condemns political charges made against Sakharov Laureate
LI News Bulletin, Issue 230, April 28, 2011
LI full member party Yabloko has expressed
great concerns over the recent charges made against
Russian Human Rights Activist Oleg Orlov due to his
comments that the Moscow-backed President of Chechnya,
Ramzan Kadyrov, is politically responsible for the
murder of fellow human rights activist Natalya Estemirova
in July 2009. According to Yabloko leader, Sergei
Mitrokhin: ““Ramzan Kadyrov's case is
a special case even for our generally low political
culture. Even in our conditions of extreme restrictions
on freedom of speech and general judicial arbitrariness,
it never occurred to anyone to make allegations of
political responsibility a subject of a law suit…Russia's
policies on Chechnya have to be changed sooner or
later. The carte blanche to Ramzan Kadyrov and the
people around him is not infinite. We urge the Russian
leadership to realize this and change the policies
to a more responsible approach. And we repeat: persecution
of Oleg Orlov is inadmissible.” Mr. Orlov is
the head of the Russian civil rights defence organization
Memorial, which won the EU's 2009 Sakharov Prize for
Freedom and thought.
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Green Russia faction conducted an All-Russia Memorial
Action commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl
Press Release, April 27, 2011.
On April 26, 2011, YABLOKO’s
Green Russia faction conducted an All-Russia Memorial
Action (Chernobyl+25) commemorating the 25th anniversary
of the Chernobyl disaster. The action was held in
23 Russian cities.
The actions organised by the Green
Russia faction together with many other political
and public organisations all over the world pay remind
to the world of the Chernobyl tragedy, the largest
technogenic disaster in the human history.
The Green Russia conducted actions
in several regions. Activists distributed leaflets
on the Chernobyl tragedy and its consequences.
at political reprisals against Oleg Orlov
ELDR Press Release,
April 28, 2011.
The ELDR Party and our member, Yabloko,
have expressed concern about the political reprisals
made against Oleg Orlov human rights activist and
former winner of the European Parliament's Sakharov
Prize (honouring the defence of human rights and freedom
of thought), and current chair of the Human Rights
Centre "Memorial" for voicing criticism
about the investigation into the murder of human rights
activist Natalya Estemirova in 2009...
|April 26, 2011
conducted an action by the Russian Atomic Ministry
commemorating the 25th Chernobyl disaster
Press Release, April 26, 2011.
activists conducted an action commemorating the 25th
Chernobyl disaster. The action was conducted by the
Russian Atomic Ministry (Rosatom). The participants
of the picket paid tribute to the victims of the Chernobyl
tragedy and also spoke about the problems of the modern
nuclear energy sector...
under the slogans "Down with the party of thieves"
and "We want changes" held in Barnaul
Press Release, April 25, 2011.
On April 24 a rally against
the ruling United Russia party under the slogans "We
want changes" and "Down with the party of
thieves" was held in Barnaul, the Altai Territory.
Activists from the regional offices of the YABLOKO
party, the Communist Party, the Party of People’s
Freedom and the Russian People's Democratic Union
participated in the action...
|April 25, 2011
Genocide Remembrance Day
April 25, 2011.
In April the whole world
is commemorating the tragic date – the Day of
Remembrance of Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire.
The tragedy of the Armenian nation has become one
of the first tragic dates in the list of tragedies
of the 20th century.
We are commemorating the pain of the Armenian nation
not only because many of the consequences of this
genocide are manifest even at present, but also because
such hardships make their impact on the further destiny
of the nation. We have always felt special closeness
with the Armenian people, and therefore fully share
both your historical memory and your pain...
|April 22, 2011
of Mordovian Central Electoral Commission did not
want to listen to YABLOKO’s criticism
Press Release, April 21, 2011.
Members of the Central
Electoral Commission of Mordovia, as well as representatives
of the Ministry of Justice left the Electoral Commission
meeting during the speech of Vladimir Gridin, the
leader of the Mordovian branch of YABLOKO.
Responding to the acting Chairman
of the Central Electoral Commission of Mordovia Alexander
Kalinin, who devoted part of his speech to the "failures"
of the YABLOKO party during elections, Vladimir Gridin
accused the Electoral Commission in large-scale fraud.
Gridin also recalled the scandal during parliamentary
elections in 2007 when 102% of the voters in one of
the polling stations in Mordovia voted for the ruling
United Russia party. According
to Gridin, election fraud can be interpreted as a
"seizure of power", and this is a crime
against the state which does not have any limitation
|April 21, 2011
Prosecutor General does not want to open “Putin’s
country cottage” case
Press Release, April 21, 2011.
Public Prosecutor General’s
Office withdrew the responsibility for examination
of unlawful privatisation of land for the so-called
"Putin's dacha” (Putin’s country
cottage). That is how YABLOKO’s leader Sergei
Mitrokhin commented the response from Public Prosecutor’s
Office on his appeal to Public Prosecutor General
V.Kroshkin, Senior Assistant of Public
Prosecutor General, informed Mitrokhin that his appeal
had been forwarded to the Public Prosecutor’s
Office of the Krasnodar Area for a “rapid response."
Kroshkin promised that an audit would be conducted
and if grounds were found, prosecutor’s measures
would be taken.
"I do not understand why the
Krasnodar Public Prosecutor’s Office should
deal with this case, as it is a federal facility,
which belonged to the Presidential Property Management
Department," Mitrokhin said...
did the money from the sale of Bank of Moscow disappear?
Press Release, April 20, 2011.
Such a question YABLOKO’s
leader Sergei Mitrokhin put before Sergei Sobyanin,
the Mayor of Moscow, in his letter forwarded to the
Mayor’s office on April 20. A package of shares of
the Bank of Moscow and the Capital Insurance Group
(Stolichnaya Stakhovaya Gruppa) was first into the
authorized capital of OAO the Moscow Fuel Company
(MFC) and then was sold to the VTB Bank...
|April 20, 2011
political reprisals against human rights activist
Statement by YABLOKO's Political
Committee , April 18, 2011.
The Political Committee
of the Russian United Democratic Party YABLOKO expresses
its indignation in view of political reprisals against
human rights activist and Chair of the Memorial human
rights centre Oleg Orlov.
Orlov’s statement on political
responsibility of [the head of Chechnya] Ramzan Kadyrov
for the murder of [human rights activist] Natalya
Estemirova can not form grounds for any presecution,
either in the civil or moreover in the criminal suit...
Ashton must forge a bold strategy on Arab democracy
Press Release, ALDE, April 19, 2011
As the Arab Spring is spreading to
a number of Middle Eastern and Gulf countries it is
becoming all the more imperative for European countries
to agree a common position and common response. This
is particularly urgent in the cases of Syria, Yemen
and Bahrain where citizens are mobilising in their
thousands on a daily basis for political freedom and
democracy yet frequently paying with their lives...
elections bring about government change in Finland
ELDR Press Release,
April 18, 2011.
The financial crisis has finally taken
its toll in Finland. Like in so many other European
precedents, the sitting government, led for the last
eight years by ELDR member party Keskusta (Centre
Party), was punished when the country's population
placed its votes yesterday, on Sunday 17 April, in
what was widely described beforehand as the most interesting
and unpredictable elections ever in Finland.
The elections were greatly influenced
by inter alia Finland’s participation in the
controversial EU bail-out packages. Despite great
efforts on the campaign trail, Prime Minister Mari
Kiviniemi's party was left trailing and is now likely
to face a four-year spell in opposition. In total,
they managed to gather 35 MPs, which places them as
fourth largest party in the country...
|April 18, 2011
- Europe: Partnership for Modernisation"
Vesti-Moscow TV channel, April
"Russia - Europe:
Partnership for Modernisation" – such is the
title of the international forum taking place at Novy
Arbat street, Moscow on Monday. The key topic of the
meeting is establishing partnership agreements between
Russian and European manufacturers.
According to representatives of the
YABLOKO party who participated in the forum, a large-scale
organisation of joint business should start with abolishing
of the visa regime between Russia and EU member states.
In addition, important changes should be introduced
“It is very important so that the
visa regime is abolished and we insist on this. And
it is very important that our institutions become
consistent with the European institutions. I mean
here laws referring to functioning of business and
transparency of state bodies for all the citizens,”
stressed Galina Mikhalyova, Executive Secretary of
the Political Committee of the YABLOKO party...
conducted two rallies in Irkutsk during the past weekend
Press Release, April 18, 2011.
The activists from the
Irkutsk branch of YABLOKO conducted two rallies in
Irkutsk during the past weekend. The first rally was
conducted against the government’s policies in the
housing and utilities sector, raising of tariffs and
taxes. About 200 people came to the action by the
Regional Administration building...
The second rally was
conducted in protection of Lake Baikal from pollution
of the Baikal Pulp Plant owned by oligarch Oleg Deripaska.
This rally joined together about 250 people...
rally against election fraud took place in Kaliningrad
Press Release, April 18, 2011.
On April 17, 2011, a
rally against election fraud took place in Kaliningrad.
Vladimir Korolyov, Bureau member of YABLOKO’s
regional branch and Andrei Kovalevsky acting Deputy
Chair of the regional branch spoke at the rally. About
1,000 participants came to the rally. The resolution
unanimously adopted by the participants calls Russian
Presidnet Dmitry Medvedev to approve public commission
for auditing the results of regional election in the
Kaliningrad region which took place in March 2011.
YABLOKO proposed Andrei Kovalevsky as commission member.
motor rally against cement elevator took place in
Press Release, April 17, 2011.
A motor rally against
cement elevator took place in Pechatniki district,
Moscow. The race was conducted by local residents
and YABLOKO’s activists led by party leader
Sergei Mitrokhin. Activists in cars with stickers
“Stop Cement in Pechatniki!” collected
signatures against a cement facility in a residential
The South Port cement
elevator by the Eurocement company is situated on
the bank of the Moskva River in close proximity to
blocks of flats. The decision to close the facility
was adopted in 2003, when he the draft plan of the
district development was developed, repeated decisions
were passed in 2005 and 2007. However, the facility
has never stopped...
attacked YABLOKO’s activist
Press Release, April 16, 2011.
In the evening April
16 neo-Nazis attacked Anatoly Rabinovich, YABLOKO’s
Bureau member and President of the Inter-Regional
Union of those who was brought up in orphanages.
Rabinovich was attacked when he was
going back home from the Moscow Conference of YABLOKO.
Coming out of the Barrikadnaya metro station and walking
to Sadovaya-Kudrinskaya street he walked away from
a group of not sober young men. Several seconds later
one of the men hit Rabinovish from behind. Rabinovich
tried to return to the metro station hoping to get
help from police. However, neo-Nazis were chasing
him striking blows...
Mitrokhin: a sad anniversary – 10 years since
establishing of state control over the private NTV
television channel. April
Ten years have passed
since ruining of the private independent television
channel and dissolution of the team of 1journalists
who had been showing to the country every day how
important the profession of a journalist is for the
society and freedom of speech. On April 14, 2001,
the management of the NTV channel was completely changed.
And virtually from this moment censorship has been
widely exercised in Russia...
See also: the
in peaceful demonstrations a human right
ELDR Press Release,
April 15, 2011.
...Earlier this week Sergei Mitrokhin,
leader of ELDR member party, Yabloko, was arrested
and detained by police for taking part in a protest
to demand the closure of a cement plant in the Pechatniki
district of Moscow. The plant is situated in close
proximity to a residential area and is considered
a health concern for local residents.
Yabloko applied for permission to
conduct a peaceful protest at the plant, but the local
authorities delayed, beyond the legal limit, a response
to the application and even though permission was
eventually granted, Yabloko activists were prevented
from holding their protest and Mitrokhin was arrested
European Liberal Democrats are the
strongest supporters of human rights and the rule
of law and consider these values to be fundamental
to the future relationship between the EU and Russia.
Stopping peaceful demonstrations contravenes an essential
human right and this is a worrying sign, particularly
in view of upcoming parliamentary elections to be
held in Russia later this year.
|April 14, 2011
leader Sergei Mitrokhin detained at picket
LI News Bulletin, Issue 228, April 14, 2011
Sergei Mitrokhin, leader of LI full
member YABLOKO, was arrested at a peaceful picket
in Moscow yesterday (13 April). Yabloko activists
were demonstrating against a cement plant, demanding
the authorities to close it down, as it poses a health
risk to nearby residents. Despite YABLOKO having applied
for permission to picket, police arrived at the scene
claiming that YABLOKO lacked a valid permission. Following
his arrest, Mr Mitrohkin was detained for more than
3 hours. Commenting on the events to LI news, Mitrohkin
says: 'Such detentions of people coming to legal and
permitted rallies and pickets have already formed
a dangerous trend in Russia: we often witness unmotivated
police violence in breaking peaceful rallies or pickets,
filing of criminal cases against people who dare to
criticise the governments or administrations or defend
their civil rights. All this means further curbing
of the freedom of speech and freedom of assembly in
contrast to loud statements made by Russian top officials.'
Sergei Mitrokhin now has to appear in court accused
of participating in an unsanctioned picket.
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the Ivoirians chance to rebuild their country"
Van Baalen: “The [Arab] democrats should be
supported without red tape – now”
Sam Rainsy meets with liberals across Scandinavia
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debated in Strasbourg
of the Youth branch of St.Petersburg YABLOKO held
a Skype conference under the FSB windows
Press Release, April 13, 2011.
Activists of the St.
Petersburg Youth branch of YABLOKO held a flashmob
in front of the Federal Security Service (FSB) office
in St. Petersburg. The action was conducted in response
to the recent statements by the representatives of
the FSB on the need to ban Gmail, Hotmail and Skype
Several activists organized a Skype-conference
directly under the windows of the Federal Security
Service. The activists held laptops connected to the
Internet and also held inscriptions "The threat
to Russian security" on their backs. The participants
of the Skype-conference discussed the recent statement
by the FSB and came to a conclusion that the idea
to ban Skype, Gmail and Hotmail was "stupid and
useless". Chair St. Petersburg Youth Yabloko
Alexander Gudimov also held a banner "Freedom
can not be banned”...
day of remembrance of the Katyn victims
Document, April 13, 2011.
The Russian United Democratic
Party YABLOKO shares the grief of the Polish people
on the day of remembrance of the Katyn tragedy.
This is also our grief about many
people - Russian, Polish and dozens of other nationalities
murdered by a ruthless regime - and crippled destinies
of many people.
All the truth about the Katyn tragedy
must be released so that not to let such things happen
We highly appreciate the efforts of
the Russian and the Polish side made at political
and expert levels so that to restore historical justice.
However, we consider it necessary
to declassify all the documents relating to the Katyn
tragedy and make them available for academics...
|April 13, 2011
leader detained by police at a picket by the administration
of one of the Moscow districts
Press Release, April 13, 2011.
Sergei Mitrokhin was detained by police at a picket
by the administration of one of the South-Eastern
District of Moscow. The picketers demanded to close
a cement plant in Pechatniki district. The plant is
situated by the Moskva-River embankment. Local residents
say the district has been growing and new blocks of
flats have been built already very close to the functioning
plant. “We breathe in the cement power,”
In 2003 the plan of the district development
envisaged a park that had to be made on the place
of the plant which had to be moved to an industrial
zone. However, the plant is still functioning in the
residential district. YABLOKO’s activists held
placards demanding to close the plant.
In 20 minutes police arrived and demanded
the picketers to leave the place. Also the police
carefully studied the allowance obtained for the picket
from the local authorities in accordance with the
or Revolution: A Book by Vladimir Kara-Murza
Press Release, April 13, 2011.
On March 22 and 24, the
Moscow and St. Petersburg offices of the Russian United
Democratic Party YABLOKO hosted the launch of Reform
or Revolution: The Quest for Responsible Government
in the First Russian State Duma, a book by Russian
historian and journalist Vladimir Kara-Murza, Jr.
The book recounts the unsuccessful attempt by the
Constitutional Democratic Party (Kadets) to form a
government during the short period of existence of
the first Russian Parliament in April–July 1906...
the 50th anniversary of the first man in space
Press Release, April 12, 2011.
...Every year on April
12, and especially in this anniversary year, we, as
on same day in 1961, which is familiar to all of us
from newsreels, take pride in this day and this man,
and all those who prepared that flight, and who at
present in such difficult conditions maintains the
reputation of Russian space industry!..
States continue to pass the buck over responsibility
for North African migrants
Press Release, ALDE, April 12, 2011
As tension continues to mount over
the treatment of migrants fleeing from North African
countries, solidarity and respect for agreed rules
amongst EU Member States appears to be falling apart.
Remarks by Italian Interior Minister, Roberto Maroni
at yesterday's JHA Council meeting in Luxembourg that
Italy might leave the EU over the issue marks a new
low in relations between Europe's Mediterranean countries
who have been passing the buck over responsibility
for processing the thousands of additional requests
for entry visas for North African migrants...
in connection with the act of terror in metro in Minsk
Press Release, April 12, 2011.
...The Russian United
Democratic Party YABLOKO and all our supporters express
condolences to all those who suffered in the barbaric
act of terror in the Minsk metro, all who lost their
next of kin and all the Belarus people.
We see that you are bearing this hardship
with dignity and honour so characteristic of your
We understand what you are feeling
now and are sharing your grief and pain...
|April 11, 2011
people came to environmental rally in Tuapse
Press Release, April 9, 2011.
Sergei Mitrokhin also made a speech at the rally.
“I have an impression now that the authorities
decided to divide the Black Sea coast into several
zones: one, where Eurochim, Rosneft and other oligarchic
structures earn their profits at the expense of health
of local residents, and the second zone for construction
of cottages and palaces for bureaucrats and oligarchs,”
Mitrokhin said. He promised to send an address to
President Medvedev demanding to prohibit the launch
of the terminal...
Artemyev congratulated Grigory Yavlinsky on his birthday
Kommersant, April 10, 2011.
On April 10 member of the Political
Committee of the YABLOKO party Grigory Yavlinsky turns
Here come congratulations to Grigory
Yavlinsky from the head of the Federal Anti-Monopoly
Service Igor Artemyev.
Dear Grigory Alexeyevich,
Please receive my heartiest congratulations on your
It is absolutely clear that our lives would have been
different if we had not the opportunity to work and
be friends with you. Your impeccable record as political
and public figure serves as model for many people
in this country and abroad. Having immense knowledge
in the world economics and politics and great professional
experience you manage to transfer these to other generations
and implement your ideas. Let me on this day express
my deep respect to you and let all your plans come
true, also wishing you success, health and prosperity
to you and your next of kin!
and texts. Algorithms
for Opposing Gender Discrimination: the International
and the Russian Experience
YABLOKO and ELDR joint conference.
Moscow, March 12, 2011
April 11, 2011.
|April 8, 2011
table “Political and Economic Development of
the Northern Caucasus: Diagnosis and Forecast”
took place in YABLOKO
Press Release, April 7, 2011.
Round table “Political and Economic
Development of the Northern Caucasus: Diagnosis and
Forecast” took place in YABLOKO. Galina Mikhalyova,
Executive Secretary of YABLOKO’s Political Committee,
noted opening the discussion that it was very important
for the party to conduct such a discussion with experts
so that to develop an alternative policies for the
|April 7, 2011
warns of a new revolution in Russia and proposes to
call a Constituent Assembly
Interfax, April 7, 2011.
...Assessing the current situation
in Russia, Yavlinsky stated that "the present
Russian political regime, which emerged after 1991
and shaped during in the past decade, has failed to
create a modern state resulting in an ongoing and
steadily deepening and insurmountable gap between
the government and people, the state and the society."
"I think that the situation which
has developed by the spring of 2011, begins threatening
the very existence of Russia. The government has been
losing the remnants of formal democratic legitimacy
[which is demonstrated by their] systematic election
fraud. People do not vote for the United Russia not
because they do not support this party, but because
people do not care about it, and because it is a normal
thing [to abstain from voting]," runs Yavlinsky’s
supports de-Stalinisation programme
Press Release, April 1, 2011.
The Russian United Democratic Party
YABLOKO supports the proposals on launching of a nation-wide
state public programme “On perpetuation of memory
of victims of the totalitarian regime…”
prepared by the Working Group on Historical Memory
of the Council for Civil Society Development and Human
Rights under the President of the Russian Federation.
YABLOKO expresses its satisfaction
in view of the fact that the proposals by the Working
Group as of their meaning and proposed measures, largely
coincide with YABLOKO’s Political Committee
decision “Overcoming of Stalinism and bolshevism
as a key factor for Russia’s transformation
in the 21st century” of February 28, 2009...
continues to push nuclear safety agenda
Press Release, ALDE, April 6, 2011
...Stressing that the consequences
of a nuclear accident go beyond national borders and
need to be tackled at a multinational level, Lena
EK (Centre Party, Sweden), ALDE spokesperson for the
Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE), said:
"There is an obvious need for close cooperation,
coordination and exchange of information within the
EU and with neighbouring third countries. We need
a strategy that goes beyond EU borders and that provides
common standards guaranteeing a high level of nuclear
|April 6, 2011
to conduct an environmental rally and a demonstration
Press Release, April 5, 2011.
An environmental rally and a demonstration
organised by the Green Russia faction of the YABLOKO
Party with support of the North Caucasus Environmental
Watch will be conducted in Tuapse, Krasnodar Area,
on April 9. The main issue of the rally is not to
allow for launching of a terminal for transshipment
of chemical fertilizers of the Eurochom company. The
terminal is built in the centre of the city...
|April 5, 2011
in Protection of St.Petersburg joined together 2,000
Press Release, April 3, 2011.
The 5th Extraordinary March in Protection
of St.Petersburg was conducted in a form of a rally.
Marches in protection of the historical part of the
city are regularly held every autumn. The action joined
together 2,000 participants. The main slogans of the
march were “We have won over the Okhta-Centre,
we will win over irresponsibility of the bureaucrats
from the city government!” and “Let us
preserve the heart of St.Petersburg!”...
|April 4, 2011
liberals greeted proposals by YABLOKO’s leader
on closer cooperation of Russian and Europe with a
storm of applause
Press Release, April 4, 2011.
YABLOKO’s leader Sergei Mitrokhin
made a speech at a congress of Norwegian liberal party
Venstre on April 3, 2011. His speech was devoted to
the issues of European integration, Russia’s
role in this process, as well as problems Russia encounter
in its development as a democratic state. Over 500
people were present at the congress: delegates of
the Venstre party and leaders of foreign sister parties.
In his speech Sergei Mitrokhin told
to his foreign colleagues about the history and the
structure of the YABLOKO party, as well as the liberal
and democratic values YABLOKO have been advocating
for almost 20 years already.
Sergei Mitrokhin also said that the
approach of the Western leaders based on Realpolitik
had failed. YABLOKO’s leader called the EU to
develop a single strategy in its relations with Russia:
“The lack of firm approach to Russia when liberal
values or human rights are concerned was regarded
as a kind of carte blanche by our elites. And now
we all have what we have”...
should derive a lesson from the disaster in Japan.
Statement by YABLOKO’s Political Committee.
The Political Committee of the Russian
United Democratic Party YABLOKO is sending deep condolences
to the Japanese people in connection with tragedy
resulting from the natural disaster. Destruction of
nuclear power stations prone with additional radiation
exposure for people and dangerous pollution of the
territories is especially dangerous and presents a
continuous threat to the population. Attempts to stop
the tragic developments have not been much successful
Liberals call for release of Ai Weiwei
ALDE, April 4, 2011
Ai Weiwei, a vocal critic of the Chinese
regime who is best known for designing Beijing's Bird's
Nest Olympic stadium and the current 'sunflower seed'
installation in London's Tate Modern, was detained
in Beijing yesterday and remains unreachable since
being held by Chinese authorities at the capital's
populism and extremism across the European Union
Press Release, ALDE, March 30, 2011
Addressing a Liberal and Democrat
conference today in Brussels, Guy Verhofstadt warned
against retreating into a "nationalist air-raid
shelter" and called for society to adapt to the
new multi-polar world whilst turning the process of
globalisation into a positive rather than negative
concept, developing humane and sustainable migration
policies and remaining true to the open society...
April 1, 2011
the danger of revolutionary moods in Russia
Statement by YABLOKO’s Political Committee.
Dramatic political events have been
taking place in the world, North Africa and the Middle
East in the recent months. Sudan split into two parts
as a result of 20 years of a bloody war. Unprecedented
for the Arab world democratic revolution won in Tunisia.
Resulting from a further spread of public disturbances,
one of the long living authoritarian regimes - the
regime of President Hosni Mubarak – collapsed
in the neighbouring Egypt. Demonstrations of protest
have been continuously erupting in the neighbouring
North African and the Gulf states: Algeria, Yemen,
Syria, Bahrain, Jordan, Morocco, Qatar, Oman and Djibouti...