“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
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...
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...
23 is Maxim Petlin's day
February 24, 2012.
Unfortunately we have such a situation
in our country when those who defend their Motherland
and celebrate their professional holiday on February
23 should be defended from this Motherland.
On February 21 custody for Maxim Petlin,
leader of Ekaterinburg YABLOKO, was extended once
At present maxim Petlin, MP of Ekaterinburg
City Parliament and leader of YABLOKO’s regional branch,
is in the hospital of the detention facility. He has
a kidney problem. Probably his state deteriorated
as he was kept in a prison guards’ cold room which
had no heating.
We are wishing Maxim health and strength.
We hope and wait that soon Maxim will return to his
family and public work. Russia needs such strong and
Maxim, the Defender of the Motherland
holiday of February 23 is your holiday!..
Federal Council to develop a position on voting at
the presidential election of March 4
Press Release, February 22, 2012.
The Federal Council of YABLOKO which
has to develop party’s position on voting at the presidential
election of March 4, and the political reform announced
by the President will take place in the Moscow region
on Saturday, March 25.
The Federal Council is a representative
body of the party, it comprises 160 members, namely,
Chairman of the party, members of the Political Committee,
the Bureau, the Audit Commission, party arbitration,
heads of regional branches as well as one delegate
from each regional organisation and YABLOKO faction
elected at their conferences...
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...
und Materialien – Forschungsstelle Osteuropa, Bremen
Nr. 116: Galina Mikhaleva. Das politische Potential
der Zivilgesellschaft in Russland während
der Präsidentschaft von Wladimir Putin und Dmitri
Das vorliegende Arbeitspapier untersucht
die Entwicklung des Bürgerengagements während der
Amtsperioden von Präsident Putin und in der ersten
Hälfte der Amtszeit von Präsident Medwedew.
Während unter Putin von nachlassendem Engagement und
einer Entpolitisierung der Forderungen
der Bürger gesprochen werden kann, ist seit dem Amtsantritt
von Medwedew die Anzahl der Aktionen
gewachsen und das politische Niveau gestiegen. Dies
wurde besonders im Jahr 2010 sichtbar, als die
politischen Führungen von der zentralen bis hinunter
zur lokalen Ebene gezwungen waren, auf lang
anhaltende breite Bürgerproteste zu reagieren...
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
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...
of writer and journalist Anne Nivat represents probation
of a reprisals response on the growth of civil activity
Statement by YABLOKO Chairman.
February 15, 2012.
The Federal Migration Service unlawful
and insulting actions against Anne Nivat, French journalist
and writer, create a dangerous precedent. A
journalist implementing her professional duty and
never violating Russian laws was put under surveillance
and was expelled from the country on political grounds
– after she had spoken to the opponents of the present
Such actions return us to totalitarian
practices, when the state regarded any oppositional
activities and contacts with foreign press a direct
threat to the state security. This
has never happened even in Putin’s Russia. However
now we have witnessed an attempt to restore such practices.
We regard this as purposeful actions
by the representatives of the state, a reprisals tryout
as a response to the civil activity growth. We demand
an immediate revision of the decision by the Federal
Migration Service on Anne Nivat and offering her an
apology at a level of at least a service head. We
demand punishment for those responsible for abusive
actions against Anne Nivat.
If this is not done, the reprisals tryout will pass
successfully into our life.
support of the Echo Moskvi radio station
Live Journal, February 14, 2012.
The authorities wish to turn [oppositional]
Echo Moskvi [radio station] into an echo of the [pro-governmental]
Channel One. Replacements in the Board of Directors
of this radio station is a step in this direction.
It is a direct state pressure on the media, and not
only on Echo Moskvi. This is a warning demonstrating
to the Russian citizens what will happen after presidential
This step is made now because the
situation in the country and in the society has been
changing. It is not surprising that the reaction [of
the authorities] is reprisals. The authorities simply
have not had any other experience. And we should be
ready to such a reaction.
But the key thing in this situation
is that the movement that has begun in the society
can not be halted by either reprisals or bribing habitual
for the authorities...
Author Says Russia Expelled Her on Political Grounds
The Wall Street Journal, February 13, 2012.
Prominent French journalist and author
Anne Nivat said Russian immigration authorities forced
her to leave the country where she was working on
a book on the current political situation...
Ms. Nivat said she traveled to Russian
provincial towns where she was meeting, among others,
with members of the opposition. She traveled outside
Vladimir to meet with a local official from the Yabloko
She said ten minutes after her return
to a hotel in Vladimir Friday, the immigration officers
showed up at her hotel and took her to their station.
“They canceled my one-year multi-entry business visa
and gave me a transit visa, according to which I had
three days to leave Russia,” she said.
Ms. Nivat said that the officers made
clear to her that she had been followed for days—they
mentioned her meetings with members of the Communist
Party and Yabloko in Petrozavodsk, another provincial
town in Russia’s north...
in the WSJ
Immigration Officer Sacked after Expelling French
Author. The Wall Street Journal, February 14,
expels French journalist 'for talking to foes of Putin'.
The Guardian, February 14, 2012
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.
|February 9, 2012
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.”
|February 7, 2012
won the first case on election fraud
Press Release, February 6,
The Moscow City Court overruled the
decision of Kuntsevsky District Court and declared
removal of Aslan Artsuyev, member of electoral commission
from the YABLOKO party with a deliberative vote, from
polling station No 2451.
Aslan Artsuyev worked at the parliamentary
elections and was member of the PEC No 2451 with a
deliberative vote, was removed from the polling station
15 minutes before its closure...
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!”
|February 3, 2012
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...
|February 1, 2012
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...