People's Union (Russia)

People's Union (Russia)

party_name = People's Union
leader = Sergey Baburin
colorcode = black
foundation = December 2001
ideology = Nationalism, conservatism, pochvennichestvo
headquarters = Moscow
international = none
website = []

People's Union ( _ru. Народный Союз), formerly known as Party of National Revival "Narodnaya Volya" ( _ru. Партия Национального Возрождения «Народная Воля»), is a Russian nationalist party created in December of 2001 and led by a veteran Russian nationalist politician Sergey Baburin.

It was created by uniting four minor nationalist parties who merged together and its name Narodnaya Volya translates from Russian as People's Will. In September of 2003 Narodnaya Volya joined Rodina coalition what performed surprisingly well in the 2003 State Duma elections.

Narodnaya Volya is seen by many as the most nationalist and conservative element in mostly leftist Rodina and a number of its members in the past were associated with Russian far right movements. Currently nine members of Narodnaya Volya are deputies of the Russian Duma. In October 2006 Narodnaya Volya, unlike most of Rodina coalition, did not join the Russia of Justice party and remained an independent faction in the Duma.

Narodnaya Volya claims to have international ties with People's Opposition Bloc of Natalia Vitrenko led by Nataliya Vitrenko, National Front (France) led by Jean-Marie Le Pen and Serbian Radical Party of Vojislav Šešelj.

Prominent Narodnaya Volya party members include Viktors Alksnis, Nikolai Leonov and Aleksandr Rutskoy.

In November 2006, the party gained prominence as one of the main organizers of the nationalist "Russian Marsh" during the Unity Day celebrations in Moscow.

On March 26, 2007 Narodnaya Volya united with 13 small nationalist, Orthodox Christian and conservative organizations and party was renamed "People's Union" (Народный Союз). New party declared its intension to participate in 2007 Russian Duma elections. Among more prominent politicians who united under leadership of Sergey Baburin was Anna Markova, former vice governor of Saint Petersburg. The party will not be able to take part in upcoming State Duma election; it has decided to endorse the Communist Party of RF [] .

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