|March 27, 2012
explained to the Russian senators that the law on
political parties is adopted in favour of the ruling
Press Release, March 26, 2012.
YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin believes
that the full restoration of the right to form electoral
blocs will prevent deepening of the political crisis,
which is boosted by mass-scale creation of new parties.
He made such a statement at the meeting of the Federation
Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation. On
March 26 the Committee examined amendments to the
new law on political parties...
|March 23, 2012
Alexander Shishlov on his nomination for the post
of Ombudsman in St. Petersburg
Press Release, March 23, 2012.
St. Petersburg Governor Georgy Poltavchenko
introduced candidacy of Alexander Shishlov, YABLOKO
Bureau member, for the post of Human Rights Commissioner
Here comes Alexander Shishlov’s statement
in connection with the nomination:
I am grateful to St.Petersburg Governor
for nomination of my candidacy to the post of Human
Rights Commissioner in our great city. I am also grateful
to all who supports my candidacy.
In case I am elected, my activities
on the post of Ombudsman will be based on close cooperation
with civil society institutes, critical and positive
interaction with the governments and local self-governments
for fair, peaceful and lawful solution of a human
rights problems in St. Petersburg. I undertake to
be unbiased, impartial and objective, regardless of
personal preferences on the post of Ombudsman...
Mitrokhin in the State Duma: a new law on political
parties can not be considered as “a victory of common
sense” until formation of electoral blocs is permitted
Press Release, Video, March 23, 2012.
The new law on political parties can
not be considered “a victory of common sense” as long
as the electoral law bans creation of electoral blocs.
This statement was made by YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin
at the hearings of the State Duma. It was the third
and final reading of the draft law on liberalization
of establishment of political parties.
"What victory of a common sense
can we speak about if voters get their ballots with
dozens or maybe hundreds of pages innumerating the
names of political parties, or when the voter sees
unstructured political area and a register of absolutely
unknown names of political parties?” Mitrokhin asked
deputies of the Duma.
According to Mitrokhin, if the parties
are not allowed to make electoral blocs, they will
simply disperse the votes, and "a huge number
of voters will remain turn out below a 5 per cent
threashold” to the Duma, and thus will get no representation
in the parliament...
Moldovan president elected
LI News Bulletin, Issue 275, March 22, 2012
After 917 days of delay, with the
required 3/5 majority, Moldova's parliament has finally
elected Nicolae Timofti as the new president of the
Republic. The 63 years old Timofti is the chairman
of the Supreme Council of Magistrates and has pledged
wide-ranging reform, Moldovan military neutrality,
and moving the country toward European integration.
Mr Timofti was nominated for president and backed
by Moldova's ruling pro-Western Alliance for European
Integration (AIE). Mihai Ghimpu, one of the leaders
of the coalition and president of the Liberal Party
in Moldova (LI applicant) expressed his satisfaction
saying: “We elected a good president and for the remaining
three years of mandate we will have to work harder
and show results..."
à l’élection de Président allemand Joachim Gauck
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Liberal Deputy Chief Minister optimist on the future
Cote d’Ivoire elects new government and Assembly President
Liberals Celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the First
Liberal Constitution in Europe
Senator Perduca acknowledges Somaliland’s success
|March 20, 2012
protesters detained by the Ostankino television centre
in Moscow are finally released.
Press Release, March 18, 2012.
...Kirill Goncharov, leader of the
Moscow Youth YABLOKO, and his colleagues Gleb Sitnikov
and Oleg Rumyantsev were detained at a protest action
against smearing of the public mass-scale protests
against elections fraud in a film produced and broadcasted
by the NTV channel. Goncharov, Sitnikov, and Rumyantsev
were taken to police stations.
According to the police, about 100 people were detained
at the action. about 100 people. Valery Borshchyov,
member of YABLOKO Bureau and head of the Moscow Public
Observers' Commission condemned the police actions...
in support of Gazaryan and Dutlov take part in different
Press Release, March 17, 2012.
YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin who
is now in Novosibirsk on a working visit participated
in a series of pickets in support of the Suren Gazaryan
and Viktor Dutlov. Young activists also joined the
action in Novosibirsk.
Solidarity actions with the detained
environmentalists took place all over Russia. In Moscow,
the police detained dozens of picketers, including
four members of YABLOKO – Galina Mikhalyova, deputy
head of the Moscow branch of YABLOKO, and activists
Maya Zavyalova, Gleb Sitnikov and Oleg Rumyantsev...
|March 19, 2012
Petlin, Chair of YABLOKO’s branch in Ekaterinburg,
is granted bail
Press Release, March 16, 2012.
..."I am certainly glad that
such a decision was adopted. We know that President
Medvedev whom I handed the documents on Maxim facilitated
the adoption of such a decision. These documents clearly
demonstrate that the case was framed up," Mitrokhin
said. He also added that imprisonment was an "inadequate
measure showing that the case was purely political".
According to Mitrokhin, obvious inability
of Maxim Petlin’s family to pay such a bail is the
vest evidence that there was corruption in Petlin’s
actions, and this also another indirect proof that
the accusation in corruption was absurd...
|March 16, 2012
Petlin, Chair of YABLOKO’s branch in Ekaterinburg,
is granted bail
Press Release, March 16, 2012.
Judicial Board on Criminal Cases of
the Sverdlovsk Regional Court refused to extend arrest
for Maxim Petlin, leader of Ekaterinburg YABLOKO,
and granted him bail amounting to RUR 5 million. Petlin
will come out of prison after the bail will be at
the account of the Investigation Committee of the
Russian Federation in the Sverdlovsk region.
Maxim Petlin took an active part in
the fight against illegal construction of a recreational
centre in the place where a city park was. The fight
between YABLOKO and civil activists with the developer
- Forum Group - had loud public resonance. Maxim Petlin
was the victim of a provocation on the part of the
Forum Group and was accused of extorting bribes...
leaders had a meeting with Bundestag deputies
Press Release, March 16, 2012.
YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin and
Galina Mikhalyova, Executive Secretary of the Political
Committee, had a meeting with Bundestag deputies from
the Free Democratic Party. The German side was represented
by Patrick Kurth, MP, and Serkan Toeren, MP, and Maximilian
Spinner, Secretary of the Political Department of
Deputies of German Parliament were
interested by the progress and assessment of the Russian
parliamentary and presidential elections, growth of
public activity in Russia and prospects of Russia’s
political development. The discussion also evolved
around the Russia-EU relations and Germany’s role
in their improvement. "Visa-free regime for the
Russian citizens to the EU and an anti-ballistic missile
defence system that could be developed jointly with
NATO are the initiatives of our party that we put
forward as early as in 1990s," Sergei Mitrokhin
meeting of YABLOKO leaders with Guy Verhofstadt, President
of the Liberal Group in the European Parliament
Press Release, March 5, 2012.
Grigory Yavlinsky said that the main
objective of all the opposition forces in Russia should
be radical change in the socio-political system rather
than simply a replacement of top officials. He said
this during a meeting with representatives of the
European Parliament's Liberal Group (ALDE). The sides
discussed the political situation in Russia after
the presidential elections and prospects for further
The meeting was held on March 5 in
YABLOKO’s office. Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the liberals
in the European Parliament and ex Prime Minister of
Belgium, Renaldas Vaisbrodas, Political Adviser, ALDE,
Sergei Mitrokhin, YABLOKO Chairman, Galina Mikhalyova,
Executive Secretary of the Political Council and head
of the Gender faction and Olga Radayeva, International
|March 15, 2012
Suren Gazaryan and lawyer Viktor Dutlov get ten days
of imprisonment on a framed-up case
Press Release, March 14, 2012.
Tuapse. On March 14 Suren Gazaryan,
environmentalist and YABLOKO member, and Viktor Dutlov,
lawyer, YABLOKO member and activist of the North Caucasus
Environmental Watch, detained by the country cottage
of Governor of the Krasnodar Terriroty Tkachyov a
day earlier, got ten days of administrative arrest
for “non-obeying to the lawful orders of police”.
The judge refused to call the witnesses of the defence,
as well as to consider audio and video recordings
proving innocence of Gazaryan and Dutlov.
On March 13 Gazaryan and his attorney
Dutlov approached the Governor’s cottage so that to
inspect the “damages” (graffiti) they had allegedly
made to the fence. Such inspection was required for
their defence in court (as they were accused in damaging
the fence) and was sanctioned by the investigator.
When activists approached the fence, the guards came
out and put handcuffs on the activists. Gazaryan was
beaten by one of the guards...
|March 14, 2012
re-elected to parliament in Slovakia
ELDR Press Release, March 14, 2012.
On Saturday, snap parliamentary elections
were held in Slovakia. Thanks to a great campaign,
ELDR’s Slovak member Sloboda a Solidarita (SaS, Freedom
and Solidarity) gained some 6 % of the votes and returned
11 MPs to the 150-strong Slovak Parliament. SaS were
particularly strong in the larger cities, scoring
around 15 % in the country’s capital Bratislava.
“In a difficult political landscape,
it is delighting to see SaS Leader Richard Sulík and
his party being able to build on young structures
and get re-elected”, commented ELDR President Sir
Graham Watson MEP, and continued “I will visit Bratislava
shortly to discuss projects of mutual interest between
SaS and ELDR – as well as to obviously convey my personal
words of congratulations to the SaS leadership”...
Through the guidance of Dutch Liberal
Sophie In ‘t Veld, Parliament adopted its annual report
on equality between women and men in the EU. See
Parliament resolution on equality between women and
men in the European Union
Democrats spring conference in Gateshead
holds annual Congress in Västerås
|March 13, 2012
Parliament backs quotas for women
Press Release, ALDE, March 13, 2012
Sophie in 't Veld, (D66, Netherlands),
Parliament's rapporteur on the annual report on the
state of gender equality in the EU for 2011, is pleased
with the result of today's vote, calling on the Commission
to table legislation, including quotas, by the end
of 2012, to increase female participation in corporate
management boards. Measures to combat the lack of
women at the top, both in business and in political
decision making, were discussed during a heated debate
in the European Parliament this week. Progress remains
very slow, despite numerous EU policies aimed at achieving
a better gender-balance...
See also: Women's
Mitrokhin asks Public Prosecutor General to investigate
the aims and goals of the meeting of Vladimir Putin
and Dmitry Medvedev with Silvio Berluskoni
Press Release, March 12, 2012.
Today YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin
have sent an appeal to the Public Prosecutor Generals'
office asking to check whether there was a conflict
of interests in the recent meeting between President
Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin,
and Italian citizen and businessman Silvio Berlusconi.
Dmitry Medvedev and Vladimir Putin
had a meeting with Silvio Berlusconi on March 8-9.
It should be also noted that ex Prime Minister of
Italy is under investigation in Italy for a number
of criminal cases related to corruption. Also he does
not occupy any government post at present and is a
private person - a billionaire and owner of the FinInvest
Green Russia faction conducted an action commemorating
the tragic anniversary of nuclear disaster at Fukushima
Press Release, March 13, 2012.
YABLOKO’s Green Russia faction conducted
a memorial action commemorating the victims of the
Fukushima nuclear disaster. The action was held on
the first anniversary of the disaster on the nuclear
Environmentalists held pickets in
Volgograd, Petrozavodsk, Sosnoviy Bor, Ulan-Ude, Ufa,
Arkhangelsk, Kostroma, Chita, St. Petersburg and Moscow.
The participants of the actions tried to draw attention
of the Russian citizens to the dangerous consequences
of the nuclear industry, and distributed leaflets
"Rosatom, shut down your Fukushimas!"
|March 11, 2012
Mikhalyova: in ten years a woman may become President
Voice of America, 11 March
...Viktor Vasilyev: President Medvedev
complained during his meeting with women (on the eve
of the Women’s Day) that in Russia there were very
few women in politics. How can we explain such a situation?
Galina Mikhalyova: The system functions
in such a way. As a rule there are no women in power
in authoritarian regimes, and in democracies there
are many of them on the top. There are special mechanisms
encouraging such a promotion of women. [President]
Medvedev was not going to change anything here. And
speaking about Mr Putin, he does not even have it
in his thoughts. He's such a super-macho... When he
was in power, women’s problems were not mentioned
Viktor Vasilyev: So, you don’t expect
any positive changes in the nearest future, do you?
Galina Mikhalyova: No, there are no positive changes,
while negative changes are obvious. There are few
women in the State Duma. There is no public institution
that would deal with our problems, for example, a
Presidential Council or a council under the Government
or a Commissioner for Women's Rights, as in other
countries. Salaries [of Russian women] consitute two-thirds
[from those of men]. In several regions people who
have small children have to go on hunger strike so
that to get a place for their child in a kindergarten.
Pregnant women are not paid their benefits or get
fired. But the state argues that it has nothing to
do with this disgrace...
leaders Sergei Mitrokhin and Grigory Yavlinsky spoke
at a rally in Novy Arbat prospect, Moscow
Press Release, March 10, 2012.
YABLOKO leaders Sergei Mitrokhin and
Grigory Yavlinsky spoke at a rally in Novy Arbat prospect,
Moscow. Sergei Mitrokhin gave his time for the speech
to Alexei Sklyarov, Editor-in-Chief the Pulse television
company in Azov. It is the only independent television
company in southern Russia, however, local authorities
began pressing the company after Alexei Sklyarov headed
the League of Voters in Azov.
with the League of Voters conducted monitoring and
control over voting [at elections] across the country.
And once again I would like to state that the elections
of March 4 were rigged. We are not going to make speeches
today, we would like to give the time allotted for
our speeches to a unique person - Alexei Sklyarov.
He is the head of the only free, independent television
company in the southern Russia. His television company
has been attacked because he together with YABLOKO
monitored the elections," Sergei Mitrokhin told
to the protesters...
Grigory Yavlinsky addressed the participants
of the rally with n a brief speech, "Friends,
I am glad to meet you again. It is already my sixth
speech at a rally for the past three months. I remember
every word I said. We will accomplish all this. The
road is long and difficult. The victory in the fight
will not come soon, but it will come. Russia will
be free. Russia demands changes!"
Yavlinsky’s statement prepared for the rally in Novy
Arbat* on March 10
March 9, 2012.
If I have a chance to speak at the
rally on March 10, I would demanded the following
from the authorities:
- release of political prisoners;
- show mercy and pardon those who committed minor
- stop unlawful prosecution of businessman Alexei
- investigate all the cases of fraud at [parliamentary]
elections of December 4 and [presidential] elections
of March 4, punish the guilty, completely reform the
Central Electoral Commission and dismiss Vladimir
Churov, head of the commission;
- immediately consider together with the newly emerging
public committees for political reform proposals for
the radical change of the electoral system and to
adopt such proposals.
We continue fighting for what I and
Sergei Mitrokhin spoke about at the rallies on December
10, December 17, December 24, demonstration of February
4 and on March 5:
- complete replacement of the present closed authoritarian,
oligarchic, inhuman political system and legal removal
of the ruling group headed by Vladimir Putin from
- creation in Russia of a system in which law would
be the same for everybody, property - inviolable and
the court - independent;
- creation of committees for political reform across
the country, freedom of media from censorship and
uniting of the democratic forces;
- development of a political, economic, moral and
personal ALTERNATIVE to the present regime which would
be able to win in a peaceful and legitimate political
President and Yabloko leadership on Russian elections
LI News Bulletin, Issue 273, March 7, 2012
LI President Hans van Baalen MEP
questioned the democratic character of the Russian
Presidential elections which took place on 5 March
2012. Van Baalen characterised them as "neither
free nor fair like the parliamentary elections held
earlier. Putin rules over a facade democracy. The
institutions are in place but the democratic spirit
is absent. LI, ELDR and ALDE will support the courageous
democratic opposition in Russia which is so much needed
today." Leader Grigory Yavlinsky of Yabloko (LI
Full Member) called
for a "real political, economic and most importantly,
moral alternative." "We will create this
alternative. We will make them conduct new elections
and we will win those elections," Yavlinsky said.
Yabloko Chairman Sergei Mitrokhin said that Putin
won an unfair game. "This wasn't honest, but
cowardice and meanness. It was not only carousels
and stuffing of ballots which brought him victory.
Putin won ousting the only candidate — Yavlinsky —
who had no fear of criticizing him," Mitrokhin
commented. The OSCE
election-monitoring report concluded that there
had been "no real competition".
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presidential election marked by unequal campaign conditions,
active citizens' engagement, international observers
OSCE Press Release, March 5, 2012
MOSCOW, 5 March 2012 – Although candidates
in yesterday’s presidential election in the Russian
Federation were able to campaign unhindered, conditions
were clearly skewed in favour of one of the contestants,
current Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, the international
observers concluded in a statement issued today.
The observers noted that all candidates had access
to the media, but the Prime Minister was given a clear
advantage over his competitors in terms of media presence.
In addition, state resources were mobilized at the
regional level in his support. Also, overly restrictive
candidate registration requirements limited genuine
"This election showed a clear winner with an
absolute majority, avoiding a second round. However,
voter's choice was limited, electoral competition
lacked fairness and an impartial referee was missing.
Due to increased citizen's awareness and involvement
elections were more lively, better managed and more
seriously observed, whereas structural improvements
in electoral regulation were proposed to Parliament
– but not yet passed," said Tiny Kox, the Head
of the delegation of Council of Europe's Parliamentary
"There were serious problems from the very start
of this election. The point of elections is that the
outcome should be uncertain. This was not the case
in Russia. There was no real competition and abuse
of government resources ensured that the ultimate
winner of the election was never in doubt," said
Tonino Picula, the Special Co-ordinator to lead the
short-term OSCE observer mission and Head of the delegation
of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly...
|March 7, 2012
half candidates nominated and supported by YABLOKO
won municipal elections on March 4
Press Release, March 6, 2012.
Over half (44 out of total 86) candidates
nominated and supported by YABLOKO and the Democratic
Choice won municipal elections in Moscow on March
4; whereas 36 of these 44 newly elected deputies of
municipal councils come from YABLOKO and eight people
represent the Democratic Choice.
Andrei Babushkin, Vice-Chairman of
the Moscow branch of YABLOKO won the race in Otradnoe,
Moscow, with 43 per cent of vote and YABLOKO's Zoya
Shargatova running in Dorogomilovo, Moscow, won with
46 per cent of the vote...
|March 6, 2012
presidential election: Liberals condemn stacked election
ELDR Press Release, March 5, 2012.
Preliminary results have shown that
Vladimir Putin will complete his long-expected return
as Russia's president after polling around 63% in
yesterday's election, thus avoiding the need for a
second round. Commenting on the outcome of the election,
ELDR President Sir Graham Watson MEP stated, "there
are wide-spread and seemingly justified reservations
about the extent to which this was a free and fair
contest, not only in the way the procedures were conducted
on the day itself, but in the handling of the process
from the very beginning, including the refusal to
register some candidatures."
Despite much publicised initiatives
to make these elections fair and transparent, such
as the installation of closed circuit television cameras
at polling stations, the electoral process as a whole
has been widely condemned as favoring the Putin campaign
from the outset.
Evidence of this stretches back to the refusal by
the Russian Central Electoral Commission to register
opposition candidates, including former YABLOKO leader
Grigory Yavlinsky on the grounds of perceived irregularities
when in fact political engineering of the elections
was the more likely reason.
On what the future may hold, Sir Graham added that
Putin should not expect the Russian people to blindly
accept his rule. "Vladimir Putin might have got
his way in so far as the outcome of the election is
concerned, but the demonstrations that have taken
place since December's parliamentary elections and
the increasing criticism that he is facing from significant
sections of the population and media show that he
will not be in for an easy ride over the next six
years. The extent of ill-feeling towards President
Putin may even cast doubt on his ability to serve
the full-term unless he fundamentally addresses issues
related to the rule of law and the democratic, economic
and social development of Russian society".
leaders spoke at the rally For Fair Elections at the
Press Release, March 5, 2012.
YABLOKO leaders Sergei Mitrokhin and
Grigory Yavlinsky spoke at the rally For Fair Elections
which took place at the Pushkin square, Moscow.
Sergei Mitrokhin said that statements
made by Vladimir Churov, head of the Central Electoral
Commission, that elections was fair was a blatant
lie. The hot line organised jointly by YABLOKO and
the Voter’ League got thousands of calls from observers
and voters on violations.
Mitrokhin also reiterated that the
December slogan “Churov must go!” emerging after parliamentary
elections of December 2011 was still on the agenda.
The participants had unanimously chanted this slogan
together with Mitrokhin...
Yavlinsky’s appeal to protesters
Novaya Gazeta, March 5, 2012.
...I am appealing to all the opposition
political leaders who are organising protest actions
and inviting people to join them: if violence takes
place during these days, it will lead to dramatic
weakening of the opposition and will cause a long-lasting
setback. It is our responsibility and our task to
avert violence and prevent provocations. In complex
and unpredictable circumstances, in dealing with the
authorities who most often do not want any compromises
on the substance of the matter and who at the same
time possess great experience and traditions of political
reprisals, it is possible to preserve people's trust
only by avoiding and preventing violence in every
way and at the same time advancing steadily toward
the goal - peaceful radical transformation of the
authoritarian, inoperative and inhuman political system...
On the contrary, we should prove to
all our potential supporters that we can be trusted
and that we clearly understand the aims and goals
of the democratic protest movement not as our own
self-expression but as the defence of the interests
of citizens who vitally need large-scale, serious
and responsible changes in Russia. Only in this case
will the number of our supporters throughout the country
become ever greater. Only by following this path will
we become responsible spokesmen for the opinion of
a significant section of Russian society...
Novaya Gazeta, January 25, 2012.
Voters’ signatures to register Grigory
Yavlinsky were rejected, because the authorities don’t
need an excessive amount of competition in the first
|March 5, 2012
vor der Whal
Interview mit Galina Michaleva, 2 Maerz, 2012.
In Russland wird ein neuer Präsident
gewählt. Rund 100 Millionen Russen sind aufgerufen
über ihr neues Staatsoberhaupt abzustimmen. Aussichtsreichster
Kandidat ist ein alter Bekannter im Amt des Staatspräsidenten
- Wladimir Putin. Nicht nur deshalb gab es im Vorfeld
der Wahl soviel Trubel wie seit langem nicht mehr.
Vor einem Monat zum Beispiel demonstrierten gleichzeitig
mehr als 200.000 Gegner und Anhänger Putins in Moskau.
Über die Wahlen und den Kandidaten Putin sprach Nordwestradio-Moderator
Tom Grote mit Galina Michaleva, Politikwissenschaftlerin
und Gastwissenschaftlerin der Forschungssstelle Osteuropa
an der Uni Bremen und Exekutivsekretärin des Politischen
Komitees und Vorsitzende der Genderfraktion der liberalen
|March 2, 2012
of Central Electoral Commission decided to "ban"
Press Release, March 2, 2012.
YABLOKO has obtained information that
the Central Electoral Commission has been preparing
a letter to the subordinate commissions demanding
not to let journalists and observers from YABLOKO's
paper YABLOKO ROSSII come to the polling stations...
"Such a decision by the Central
Electoral Commission would mean that the authorities
decided to go for a grand-scale fraud," Mitrokhin
According to Mitrokhin, at December
parliamentary elections YABLOKO's observers detected
most of the violations and fraud. If dozens of thousands
of YABLOKO's observes are not allowed to monitor the
elections, they will go into the streets on the next
day, March 5.
in Russia: this is only the start
By Alexander Shishlov, March 2, 2012.
March 4 marks the date when the people
will vote in Russia: Prime Minister Vladimir Putin
plans to assume the Russian Presidency for the third
time. Unlike the first two times, however, his support
is melting on this occasion. A demand for change is
building in the country. More and more people are
no longer prepared to put up with the lies, corruption,
abuses and falsification in the elections.
It is impossible to call what we are
witnessing at present free and fair elections. There
are no independent courts, while the authorities control
all national TV channels. At the same time we can
see the administrative pressure on the mass media
and the abuses of electoral commissions – the official
voting results have little in common with the actual
expression of will of the electorate.
Political competition on 4 March has
been reduced to simulation – each of the registered
“opposition” candidates to the President embodies
a specific segment of the political system created
by Putin. The only candidate, who represented a democratic
alternative to the system – Grigory Yavlinsky, who
was nominated by Yabloko – was not allowed to run
in the elections on the pretext of casuistic chicanery
over the quality of the signatures gathered in his
|March 1, 2012
observers will work in the Russian embassies and consulates
in 36 countries
Press Release, March 1, 2012.
...To date 170 Russian citizens who
are currently abroad decided to become observers from
the YABLOKO ROSSII paper helping the YABLOKO party
to monitor voting in the Russian embassies and consulates
on March 4...
In addition, the YABLOKO’s activists
will control voting in Romania, Serbia, Turkey, Thailand,
Australia, Austria, Armenia, Belarus, Belgium, Great
Britain, Hungary, the Netherlands, Israel, Indonesia,
Ireland, Italy, Canada, Kenya, China, Luxembourg ,
Morocco, Norway, Poland, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Finland,
Montenegro, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia, South Africa