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...
Prosecutor General to investigate the actions of the
Tambov region departments of the security, the interior
and the Investigation Committee
Press Release, March 28, 2011.
The Bureau of the YABLOKO party applied
to Public Prosecutor General Yury Chaika demanding
to bring to justice the officers of the Tambov region
departments of the security, the interior and the
Investigation Committee, who began interrogating YABLOKO’s
collectors of signatures (collection of signatures
of the electorate is a requirement for party registration
in an election campaign) as well as those voters who
put their signatures in favour of YABLOKO’s
regional parliamentary campaign in March 2011.
On February 4, 2011, the Tambov Regional
Electoral Commission refused to register YABLOKO’s
list of candidates nominated to run for the Tambov
regional parliament stating that 371 out of 1,718
signatures were allegedly fraudulent.
The law enforcement began investigation
of the circumstances relating to the collection of
signatures. YABLOKO’s Bureau indicated that
the police were conducting the investigation with
grave violation of laws and constitutional rights
of the citizens...
organises rally against United Russia
LI News Bulletin, Issue 225, March 25, 2011
YABLOKO (LI full member) last week
organised a rally in Izhevsk, Udmurtia, against the
ruling party United Russia, attracting a crowd of
1,200 people. In his speech at the rally YABLOKO leader
Sergei Mitrokhin claimed that United Russia is taking
advantage of the Russian population for its own financial
gain. “We do not have a choice — either
we let them to steal everything here, or we will return
our country back to us,” Mitrokhin said. He
concluded that: “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.”
Baalen’s call for a no-fly zone implemented
LI President calls on liberal leaders worldwide to
offer Japan assistance
Egypt votes ‘yes’ to constitutional reforms
– liberals remain sceptical
Spanish liberals rally before local elections
Foreign policy discussed at Folkpartiet’s national
congress in Gothenburg
DPP takes firm anti-nuclear stance following the situation
Sam Rainsy stripped of his parliamentary seat
|March 30, 2011
Alexei Firsov elected head of the Kolchuginsky district,
Press Release, March 29, 2011.
Today the Council of People’s
Deputies of the Kolchuginsky district, Vladimir region
elected leader of local YABLOKO’s branch Alexei
Firsov head of the district.
At local elections on March 13, 2011,
Firsov was elected member of the district council
getting 29.72 per cent of the votes. YABLOKO’s
party list in the district obtained 20.56 per cent
Federal Bureau of the YABLOKO party demands resignation
of the Governor of Novosibirsk region
Press Release, March 26, 2011.
On March 26, the Federal Bureau of
the YABLOKO party applied to President Medvedev demanding
to dismiss Vassily Yurchenko, Governor of the Novosibirsk
region. Violating the Constitution the Governor voluntarily
reduced the number of free trips accorded to the citizens
as a social benefit from an unlimited number to 30.
Such a decision provoked public discontent
in the region. And in late December 2010 and January
– March 2011 citizens conducted several pickets,
a rally and a demonstration in Novosibirsk...
Liberal Democrats call for bold action on North Africa
ELDR Press Release,
March 21, 2011.
The EU should use a three-way approach:
peace, trade and aid Meeting in Madrid, Spain, the
Leadership of the ELDR Party has discussed the situation
in the Arab World and calls for three main points
in Euro-Arab relations following the UN Security Council's
meeting yesterday (17 March 2011)...
|March 22, 2011
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
Information on YABLOKO's
faction and Soldiers'
Mothers faction updated
is Mikhail Gorbachev for you?
By Grigory Yavlinsky, Vlast,
No 8 (912), February 28, 2011.
Mikhail Gorbachev is a person who
gave freedom to people. And what they did with this
freedom is another question, not to Mikhail Gorbachev.
There is also a rumour that at Mikhail Gorbachev’s
birthday party on March 2 Grigory Yavlinsky recollected
that Bill Clinton had told to him, “Gorbachev
taught me that there is life after being in power.
And I have found out that he was right.”
Wishing health to Mikhail Gorbachev Grigory Yavlinsky
also recalled about “one more politician who
began his main project when he was 80 – Moses
from the Old Testament who had to labour for another
40 years. It is high time for you Mikhail Sergeyevich
to join in, as we can not succeed without you.”
|March 17, 2011
parties should have the equal right to participate”,
says YABLOKO leader after elections
LI News Bulletin, Issue 224, March 17, 2011
“The YABLOKO party has constantly
been facing arbitrary rule and politically biased
violation of its rights at elections of all levels
for many years already”, YABLOKO leader (LI
full member) Sergei Mitrokhin comments in the wake
of the Russian regional elections which took place
last Sunday. Local election officials banned over
45 percent of the candidates nominated by the YABLOKO
party, compared with 0.8 percent for the ruling United
Russia, which on average won about 50 percent of votes.
“The most wide spread techniques are those targeted
at ousting the party from elections already at the
stage of registration at election campaigns…
YABLOKO insists that all the political parties should
have equal rights to participate in the elections
without any preliminary requirements”, Mitrokhin
further said. According to YABLOKO, the election day
again revealed much fraud, such as compulsion of public
servants to vote for the ruling party, bribing of
voters and mass-scale ballot-stuffing. YABLOKO will
apply to courts arguing the elections results and
President joins call for further support of Gadaffi
Ouattara outlines steps towards peaceful resolution
of Ivorian Crisis
LDP Macedonia Congress calls for zero profit tax for
Liberal Democrats gather in unprecedented numbers
at Spring Conference
LI members in Egypt call for NO vote on new Constitution
Asian liberals discuss strategic campaigning in Bangkok
LI Past President Lord Steel speaks on the Middle
East Peace Process
Draft program and deadlines for the 57th Liberal International
Congress in Manila
Hungary’s changes to media law are “not
enough”, say liberal MEP’s
elections demonstrate much fraud
Press Release, March 17, 2011.
At regional elections in Russia (March
13, 2011) taking place in Russia’s regions local
election officials banned over 45 percent (3 rejected
party lists and 43 candidates out of total of YABLOKO’s
8 lists and 66 candidates - the highest figure from
all the parties) of the candidates nominated by the
YABLOKO party, compared with 0.8 percent for the ruling
United Russia. Although, according to public opinion
poll conducted by Novaya Gazeta, YABLOKO should have
led the elections with 25.2 percent of votes against
1.5 percent in favour of the ruling United Russia.
Such figures were confirmed by the results of local
elections in the Vladimir region and the Republic
of Karelia where YABLOKO’s candidates won the
campaign gaining from 29 to 48 percent...
arranges international conference devoted to gender
equality in Moscow
ELDR Press Release, March
YABLOKO's founder Grigory Yavlinsky
stressed that Russia lacked equality of citizens before
the law, not to mention gender equality. Speaking
about the gender equality he stressed the following:
"There is a law submitted to the Russian parliament
and targeted at hampering gender discrimination. The
law was submitted in 1995. However, it was not examined
and the parliament did not want to adopt it. This
is an issue of political culture and the policies."
Yavlinsky also stated that the key
problems Russia's women have to face now was home
violence and economic discrimination. "That is
why we are ranked 55th in the world as of gender equality
and 99th as of women's participation in politics.
Women's wages in Russia are normally only 60-70 per
cent of men's wages," he noted...
rally for equal rights between women and men took
place in Moscow
Press Release, March 8, 2011.
A rally for equality between men and
women dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the International
Women's Day was held in Moscow on March 8. It was
organised by several women's organisations, including
the Council for Consolidation of Women's Movement
in Russia, the Gender faction of the YABLOKO party,
the Federation of Russia’s Women, the initiative
group For Feminism and movement for Saving of the
People. The participants of the action spoke about
the need of state guarantees for gender equality...
on Libya: "The weak position of the EU makes
ALDE, March 16, 2011
The fall-out from the Japanese tsunami
has inevitably dominated media reports and blurred
international attention to the rout of the Libyan
opposition, left to fend off Gaddafi and his mercenaries
by themselves. Today at a meeting
in Parliament to assess the results of last week's
European Council, Guy Verhofstadt denounced the inability
of the EU to take decisive action on the Libyan crisis.
"This makes me sick," he declared...
Liberals express whole-hearted sympathy for affected
people in Japan
ELDR Press Release,
March 14, 2011
European Liberal Democrats extend
their whole-hearted condolences to people residing
in Japan following the saddening developments reported
over the weekend, when the country suffered both an
earthquake and a tsunami, resulting in vast devastation
and enormous loss of both life and personal belongings...
|March 15, 2011
YABLOKO party expresses condolences to Japan
Press Release, March 15, 2011.
The YABLOKO party sent condolences
to the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador
of Japan in the Russian Federation Mr. Masaharu Kono
in view of disaster in Japan:
“The Russian United Democratic Party YABLOKO
and all our voters send our deepest condolences to
the Japanese nation in connection with the ordeal
caused by a natural calamity. We are sharing with
you the immense pain of your grief...
conference devoted to gender equality took place in
Press Release, March 12, 2011.
International conference “Algorithms
for Opposing Gender Discrimination: the International
and the Russian Experience” organised jointly
by ELDR and the YABLOKO party began its work in Moscow.
Over 50 delegates representing the European Parliament,
different women’s organisations from the Netherlands,
Germany, Estonia, Turkey, Moldova and Russia are taking
part in the discussions.
The conference opened by a minute
of silence in memory of the victims of a terrible
tragedy in Japan.
The conference was opened by Mrs.
Kristiina Ojuland, MEP, the ALDE group, Ms. Galina
Mikhalyova, Chair of YABLOKO’s Gender faction
and Co-Chair of the Council for Consolidation of Women’s
Movement in Russia, Dr. Grigory Yavlinsky, founder
of the YABLOKO party and member of YABLOKO’s
Political Committee, and Mr. Sasha Tamm, Director
of Representation of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation
Opposition Leaders Give Details Of Meeting With US
Interfax, March 10, 2011.
...Grigoriy Yavlinskiy discussed with
Biden the prospects of setting up joint Russian-NATO
missile defence, and the internal political situation
in the Russian Federation, the Yabloko press service
has told Interfax.
"Yavlinskiy regards joint missile defence as
the most substantial and promising aspect of Russian-US
security cooperation, which is importance not only
for the two countries but for the whole world,"
Yabloko press secretary Igor Yakovlev said.
Touching upon the internal political situation in
Russia, the former party leader said that its main
difficulties, including the lack of vital democratic
procedures, had long been known. In this context,
he believes that it is important to realize that the
issue that has to be tackled is the replacement of
the system created back in the 1990s, and this is
a much more complex and in-depth process than the
change of personalities in power...
conference “Algorithms of Opposing Gender Discrimination”
to take place in Moscow
Press Release, March 11, 2011.
International conference “Algorithms
of Opposing Gender Discrimination: the International
and the Russian Experience” will take place in Moscow,
Marriott Tverskaya hotel, on Saturday March 12. The
conference is held jointly by ELDR with the support
of the European Parliament and YABLOKO.
Women – representatives of the European
Parliament, PACE, UNESCO, as well as political parties
of the Netherlands, Turkey, Germany, Moldova and Estonia
will participate in the conference.
The anchor at the conference will
be Chair of YABLOKO’s Gender Faction Galina Mikhalyova...
demands investigation of unlawful detention of its
LI News Bulletin, Issue 223, March 11, 2011
LI full member YABLOKO is outraged
by the treatment of its activists in the North Caucasus,
who were unlawfully detained on 28 February while
protesting against the deforestation of a public area
of protected trees, where recreational cottages have
been built for the Governor of Krasnodar Krai. Last
week, three of the jailed activists went on a hunger
strike to protest the unjust verdict of imprisonment
and the dire conditions of detention. YABLOKO leader
Sergei Mitrokhin said that the cells in which the
detainees were held were unlit and had poor sanitary
facilities. He further commented: 'The police broke
not only Russian law, but also inner normative acts
of the interior, protecting unlawfully constructed
cottages. Moreover the police actions against peaceful
citizens were tough and violent.' YABLOKO has conducted
numerous actions of support and forwarded letters
to the Public Prosecutor and the Interior Minister
demanding them to investigate the actions of the police
and the regional authorities, but has yet to receive
a response. The activists have now been released...
Yavlinsky discussed with US Vice President Joseph
Biden the prospects of a joint Russia-NATO ABM system
and political situation in Russia
Press Release, March 10, 2011.
Development of Russia-US strategic
relations on the basis of the mutual assured destruction
(MAD) concept had become outdated already long ago,
such a statement was made by Dr.Grigory Yavlinsky,
member of YABLOKO’s Political Committee, during
the meeting with US Vice President Joseph Biden.
According to Yavlinsky, we should
all abolish the old view on the Russia-US relations
as a zero-sum game, when a success of one of the parties
means a defeat of the other one...
lessons from North Africa by Graham Watson MEP
March 10, 2011.
Three lessons can be learned from
the popular democratic uprisings which should inform
our policy from now on.
The first is that it is no good preaching
the values of democracy if we arm its enemies. Having
armed Gadhafi and other autocrats there is a logical
case to be made for arming the protesters, particularly
if we fail to live up to the ‘duty to protect’
laid down in the UN Charter: but this policy should
be pursued only in extremis. Most important, however,
is to stop arms sales to autocratic regimes wherever
they are: democracy’s appeal is not limited
to north Africa, nor the temptation to beleaguered
autocrats to use arms against their own people...
must recognise legitimacy of Libyan Interim Council
ALDE, March 10, 2010
The ALDE Group arranged for two senior
members of the National Interim Council of Libya to
come to Strasbourg this week to hear directly from
them what should be done to support those fighting
for freedom and democracy in Libya. Dr. Ali A. S .
Al-Issawi and Dr. Mahmoud Gebril Elwarfally were appointed
Ministers of the National Interim Council last weekend.
Dr Al-Issawi was Libya's Ambassador to India until
his resignation in February in protest of the attacks
by Gaddafi on the Libyan protesters...
|March 9, 2011
conference “Black Sea Palaces and Their Hosts”
Press Release, March 9, 2011.
Press-conference of the ecologists
who served their imprisonment sentences in Tuapse
prison for conducting a public inspection of the country
cottage of Governor of Kransodar Area Alexander Tkacyov
will be held in YABLOKO’s office tomorrow on
March 10. “The Krasnodar prisoners of conscience”
– Eugeny Vitushko, leader of the Tuapse YABLOKO
and Suren Gazaryan, member of YABLOKO, will tell about
the unlawful construction of a recreation complex
for Governor Tkachoyv in the relict pin forest protected
by the state, as well as other complexes and palaces
unlawfully constructed at the Black Sea coast of the
– believing in a gender equal society
ELDR News, March 8,
Over the years, ELDR has adopted many
resolutions that aim to a fairer society which notices
many of the structural indifferences leading to different
opportunities for the different sexes. For today's
Centenary of the International Women's Day, here are
ELDR's adopted positions on gender issues. European
Liberal Democrats believe in equal rights and opportunities
for both women and men with the active support of
society, as the whole of society benefits when women
and men can contribute on equal terms...
success for Estonian Liberals
ELDR News, March 7,
ELDR's Estonian member parties; Reform
Party and Centre Party both achieved very good results
in Sunday's general election with a combined score
of over 50% of the public vote.
Reform Party polled 28.6% of the votes
which is enough to see the party win 33 seats in the
101 seat parliament and retain their position as the
leading party in government. Reform Party is set to
return to coalition with the conservatives, as was
the case in the last parliament, with Andrus Ansip,
leader of Reform Party, remaining as prime minister.
This would mean that the Centre Party,
which scored an impressive 23.3% and returns with
26 MPs, would be the strongest opposition party...
|March 5, 2011
Prisoners of Conscience Only in Moscow?
Boris Vishnevsky’s blog
at the Ekho Moskvy web-site, March 5, 2011.
...According to Achilov, virtually
all the prisoners rights were violated in this prison:
right to a walk, right to have bedclothes, to use
toilet, to receive parcels from families and so on.
The night of their arrest they were not even allowed
to have water and call a doctor. The cells, according
to Achilov, "remind of Inquisition dungeons”,
they are dark, without artificial or natural light,
the prisoners are not allowed to use toilet even in
the morning, food is disgusting (despite statements
made [by the authorities] that RUR 400 [USD 13] are
allotted for maintenance of each prisoner per day).
Now, according to Achilov, Dmitry Shevchenko is running
high temperature (38 degrees), he is coughing typically
of pneumonia, and Gazaryan has approximately the same
high temperature too. Protesting against such conditions
of detention and unjust verdict of imprisonment Gazaryan,
Shevchenko and Vitishko went on a hunger strike; whereas
there is no doctor in this jail...
When Boris Nemtsov, Ilya Yashin and
Konstantine Kosyakin were detained at Triumphalnaya
square in Moscow on New Year's Eve, and court sentenced
them to an unlawful arrest from 5 to 15 days, a huge
number of people spoke in their defence, whereas YABLOKO’s
leaders were among the first to protest against this
However, the conditions in which my
friends and colleagues from YABLOKO held in the Tuapse
jail are many times worse and more humiliating than
those the aforementioned "Moscow prisoners"
were in. But no one hurries to recognise Gazaryan,
or Shevchenko, or Vitishko a "prisoner of conscience."
No prominent public or political figures speak in
their defence. Their arrest does not outrage U.S.
senators and European parliamentarians. Finally, we
do not hear anything about public speeches by Nemtsov
or Yashin on this topic. Maybe I have missed something.
Or maybe they are silent because its will be improper
after this to habitually claim that YABLOKO in contrast
to them is “not an opposition”?..
YABLOKO activists hang a banner “Freedom to
Political Prisoners!” opposite of the Kremlin
Press Release, March 3, 2011.
Young YABLOKO activists hang a large
banner “Freedom to Political Prisoners –
Gazaryan, Vitishko, Achilov and Shevchenko!”
(8 x 5 meters) opposite of the Kremlin.
The banner hang on the bridge by the
Kremlin for about 15 minutes. Then the police took
YABLOKO’s activists Kirill Gontcharov,
Vadim VAshenko, Andrei Lazarev and Andrei Nistratov
were detained and taken to the local police department.
Also the police detained a photographer from the oppositional
Novaya Gazeta paper...
- Aktivisten inhaftiert. Liberales Forum.
Vier Aktivisten der liberalen Oppositionspartei
YABLOKO und der NGO Environmental Watch of the Northern
Caucasus wurden am Sonntag, den 28. Februar 2011,
in einem Areal, genannt „Tkachyov Datscha“,
des Gouverneurs Alexander Tkachyov von Krasnodar verhaftet.
„Tkachyov Datscha“ ist
die informelle Bezeichnung eines exklusiven Erholunskomplexes,
erbaut für den Gouverneur des Krasnodar Gebietes
am Schwarzen Meer in der Blauen Bucht...
|March 4, 2011
demands from the Interior Minister to investigate
the circumstances of the arrest of ecologists by Governor’s
Press Release, March 4, 2011.
The World Wide Fund for Nature Russia
(WWF Russia) appealed to Russian Interior Minister
Rashid Nurgaliyev to investigate the actions of the
authorities when members of the YABLOKO party and
environmentalists were detained during the “protest
picnic” by “Tkachyov’s [Governor
of the Krasnodar Area] palace”.
"WWF calls to the Russian Interior Minister Rashid
Nurgaliyev demanding to conduct an official investigation
of the actions of police officers involved in the
attack against environmentalists", runs the WWF
call for further international action on Libya
LI News Bulletin No
222, March 3, 2011
LI President Hans van Baalen MEP has
released a statement calling on the UN Security Council
to enforce a no-fly-zone above Libya in order to prevent
Colonel Gaddafi from turning military assets against
his own people. He also stated that Egypt, a country
he visited last week, should be supported in its willingness
to lead a humanitarian mission into Libya. The UN,
EU and individual countries have imposed sanctions
such as an asset freeze and travel ban on Gaddafi's
regime. Commenting on the international sanctions
thus far, Italian Senator Emma Bonino (Radicali Italiani,
LI full member), said: “As usual, it's too little,
too late.” Ms Bonino is also a strong advocate
of a no-fly zone. German Foreign minister Guido Westerwelle,
leader of LI full member the Freie Demokratische Partei,
on Tuesday brought forth the idea of appointing a
United Nations special envoy for Libya, in Libya:
“We need a special envoy to allow the international
community to mark its presence and to evaluate and
coordinate humanitarian efforts,” he said.
Baalen - Verhofstadt visit to Cairo gives strong support
to democracy in Egypt and Arab world
LI gathers actors to discuss priorities in development
UN launches powerful new agent for progress on gender
Liberals win the Dutch regional and Senate elections
South Africa’s Shadow Trade Minister visits
the LI secretariat
LPC’s Ignatieff speaks to families across the
Role of political parties in divided societies discussed
at FNF-NDI event in Bangkok
Oligarch Buys 'Putin' Palace
The Moscow Times, March 4,
...The unfinished mansion has been
at the center of tabloid controversy since last December,
when businessman Sergei Kolesnikov claimed that state
funds were being diverted to build a personal palace
for the prime minister...
Last month, Environment Watch North
Caucasus, a local green group that says the complex
was illegally built on publicly owned forestland,
got close enough to the site to take more photos before
being detained by the Federal Guard Service...
Last Sunday, about 20 Environment
Watch and Yabloko activists held a "protest picnic"
at a comparatively modest four-story brick structure
they say is being built for Krasnodar region Governor
"We found dozens of violations.
First of all, it is partially built on forestland;
then it violates the Water Code by blocking off free
access to the shore," said Andrei Filimonov,
deputy coordinator of Environment Watch, who was at
the protests. They also found
evidence of the felling of endangered Pitsunda pines,
On Wednesday, the four went on a hunger
strike to protest the conditions they are being held
of Yabloko Nominees Banned
The Moscow Times, March 4,
Local election officials have banned
about 45 percent of the candidates nominated by the
liberal Yabloko party for the March regional elections,
compared with 0.8 percent for the ruling United Russia,
Kommersant reported Thursday...
original publication in the MT