Sambek (Rostov region), Nov 11 — DAN. A branch of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) has been set up in the Donetsk People’s Republic.  The decision was made at the founding conference in the Rostov region on Friday.

The conference is taking place in the Sambek Heights museum complex. It is attended by the Party’s top officials including its leader Leonid Slutsky. The participants include State Duma lawmakers, delegates from the LDPR’s Rostov region branch, Russian Justice Ministry representatives and LDPR members from the DPR.

“Today, we feel the synergy of Donetsk and Rostov; we’re certainly pursing the right and common cause, ” Slutsky said. “We’ll increase the number of programs while the Party leadership will step up its support of the central office of the Donetsk branch.”

“Already we’re meeting with LDPR members who have received their membership cards and reside in the DPR. They number slightly more than 100; some 50 are present today, they are all LDPR members who were granted membership by the Supreme Council according to special procedure, ” head of the LDPR’s Donetsk-based legal assistance center Andrey Kramar told the Donetsk News Agency.

The conference is expected to elect the coordinator of the Party’s Donetsk branch.


The Liberal Democratic Party of Russia was established in 1992. It is the successor of the Liberal Democratic Party of the Soviet Union. Leonid Slutsky was elected LDPR chairman after the death of Vladimir Zhirinovsky who had headed the Party for nearly 30 years.

Earlier, the “United Russia” political party set up its regional branch in the DPR. DPR Acting Head Denis Pushilin was elected its secretary.  The founding conference took place in Donetsk on October 21. The issue of membership cards is among the functions of the regional branch.*jk