The Russian Justice Ministry announced on Monday the registration of three more political parties under new legislation ushered in earlier this year by then-President Dmitry Medvedev following a wave of protests over alleged vote fraud.
The new parties – Young Russia, Cities of Russia and New Russia – increase the number of registered parties to 12.
The new law, which came into force in April, radically reduces the number of members required for registration to 500 people from 40,000 previously.
The Kremlin reformed party legislation in response to the mass street protests that followed widely contested parliamentary elections in December.
However, the reform, signed into law by Medvevev in May, upheld a ban on election blocs, which prompted critics to accuse the Kremlin of trying to fracture party politics.