Kasyanov’s Headstart

The cascade of decisions to abandon presidential bids — by Garry Kasparov, then Vladimir Ryzhkov, and, finally, by Grigory Yavlinsky — is a clear victory for Mikhail Kasyanov and his People’s Democratic Union.  It is also a testament to Kasyanov’s remarkable political acumen. 

The December 2 elections to the State Duma have convincingly shown that popular support for the so-called "democratic" opposition is negligible.  It became obvious that only a single candidate from the radical opposition has a chance, however remote, to collect 2,000,000 signatures needed to register for the March 2 ballot.

Kasyanov has calculated it right, skipped the Duma elections, and instead focused on the paperwork needed to be filed with the Central Election Commission

Now, Kasyanov has a clear headstart over his rivals who have wasted their time on organizing meaningless — and often illegal — protest marches.

When Kasparov & Co realized that they had been outsmarted, they had no other choice but to call it quits.  Ridiculous explanations — Kasparov and Ryzhkov both claimed inability to find places to hold meetings of the initiative groups — have inevitably followed.    

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Eugene Ivanov is a PMI-certified Innovation Management Consultant who helps organizations increase the efficiency of their internal and external innovation programs.
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