|June 30, 2011
forwarded its proposals to the Strategic Initiatives
Press Release, June 29, 2011
The YABLOKO party forwarded to the
Russian Government its proposals and initiatives via
the Strategic Initiatives Agency. The Strategic Initiatives
Agency was created by the Russian Government in May
2011. It is targeted at support of socially important
projects and initiatives.
The proposals are connected with the
new strategy of Russian economic polices, local self-government
reform and reduction of tariffs in the housing and
utilities sector. The drafts were submitted by Valery
Goryachev, Executive Secretary of YABLOKO’s
Bureau. “We are going to use all the possibilities
for implementation of our projects,” Goryachev
van Baalen MEP, re-elected as President of Liberal
International, receives Friedrich-Naumann-Medal for
Press Release, ALDE, June 29, 2011
ALDE MEP Hans van Baalen (VVD, Netherlands)
has been re-elected for a second term of 18 months
as President of Liberal International during the 57th
Congress of LI in the Philippine capital Manila...
|June 29, 2011
and human rights activist’s car exploded in
Press Release, June 29, 2011
Journalist and human rights activist
Vladimir Grechaninov saw his car explode in the North-East
of Moscow at 4 a.m. today. According
to preliminary information, the police qualified this
crime as arson, and the journalists connected this
accident with his professional activities. Fortunately
Grechaninov was not affected. Grechaninov connects
this either with his professional activities or with
the activities of his spouse Marina Verigina...
proposed to Presidential Commission its programme
for Russia’s modernisation
Press Release, June 28, 2011
On June 28, 2011, a round table of
the consultative working group of the Commission under
the President of Russian Federation for modernisation
and technological development of Russia’s economy
was held in the Moscow region...
Four political parties presented their
views of modernisation and the task of innovative
development there. Ivan Bolshakov,
member of YABLOKO’s Federal Council, made a
speech about YABLOKO’s view of modernisation
and the factors hampering this process and also answered
journalists’ questions. It turned out that Bolshakov
was the only representative of a political party who
criticized the present Russia’s political system
and called to its modernisation.
“Conducting modernisation via
technological stimulation of Russia’s economy
is obviously inefficient, this should include institutional
transformation of the whole system, including political,
economic, social and socio-cultural spheres,”
Bolshakov stressed. “If this does not happen,
we shall be left with the archaic authoritarian political
system which puts Russia in line with backward countries
and failing states,” he added...
rally against the ruling United Russia party held
June 25, 2011.
A rally against the ruling
United Russia party was organised by the local YABLOKO
branch in Yaroslavl. YABLOKO’s leader Sergei Mitrokhin
also participated in the action...
“We ourselves are to blame that we
are robbed of,” he said. “We resemble the people who
have burglars in their house but do not want to catch
them under the pretext that they are tired,” Mitrokhin
added. He also said that if such a trend went on,
the country would simply cease to exist and called
everyone not to miss but vote in the coming elections...
leader disappointed that the barrier to the Russian
parliament may be reduced only from 2016.
Press Release, June 24, 2011
YABLOKO’s leader Sergei Mitrokhin
expressed his disappointment with the presidential
initiative to reduce the barrier for parties to the
Russian parliament from 2016. “It
is unclear why, if the President recognizes the present
seven per cent barrier as obviously too high, why
it is impossible to introduce amendments into the
law already now so that to reduce the barrier for
the forthcoming elections to the State Duma in December
2011,” Sergei Mitrokhin told Interfax on Thursday...
“We are pessimistic about all
these public statements by the head of the state,
realizing that he either does not want or can not
implement his often correct words into real actions,”
|June 28, 2011
and Women’s Social-Democratic Congress sign
June 22, 2011.
On June 24, YABLOKO and
Women’s Social-Democratic Congress sign partnership
agreement at the meeting of YABLOKO’s Bureau.
On behalf of YABLOKO the document was signed by party
leader Sergei Mitrokhin and Chair of the Gender Faction
Galina Mikhalyova. On behalf of the Congress the agreement
was signed by its President Tatyana Chertoritskaya.
Signing of the agreement reflects
the policies of the party towards a coalition of the
organisations sharing YABLOKO’s values. Earlier
YABLOKO had already signed such agreements with the
Green Russia and the Elder Generation that joined
YABLOKO and formed their factions within the party...
printing facility refused to print YABLOKO’s
bulletin for the rally obeying the order from the
June 24, 2011.
Tuapse subsidiary of
the Kuban Printing Works refused to print YABLOKO’s
bulletin on environmental problems “Let Us Save
the City”. YABLOKO and North Caucasus Environmental
Watch planned to conduct a rally against launching
of chemical shipments terminal on Sunday, June 26...
continues discussion of the party programme
June 23, 2011.
On June 22 a meeting
of the working group created by the Bureau of the
party on behalf of the 15th Congress of YABLOKO was
held. The group has to summarize proposals, comments
and amendments to YABLOKO’s programme.
Opening the meeting, Boris Misnik, head of the working
group, the coordinator of the Political Committee
of the party, spoke about the progress in further
development of the party programme and proposals made
by party members. "A large number of party members
and supporters were involved into such work. In total
the web-site of the party received over thirty-five
written proposals and critical remarks, many of them
will be reflected in a draft election platform of
the party," he said...
|June 27, 2011
activists arrested by “Putin’s country
cottage” at the Black Sea Coast
June 25, 2011.
Kirill Gontcharov, leader
of the Moscow Youth YABLOKO, and environmentalist
Sergei Menzhitsky were sentenced to five days of imprisonment
for alleged “physical resistance to police orders”.
They were detained in Divnomorskoye village at the
On June 24 Kirill Gontcharov, leader
of the Moscow Youth YABLOKO and environmentalists
Sergei Menzhitsky and Konstantin Andramonov were detained
in Divnomorskoye village at the Black Sea. YABLOKO
had launched an action “All-Russia Protest Against
the Stolen Black Sea Coast” protesting against
unlawful and illegal construction of cottages (especially
for top officials) in the national parks and turning
of public beaches and territories into their private
beaches and territories.
On June 25 the activists planned to
conduct a rally by “Putin’s dacha”
(“Putin’s country cottage”). And
on June 24 they inspected the national park of the
relict Pitsunda pine (as it has been detected previously
that part of the relict trees were cut for construction
of the Governor’s residence)...
|June 24, 2011
ALDE: "No new border controls inside the EU"
Press Release, ALDE, June 23, 2011
ALDE will strongly condemn any attempt
to create any additional mechanism and possibilities
of making it easier for Member States to re-introduce
border checks. This is one of the messages of the
ALDE group to today's European Council summit due
to decide over migration and the governance of the
Liberal wins round two of Moldovan elections
ELDR Press Release, June 22, 2011.
Last Sunday (19 June) witnessed the
second round of the Moldovan local elections. The
first round of the local elections, held on Sunday
5 June, were very fruitful for ELDR member Partidul
Liberal (PL), as reported by ELDR on 8 June –
and offered plenty of potential for the second round,
with the capital Chisinau still undecided and over
100 liberal candidates still in the running around
|June 23, 2011
YABLOKO and ecologists’ protests President Medvedev
postponed launching of chemical terminals at the Black
June 22, 2011.
and ecologists protests President Medvedev postponed
launching of a chemical terminal at Tuapse and a masut
transshipment terminal at Novorossiysk until public
hearings on assessment of environmental risks of these
projects. The YABLOKO party
which was one of the organisers of protests against
hazardous productions welcomes this decision...
The President mandated Prime Minister
Putin and Governor of Krasnodar Region Alexander Tkachyov
with controlling functions over finalization of the
projects (by October 1) with regard to ecological
expertise and public hearings...
steps to fight corruption
Mitrokhin’s blog at the Echo Moskvi web-site,
June 22, 2011
The issue of today’s radio programme
“People Are Against” has been whether
it is possible to knockdown corruption in Russia?
My answer is: yes, it is, and
the key condition here is the WILL OF THE TOP OFFICIAL
OF THE STATE. After which the following steps can
|June 22, 2011
Mitrokhin: decision by the Justice Ministry to deny
registration to the People's Freedom Party means derogation
of the rights of supporters of this party
Sergei Mitrokhin expressed his indignation with the
decision of the Justice Ministry to deny registration
to People’s Freedom Party (PNS).
“I am expressing indignation
with the actions of the registrator. We do not share
many of the political views of PNS, but we believe
that this movement reflects the ideas of a particular
part of society and has already proved being a political
organisation,” he told Interfax on Wednesday.
According to Mitrokhin, “the
denial to register PNS means not only a denial of
rights to its members, but also to those who support
“I hope that in case PNS goes
to court, an objective decision will be taken and
the party will be registered and be able to participate
in the parliamentary elections,” Mitrokhin concluded...
lit 1418 candles for each day of war 1941 - 1945
June 22, 2011.
A mourning action 1418
candles for each day of war 1941 – 1945 was
held in the Victory Park, Moscow, at night June 22.
YABLOKO’s activists and ordinary citizens lit
1418 candles by the memorial stone “1941”
in the Victory Park at Poklonnaya Gora, Moscow.
The number of candles corresponded
to the 1418 days of war with fascists...
57th Congress elects new Bureau
LI News Bulletin, Issue 238, June 21, 2011
The delegates assembled at the Congress
in Manila had the exciting task of voting for a new
Bureau in an election where 8 candidates were competing
for the 6 Vice President positions. The President
of Liberal International, Hans van Baalen MEP will
continue for a second term in his position, as will
incumbent Deputy President Juli Minoves. The Vice
Presidents on the new Bureau will be: Lamine Ba (PDS,
Senegal), Bi-Khim Hsiao (DPP, Taiwan), Wolfgang Gerhadt
MP (FDP, Germany and President of the Friedrich Naumann
Foundation), Abir Al-Sahlani (Centerpartiet, Sweden),
Josep Soler (LiD, Catalonia) and Dzhevdet Chakarov
MP. Former Vice President on the Bureau Robert Woodthorpe
Browne (Liberal Democrats, UK) and former co-opted
Bureau member Senator Art Eggleton (Liberal Party,
Canada) will function as Treasurers on the new Bureau...
Aquino addresses 57th LI Congress at the Presidential
Palace in Manila
LI welcomes new member parties
Liberal International members agree on resolutions
Congress Theme Resolution: Human Rights and Trade
Inspiring speeches by liberal leaders at Congress
Congress panels with prominent speakers focus on Theme
LI President awarded Friedrich Naumann Foundation's
on the death of Yelena Bonner
June 19, 2011.
Yelena Georgievna Bonner
was the person whose moral example will remain in
history and influence other generations...
Yelena Bonner and Andrei Sakharov
became the pride of free thinking, independence, selflessness
Keeping our memory of them must be
our conscious action.
We express our condolences to the
family and all friends of Yelena Georgievna Bonner...
EU must insist that Russia respect the rule of law
Press Release, ALDE, June 9, 2011
On the eve of the next EU-Russia summit
to be held on 9-10 June in Nizhny Novgorod, ALDE has
reiterated its call for more pressure to be put on
Russia to uphold her international commitments and
obligations but considers that there is insufficient
progress on common issues to justify continuing with
two summits a year...
dei Valori wins!
ELDR Press Release, June 6, 2011.
In key run-off local elections held
in Italy last weekend, ELDR member Italia dei Valori
and the coalition it is part of won over Prime Minister’s
Berlusconi’s conservative coalition.
In Naples, ELDR MEP Luigi de Magistris
won 65% of the vote in a landslide victory over Mr
Berlusconi's candidate, Gianni Lettieri. Other such
key cities include Milan, Mr Berlusconi and Lega Nord’s
power base, run by these parties for the last 18 years,
as well as Turin, Bologna, Trieste, Cagliari.
June 1, 2011
No more delays in introducing a Common European Asylum
System by 2012
Press Release, ALDE, June 1, 2011
Ahead of the Polish Presidency, the
Commission proposed today modifications to the Asylum
Reception Conditions and Asylum Procedures Directives
(tabled respectively in 2008 and 2009) to overcome
the ongoing impasse and give new impetus to negotiations.
ALDE welcomes that the revised proposals maintain
the core purpose of the original directives and calls
on the Council to avoid wasting more time...
new member in the liberal family!
ELDR Press Release, May 30, 2011.
ELDR Party President Annemie Neyts-Uyttebroeck
addressed the delegates of the Democratic Alliance
Party in Greece at their founding Congress on 27 May
2011 in Athens, Greece. This party is led by Dora
Bakoyannis, a former foreign minister and mayor of
Athens who left the opposition New Democracy Party
last year over differences over the economic and budgetary
reforms necessary to deal with the current crisis...