1 Feb 2020 19:00

Congress votes for founding Zakharov Prilepin's For Truth party

MOSCOW. Feb 1 (Interfax) - The author Zakhar Prilepin has been elected chairman of the For Truth party which held its founding congress in Moscow, an Interfax correspondent reported from the event.

"Our political council and managing body include a vast number of writers, they are the smartest people in Russia, who have definitely proved, through their consistency, the non-accidental nature of their beliefs. But unless all of us have the tool to materialize all that was written down, everything will remain kitchen talk or TV show one way or another," Prilepin, who real first name is Yevgeny, said at the congress.

"There is nothing surprising or reprehensible about the For Truth movement needing an organization that gets things done as regards our constitution, social, political, cultural life - all this will be realized," Prilepin said.

Creating the party does not cancel the existence of For Truth as a movement which today is comprised of several different entities, he said. Prilepin announced the creation of the national-patriotic movement, which propagates conservative values and opposes liberalism, last November.

Alexander Babakov, a Federation Council member, and Alexander Kazakov, a former advisor to the leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), have been elected as first deputy chairmen. Sergei Puskepalis, the art director of the Yaroslav drama theater, will be deputy chairman.

Other members of the party's central committee are Alexander Kreshtop, a former chief of staff of the DPR reconnaissance assault battalion, Nikolai Novichkov, Yevgeny Shiyanov, and Dmitry Kuznetsov.

Among party members are the actors Steven Seagal and Ivan Okhlobystin, the musicians Vadim Samoilov, Yulia Chicherina and Alexander F. Sklyar. The expert council includes Oleg Matveichev, a political analyst, and Modest Kolerov, a historian.

The congress was followed by a concert of musicians who support the party.