Presidential elections, 2012
does the opposition want: to win or to die heroically?
Moskovsky Komsomolets web-site, July 11, 2012.
Interview with Grigory
Yavlinsky by Yulia Kalinina. (A complete version).
...MK: Yes, the protest movement was
preoccupied mainly with creativity: a competition
of funny banners and photoshopped pictures. It was
too busy with this to think about elections.
GY: Because the people who took on
the role of organisers of the protest movement were
developing the form without filling it with content.
That is why the rallies demonstrated an abundance
of inventions, funny posters and performances. But
by the spring the main "faces" of the protest
have already partially changed. The new “faces”
have quickly realized that it was necessary to leave
the glamour and creativity – it was a deadlock.
They tried to make camps by the fountain at the Pushkin
square, breakthrough to the Manezh square, put forward
incredible demands to the authorities and socialize
at the boulevards. But this was also development of
one form only, without any content, including the
“Occupy Abai” action (Ed. “Occupy
Abai” was a camp in the centre of Moscow by
the monument to Kazakh poet and philosopher Abai Kunanbayev).
It was clear what “Occupy Wall Street”
was about. Wall Street is the personification of the
type of living the “occupants” protest
against. And what does “Occupy Abai” mean?
Again, it is an interesting form of protest but not
filled with so much needed political content.
MK: A transition from the ideological
to the physical opposition was a natural development
of the protests. Is not is how they should grow -
from coming to rallies to creation of permanent camps
of the dissenting? from peaceful methods and slogans
to violent clashes?
GY: No, it isn’t. Because in
case of physical and violent confrontation with the
authorities the protest movement would immediately
lose and in general can be even permanently destroyed.
The organisers of rallies must understand that this
is unacceptable. In addition, if you invite people
to an [officially] permitted rally, they should not
get into trouble - people can not be victimized. If
one is professionally engaged in the organisation
of mass-scale peaceful protests and wants precisely
this, this can be done. If one has other goals, than
it will be the other way.
MK: Do you think ‘the other
way” prevailed during protests on May 6?
GY: The desire for exploring "another
heroic way" has been there for all these months.
However, after the first attempt on December 5, this
thrust was marginal, inferior to the general belief
in the power of peaceful mass protests. But the protest
did not yield immediate results as tangible concessions
from the government, or provided a coherent perspective
that could have been indicated by the political leadership.
Thus, the lead was taken by the left, nationalists
and supporters of the thesis “you cannot make
an omlette without breaking eggs”. The question
of responsibility for the health and lives of people
was either redirected to the government or simply
removed from the agenda. They said that under the
current conditions the true organisers of mass actions
were Twitter and FaceBook...
protesters detained by the Ostankino television centre
in Moscow are finally released.
Press Release, March 18, 2012.
...Kirill Goncharov, leader of the
Moscow Youth YABLOKO, and his colleagues Gleb Sitnikov
and Oleg Rumyantsev were detained at a protest action
against smearing of the public mass-scale protests
against elections fraud in a film produced and broadcasted
by the NTV channel. Goncharov, Sitnikov, and Rumyantsev
were taken to police stations.
According to the police, about 100 people were detained
at the action. about 100 people. Valery Borshchyov,
member of YABLOKO Bureau and head of the Moscow Public
Observers' Commission condemned the police actions...
leaders Sergei Mitrokhin and Grigory Yavlinsky spoke
at a rally in Novy Arbat prospect, Moscow
Press Release, March 10, 2012.
YABLOKO leaders Sergei Mitrokhin and
Grigory Yavlinsky spoke at a rally in Novy Arbat prospect,
Moscow. Sergei Mitrokhin gave his time for the speech
to Alexei Sklyarov, Editor-in-Chief the Pulse television
company in Azov. It is the only independent television
company in southern Russia, however, local authorities
began pressing the company after Alexei Sklyarov headed
the League of Voters in Azov.
with the League of Voters conducted monitoring and
control over voting [at elections] across the country.
And once again I would like to state that the elections
of March 4 were rigged. We are not going to make speeches
today, we would like to give the time allotted for
our speeches to a unique person - Alexei Sklyarov.
He is the head of the only free, independent television
company in the southern Russia. His television company
has been attacked because he together with YABLOKO
monitored the elections," Sergei Mitrokhin told
to the protesters...
Grigory Yavlinsky addressed the participants
of the rally with n a brief speech, "Friends,
I am glad to meet you again. It is already my sixth
speech at a rally for the past three months. I remember
every word I said. We will accomplish all this. The
road is long and difficult. The victory in the fight
will not come soon, but it will come. Russia will
be free. Russia demands changes!"
Yavlinsky’s statement prepared for the rally in Novy
Arbat* on March 10
March 9, 2012.
If I have a chance to speak at the
rally on March 10, I would demanded the following
from the authorities:
- release of political prisoners;
- show mercy and pardon those who committed minor
- stop unlawful prosecution of businessman Alexei
- investigate all the cases of fraud at [parliamentary]
elections of December 4 and [presidential] elections
of March 4, punish the guilty, completely reform the
Central Electoral Commission and dismiss Vladimir
Churov, head of the commission;
- immediately consider together with the newly emerging
public committees for political reform proposals for
the radical change of the electoral system and to
adopt such proposals.
We continue fighting for what I and
Sergei Mitrokhin spoke about at the rallies on December
10, December 17, December 24, demonstration of February
4 and on March 5:
- complete replacement of the present closed authoritarian,
oligarchic, inhuman political system and legal removal
of the ruling group headed by Vladimir Putin from
- creation in Russia of a system in which law would
be the same for everybody, property - inviolable and
the court - independent;
- creation of committees for political reform across
the country, freedom of media from censorship and
uniting of the democratic forces;
- development of a political, economic, moral and
personal ALTERNATIVE to the present regime which would
be able to win in a peaceful and legitimate political
Mikhalyova: in ten years a woman may become President
Voice of America, 11 March
...Viktor Vasilyev: President Medvedev
complained during his meeting with women (on the eve
of the Women’s Day) that in Russia there were very
few women in politics. How can we explain such a situation?
Galina Mikhalyova: The system functions
in such a way. As a rule there are no women in power
in authoritarian regimes, and in democracies there
are many of them on the top. There are special mechanisms
encouraging such a promotion of women. [President]
Medvedev was not going to change anything here. And
speaking about Mr Putin, he does not even have it
in his thoughts. He's such a super-macho... When he
was in power, women’s problems were not mentioned
Viktor Vasilyev: So, you don’t expect
any positive changes in the nearest future, do you?
Galina Mikhalyova: No, there are no positive changes,
while negative changes are obvious. There are few
women in the State Duma. There is no public institution
that would deal with our problems, for example, a
Presidential Council or a council under the Government
or a Commissioner for Women's Rights, as in other
countries. Salaries [of Russian women] consitute two-thirds
[from those of men]. In several regions people who
have small children have to go on hunger strike so
that to get a place for their child in a kindergarten.
Pregnant women are not paid their benefits or get
fired. But the state argues that it has nothing to
do with this disgrace...
President and Yabloko leadership on Russian elections
LI News Bulletin, Issue 273, March 7, 2012
LI President Hans van Baalen MEP
questioned the democratic character of the Russian
Presidential elections which took place on 5 March
2012. Van Baalen characterised them as "neither
free nor fair like the parliamentary elections held
earlier. Putin rules over a facade democracy. The
institutions are in place but the democratic spirit
is absent. LI, ELDR and ALDE will support the courageous
democratic opposition in Russia which is so much needed
today." Leader Grigory Yavlinsky of Yabloko (LI
Full Member) called
for a "real political, economic and most importantly,
moral alternative." "We will create this
alternative. We will make them conduct new elections
and we will win those elections," Yavlinsky said.
Yabloko Chairman Sergei Mitrokhin said that Putin
won an unfair game. "This wasn't honest, but
cowardice and meanness. It was not only carousels
and stuffing of ballots which brought him victory.
Putin won ousting the only candidate — Yavlinsky —
who had no fear of criticizing him," Mitrokhin
commented. The OSCE
election-monitoring report concluded that there
had been "no real competition".
adopts Pan-African Liberal Manifesto
LI President and Yabloko leadership on Russian elections
DP Minoves meets Ramon Tremosa MEP in run-up to LI
EC in Barcelona
Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty opens office
LI VP Soler meets liberals in Ecuador
LI written statement to the UN HR Council now online
Kaohsiung Mayor takes over as acting chair of DPP
meeting of YABLOKO leaders with Guy Verhofstadt, President
of the Liberal Group in the European Parliament
Press Release, March 5, 2012.
Grigory Yavlinsky said that the main
objective of all the opposition forces in Russia should
be radical change in the socio-political system rather
than simply a replacement of top officials. He said
this during a meeting with representatives of the
European Parliament's Liberal Group (ALDE). The sides
discussed the political situation in Russia after
the presidential elections and prospects for further
The meeting was held on March 5 in
YABLOKO’s office. Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the liberals
in the European Parliament and ex Prime Minister of
Belgium, Renaldas Vaisbrodas, Political Adviser, ALDE,
Sergei Mitrokhin, YABLOKO Chairman, Galina Mikhalyova,
Executive Secretary of the Political Council and head
of the Gender faction and Olga Radayeva, International
presidential election marked by unequal campaign conditions,
active citizens' engagement, international observers
OSCE Press Release, March 5, 2012
MOSCOW, 5 March 2012 – Although candidates
in yesterday’s presidential election in the Russian
Federation were able to campaign unhindered, conditions
were clearly skewed in favour of one of the contestants,
current Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, the international
observers concluded in a statement issued today.
The observers noted that all candidates had access
to the media, but the Prime Minister was given a clear
advantage over his competitors in terms of media presence.
In addition, state resources were mobilized at the
regional level in his support. Also, overly restrictive
candidate registration requirements limited genuine
"This election showed a clear winner with an
absolute majority, avoiding a second round. However,
voter's choice was limited, electoral competition
lacked fairness and an impartial referee was missing.
Due to increased citizen's awareness and involvement
elections were more lively, better managed and more
seriously observed, whereas structural improvements
in electoral regulation were proposed to Parliament
– but not yet passed," said Tiny Kox, the Head
of the delegation of Council of Europe's Parliamentary
"There were serious problems from the very start
of this election. The point of elections is that the
outcome should be uncertain. This was not the case
in Russia. There was no real competition and abuse
of government resources ensured that the ultimate
winner of the election was never in doubt," said
Tonino Picula, the Special Co-ordinator to lead the
short-term OSCE observer mission and Head of the delegation
of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly...
presidential election: Liberals condemn stacked election
ELDR Press Release, March 5, 2012.
Preliminary results have shown that
Vladimir Putin will complete his long-expected return
as Russia's president after polling around 63% in
yesterday's election, thus avoiding the need for a
second round. Commenting on the outcome of the election,
ELDR President Sir Graham Watson MEP stated, "there
are wide-spread and seemingly justified reservations
about the extent to which this was a free and fair
contest, not only in the way the procedures were conducted
on the day itself, but in the handling of the process
from the very beginning, including the refusal to
register some candidatures."
Despite much publicised initiatives
to make these elections fair and transparent, such
as the installation of closed circuit television cameras
at polling stations, the electoral process as a whole
has been widely condemned as favoring the Putin campaign
from the outset.
Evidence of this stretches back to the refusal by
the Russian Central Electoral Commission to register
opposition candidates, including former YABLOKO leader
Grigory Yavlinsky on the grounds of perceived irregularities
when in fact political engineering of the elections
was the more likely reason.
On what the future may hold, Sir Graham added that
Putin should not expect the Russian people to blindly
accept his rule. "Vladimir Putin might have got
his way in so far as the outcome of the election is
concerned, but the demonstrations that have taken
place since December's parliamentary elections and
the increasing criticism that he is facing from significant
sections of the population and media show that he
will not be in for an easy ride over the next six
years. The extent of ill-feeling towards President
Putin may even cast doubt on his ability to serve
the full-term unless he fundamentally addresses issues
related to the rule of law and the democratic, economic
and social development of Russian society".
leaders spoke at the rally For Fair Elections at the
Press Release, March 5, 2012.
YABLOKO leaders Sergei Mitrokhin and
Grigory Yavlinsky spoke at the rally For Fair Elections
which took place at the Pushkin square, Moscow.
Sergei Mitrokhin said that statements
made by Vladimir Churov, head of the Central Electoral
Commission, that elections was fair was a blatant
lie. The hot line organised jointly by YABLOKO and
the Voter’ League got thousands of calls from observers
and voters on violations.
Mitrokhin also reiterated that the
December slogan “Churov must go!” emerging after parliamentary
elections of December 2011 was still on the agenda.
The participants had unanimously chanted this slogan
together with Mitrokhin...
Yavlinsky’s appeal to protesters
Novaya Gazeta, March 5, 2012.
...I am appealing to all the opposition
political leaders who are organising protest actions
and inviting people to join them: if violence takes
place during these days, it will lead to dramatic
weakening of the opposition and will cause a long-lasting
setback. It is our responsibility and our task to
avert violence and prevent provocations. In complex
and unpredictable circumstances, in dealing with the
authorities who most often do not want any compromises
on the substance of the matter and who at the same
time possess great experience and traditions of political
reprisals, it is possible to preserve people's trust
only by avoiding and preventing violence in every
way and at the same time advancing steadily toward
the goal - peaceful radical transformation of the
authoritarian, inoperative and inhuman political system...
On the contrary, we should prove to
all our potential supporters that we can be trusted
and that we clearly understand the aims and goals
of the democratic protest movement not as our own
self-expression but as the defence of the interests
of citizens who vitally need large-scale, serious
and responsible changes in Russia. Only in this case
will the number of our supporters throughout the country
become ever greater. Only by following this path will
we become responsible spokesmen for the opinion of
a significant section of Russian society...
vor der Whal
Interview mit Galina Michaleva, 2 Maerz, 2012.
In Russland wird ein neuer Präsident
gewählt. Rund 100 Millionen Russen sind aufgerufen
über ihr neues Staatsoberhaupt abzustimmen. Aussichtsreichster
Kandidat ist ein alter Bekannter im Amt des Staatspräsidenten
- Wladimir Putin. Nicht nur deshalb gab es im Vorfeld
der Wahl soviel Trubel wie seit langem nicht mehr.
Vor einem Monat zum Beispiel demonstrierten gleichzeitig
mehr als 200.000 Gegner und Anhänger Putins in Moskau.
Über die Wahlen und den Kandidaten Putin sprach Nordwestradio-Moderator
Tom Grote mit Galina Michaleva, Politikwissenschaftlerin
und Gastwissenschaftlerin der Forschungssstelle Osteuropa
an der Uni Bremen und Exekutivsekretärin des Politischen
Komitees und Vorsitzende der Genderfraktion der liberalen
of Central Electoral Commission decided to "ban"
Press Release, March 2, 2012.
YABLOKO has obtained information that
the Central Electoral Commission has been preparing
a letter to the subordinate commissions demanding
not to let journalists and observers from YABLOKO's
paper YABLOKO ROSSII come to the polling stations...
"Such a decision by the Central
Electoral Commission would mean that the authorities
decided to go for a grand-scale fraud," Mitrokhin
According to Mitrokhin, at December
parliamentary elections YABLOKO's observers detected
most of the violations and fraud. If dozens of thousands
of YABLOKO's observes are not allowed to monitor the
elections, they will go into the streets on the next
day, March 5.
in Russia: this is only the start
By Alexander Shishlov, March 2, 2012.
March 4 marks the date when the people
will vote in Russia: Prime Minister Vladimir Putin
plans to assume the Russian Presidency for the third
time. Unlike the first two times, however, his support
is melting on this occasion. A demand for change is
building in the country. More and more people are
no longer prepared to put up with the lies, corruption,
abuses and falsification in the elections.
It is impossible to call what we are
witnessing at present free and fair elections. There
are no independent courts, while the authorities control
all national TV channels. At the same time we can
see the administrative pressure on the mass media
and the abuses of electoral commissions – the official
voting results have little in common with the actual
expression of will of the electorate.
Political competition on 4 March has
been reduced to simulation – each of the registered
“opposition” candidates to the President embodies
a specific segment of the political system created
by Putin. The only candidate, who represented a democratic
alternative to the system – Grigory Yavlinsky, who
was nominated by Yabloko – was not allowed to run
in the elections on the pretext of casuistic chicanery
over the quality of the signatures gathered in his
observers will work in the Russian embassies and consulates
in 36 countries
Press Release, March 1, 2012.
...To date 170 Russian citizens who
are currently abroad decided to become observers from
the YABLOKO ROSSII paper helping the YABLOKO party
to monitor voting in the Russian embassies and consulates
on March 4...
In addition, the YABLOKO’s activists
will control voting in Romania, Serbia, Turkey, Thailand,
Australia, Austria, Armenia, Belarus, Belgium, Great
Britain, Hungary, the Netherlands, Israel, Indonesia,
Ireland, Italy, Canada, Kenya, China, Luxembourg ,
Morocco, Norway, Poland, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Finland,
Montenegro, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia, South Africa
“I Am an Observer” is available for downloading on
Press Release, February 29, 2012.
Application “I Am an Observer” is
available for downloading on iPhones and iPods.
Application “I Am an Observer” is
available for downloading on iPhones and iPods from
today. The application was developed by the YABLOKO
party jointly with the Appsolute company specially
for observers and electoral commissions members.
The application contains a simple
and clear interface. It contains instructions for
observers, references to laws, forms for filing complaints,
contact information where to get help, etc.
An authorised observer will receive
support from YABLOKO’s "hot line", the Voters’
League and the Rosvybory project...
Mitrokhin, YABLOKO leader, made a speech in the State
Press Release, February 28, 2012.
Sergei Mitrokhin, YABLOKO leader,
believes that lowering of a threashold on the number
of party members required for party registration and
a ban on electoral blocs will only lead to fragmentation
of the political field and mutual alienation of the
society and the parliament. He made such a statement
in the State Duma today, when Duma was examining the
package of President’s draft laws targeted at a political
reform. Mitrokhin stressed that the draft laws on
political parties and elections of deputies of the
State Duma can not be examined separately from each
According to Mitrokhin, a ban of electoral
blocs will give a “powerful impulse to alienation
for the society from the government”, and this on
the threashold of a coming political crisis can lead
to something more than recent mass-scale rallies.
“A huge number of votes will be distributes between
small parties and they will not be able to make it
into the Duma, thus a significant part of the Russian
society will not be represented in the State Duma
and will not regard as a body reflecting their interests,”
I Got Kicked Out of Russia.
The New York Times, February 28, 2012.
...He is standing; I'm seated. With
every statement, he lifts off his heels; the man looks
down on me with all his arrogance. "Judging by
your visa, the stated purpose of your visit in Russia
does not match your real activities." "What
real activities?" I dare to ask in return.
He fires back, "You are meeting
with members of the opposition."
Flummoxed, I'm left speechless for
a moment. But I realize he isn’t kidding. Never in
10 years of reporting in post-Soviet Russia — including
during the eight years I spent living here and covering
the war in Chechnya — have the authorities faulted
me for something with such grave consequences. The
official says that I’ll have to pay a fine, to be
determined by the colonel. My visa will be canceled
immediately, and I’ll be given a transit document
requiring that I leave the country within three days.
Not once is the word "journalist" uttered...
original publication in the New York Times
distributed about 5,000 leaflets among the participants
of the Great White Ring action with information on
observation of the presidential elections
Press Release, February 26, 2012.
The YABLOKO party supported the Great
White Ring action with an automobile race in the inner
part of the Garden Ring in Moscow.
Several dozens of vehicles participated
in the race. The cars were decorated with stickers
"For Fair Elections", white ribbons (a symbol
of fight for democracy and free and fair elections)
and flags with party symbols.
Party members made several stops during
the race so that to distribute leaflets calling the
democratic voters to become observers at the forthcoming
presidential elections. Trainings for observers are
held daily in the YABLOKO headquarters. About 5,000
leaflets were distributed in two hours...
to conduct an auto race to support the Great White
Circle action for fair elections
Press Release, February 24, 2012.
The YABLOKO party will support the
Great White Circle action with an automobile race
in the inner part of the Garden Ring in Moscow. The
rally will be held on Sunday, February 26. A column
of cars decorated with white ribbons (a symbol of
fight for democracy and free and fair elections) and
flags with party symbols will start from the party
office at Pyatnitskaya Street...
The participants of the race will
make stops so that to join the chain of people standing
shoulder to shoulder in the Garden Ring protesting
against election fraud and curbing of human rights
YABLOKO’s activists will also distribute
flyers among the participants in the Great White Circle.
The flyers call all the democratic voters to become
observers at the forthcoming presidential elections.
YABLOKO launched trainings for observers on February
20, the trainings will be conducted until March 2...
persecution of Novaya Gazeta!
Statement by the YABLOKO party,
February 22, 2012.
Pressure on the National Reserve Bank
financing Novaya Gazeta can not be regarded as accidental.
It is a deliberate political persecution on the threashold
of the presidential election of one of the best Russian
printed media which has always demonstrated its honest,
objective and independent position.
The authorities are mortally scared of the society
and of the truth. Therefore, they have launched persecutions
We demand to immediately cease persecution of Novaya
Gazeta and ensure normal publication of the paper...
and Legitimacy. A programme article by Grigory Yavlinsky
Novaya Gazeta, February 17,
We are publishing an
article by Grigory Yavlinsky which he wrote not in
the haste of the election campaign he was not allowed
to participate, but almost a year ago.* We consider
it a programme article that is why we are publishing
it under the rubrics where we publish articles of
le parti russe écarté : "Ce n'est pas sûr que
Le nouvel Observateur, 16-02-2012.
...Ivan Bolchakov, membre du conseil
fédéral et président de la commission jeunesse au
sein de Iabloko, étoile montante du Parti, revient
sur les leçons à tirer des manifestations et de cette
invalidation à l'approche de l'élection présidentielle
du 4 mars.
Rue89 : Début février, des manifestations ont réuni
entre 100 000 et 120 000 personnes à Moscou. Qui sont
les manifestants ? Quelles sont leurs exigences ?
Ivan Bolchakov : Jusqu'à récemment,
ne participaient à la plupart des manifestations que
des activistes politiques. Parfois, des groupes de
citoyens insatisfaits de la violation de leurs droits
– non-paiement des retraites, destruction de parcs
[comme la défense de la forêt de Khimki, dans la banlieue
de Moscou, face à un projet autoroutier, ndlr], construction
illégale de nouveaux quartiers – les rejoignaient...
the creation of a pro-Putin pseudo-green party
Statement by the Green Russia faction of the Russian
United Democratic Party YABLOKO, February
On February 12, 2012, Russia's environmental
movement The Green decided to once again form an environmental
party. Its first public action was the decision to
support Vladimir Putin's candidacy at the presidential
elections in Russia. Also prior to its self-liquidation
this party had already declared its support to Vladimir
Putin. This party had also supported the decision
to import foreign radioactive waste into Russia. Obviously,
the revival of the party is aiming at supporting the
government in their fight against ecologists, rather
than change of antiecological policies in Russia.
The newly released government’s report "On the
Situation with Environmental Protection in the Russian
Federation in 2010" confirms that the quality
of environment in Russia has been deteriorating, and
respectful international ratings give Russia one of
the lowest ratings in the world as of the trends of
its environmental changes...
Medvedev supported a number of YABLOKO's initiatives
Press Release, February 15, 2012.
A meeting of leaders of registered
political parties with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev
has just finished. The key issue of the meeting was
discussion of the political reform. The YABLOKO party
was represented by Sergei Mitrokhin, YABLOKO Chairman,
and Sergei Ivanenko, Political Committee member.
Sergei Mitrokhin handed to President
Medvedev a list of demands put forward by participants
of the demonstration and rally of February 4, including
the general resolution of the rally, the resolution
demanding registration of Grigory Yavlinsky in the
presidential election campaign and the list of political
begins trainings for election observers
Press Release, February 15, 2012.
The YABLOKO party begins training
of observers for presidential and municipal elections
in its Moscow office. The first seminar held on Monday
evening was held for future trainers of observers.
The event was attended by 25 people. They will train
observers in Moscow and other regions. From February
20 through to March 2 there will be daily trainings.
The trainings start at 19:00 on weekdays and at 15:00
and 18:00 on weekends...
Not only YABLOKO observers but also
observers (who will get accreditation from the YABLOKO
Rossii newspaper) from other candidates and public
projects will be able to participate in the training.
YABLOKO co-operates with all
public projects for elections monitoring, in particular,
YABLOKO will provide them party offices in Moscow
and the regions.
Thus, Rosvybory project has begun
distribution of its documentation to its observers
in YABLOKO’s Moscow office. Observers from Rosvybory
receive documents from the headquarters of presidential
candidates. (Note for the Rosvybory observers: you
should come for the documents only after receipt of
a notification that your documents are ready.)
YABLOKO also collaborates with the
Voters’ League (Liga Izbiratelei). Reception desks
of the Voters League will be opened in YABLOKO’s offices
nationwide soon. Volunteers will be able to get their
accreditation from the media there after a short training.
Collection of observers’ reports within the framework
of a joint nationwide project "Final Summarised
Protocol" will be also conducted in the same
Despite the fact that candidate from
the YABLOKO party at presidential elections Grigory
Yavlinsky was not registered as a presidential candidate,
the party intends to seriously engage in organisation
of elections control. Professionals who trained the
party observers who were acknowledged to be most qualified
work in YABLOKO, they also helped prepare applications
to courts in hundreds of cases of election fraud...
Putin shown that there are political prisoners in
Press Release, Photographs, February 13, 2012.
Activists of the Sverdlovsk region
branch of the YABLOKO party conducted an action "Putin,
look, here are political prisoners…" on Friday,
February 10. The activists held a many meters banner
in front of the Representation of the President in
Ekaterinburg. The banner contained names of political
prisoners from the list handed to the current President
The action represents a reaction of
Vladimir Putin’s statement during his meeting with
political scientists when he asked them to show him
"at least one political prisoner".
According to YABLOKO activists, the
people from the list were convicted with the help
of falsified evidence, the actual reason for putting
them into prison were their political activities.
Maxim Petlin, leader of the Sverdlovsk
branch of YABLOKO, kept in the pre-trial detention
prison now is also in the list of such political prisoners.
we will really unite this year" says Yavlinsky
LI News Bulletin, Issue 269, February 9, 2012
Speaking at a massive opposition
rally in Moscow on behalf of Yabloko (LI full-member)
Grigory Yavlinsky (LI Prize for Freedom laureate)
said "They wish to oust us all from elections.
This won't go! This is our right and we are defending
the future of our country." His statement comes
days after the National Electoral Commission refused
Yavlinsky's registration in the upcoming Presidential
elections declaring 20% of the collected signatures
as allegedly "invalid." Yavlinsky reassured
his supporters that the party is going to stay strong
and it will continue to fight for a political reform
in the country so that moral and ethics are the main
force and so that there is no censorship in the mass
media. He also stressed that "life does no end
on March 4 [the voting day of presidential elections]
or March 5. This is only the beginning." The
nomination of Yavlinsky had been officially endorsed
by Gorbachev while over 2,000 000 Russian citizens
gave their signatures in support of Yavlinsky's candidature
hoping to have a political alternative.
Yavlinsky on the decision of the Supreme Court
Grigory Yavlinsky’s Live Journal, February
...The fact that we demonstrated this
nonsense to everyone in Russia was also part of our
Once again I would like to thank all of you who participated
in the collection of signatures, who helped to collect
them and who signed up. Your political position can
not be "cancelled", and eventually it is
the most important achievement of this campaign for
collection of voters’ signatures...
Yavlinsky: the authorities have confirmed once again
that they want uncontested elections
Press Release, February 8, 2012.
Grigory Yavlinsky commenting on the
decision of the Supreme Court which upheld the refusal
to register him as a candidate for President, once
again emphasized that he regarded this decision as
political and not anyway related to any litigation
or the Central Electoral Commission (CEC).
He emphasized that the court did not
question the authenticity of the 1,932,112 signatures
that had been found valid by the CEC...
liberals and democrats campaign for fair elections
ELDR Press Release, February 8, 2012.
On Saturday, around 120.000 people
marched through Moscow and participated in the Rally
for fair elections. Supporters of ELDR member YABLOKO
held a huge banner “We demand new elections!”
Yabloko founder Grigory Yavlinsky
stated: “They wish to oust us all from elections.
This won’t go! Together we are defending the future
of the country, the Constitution, freedom, life according
to the rule of law rather than arbitrary rule. It
is important for us and we will never surrender!”
Last week in the European Parliament,
ELDR President Sir Graham Watson MEP commented on
the decision of the Russian central electoral commission
to block Yavlinsky from running as a candidate in
the 4 March elections: “It seems to me that this is
a politically motivated move.”
Yavlinsky appealed to the Supreme Court against the
decision of the Central Electoral Commission denying
him registration in presidential elections
Press Release, February 6,
On Monday Grigory Yavlinsky, founder
of the YABLOKO party, appealed to the Supreme Court
against the decision of the Central Electoral Commission
denying him registration in presidential elections.
Yavlinsky asked in the appeal to revoke
the decision on the denial in registration in the
presidential election campaign and oblige the Central
Electoral Commission to register him in the campaign.
Grigory Yavlinsky ran in presidential
elections twice: in 1996 and 2000. In 1996 he came
fourth with 7.34 per cent, and he was third in 2000
with 5.8 per cent. In 2004 and 2008 he did not participate
in the presidential elections.
In 2012 he planned to participate
in the presidential elections, however, on January
27 the Central Electoral Commission officially denied
him the registration...
Yavlinsky "Politically we will really unite this
Press Release, Videos, Photographs.
February 4, 2012.
...Grigory Yavlinsky, party founder,
spoke at the rally on behalf of YABLOKO:
"They wish to oust us all from
elections. This won't go! This
is our right and we are defending the future of our
We have gathered here so that to see
that there many of us, that we are not alone, that
a friend’s shoulder is by your side. We are different,
but we all have three colours in common – the colours
of the Russian flag.
All together we are defending the
future of the country, the Constitution, freedom,
life according to laws rather than arbitrary rule.
It is important for us and we will never surrender.
Now the most important thing I would
like to tell you is that life does no end on March
4 [the voting day of presidential elections] or March
5. This is only the beginning.
And our opponents and foes will see
and realise – may be they realise – soon that it is
a beginning for us, and an end for them.
This year we will create thousands
of committees for the political reform, join us!
This year we will make them abolish
censorship in the mass media.
This year we will make an extremely
important thing – politically we will really unite.
We will prove that morals and ethics
can be the main force both in politics and in Russia.
We love our country and we will not
surrender it to thieves, fascists, Stalinists or other
Yavlinsky at the rally For Fair Elections of Feburary
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty,
February 4, 2012.
Except from Russian transcript by
14.25. Eugenia Chirikova [ecologist
and head of the Movement in Defence of Khimki Forest]
proposes to vote for a resolution in support of candidacy
of Grigory Yavlinsky on the post of Russian President.
“We demand that the decision of the Central Electoral
Commission to refuse Grigory Yavlinsky registration
in the presidential election campaign should be revoked.”
“We demand to immediately register Grigory Yavlinsky
candidate on the post of President of Russia.” The
rally supports this resolution with a roar of approval.
14.20. The rally greets YABLOKO founder
Grigory Yavlinsky with applause. Yavlinsky thanks
all for support. “They wish to oust us from elections…
This won’t go. We feel a friends’ shoulder. We are
different, but we all have three colours in common
– the colours of the Russian flag. We defend the future
of the country and the Constitution – we defend them
by lawful means… Now the most important thing I would
like to tell you is that life does no end on March
5 [the day after presidential elections in Russia].
This is only the beginning – for us and it is an end
for them… We will prove that politics can be moral…
For freedom and justice! For our Russia!”
a demonstration and a rally on February 4
Press Release, February 3, 2012.
YABLOKO participates in the demonstration
and rally For Fair Elections of February 4. The participants
should gather at 12:00 at Bolshaya Yakimanka (Oktyabrskaya
YABLOKO’s activists and supporters
form the second column (out of total six). The demonstrators
should gather by lamp-posts Nos 4 and 5 (out of total
nine numbered lamp posts). You will be able to easily
locate YABLOKO column by YABLOKO flags. Also you will
be able to find information about the location of
the column from activists wearing green YABLOKO uniform
The demonstration will start at 13:00.
The columns will go along Bolshaya Yakimanka and Maliy
Kamenniy bridge to Bolotnaya square. The rally at
Bolotnaya square will begin at 14:00...
Mitrokhin will distribute leaflets calling to join
the march of February 4
Press Release, February 1, 2012.
On February 2 – 3, on the threashold
of the march and rally For Fair Elections, YABLOKO
activists will distribute leaflets calling to join
the action. Leaflets will be distributed by seven
Moscow metro stations.
Tomorrow YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin
(who is also member of the organisational committe
of the action) will be distributing leaflets by Novokuznetskaya
metro station from 3 to 4 p.m.
Picketers will also distribute leaflets
by Pushkinskaya, Arbatskaya, Chistiye Prudi, Mayakovskaya,
Sretenskiy Bulvar, Tretyakovskaya and Novokuznetskaya
metro stations from 4 to 7 p.m.
Also leaflets can be obtained in YABLOKO
Moscow office (Pyatnitskaya ulitsa, 31/2 bldg 2) from
10 a.m. to 8 p.m...
website threatened with closure
Press Release, January 31, 2012.
of Moscow requires the YABLOKO party to provide information
about the organization, where the web-site server
of yabloko.ru is physically located. Investigators
are interested in the actual location of the organization,
its legal address and contact telephone numbers.
The request of the
prosecutor's office was given to the party this morning.
Further, the information must be provided to Zamoskvoretskaya
Interdistrict Prosecutor's Office as early as 15:00.
The requirements put
forward during the audit were launched upon request
to the prosecution by the Central Electoral Commission’s
chief Vladimir Churov. The latter appealed to the
prosecutors after YABLOKO published on its website
the so-called "Churov list" - a list of
leaders of local electoral commissions, where protocols
of voting were falsified or the observers were removed
without any reason on the parliamentary elections
voting day December 4, 2011...
Yavlinsky on the situation with voters’ signatures
in favour of his registration in the presidential
Grigory Yavlinsky's Live Journal,
January 29, 2012
...Let us make a simple calculation:
the share of detected defective (void) signatures
that were not included into this category (Code 29)
amounted to 16,446 (2.74% of the number of verified
signatures totaling 600,000). The rest was 137,492
(22.91%): "Other violations of procedural formalities
in filing signature sheets, including signatures of
voters whose data were included into signature sheets
not in handwriting (electronic photographs certified
by authorized representatives).” This means that the
main fault found in the signatures by the Central
Electoral Commission lying behind their refusal in
my registration referred NOT TO THE SIGNATURES, BUT
TO “OTHER VIOLATIONS OF PROCEDURAL FORMALITIES IN
FILING OF SIGNATURE SHEETS, including signatures of
those voters whose data were included into signature
sheets not in handwriting (electronic photographs
certified by authorized representatives)...
Presidential Candidature Gets Rejected
LI News Bulletin, Issue 267, January 27, 2012
Days after Yavlinsky's
candidature was endorsed by Gorbachev, the National
Electoral Commission (NEC) declared 20% of the signatures
collected in support of the leader of Yabloko (LI
full member) invalid. Commenting on the incident at
a news Conference Yavlinsky said: 'I consider the
decision of the NEC as politically motivated. They
aren't letting me join the race, because they don't
want to allow an alternative - political, economic
and moral.' He also cautioned that such refusal to
allow him to join the race would undermine the vote's
legitimacy and could lead to unrest and instability
in the country. Grigory Yavlinsky needed to collect
and submit at least 2,000,000 votes in order to register
since he was nominated by a non-parliamentary party.
ALDE-PACE (LI Cooperating Organisation) issued
a statement condemning the situation as 'another
sign of the limitation of political competition and
expression in the country.' The group also expressed
concern that the latest developments in Russia severely
compromise the possibility for free and fair presidential
elections on 4 March 2012.
denied opportunity to field presidential candidate:
politically motivated move say EU Liberals
ELDR Press Release, January 26, 2012.
Grigory Yavlinsky, former leader of
ELDR member party, YABLOKO, has been officially barred
from running in the upcoming Russian presidential
election. The Central Electoral Commission announced
yesterday that Yavlinsky's candidature is invalid
as a result of perceived technical irregularities
in the way the signatures of support, a requirement
for participation in the election, were presented
to the Commission.
Commenting on the refusal to accept
Yavlinsky's registration for the 4 March election,
ELDR Party President, Sir Graham Watson MEP stated,
"this is clearly a politically motivated move
designed to ensure Vladimir Putin has an easy ride
back into the presidency and shows a blatant disregard
of democratic principles and international standards
for free and fair elections.
It seems that Putin and his cronies have learnt nothing
from the protests that have been taking place since
last December's parliamentary elections. This is very
worrying and undermines the authority and legitimacy
of the future Russian president."
Grigory Yavlinsky said that the position taken by
the Electoral Commission denies thousands of people
the opportunity to express their views freely. "Their
refusal means that all the people who do not agree
with what has been happening in Russia, the people
who want a different perspective - an open, democratic,
European and modern perspective - will not be allowed
to participate in the elections by means of this political
Novaya Gazeta, January 25, 2012.
Voters’ signatures to register Grigory
Yavlinsky were rejected, because the authorities don’t
need an excessive amount of competition in the first
statement on the situation in Russia
Press Release, ALDE PACE, January 25, 2012
The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats
for Europe (ALDE) of the Parliamentary Assembly of
the Council of Europe unanimously condemns the latest
developments in Russia which severely compromise the
possibility for free and fair presidential elections
on 4 March 2012...
leader indignant at the refusal of the Moscow authorities
to coordinate the route of the march of February 4
Press Release, January 25, 2012.
YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin expressed
his indignation at the refusal of the Moscow authorities
to coordinate and give a permission to the march scheduled
on February 4. The march continues the actions launched
after parliamentary elections of December 4 that had
demonstrated unprecedented fraud.
"The decision of the Moscow
Mayor’s office provokes tension,” Mitrokhin said.
“Neither broad pubic [gathering for the march via
Internet] nor we can agree to the route they proposed
to us (from the Luzhniki Stadium to the Krimskiy bridge),”
in favour of registration of Grigory Yavlinsky at
presidential elections in Nizhny Novgorod
Press Release, January 25, 2012.
Picket in favour of registration of
Grigory Yavlinsky at presidential elections took place
at the Teatralnaya square in Nizhny Novgorod on January
The participants of the action held
placards “YABLOKO for Fair Elections!”, “YES to Elections!
NO to Churov*!” and “Elections Without Yavlinsky Means
Elections Without Choice!”
The picketers chanted “Yavlinsky Is
Our President!”, “Honesty to the Central Electoral
Commission and the “Magician”** , Go to the Circus!”
and “Let elections be fair!”...
expects escalation of claims on behalf of Central
Electoral Commission after Grigory Yavlinsky was supported
by organizational committee of the rally scheduled
on February 4
Press Release, January 24, 2012.
YABLOKO does not see anything new
in today’s statements by representatives of the Central
Electoral Commission that the number of defective
signatures give them grounds to refuse Grigory Yavlinsky
registration in the presidential election campaign.
Grigory Yavlinsky and other party
leaders gave assessments of this decision during press-conference
at Interfax yesterday.
However, we expect further escalation
of claims on behalf of the Central Electoral Commission
after organizational committee of the rally scheduled
on February 4 adopted a decision on nominating Grigory
Yavlinsky presidential candidate...
"Mr Putin, Be aware Spring is coming"
Press Release, ALDE, January 24, 2012
Reacting to news that Grigory Yavlinsky,
from the Russian Democratic Party "Yabloko"
is unlikely to be allowed to register as a candidate
for the Presidency, Guy Verhofstadt, President of
the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
(ALDE) made the following statement:
"By refusing to register Grigory Yavlinsky for
the presidential election the Kremlin removes any
glimmer of hope for an alternative vision for Russia.
The Presidential elections to be held on 4 March 2012
will be another step backwards for democracy in Russia."
"Russian people have demonstrated their disdain
for the current regime and are demanding change. New
State Duma elections should be held after registration
of all opposition political parties. The European
Union should reassess EU policy on Russia with the
prospect of Putin clinging to power until 2024."
"The President in waiting would be well advised
to heed to people's demands.
Mr. Putin, be aware Spring is coming."
Yavlinsky: the authorities decided that the stability
of the ruling group is more important than the stability
of the country
Press Release, Video, January 23, 2012.
Presidential candidate from the YABLOKO
party Grigory Yavlinsky said that the intention [of
the Central Electoral Commission] to refuse to register
him in the presidential elections campaign was "purely
political" and "did not have anything to
do with signatures and their quality."
"Their refusal means that all
the people who do not agree with what has been happening
in Russia, the people who want a different perspective
- an open, democratic, European and modern perspective
– will not be allowed to participate in the elections
by means of this political decision," Grigory
Yavlinsky said at a press conference at Interfax.
This is done for two reasons, Yavlinsky
noted, "Vladimir Putin and the present government
fear the choice that will be made by the part of citizens
tired of stealing, lies and corruption." In addition,
“they are afraid that tens of thousands of observers”
whom YABLOKO planned to send to the polling stations...
Putin bars Yavlinsky from presidential election
Sergei Mitrokhin’s blog at the Ekho Moskvi web-site,
January 22, 2012.
In the coming days the verdict of
the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) will be announced:
who of the candidates submitting voters’ signatures
to the CEC will be registered as presidential candidate.
The quality and authenticity of the signatures have
nothing to do with this [check up by CEC] and registration.
It will be Vladimir Putin who will make the decision
on the issue.
My prediction is like this: [oligarch]
Mikhail Prokhorov will be registered, and Grigory
Yavlinsky not. Why?
We have learned from The New Times, that the evening
on December 9, Vladimir Putin telephoned Mikhail Prokhorov
and asked him to run for president.
The 9th of December was just the last day of filing
the application for the registration. In the evening
the CEC gave the names of all those who applied and
were registered. Prokhorov was not among them...
Could Be Rejected From Russia Presidential Poll
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty,
January 23, 2012.
Russian opposition Yabloko party founder
Grigory Yavlinsky could be denied registration as
a presidential candidate by Russia’s Central Election
"This issue is of a political
nature, absolutely, and the purpose of [denying registration]
is to bar from elections all those people who are
discontent with what is happening in Russia today
and who would like a different future for Russia --
an open, democratic, European, modern future,"
He added that Yabloko plans to register
hundreds or even thousands of observers for the election
and that is also a reason the Kremlin might refuse
to register him.
"This decision is strictly political
and it has nothing to do with the signatures or their
quality," he said.
Presidential Candidature Receives the Endorsement
LI News Bulletin, Issue 266, January 20, 2012
The nomination of Yabloko's (LI full-member)
Presidential Candidate, Grigory Yavlinsky, has been
officially endorsed by former Soviet president and
leader of Perestroyka, Mikhail Gorbachev. It follows
the disputed Russian Duma elections in December 2011.
According to the Russian law, since Yavlinsky has
been nominated by a non-parliamentary party, he needs
to collect and submit at least 2 million signatures
to the Central Electoral Commission in order to run
in the upcoming Presidential elections. The latest
party's press release indicates that the leader of
Yabloko has managed to collect signatures from all
Russian regions, as well as from Russian citizens
working and living abroad. This equates to around
2, 132, 000 votes in just 25 days. Yavlinsky commented
saying “collecting 2 million signatures is not just
a technical procedure. It means that 2 million people
have vowed to support the political alternative that
we represent.” A day after Yavlinsky was nominated
as a candidate for the presidential elections,
LI President Hans van Baalen MEP made a telephone
call to Mr. Yavlinsky expressing LI's full support.
to submit to the Central Electoral Commission voters'
signatures for Grigory Yavlinsky's registration in
the presidential election campaign
Press Release, January 17, 2012.
YABLOKO will submit to the Central
Electoral Commission voters' signatures for Grigory
Yavlinsky's registration in the presidential election
campaign on January 18 at 4 p.m. Files
with 2,100,000 voters’ signatures will be transported
to the Central Electoral Commission on four minivans.
In total YABLOKO’s volunteers
managed to collect 2,132,000 voters’ signatures in
25 days only (from December 23 to January 16).
Address of the Central Electoral Commission:
Bolshoi Cherkasskiy pereulok 9
Accreditation for journalists: tel +7 495 606-13-25.
to create Fund for Donations for provision of elections
Press Release, January 16, 2012.
The YABLOKO party is going to complete
creation of a fund for citizens’ donations for organisation
of election monitoring and encourages people to become
observers on the election day March 4.
"Today we are initiation creation
of a special fund, which we are calling the Fund for
Promotion of Public Control over Elections",
said Sergei Mitrokhin, YABLOKO Chairman, a press conference
in the Interfax office on Monday...
collected 2.1 voters signatures for registration of
Grigory Yavlinsky in the presidential election campaign
Press Release, January 16, 2012.
2,100,000 people signed up for registration
of Grigory Yavlinsky in the presidential election
campaign. As expected Grigory Yavlinsky’s electoral
head-quarters received large quantity of sheets with
signatures these days. Today, on the last day of collection
of signatures, the head-quarters will receive about
According to the law, the number of
signatures submitted to the Central Electoral Commission
should not exceed 2.1 mln. On January 17, the staff
of the head-quarters will pass 2.1 mln signatures
to the print shop for binding. On January 18 the signatures
will be submitted to the Central Electoral Commission...
Gorbachev signed up for nomination of Grigory Yavlinsky
Press Release, January 14, 2012.
Ex-President of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev
signed up for nomination of Grigory Yavlinsky presidential
candidate. The sheet with Mikhail Gorbachev's signature
was brought by Gorbachev Fund officer to YABLOKO’s
Collection of signatures for registration in the election
campaign began on December 23 and will go through
As of yesterday, the Grigory Yavlinsky’s electoral
head-quarters disposed of 1.7 mln voters’ signatures.
YABLOKO activists hope that the remaining 400,000
signatures will be collected in the coming days. YABLOKO
attracts volunteers (YABLOKO members and supports,
ex-observers at the parliamentary elections and people
who left their telephones within the framework of
the project "The Glasnost Territory") for
collection of signatures. A number of public organisations,
including the staff of the Gorbachev Fund, help YABLOKO
to collect signatures.
collected over 1.7 mln signatures for registration
of Grigory Yavlinsky in the presidential elect ion
Press Release, January 13, 2012.
As of today, YABLOKO collected over
1.7 mln signatures for registration of Grigory Yavlinsky
in the presidential elect ion campaign. Collection
of signatures will go until January 15, sheets with
voters’ signatures have to be filed and prepared for
dispatch to the Central Electoral Commission on January
YABLOKO activists think that they
will manage to collect the remaining 400,000 signatures
(as a non-parliamentary party such as YABLOKO has
to submit to the Central Electoral Commission 2.1
mln signatures for registration of its candidate in
the face). Grigory Yavlinsky’s headquarters call all
the supporters of an alternative at presidential elections
to focus on the solution of this task...
of the Central Electoral Commission representing the
YABLOKO party say that commission head should resign
Press Release, January 12, 2012.
Yelena Dubrovina, member of Central
Electoral Commission from the YABLOKO party, voted
for introduction of the issue of resignation of Vladimir
Churov, head of the Central Electoral Commission,
into the agenda of the commission. Most of the commission
members (including members from the Just Russia and
Vladimir Zhirinovsky’s LDPR) voted against this proposal...
Only Yelena Dubrovina from YABLOKO
and Eugeni Kolushin from CPRF voted in favour of this
proposal. Other 13 commission members, including representative
of the Just Russia Sergei Danilyenko and Oleg Lavrov
from LDPR voted against this...
citizens collect signatures in nine countries for
nomination of Grigory Yavlinsky at March presidential
Press Release, January 12, 2012.
Volunteers are collecting signatures
for registration of Grigory Yavlinsky as candidate
for President of Russia among Russian citizens living
or working abroad. Collection of signatures is held
in seven European countries, the US and Canada. So
far, none of other Russian parties and candidates
have attempted to collect signatures of Russian citizens
living or working abroad.
Russian citizens working in the UK,
France, Germany, Finland, Belgium, Switzerland, Denmark,
USA and Canada wrote to YABLOKO with a proposal to
collect signatures among compatriots abroad...
again about the lies and legitimacy (to the theory
of the issue of the change of the regime)
Grigory Yavlinsky’s Live Journal,
January 11, 2012
I am offering you this article without
any changes. Today my understanding of the essence
of our sociopolitical crisis and programme for its
overcoming are virtually the same. These ideas result
from long work and much reflection. This is a search
for an alternative…
LIES AND LEGITIMACY
People take flight
The Russian political regime today,
which emerged after 1991 and was formed over the past
decade, has still not created a modern state.
As a result, we are witnessing today
an unremitting chasm that is deepening and is being
transformed into an insurmountable rift between the
authorities and the people, the state and society.
This is not a temporary credibility
gap, but rather a systematic problem. The high ratings
of the country’s leader do not attest to public support
for the powers that be. The vast difference in the
public trust shown in these individuals and all other
state institutions attests to the ultimate instability
and fragility of the entire Russian state construct...
Will Be No Second Round in Presidential Elections.
Visitors of the Novaya Gazeta web-site chose their
Novaya Gazeta, January 10,
On January 3, we asked our web-site
visitors: "If the presidential election were
held today, whom would you vote for?" And offered
to vote for one of the presidential candidates: Vladimir
Zhirinovsky's LDPR Chairman, Gennady Zyuganov, the
Communist party (CPRF) leader, Dmitry Mezentsev, Governor
of the Irkutsk, Sergei Mironov, leader of the Just
Russia party, billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, Prime
Minister Vladimir Putin and YABLOKO leader Grigory
Yavlinsky. The poll ended today.
The results were quite expected. Dmitry
Mezentsev failed to score even one per cent, also
visitors of the Novaya Gazeta web-site did not vest
any hopes into the leaders of the parliamentary opposition.
The number of votes given in favour of Vladimir Putin
(whom the web-site visitors probably voted for asking
themselves "Who else?") is also small. Businessman
Mikhail Prokhorov has a somewhat higher percentage,
and more than half of all the votes by the readers
of Novaya Gazeta went to Grigory Yavlinsky. So there
[seems to be] no second round...
mln signatures for nomination of Grigory Yavlinsky
for presidential elections collected
Press Release, January 9, 2012.
1.1 mln signatures for nomination
of Grigory Yavlinsky for presidential elections collected
during Christmas holidays in Russia. YABLOKO’s electoral
headquarters expect abrupt rise of the number of signatures
after the end of holidays.
In Moscow signatures are collected
not only in YABLOKO's office but also by six metro
people put their signatures in favour of nomination
of Grigory Yavlinsky to run in the presidential elections
Press Release, January 4, 2012.
700,000 people have already put their
signatures in favour of nomination of YABLOKO leader
Grigory Yavlinsky to run in the presidential elections
campaign. Collection of signatures for registration
in the election campaign began on December 23 and
will go through January 14.
The Russian law requires for a candidate
from a non-parliamentary party to collect and submit
by January 18 to the Central Electoral Commission
at least 2 million of signatures in favour of his
nomination to run in the campaign. Moreover, such
a campaign for collection of signatures should be
conducted by a party nominating its candidate in at
least 40 Russian regions, whereas the number of signatures
collected in each of the regions should not exceed
YABLOKO supporters turn up for the rally on December
Press Release, December 26, 2011.
According to the Levada-Center poll,
37.6 percent of the participants of the rally at the
Sakharov Prospect voted for the YABLOKO party. One
out of four is ready to support YABLOKO, even if the
leaders of unregistered opposition movements manage
to create their own parties by the next elections.
YABLOKO leader Grigory Yavlinsky was the most popular
politician for the participants in the rally (24.4
percent). Every third participant of the rally for
fair elections would be ready to support his candidacy
at the forthcoming presidential elections. These are
the results of the public opinion poll conducted by
Yavlinsky at the rally: "Our goal is to change
Press Release, December 24, 2011.
In his speech at the rally on December
24 YABLOKO leader Grigory Yavlinsky called the coming
presidential elections "the second round"
which should be won and lead to making Russia an open
and free European country.
"The [parliamentary] elections
of December 4 were the first round and judging by
what we see here now we have not lost it," Yavlinsky
told addressing a 100,000 rally. "The second
round is presidential election, and we can not vote
there for any candidate".
"We should have our candidate,
we should fight for the second round, we must make
it into the second round! Next year we should change
the political system!" he said.
"Our goal can be reduced to only
evicting some persons from the power, our goal is
to change the corrupt, bribable, deceitful and really
illegitimate system," Yavlinsky noted...
In conclusion Grigory Yavlinsky called
the authorities to free one of the organizers of the
rallies Sergei Udaltsov who had been kept under arrest
despite his health condition. "Do not be so cruel,
ghoulish and petty, stop torturing him, release this
man," he said.
Congress called people to become observers from YABLOKO
at the forthcoming elections
Press Release, December 19, 2011.
...The decision of the Congress runs
that YABLOKO does not recognize the results of the
parliamentary elections, considers the State Duma
formed via rigged voting illegitimate and demands
recognition of the elections void. Delegates of the
Congress also indicated that collection of signatures
for participation in election campaigns for non-parliamentary
parties should be abolished, also the threashold for
passing into the State Duma should be reduced to 3
per cent. It was also stressed that all the political
organisations wishing to take part in elections should
have access to elections and public organizations
should get the right to nominate observers for elections...
Despite massive fraud, the results
of the party demonstrated sufficient increase of its
support: even according to the Central Electoral Commission
data, YABLOKO was supported by 2.3 million voters.
This support was the highest support in the large
cities (as of the official data below): over 10 per
cent in St Petersburg and Petrozavodsk, over 8 per
cent in Moscow and Pskov, over 7 per cent in Yekaterinburg,
Arkhangelsk, Tver, Perm and Tomsk, over 6 per cent
in Irkutsk , Murmansk, Yaroslavl, Tula, Novosibirsk,
Chelyabinsk, Vladivostok, over 5 per cent in Rostov-upon-Don,
Vologda, Kaluga, Krasnoyarsk, Samara, Novgorod, Volgograd,
Ivanovo, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, the Khanty-Mansiysk, Vladimir,
Omsk , Khabarovsk, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Ryazan
and Kostroma. In the 31 regions the party won over
3 per cent.
Yavlinsky: "The outcome of the presidential elections
is not foredoomed"
Press Release, December 19, 2011.
Grigory Yavlinsky submitted to the
Central Election Commission (CEC) the documents on
his nomination to run in presidential elections in
Russia in March 2012. The decision on nomination of
Grigory Yavlinsky, the founder of the YABLOKO party,
was adopted by the party congress on December 18.
Now, the CEC must within five days
register authorized representatives of the party and
its candidate and give them a permission to open the
electoral account. Printing of lists for collection
of 2 mln of signatures in favour of Grigory Yavlinsky
required for his registration of a candidate in presidential
campaign will be paid from this account...
Yavlinsky becomes presidential candidate from the
Press Release, December 18, 2011.
The majority (106 out of 109) delegates
of the YABLOKO Congress nominated Grigory Yavlinsky
candidate for presidential elections in Russia.
"The result of the [State Duma]
elections leaves us no doubt that we have far more
than two million supporters needed for the party to
register in the presidential elections," Grigory
He also said that the election campaign
is not a purely political procedure, it is "a
discussion with the citizens of a possibility and
a need of different policies that should be conducted
on different moral grounds".
"The result of the State Duma
elections demonstrated that alternative policy is
in demand in the society. And this should be moral
and programmed based policies," he added...
We know that the enemy is using dirty
tricks, that he is stronger and that the judges are
bribed. But we will still go all the way and will
And no one will be able to reproach
us that we threw the towel on the ring before the
fight, got frightened and refused to fight.
YABLOKO will participate in the presidential
elections. And I ask all of you to support us. If
a fighter feels support from the stands, his strength
is doubled, and I know that from my own experience...
congress to decide of party participation in the presidential
Press Release, December 14, 2011.
The second phase of the 16th Congress
of the YABLOKO party will take place on Sunday, December
18. The Congress will adopt a decision on YABLOKO
participation in the presidential election...
The congress will begin its work at
The congress will be opened by YABLOKO
leaders Sergei Mitrokhin and Grigory Yavlinsky.
A briefing by the party leaders will
begin at 16-00...
to run in presidential elections from the democratic
opposition will be determined at primaries
Press Release, December 1, 2011.
The YABLOKO party will participate
in the presidential elections scheduled on March 2012.
YABLOKO’s candidate to run in the elections will be
Grigory Yavlinsky, YABLOKO founder and member of the
party Political Committee. Such a statement was made
by YABLOKO Chair Sergei Mitrokhin at his press-conference
According to Mitrokhin, such a decision
was adopted by the Political Committee.
However, Mitrokhin also noted that
YABLOKO would be ready to discuss other candidacies
from the democratic opposition. “We are not imposing
our candidate, but we offer to discuss all the candidacies
during primaries, and we invite all the democratic
parties, organisations and movements in spite of the
fact whether they were registered or not to participate
in such primaries,” Mitrokhin said...
liberal Grigory Yavlinsky to run for president in
RIA Novosti, December 1, 2011.
MOSCOW, December 1 (RIA Novosti)-Russia's
liberal Yabloko party has nominated its first leader
and co-founder, Grigory Yavlinsky, to run for president
in March next year.
Yabloko's co-leader Sergei Mitrokhin
said Yavlinsky could be the main opposition coalition
candidate but added that it was open for discussion.
"We do not wish to impose our
candidate, we wish to offer discussion on all candidates
at a primary election to which we invite all democratic
parties and organizations," Mitrokhin told a
news conference on Thursday...
Yavlinsky: 'Change Is Only Possible If There Is An
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty,
October 12, 2011.
I caught up with Yabloko founder Grigory
Yavlinsky, who was in Prague this week to participate
in the Forum 2000 conference, for a brief on-the-record
We discussed a range of issues including
Vladimir Putin's decision to return to the presidency,
the possibility of change in Russia today, and how
his strategy of working within the system differs
from Boris Nemtsov and other members of the so-called
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty,
September 21, 2011.
Yabloko founder Grigory Yavlinsky,
who stepped down as party chairman in 2008 and pretty
much disappeared from public life ever since, made
a high-profile return to the political stage this
He will lead Yabloko's party list
in the December 4 Duma elections. He has been getting
a surprising amount of media oxygen lately. And with
two Kremlin-friendly projects, the pro-business Right
Cause and the ostensibly center-left A Just Russia,
on the skids, there might just be an opening for him
to lead his party into the Duma.
"Indisputably there is one beneficiary
that will gain from the [Right Cause] scandal. It
is the Yabloko party, the constituency of which may
be joined by part of the Right Cause consistency,"
political analyst Dmitry Orlov told Interfax. "My
forecast is that the scandal will result in a certain
increase in voter support for Yabloko party which
in the future may come very close to clearing the