State Duma (Parliament's lower house) Speaker, Russia movement leader Gennady Seleznyov said the new center-leftist party being set up in the country intends to hold a position of "political compromise".
Speaking Saturday at the constituent congress of the new party in Moscow, Seleznyov reported it would most likely be called "The Party of Russian Revival". "This is kind of getting rid of old-time dogmas," he pointed out.
Seleznyov agreed that this new strategy of the leftists would not be accepted by all and might be assessed by some as treachery.
The idea of "political compromise" will allow the opposition to enter into the process of Russia's taking anti-crisis measures, he believes; but the new strategy will require new forms of work. In this connection Seleznyov opined that Russia's leftist forces lost in 1995 after they said they were ready to fight for revolution.
Nonetheless, the Speaker voiced the party's intention to present a constructive opposition to any government that would resort to conservative methods.
The choice of the city of Helsinki is not incidental as the capital of Finland had hosted US-Soviet negotiations on the limitation of nuclear stockpiles in 1969