Russia's opposition launches 'alternative' national assembly

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Moscow, May 17 (UNI) Russia's opposition, the Other Russia movement, led by world chess champion Garry Kasparov and writer and leader of the banned National Bolshevik Party Eduard Limonov launched an 'alternative National Assembly' in Moscow today.

Mr Kasparov said that the national assembly was the ''only way to ensure a future for our country,'' adding that any attempt to change political reality always begins when ''people are ready to reach an agreement with one another.'' Mr Limonov called for branches of the alternative parliament to be set up all over Russia.

The Moscow police detained 14 members of the youth movement 'Molodaya Gvardiya' as they held an unsanctioned rally outside the building where the first meeting of the alternative parliament was taking place.

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