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Russia Registers Nationalist Party

RIA Novosti

11:40 20/06/2012 MOSCOW, June 20 (RIA Novosti) - Russia has got its first legitimate ultra-right party, after the Russian Nationwide Union was registered with the Justice Ministry.

The party, led by former parliamentarian Sergei Baburin, was given a clean bill of health on June 7, according to the ministry's website.

Its slogans include "national power, national politics, national economy," and it aims to establish a three-pronged Slavic union of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.

There are currently 27 registered parties in Russia - a sharp rise from just a few months ago.

In April, former President Dmitry Medvedev signed off a law to simplify the procedure for registering political parties.

Baburin could not be reached for comment.

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