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Moscow remembers victims of political repressions
Press release, October 30, 2003

Thousands of people came to the mourning meeting at Lubyanka square in Moscow on October 30, 2003, on the Memorial Day of the Victims of Political Repressions.


YABLOKO calls all the democratic forces to protest against lawlessness and arbitrary rule
Press release, October 27, 2003

The YABLOKO party calls all the democratic forces to join together for protection of democracy and against lawlessness and arbitrary rule.


Social Event of the Year for the Political Elite
By Greg Walters and Oksana Yablokova, The Moscow Times, May 27, 2004

"It's a repetition of an old story," Mitrokhin said by telephone. "The president says the right things about poverty, health, education and housing, and the government ends up doing the opposite. I would describe it as a boring repetition of previous presidential addresses."


Ombudsman Slams Justice Ministry Official
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, May 26, 2004

Human rights ombudsman Vladimir Lukin has sharply criticized Vladimir Kraev, first deputy director of the Justice Ministry's Corrections Department, for recent comments alleging that some human rights groups have ties to criminal organizations (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 10 and 12 May 2004), "Nezavisimaya gazeta" reported on 24 May.


Putin Seeks Control of Referendums
By Francesca Mereu, The Moscow Times, May 25, 2004

Andrei Ryabov, an analyst with the Carnegie Moscow Center, said the changes were another step toward creating "a predictable political system, where the risks to the present political elite are minimized."


Kremlin Closes Loopholes on Holding Referendums...
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, May 20, 2004

President Putin submitted a draft constitutional law on the holding of referendums to the State Duma on 19 May, Russian news agencies reported.


Russian human rights group wins U.N. refugee award
Reuters, April 30, 2004

"It has carried out its work in often very difficult situations -- including in the North Caucasus -- and has earned the respect of all of us in the international humanitarian community."


I Am Back Where I Belong
By Yevgenia Albats, The Moscow Times, April 12, 2004

The State Duma has given initial approval to a bill that would severely restrict the right of assembly. Shortly after the Duma vote, the Moscow city government denied the Yabloko party a permit for a May Day demonstration in downtown Moscow. And finally, the Moscow City Court convicted arms control researcher Igor Sutyagin of treason and sentenced him to 15 years in prison.


Committee-2008 to Stage Protest in Russia
RIA "OREANDA", April 5, 2004

At a meeting ended on Saturday night, 3 April, 2004, the Committee 2008: Free Choice decided to join the protest action "Civil Society -Against Police State", initiated by the YABLOKO party, a number of remedial and ecological organizations of Russia, - journalists were told by YABLOKO Deputy Chairman Sergei Mitrokhin.


"YABLOKO" Supporters Stage a Picket by the Duma
RIA "Novosti", March 31, 2004

Picketers were protesting against the draft law on rallies, meetings, demonstrations, processions and pickets, which the Duma will discuss in the first reading.


Press Conference with Russian Ombudsman Vladimir Lukin
RIA Novosti, March 25, 2004

My chief impression from one month of work is that in the country a serious and logical system should be established for out- of-court legal defense.


Russian Bill Curbing Mass Rallies Gains
By David Holley, Los Angeles Times, April 1, 2004

In a move that could push protests largely out of the public eye, Russia's lower house of parliament gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a law that would ban demonstrations from a wide range of places, including areas close to highways, government buildings and diplomatic missions.


Are Meetings a Thing of the Past?
Aleksei Levchenko, Rosbalt. Translated by Alex Anderson, Rosbalt, April 1, 2004

The Duma has adopted a very interesting new law. Deputies have decided to severely regulate public meetings, marches and pickets. After carefully reading it, critics of the new legislation have concluded that the right to hold any mass meeting will now be in question.


Yabloko Demonstrates Against Restrictions to Freedom of Assembly
MosNews, March 31, 2004

Activists of the Russian liberal party Yabloko held a protest rally near the building of the State Duma on Wednesday morning.


Demonstrations near Embassies to be prohibited in Russia
pravda.ru, March 31, 2004

Demonstrations are addressed to the authorities. How will the authorities know about popular protests, if the demonstrations are held in residential areas?


Yabloko Accuses Government of Violating Constitution
Rosbalt, March 31, 2004

Yabloko says the government's new legislation on limiting public demonstrations violates the foundation of Russia's constitution and is aimed at eliminating civil rights which are guaranteed by Article 31 of the constitution.


Russian Ombudsman Urges Extrajudicial Protection for Russian Residents
RIA "Novosti", March 25, 2004
Lukin also advocated the establishment of a "single human rights zone in Russia." He recalled that todate human rights ombudsmen worked in as few as 27 of the 89 Russian regions. Vladimir Lukin believes that it is necessary to complete the process.


Society’s Advocate Before the State Vladimir Lukin: I'm not quarrelling with the authorities, I intend to make them abolish unlawful decisions
Novaya Gazeta, No 19, March, 2004
Interview with Vladimir Lukin by Irina Gordiyenko
Everything depends on your staff. Russia has learned this too well. When the democrats (YABLOKO and SPS) failed to get into the Duma, Vladimir Putin promised that their ideas and staff would be in demand. And really, thanks to Putin’s backing many YABLOKO members began entering different power structures. And Putin proposed one of the founders of the YABLOKO party Vladimir Lukin for the post of ombudsman.


Every Region Should Have Its Ombudsman
Vladimir Lukin promised to fight against the "terrible arbitrary rule of the law and enforcement agencies"
By Kira Latukhina
Nezavisimaya Gazeta, March, 18
Yesterday 25 Russian ombudsmen headed by the new Ombudsman of Russia Vladimir Lukin left for the meeting with the PACE Human Rights Commissioner Alvaro Gil-Robles in Strasbourg. Before the trip Lukin held a working meeting for his colleagues from the regions where press and representatives from the Presidential Administration were invited. This was the first public appearance of the former Deputy Speaker of the State Duma in his new post.


Ombudsman Prepared to Fight
Interview with Vladimir Lukin by Valery Vyzhutovich, Moscow News, February 25, 2004

An ombudsman that is unduly admired by the ruling authorities is a bad ombudsman: This means that instead of defending citizens' rights, he simply goes through the motions. This is definitely what I am not going to do. The ombudsman is duty bound to tread on the authorities' pet corns.


Ombudsman Vladimir Lukin Advocates the Creation of a Strong Institute of Human Rights Activists in the Regions
RIA "Novosti", February 13, 2004

In addition the ombudsman said that he would focus his efforts on the fight against "the terrible trade in human beings".


Vladimir Lukin Pledges as Ombudsman to Focus on the Rights of Children, the Disabled, Pensioners and Women
RIA "Novosti", February 13, 2004

Lukin, one of the founders of the Yabloko party and Russia's former ambassador to the US, remarked that the 21st century belongs to those countries that "are set not on power itself, but on concern for the welfare of their citizens."


Interview with Ombudsman Vladimir Lukin
Anchor - Natella Boltyanskaya, Ekho Moskvi, February 13, 2004

You know, Bismark said: "A Russian muzhik harnesses his horse slowly, but rides fast." It may be bad but it is better than the other way round, I mean the prospect of riding fast without harnessing the horse.


Authoritarianism Deposing 'Clan Democracy'
By Alexander Lukin, The Moscow Times, January 21, 2004

What's happening in Russia today could be described as the consolidation of an authoritarian regime, or in more popular jargon, the rise of a dictatorship.


Yukos Defenders Join Annual Lubyanka Rally
By Maria Danilova, The Moscow Times, October 31, 2003

"This is a rally to commemorate the victims of Stalin's repressions. There is no room for politics here," said Yevgeny Bunimovich, a City Duma deputy who helped organize the event...


Yabloko deputies say they are being held in office during search
Interfax, October 23, 2003

Sergei Mitrokhin, deputy head of the State Duma's Yabloko faction, said that a group of detectives who are conducting a search in the Strategic Communications Agency's office are not allowing him to leave the building.


The Duma Gets out of the Kremlin's Control
By Yelena Rudneva, gazeta.ru October 8, 2003

Defying the Kremlin's stance, and the government's strong disapproval, State Duma deputies have passed a draft law on parliamentary inquiries.


A good man murdered
The Economist (UK), April 26, 2003

POLITICAL killings in Russia are rarely political. Ten members of the Duma, the lower house of parliament, have been murdered in the past ten years, plus a host of sundry other officials. Though the cases are rarely solved, most carry a strong whiff of corruption or business disputes. But Sergei Yushenkov, a Duma member shot dead on April 17th outside his home, was - so everyone says - clean.


The security services know who ordered the crime and killers, but cannot find them
By Svetlana Listopadova, Vesti.ru, April 24, 2003

...all the people responsible for these killings have been identified and are even been sought intensely.


Yesterday, on April 17, 2003, Sergei Yushenkov, member of the State Duma, head of the Liberal Russia party, was murdered April 18, 2003
Grigory Yavlinsky:

He was a bright politician who was well known all over Russia. He had his own point of view. There are a few people like him in Russia.

His death is a huge tragedy for his next of kin. We express our deepest condolences to his family.

Sergei Ivanenko:

I think that everybody who is not indifferent to the fate of freedom and democracy in Russia should demand from the authorities and the President an investigation of at least one political crime, to find the perpetrators of the murder and people who ordered this murder. If this does not happen, unfortunately such tragedies will be repeated.


On the Situation in Turkmenistan and the Position of the Secretary of the Security Council of Russia
Joint statement of YABLOKO and the Union of Right-Wing Forces factions, the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, January 17, 2003

Developments over the past few months in Turkmenistan can only be termed political repressions aimed at oppressing the opponents of Saparamurat Niyazov and everybody who disagrees with the regime of Niyazov's personal power.


Independent Prison Inspections Urged
By Nabi Abdullaev, The Moscow Times, June 6, 2002
Liberal politicians and human rights activists urged for the passage of a bill that would allow independent inspections of prisons and visits to inmates Wednesday, saying such visits would help root out prison abuses...Yabloko party leader Grigory Yavlinsky said Wednesday that one reason the bill has gotten bound up in red tape is because of the peculiarities of existing legislation, an eclectic mix of Soviet-era laws that put the state's interests over those of individuals and newer laws that try to respect human rights. "This is why [the government] says the bill contradicts so many laws," Yavlinsky said. "This bill, together with the bill on alternative military service and attempts to implement a ban on the death penalty, demonstrates that our legislation is developing in between these [Soviet and post-Soviet] principles."


Yavlinsky says Russian security taps phones, bullies supporters
By David Sands, The Washington Times, June 23, 2000
Grigory Yavlinsky, Russia's best-known liberal politician, Thursday accused the country's internal-security forces of tapping his telephones and trying to coerce supporters to spy on him.


Yabloko will aid in the search for the perpetrators and organisers of the contract killing of one of the leaders of opposition in Karachaevo-Cherkessiya Keram Semyonov
Press release, September 24, 2001

The Yabloko party will closely monitor the investigation of the murder (on September 17, 2001) of Keram Semyonov, one of the leaders of the opposition movement Vozrozhdeniye (“Renaissance”) in Karachaevo-Cherkessiya and candidate to the post of Mayor of the city of Karachayevsk and provide assistance in urgent identification of the perpetrators and organisers of the contract killing.


Yavlinsky says Russian security taps phones, bullies supporters
By David Sands, The Washington Times, June 23, 2000
Grigory Yavlinsky, Russia's best-known liberal politician, Thursday accused the country's internal-security forces of tapping his telephones and trying to coerce supporters to spy on him.


Accusations that Moscow spies on party gain weight
By Michael Wines, The New York Times, June 21, 2000
Russia's domestic intelligence agency, the Federal Security Service, has yet to comment on the accusation, posted on the Web site of Russia's Yabloko Party and echoed in a scathing letter from Yabloko's leader, the federal legislator Grigory Yavlinsky. But the charge gained weight this week when two St. Petersburg students who are Yabloko members claimed that federal agents tried to recruit them as political spies -- and, when the two refused, engineered their ejection from St. Petersburg's Baltic State Technical University.


FSB orders students to spy on Yabloko
By Vladimir Kovalyev, The Moscow Times, June 21, 2000
ST. PETERSBURG -- The Yabloko political movement says federal agents approached two students active in its ranks and gave them an ultimatum: Spy on Yabloko from within, or find yourself sent off to fight in Chechnya. The students at St. Petersburg's Baltic State University, Dmitry Barkovsky and Konstantin Suzdal, have laid out their allegations in a letter posted on Yabloko's web site.


Interview of Grigory Yavlinsky
ORT channel, Interviewer - Sergey Dorenko, June 17, 2000
Two students from St Petersburg have been victimised for helping Grigory Yavlinsky in his election campaign. One of them was expelled from the Institute of the Military Industry, while the other was refused entrance to the examination session and was then forced to sign a letter, stating that he had secretly co-operated with the Federal Investigation Bureau (FSB). If he refused, he was told that he would be sent to the war in Chechnya...


Speech of the Chairman of the Yabloko Association Grigory Yavlinsky at the meeting in commemoration of the 80th anniversary of Acad. Andrei Sakharov

... his most important precept was on morality in politics. Andrei Dmitrievich realised that appealing to politicians with a request or demand to be moral is an absolutely hopeless thing. That is why he formulated this somewhat differently. He said that moral positions in politics are most practical and most reasonable. Certainly if the goal is not only personal welfare, but, at least to some extent, the prospects for the country and its future; if the goals include how children and grand-children will live in our country...


Grigory Yavlinsky thinks that Andrei Sakharov's ordinances are now buried in oblivion

Gazeta.ru May 20, 2001; 17:30

The Head of the Yabloko faction Grigory Yavlinsky thinks that at present many of the ordinances of Academician Andrei Sakharov are buried in oblivion.


Yabloko insists on the investigation of the assault against the journalist Oleg Luriye

December 17, 2000

Late on December 16, 2000, special correspondent of the investigations department of “Novaya Gazeta” Oleg Luriye was attacked. He has over the past year investigated the Mabitex case (Ed. there have been allegations that Pavel Borodin, at the time head of the presidential department, received backhanders from the company responsible for refurbishing the Kremlin). The day before the attack Oleg Luriye had spoken on the “Vox Populi” programme (Ed. a popular talk show on NTV) and had been extremely critical of the Administration of the President and some oligarchs.


Human Rights Emergency Declared
By Sarah Karush, The Moscow Times, January 22, 2001, p. 5
Prominent politicians and former dissidents joined more than 1,000 activists in Moscow this weekend to declare a national emergency for human rights and urge a consolidated fight to protect the Constitution.


Preliminary conspiracy: analysis of the emergency congress of human rights activists which took place last weekend
By Mikhail Gokhman, Izvestia, January 22, 2001, p. 3
An all-Russian emergency congress of human rights activists was held at Hotel Kosmos last weekend. It was an "emergency" congress, as its delegates believe that the situation with human rights in the country is catastrophic. In his report, Duma Deputy Sergei Kovalev mentioned a trend towards the establishment of a new political regime in Russia...

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