Russian opposition leaders met in Poland to create a democratic alternative to Vladimir Putin's regime

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The meeting was held in the Polish town of Jablonna, northeast of Warsaw, and was opened by Ilya Ponomarev, a former Duma deputy who now he lives in exile in kyiv

Russian opposition leaders met in Poland to create a democratic alternative against Vladimir Putin's regime

Russian opponents met in Poland to create a democratic alternative against Vladimir Putin's regime.

A group of Russian pro-democracy opposition leaders met this Saturday in the Polish town of Jablonna , in northeastern Warsaw, with the aim of building an alternative to the regime of President Vladimir Putin and establishing democracy in Russia.

The meeting was opened by Ilya Ponomarev, a former deputy of the Duma who now lives in exile in kyiv .

In 2014 Ponomarev was the only MP who voted against the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation after its occupation.

“It is a historic moment. For the first time in at least a decade, democratically elected deputies meet at the time. We see that it is democratic and agile. People are arguing and arguing. I really hope that these three days will be fruitful”, Ponomarev told EFE.

The Congress will end on Monday and will include the attendance of 51 delegates who previously held elected positions in the Russian administration at different levels. Other delegates were present via internet.

Russian opposition leaders met in Poland to create a democratic alternative against Vladimir Putin's regime

Ponomarev explained that the idea What is at the core of the Congress is to offer the Russians a democratic alternative to the Putin regime. (REUTERS)

“We will have various speeches and announcements from the Congress that will shape the framework for the upcoming meetings,” said Ponomarev.

Previously, in an interview with EFE, Ponomarev explained that the idea behind the Congress is to offer the Russians a democratic alternative to the Putin regime.

The opposition and human rights activist Andrei Sidelnikov, who attended and participated in the organization of the Congress, described the meeting as a first step towards a new parliamentary republic in Russia.

“We are trying to take a big step into the future. For now, I don't know what will happen next because all the delegates participating in the Congress in person or online are under pressure from the Russian security service. However, we would like to send a message to the Russians who escaped from Putin and to the millions who still live in Russia,” Sidelnikov told EFE.

< i>(With information from EFE)

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