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Russian presidential hopeful says his bloc will continue despite being denied registration

Russian presidential hopeful says his bloc will continue despite being denied registration

Russia's ex-prime minister turned Kremlin critic assailed the government Tuesday for refusing to register his political movement and said it would continue to exist despite that, a Russian news agency reported.
Mikhail Kasyanov, who has declared his intention to run for president in the 2008 election, said his Popular Democratic Union wouldn't try to reregister. Kasyanov said his movement wouldn't appeal because all branches of government were following orders from the kremlin.
Kasyanov's party said in a statement Monday that the Federal Registration Service had refused to register it as a legal entity, a decision the party said was a mistake. "This was either just a politically motivated move, or the incompetence of bureaucrats," Kasyanov said Tuesday.
He sought to downplay the denial of registration, saying it was "not a big loss."
"We certainly have existed and will continue to exist without being a legal entity," Kasyanov said, according to Interfax.
Since being fired in 2004, Kasyanov has emerged as a harsh critic of President Vladimir Putin, accusing him of reversing the country's post-Soviet democratic gains.
Kasyanov tried to set up a political party last year, but a large group of delegates refused to let Kasyanov and his allies into the venue and elected a virtually unknown candidate in a move observers described as a Kremlin-inspired attempt to sideline him.