would return control of the peninsula to Ukraine.

Read also Russian opposition leader promises to return Crimea to Ukraine

On August 18, Ukraine complained to the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) about the Russia-dominated organization's plan to send election monitors to the peninsula.

The parliamentary elections in Russia are scheduled for September 18

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