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Grigory Yavlinsky believes that the Duma has refused the chance to freely speak to its electorate

The leader of Yabloko Grigory Yavlinsky thinks that the refusal of most of the deputies of the State Duma to support the initiative of the Yabloko faction targeted at supporting the team of the NTV television company demonstrate a definite position of most of the State Duma.

Press release, 04.04.2001

Grigory Yavlinsky proposes that the State Duma consider a draft resolution of the chamber on the situation surrounding NTV

On April 4, 2001 at a plenary meeting of the State Duma, Grigory Yavlinsky proposed on behalf of the Yabloko faction that the Duma put on the agenda consideration of a draft resolution of the chamber on the situation surrounding NTV.

Press release, 04.04.2001

Yabloko prepares draft appeal to the Supreme Court in connection with the situation surrounding NTV

The leader of Yabloko Grigory Yavlinsky initiated a draft appeal of the State Duma to the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation. The text of the appeal was distributed to the deputies of the Duma.

Press release, 04.04.2001

Appeal to the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation to take legal proceedings regarding the complaints of shareholders of OAO “Telekompaniya NTV” to protect their rights

Draft, Submitted by the deputy of the State Duma G.A.Yavlinsky, 04.04.01

The State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation believes that the following provision of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, that human rights and freedoms determine the essence, content and application of the laws and activity of the legislative and the executive authorities and local government to be immovable and ensured by justice.


The Yabloko faction initiates a parliamentary inquiry into the RF President regarding the latest events concerning the ORT channel and the Media-Most holding

Press release,19.09.2000


Grigory Yavlinsky thinks that the action against Vladimir Gusinsky is targeted at intimidating society and the mass media

Press release,15.06.2000


Leaders of the Yabloko, SPS and OVR factions declare that the arrest of Gusinsky is splitting society and discrediting the country

Press release,14.06.2000


Heads of four deputies’ associations of the State Duma call for immediate release of Vladimir Gusinsky from prison

Press release,14.06.2000


Russia should abide by ruling on Gusinsky - ombudsman
interfax.ru, May 21, 2004

"We should treat the European court's ruling simply: the European court has issued this ruling and we need to carry it out," Lukin said at a news conference in the Interfax main office on Friday.


TV Network Resisting Hostile Moves in Russia

By Michael Wines

The New York Times, April 5, 2001

The day after Gazprom said it had gathered the backing of 50.5 percent of NTV's shares and replaced its management, the network's journalists assembled in on-camera defiance. On television screens, the bright red word "protest" was superimposed over the white NTV logo.

State-backed group takes control of Russian TV independent

From Giles Whittell in Moscow

The Times, Wednesday, April 4, 2001

The future of NTV, the only station that regularly criticises Mr Putin, was in grave doubt after a boardroom coup. Yevgeni Kiselyov, the director-general, one of Russia’s best-known television faces, was replaced by Boris Jordan, 33, a millionaire US-born invest- ment banker who lacks any hands-on media experience. Throughout the 1990s NTV, a channel that was built from scratch by Vladimir Gusinsky and a team of journalists, provided Russia’s only television news that was not under close Kremlin scrutiny. Mr Gusinsky is under house arrest in Spain as Moscow attempts to have him extradited on fraud charges.


NTV Managers Ousted in Gazprom Coup

By Andrei Zolotov Jr., Staff Writer

"The Moscow Times", Wednesday, Apr. 4, 2001. Page 1

Yabloko leader Grigory Yavlinsky: "This is a kind of GKChP with the participation of foreign capital. Everything we have heard in the Kremlin today [Putin's address] has neither content nor sense. The real course [of the government] has been demonstrated here with NTV. The power is not interested in having independent mass media in Russia."


Kremlin Moves In on Independent TV

By Peter Baker and Susan B. Glasser

Washington Post Foreign Service, Wednesday, April 4, 2001; Page A01

A state-controlled company took over the NTV network today and installed its own management, signaling an end to the independence of the only major television news outlet outside the Kremlin's orbit.

...Grigory Yavlinsky, leader of the Yabloko party, compared it to the 1991 attempted Communist putsch against Gorbachev, calling the Gazprom action a "coup with the participation of foreign capital."


Speech of Chairman of the Yabloko Association Grigory Yavlinsky at the meeting to protect NTV and the freedom of speech

Moscow, Pushkin Square

March 31, 2001

Reformist politicians, soap-opera stars and even a world champion gymnast joined the rock-concert protest to pressure President Vladimir Putin's government to call off its 10-month financial and legal campaign against NTV, the only real source of television news in Russia not under the Kremlin's control.

"We defended freedom in 1991, and we will do the same thing in 2001," Vladimir Lukin, a member of the State Duma, told the crowd.


Crowd Gathers to Protect Russia's Freedom of Speech

By Peter Baker and Susan B. Glasser

Washington Post Foreign Service, Saturday, March 31, 2001; 12:15 PM

Even so, Putin appears to have public support across Russia to do whatever he wishes with NTV. One recent public opinion survey found 57 percent support the return of censorship in Russia, while a poll last year said 52 percent thought NTV would be better if it were controlled by the government.

And even in the large crowd today, not all the bystanders were supporters. One woman, young son in tow, glared on the side of the square at the protesters. 'It doesn't matter if they shut NTV down,' said the woman, who gave her name only as Larisa. 'There will just be another channel.'


Putin Consolidates Power But Wields It Unsteadily

By Peter Baker and Susan B. Glasser

Washington Post Foreign Service, Monday, March 26, 2001

"The answer is simple: He's in charge," said Grigory Yavlinsky, leader of the reformist Yabloko party. "The people in the Duma are very eager at the moment to vote the way of Putin."

Yavlinsky, possibly the country's most prominent liberal, is an interesting case in point. He forcefully accuses Putin of re-creating a police state, yet he keeps ties with the administration in hopes of influencing decisions. "We have a dialogue with the president and at the same time we are in opposition to creating a cooperative police state," Yavlinsky said.


20,000 Turn Out in Support of NTV

Combined Reports

The Moscow Times, Monday, April 2, 2001, p.3

Liberals see the dispute and legal action against NTV, as a test of Putin's commitment to press freedom and fair reporting of issues like Russia's war against separatist Chechnya.

"We know why they want to destroy NTV. So that we will never know about millions of dollars being taken out of the country or about how a war is being conducted with slogans of fighting terrorism and corruption," Grigory Yavlinsky, leader of the Yabloko party, told the gathering.


Big Rally Defends Russia's Independent NTV Channel

By Ron Popeski

Reuters, Saturday March 31 8:24 AM ET

"We know why they want to destroy NTV. So that we will never know about millions of dollars taken out of the country...about how a war is being conducted with slogans of fighting terrorism and corruption," Grigory Yavlinsky, leader of the Yabloko party, told the gathering.

"We know that this is not about fighting terrorists and corruption but about the fight for press freedom."


Russians Protest for Press Freedom

The Associated Press

Saturday March 31 11:52 AM ET

Thousands of people gathered in a central Moscow square Saturday to voice support for freedom of the press in Russia, especially the embattled private NTV television.

Organizers and police said at least 20,000 people turned out for a combination rock concert and political rally to speak out in favor of press freedoms and to defend NTV, the only major Russian television station outside the control of the Kremlin.


Putin Allies Seem to Gain in Battle Over Critical Press Empire

By Michael Wines

The New York Times, January 27, 2001

Mr. Gusinsky and his allies cast the fight as a clear issue of press freedom, saying the Kremlin is persecuting Media-Most to shut down NTV, the last national voice of dissent with its policies. Mr. Putin, it is true, has a decidedly non-Western view of press freedom: he has said that the real threat to the press comes not from the state but from the tycoon owners, who merely advance their own political cases.

Putin Critic Puts His Media Empire Under Thumb of the Kremlin

By Sabrina Tavernise

The New York Times, November 14, 2000

"This is a very shaky situation for NTV," said Liliya Shevtsova, senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. "It is the crown jewel and we have no guarantee that the current management will hold on to their jobs."


Sergei Ivanenko: ordinary citizens may follow Vladimir Gusinsky-s way

Source: Gazeta.ru with a reference to the rbc.ru website,

June 14, 2000

The arrest of the head of the Media-Most holding company, Vladimir Gusinsky, is obviously politically motivated.

Project Director: Vyacheslav Erohin e-mail: admin@yabloko.ru Director: Olga Radayeva, e-mail: english@yabloko.ru

Administrator: Vlad Smirnov, e-mail: vladislav.smirnov@yabloko.ru