Yabloko and the 'Parties of Power'
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third action of Vladimir Putin supporters in front
of the Krasnodar YABLOKO office is marked by burning
effigies of Sergei Mitrokhin, Evgenia Chirikova and
Press Release, Video, December
On December 4, 2012, the third action
of Vladimir Putin supporters took place in front of
the Krasnodar office of the YABLOKO party. The action
was organised by the Social Justice public organisation
uniting Vladimir Putin supporters. The participants
of the action burned the effigies of Sergei Mitrokhin,
Evgenia Chirikova and Alexei Navalny.
About 50 people participated in the
‘puting’ (a word coined of two words -
“Putin” and “meeting” - and
meaning a loud action in support of Vladimir Putin).
Most of them were elderly people. They stated that
“YABLOKO was trying to destroy Russia”,
and that “YABLOKO was fungus and moldiness parasiting
on Russia’s healthy body”...
Statement by YABLOKO Chairman,
November 22, 2012.
The campaign of mobbing of renowned
human rights organisations - the "Memorial",
Transparency International, the Moscow Helsinki Group,
the Foundation for Economic and Legal Development
USRF and "For Human Rights" movement - unleashed
by pro-Kremlin youth movements is unlawful and immoral.
Similar actions are taken in respect
of the YABLOKO party. On November 19 a
second rally by the pro-Putin organisation called
"Social Justice" was held by the Krasnodar
office of the YABOKO party. Vladimir Putin’s
supporters try to make our party to "publicly
apologize for the insulting leaflets against the elected
second action in support of Vladimir Putin takes place
in front the Krasnodar office of the YABLOKO party
Press Service by the Krasnodar
branch of YABLOKO, Videos, November 21, 2012.
On November 19, a rally of public
non-governmental organisation Social Justice (supporting
Vladimir Putin) took place in front of the in front
the Krasnodar office of the YABLOKO party.
The organizers of the rally tried to make the Krasnodar
YABLOKO "publicly apologize for the insulting
leaflets against the elected President".
This is already the second action
against YABLOKO organised by Krasnodar supporters
of Vladimir Putin. The first action in a form of a
pocket was held in front of the office of the Krasnodar
branch of YABLOKO on November 1. The pro-Putin rally
gathered about 50 participants who carried slogans
"The Krasnodar Territory supports Putin"
and "Social justice." The overwhelming majority
of the participants were elderly women. Several supervisors
registered those who came to the rally so that to
give them remuneration for participation in the rally...
YABLOKO activists, in turn, spread
among the protesters different materials about Putin,
including the booklet "The Black Sea Palaces
and Their Hosts" and "Life of the Galley
Slave" and other booklets (‘anti-government’
from the point of the view of the organizers of the
rally). The booklets went like hotcakes, despite of
active counteraction of the organizers who tried to
snatch the booklets from the hands of their own activists.
But the participants of the pro-Putin rally turned
out to be interested in alternative information about
Putin and carried away about 100 "anti-government’s"
party is democratic and anti-oligarchic
Sergei Mitrokhin’s intrerview
to Moskovsky Komsomolets
May 3, 2011
Question: What is happening with YABLOKO,
why has it not had any success either in the regional
or the federal elections?
Sergei Mitrokhin: Do we have elections
in our country? You remember October 2009 in Moscow.
At the polling stations where Putin, Medvedev, and
Luzhkov voted, YABLOKO got 15-17%. While in places
where I voted with my family we got zero. Why? In
the places where the bosses voted, no-one dared to
falsify anything. Only islands for free elections
remain today - due to oversights, because although
we have an authoritarian regime it is not very tough.
In places where we manage to ensure a fair count of
the votes, we get what we are due. In Sebezhsky district
in Pskov Oblast - 20.6% of the vote and second place
after United Russia. In Kolchuginsky district Vladimir
Oblast - more than 20%, second place after the LDPR
(Liberal Democratic Party of Russia), but the head
of our list was elected head of the district...
YABLOKO participated in the 1st of May demonstration
and a rally
Press Release of the Bashkirian
branch of YABLOKO, May 3, 2011.
On May 1 the Bashkirian
branch of YABLOKO together with a number of public
organisations of the Republic of Bashkortastan conducted
a demonstration and a rally in protection of civil
and social rights of the citizens. Over 1,000 people
participated in the action.
The participants of the demonstration
marched along the main street of Ufa. The slogans
of the demonstration were “High Time to Change
the Authorities”, “Head of Ufa Administration
to Dismissal”, “We Are for Self-Government”,
“United Russia [party] Means Deceit, Crime and
1st of May Democratic March demanding dismissal of
the Governor and elections of executive authorities
took place in St.Petersburg
Press Service of St.Petersburg
YABLOKO, May 3, 2011.
The 1st of May Democratic
March demanding dismissal of Governor Valentina Matviyenko
and elections of executive authorities took place
in St.Petersburg. The participants marched along the
main streets of the city and then conducted a rally.
About 500 people came to the march. The participants
held banners “Democratic March” and “Matviyenko to
Dismissal”. A large number of police, several coaches
of riot police (OMON) and a police helicopter followed
under the slogans "Down with the party of thieves"
and "We want changes" held in Barnaul
Press Release, April 25, 2011.
On April 24 a rally against
the ruling United Russia party under the slogans "We
want changes" and "Down with the party of
thieves" was held in Barnaul, the Altai Territory.
Activists from the regional offices of the YABLOKO
party, the Communist Party, the Party of People’s
Freedom and the Russian People's Democratic Union
participated in the action...
picket for resignation of Vladimir Putin took place
Press Release, March 29, 2011.
A picket for resignation of Prime
Minister Vladimir Putin took place in Ulyanovsk on
March 26, 2011. The picket was organised by YABLOKO.
Other slogans of the actions were against the monopoly
on power by the ruling United Russia party leading
to arbitrary rule of bureaucracy, lawlessness for
the citizens and degradation of the economy...
rally against the ruling United Russia party took
place in Izhevsk
Press Release, March 19, 2011.
1,200 people participated in a rally
against the ruling United Russia party in Izhevsk,
Udmurtia. The rally was organised by the YABLOKO party
in the central square of the city...
According to Mitrokhin, all these
types of theft originate from stealing of votes at
elections, where United Russia even does not conceal
its stuffing in of fraudulent ballots or the so-called
carousels [organizing commuting coaches to bring special
people to put fraudulent ballots in favour of this
“However, the fault here lies on us,
rather than on the United Russia party, because, it
is us who allow to do all this to us and seems that
we do not have self-respect as a nation,” Mitrokhin
letter to Vladimir Vasilyev, Chair of the State Duma
February 9, 2011.
The recent events have clearly shown
that, despite substantial differences in the views,
all the Russian parties and public movements should
be in constant and active dialogue with each other
so that to develop common approaches addressing the
issues relevant to all citizens of the country.
The prime issue is the security of
citizens. The present formats for discussion of these
issues, both closed and public, leave much to be desired
and do not contribute to mutual understanding between
different people for development of much-needed common
We proposed to conduct a meeting with
participation of senior representatives of the United
Russia party as the party that has the maximum impact
on political decisions and bearing ultimate responsibility
ruling United Russia party had to listen to ten minutes
of accusations in the State Duma
ria.ru, December 10, 2010
...Mitrokhin stormed at the United
Russia with criticism which hurt the ruling party.
“The country has seen discrediting of the institute
of elections, elimination of political competition,
turning of division of authorities into sham and abrupt
restriction of the freedom of the press. Monopoly
of one party representing the interests of bureaucrats
and large oligarchic business associated with it was
set in the executive power bodies and parliaments
of all levels,” Mitrokhin said.
Other non-parliamentary parties decided
not to further sharpen the situation and made mild
speeches “partially, wholly and fully”
supporting the course towards the victory and triumph
organisations and political parties of Kaliningrad
join in a coalition
Press Release. March 4, 2010
On March 3 during the second meeting
of the Coordination Council leaders of political parties
and public organisations and movements functioning
in the Kaliningrad region signed a joint document
on creation of a coalition targeted at stopping the
monopoly of the progovernmental United Russia party
in the Kaliningrad region.
A press-conference of the new coalition
will take place in the Regional Duma on March 5 at
1 p.m. The participants will present the text of the
agreement opened for all the parties and organisations
sharing this platform and will also answer the journalists’
participated in a rally under the slogan “United
Russia Must Leave!”
Press Release, December 13,
A coalition of parties and movements
in the Kaliningrad region expressed their dissatisfaction
with the work of the Governor of the Kaliningrad Region.
The Constitution Day of December 12
was marked by a rally which gathered 5,000 people.
The participants of the rally expressed their negative
attitude to the policies of the ruling party and the
leaders of the region and of the Russian Federation.
The trigger for public dissatisfaction
was raising of the transport tax adopted by the regional
parliament. It was an unprecented mass-scale action
in the centre of Kaliningrad. All the parties and
movements in of the region – the CPRF, Just
Russia, the LDPR, YABLOKO, Solidarity, Patriots of
Russia, Spravedlivost (Justice) and other –
joined in the rally against the progovernmental United
Rybakov asks to conduct an audit how Governor of St.Petersburg
Valentina Matviyenko could be elected to the Supreme
Council of the United Russia party
Press release, November 24,
Deputy Chairman of St.Petersburg YABLOKO
branch Nikolai Rybakov applied to Public Prosecutor
General Yuri Chaika and Minister of Justice Alexander
Konovalov in connection with election of Governor
of St.Petersburg Valentina Matviyenko to the Supreme
Council of the United Russia party.
According to Rybakov, Valentina Matviyenko
joined United Russia only on November 20, 2009, and
could not be elected to the Supreme Council of this
party, as in accordance with item 7.3.2 of the By-laws
of this party, Council members should have party record
of at least one year to be elected into the Council...
United Russia congress took place
in St.Petersburg in the past weekend. The congress
elected St.Petersburg Governor Valentina Matviyenko
(who had joined United Russia a day before the congress)
to the Supreme Council of this party.
factions deprived Russian science of tax breaks
Press release, October 8, 2003
"The decision of the Duma majority subordinated
to the government is also shameful, as yesterday two
Russian scientists obtained the Nobel Prize for Physics,"
Alexei Melnikov assesses the action
of the movement "Going Forward Together"
as a "shameful event"
Press Release May
A deputy of the Yabloko
faction of the State Duma Alexei Melnikov criticised
the action to support the President of Russia Vladimir
Putin conducted by the "Going Forward Together"
on Monday May 7 2001.
Russia determined its ideology
By Galina Mikhalyova, Executive
Secretary of YABLOKO’s Political Committee
kommentarii.ru, November 25, 2009
The congress of the United Russia
party resembles the congresses of the communist party
of the Soviet Union of the Brezhnev’s stagnation
period, the present United Russia congress lacked
only young pioneers saluting their elder comrades
and the statue of the Lenin. The key thing which is
common between the two congresses is their absurdity,
an obvious discrepancy between the declared goals
and the reality. The [proclaimed] “conservative
modernisation” ideologeme is something like
Liberal Opposition Under Authoritarianism
By Galina Mikhalyova, Executive
Secretary of YABLOKO’s Political Committee
Special for YABLOKO’s web-site , November 17,
The logics of the development of a
"fake democracy," i.e. an authoritarian
state with a formal presence of democratic institutions,
relates to deconsolidation of democratic institutions
and their delegitimisation in public opinion. Election
results become predictable in general and are, in
principle, not changeable. The ruling group creates
a system of shielding mechanisms and includes a propaganda
machine so that to strengthen its position. This results
in reprisals of the people who represent real or potential
(even insignificant) danger for the ruling system.
To ensure compliance of representatives of the political
and business elite, the authorities organize "staged"
reprisals and create external and internal enemies
to justify for such actions. Such actions are authorised
by a state controlled judicial authority. At the same
time, blocking legitimate ways of regime change leads
to intensified latent conflicts and an increased pressure
on a society and stimulates emergence of still very
weak forms of resistance.
Deputies: in the Hall and at Home
By Irina Gordiyenko, Novaya Gazeta, April 7, 2003
Recently the State Duma rejected the draft address
to the President of Russia to repeal certain provisions
of the housing and communal service sector reform
and finalise the draft for wage system reform. Strangely
enough, many factions that had protested against the
"criminal policies of the regime", simply
sabotaged this important vote.
The meeting at Vassilievsky Spusk was organised by
the Going Forward Together movement distributing free
pagers to its members and providing them with free
railway tickets including those to resorts in the
polit.ru May 8, 2001
Yesterday 7,000 young people (according
to data of the Interior Ministry), and not 15,000
(as previously announced by RIA Novosti corespondents
from the meeting) gathered at Vassilievskiy Spusk
[by the Kremlin] to celebrate the first year's inauguration
of Vladimir Putin.