|August 31, 2012
Electoral Commission has "lost" documents
of the top candidate of "YABLOKO - United Democrats"
Press Release, August 31,
United Democrats” list submitted
all the required documents for registration in the
elections to the Legislative Assembly of the Krasnodar
Region. The receipt of the documents was confirmed
by the Commission. However, yesterday the web-site
of the Electoral Commission published a list of candidates
who had submitted their documents to the commission
and Andrei Rudomakha was not in that list. Yet YABLOKO
has got no answer from the Commission explaining this.
The Krasnodar branch of YABLOKO will be investigating
this sudden "loss" of documents.
Andrei Rudomakha, leader of the Krasnodar
branch of YABLOKO and top candidate in the list of
“YABLOKO - United Democrats” has been
also nominated to run for the Sochi single-mandate
electoral district No 48, where he should compete
with Viktor Teplyakov, Sochi Deputy Secretary of the
Political Council of the ruling United Russia party...
leader meets the leader of Alleanza Liberali, Malta
Press Release, August 31,
On August 28, 2012, YABLOKO leader
Sergei Mitrokhin met with John Zammit, leader and
founder of Alleanza Liberali, Malta. The meeting was
also attended by Galina Mikhalyova, Deputy Chair of
the Moscow branch of YABLOKO and the Executive Secretary
of the Political Committee and Olga Radayeva, YABLOKO
John Zammit spoke about the current
political situation in Malta and the activities of
Alleanza Liberali. The party was founded in 2006.
Today Alleanza Liberali has an observer status in
the ELDR and is going to become a full member of the
ELDR this year. Alleanza Liberali focuses on fight
against corruption, protection of civil rights and
freedoms, including fight against restrictions imposed
on the citizens of Malta by the Catholic Church (e.g.
bans on divorce and abortions). The party has been
also active in education and environmental protection...
|August 30, 2012
Mitrokhin to Governor Tkachyov: after a terrible flood
in South Russia money should be allotted to creation
of the alerting system, not only to cleaning of rivers’
Press Release, August 30,
YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin said
that measures scheduled by the regional administration
for prevention of floods in the Krasnodar Territory
are insufficient. Yesterday Governor Alexander Tkachyov
announced that regional administration was going to
allot 3 billion rubles for cleaning and deepening
of rivers’ beds, however, he did not say anything
about creation of a system which would alert the population
in case of a coming flood...
...YABLOKO has been demanding resignation
of Alexander Tkachyov who bears full responsibility
for the consequences of the tragic July floods leading
to numerous human victims. The party is seeking a
thorough investigation into the Governor's actions.
environmentalist Suren Gazaryan faces several years
of imprisonment due to a new case launched against
North Caucasus Environmetal
Watch. Press Release, August 30, 2012.
Russian authorities have launched
a new criminal probe against environmental activist
Suren Gazaryan after he led an inspection of a public
shore near what we believe is President Vladimir Putin's
Black Sea dacha for violations. The proceedings are
an attempt to stop the activist's efforts to expose
illegal palaces built on public funds or land and
cutting off access to a public shore...
Suren Gazaryan is required by police
to attend a session of questioning regarding the alleged
death threat on September 4. He can be kept in custody
before trial which has turned into a common practice
for persecution of Russian opposition activists.
of a true European liberal
ELDR News, August 29, 2012.
It is with great sadness that we announce
the recent death of one of the truly early Europeans,
Prof. Dr. Horst Günter Krenzler on July 20, 2012
at the age of 79.
Prof. Krenzler had a distinguished career in the European
Commission - till 1996 - as Director General for External
Relations. Afterwards, he taught International and
European Law at the Munich Ludwig Maximilian University...
|August 28, 2012
rights activists Valery Borschyov and Andrei Babushkin
are among the first candidates to the new Human Rights
Council under President of Russia
Interfax, August 27, 2012.
On Monday the working group of the
Human Right Council began examination of CVs of new
candidates to the Council.
Renowned human rights activists Valery
Borschyov, member of YABLOKO’s Political Committee,
and Andrei Babushkin, member of YABLOKO Bureau, were
among the first persons whose CVs were approved and
thus will participate in the Internet consultation...
The working group will examine about
190 CVs of the candidates. The CVs were forwarded
from non-profit organisations, Russian Ombudsman and
According to the presidential decree
of 2011, the Council will comprise 40 members.
|August 27, 2012
Mitrokhin: "Vladimir Putin's promise to evacuate
residents from the flooding area in Krymsk has remained
Press Release, August 26,
On August 25, YABLOKO leader Sergei
Mitrokhin held a series of meetings with the residents
of Krymsk area which suffered a terrible
flood in July.
The meetings had to identify the cases
of non-fulfillment by the authorities of their obligations
to the residents who lost their property in the flood.
People reported red tape in
getting compensation for lost property and money for
repairs, continuous “losing” by officials
of their documents submitted in order to get a compensation
and small size of compensations insufficient for repairs.
The residents resented such bureaucratic formalism
when people were denied compensation...
The police tried to debar Mitrokhin
from meeting the residents. Also several cars with
representatives of local administration followed YABLOKO
leader at the meetings. At the end Mitrokhin managed
to make the local officials cooperate in the solution
of the problems of the Krymsk residents.
to Court: Cancel the verdict on Pussy Riot
LI News Bulletin, Issue 297, August 23, 2012
Commenting on the two year sentence
given to the Russian Pussy Riot punk group, LI 2004
Prize for Freedom laureate and former leader of Yabloko
(LI Full Member), Grigory Yavlinsky said: “The
political protest by Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova
and Ekaterina Samutsevich has in fact very serious
grounds. It is a protest against election fraud conducted
to usurp power, and against censorship in the media,
the lies and corruption, hypocrisy and injustice.
The long term of imprisonment of the girls, forcing
the atmosphere of unforgiveness and vengeance, does
much more harm to the Russian society than their outrage
in the temple.” Yabloko has condemned the controversial
trial of the three members of the Russian band since
their arrest on charges of hooliganism and religious
hostility after performing a protest song against
President Vladimir Putin at Moscow's main Cathedral.
Yavlinsky expressed hope that the Russian High Court
will cancel the wrong verdict and set the girls free
as this will correspond both to the interests of the
country and the goals of the Church.
Eggleton changes strategy on poverty – emphasises
LI HRC Chair: continued defence of political prisoners
Cambodia’s Opposition Leader at LI
DA calls for resignations after mineworkers’
German Liberal Minister fights for same-sex adoption
ELDR: “Moldova must continue democratic reforms”
Mitrokhin demands from the interior to investigate
the lawfulness of policemen’s actions during
detention of Garry Kasparov
Press Release, August 21,
YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin applied
to Anatoly Yakunin, head of the Moscow interior, demanding
to conduct official investigation of the lawfulness
of policemen’s actions during detention of Garry
Kasparov, Russian opposition figure and ex World Chess
Champion, by Khamovnichesky court during the Pussy
Riot trial. In his appeal Mitrokhin
refers to the documentary
The authors of the documentary filmed
the detention of the ex World Chess Champion. "Obviously,
the police had no reasons to arrest Garry Kasparov,"
Mitrokhin wrote in the letter. Indeed, during a few
seconds before his arrest Garry Kasparov was talking
to reporters and was not breaking the law. Garry
Kasparov was detained by Khamovnichesky in Moscow
on August17 during the hearing of the court verdict
on the controversial action by punk band Pussy Riot
at the Christ the Savior Cathedral...
In his letter YABLOKO leader also
responded to the initiative of Anton Tsvetkov, head
of public organization "Russian Officers",
who had proposed to introduce criminal liability for
non-obeying police. According to Mitrokhin, another
measure should be introduced toughening the liability
for policemen for lying. "First
of all police officers must be punished for lying.
In can tell that when I or my colleagues were brought
to a police department there was not a single case
when policemen did not use lies to achieve their goals.
Therefore it is necessary to introduce a very large
penalty for policemen for lying with their subsequent
disqualification from the service," Mitrokhin
told to Interfax on Tuesday.
Yavlinsky on the Pussy Riot case
Grigory Yavlinsky’s Live Journal, August 17,
...Organizing the lawsuit in the form
that we have the misfortune to watch, the authorities
are aiming at intimidation.
This is not good for the country,
and it is harmful to the Church. Intimidation is not
the solution. Perhaps fear may drive the protest depthward
for some time, but it will not disappear, and at some
circumstances it will come to the surface in a much
more radical forms that are more dangerous for the
society. This may be compared with a fire in the peat
fields which goes only depthwards when they are trying
to put it out not correctly, and at hot weather it
comes powerfully to the surface as even a greater
From the legal point of view, the
court should have determined whether the girls’
action had caused considerable harm to the society
and whether their action had displayed the signs of
public danger in the sense of a criminal law, and
base their conclusions not on manipulative reasons...
|August 3, 2012
activists conducted pickets for resignation of Governor
of the Krasnodar Territory Alexander Tkachyov
Press Release, August 3, 2012.
Today YABLOKO activists conducted
a series of pickets for the resignation of Alexander
Tkachyov, Governor of the Krasnodar Territory. The
action was held by the Permanent Mission of the Krasnodar
Territory in Moscow. YABLOKO activists were standing
in turn by the Mission with slogans “Tkachyov,
“After the tragic flood in Krymsk,
[South Russia], Tkachyov have to resign. The liability
for the failure to alert the residents of the coming
flood lies directly on the government of the Krasnodar
Territory. I am ready to stand here 24 hours a day
until Tkachyov leaves post,” told Sergei Sokolov,
participant of the action and the deputy of Municipal
condemns controversial Pussy Riot Trial
LI News Bulletin, Issue 294, August 2, 2012
Yabloko's leader Sergei Mitrokhin (LI
Full Member, Russia) voiced his concerns that the
violation committed by Pussy Riot members does not
constitute grounds for keeping
them in custody. He said: “The developments
demonstrate once again that we can hardly speak about
any genuine liberalization of law-enforcement in Russia.
Considering the political roots of the incident we
cannot rule out that such tough measures are a mere
revenge of the authoritarian state who are using juridical
mechanisms as a reprisal instrument used on personal
motives.” In a statement condemning the arrest
of three female members of the Russian band “Pussy
Riot”, Yabloko expressed clear disagreement
with the charges of hooliganism and religious hostility
brought against them, calling on the authorities for
their immediate release, especially since two of them
are mothers of small children. The members of the
group were arrested in February after performing a
protest song against President Vladimir Putin at Moscow's
main Cathedral. If convicted the women could spend
up to seven years in prison.
welcomes President Ouattara in London
Georgian liberals alert of intimidation ahead of elections
Nick Clegg meets Ban Ki Moon to discuss Arms Trade
Syrian refugees in need of more assistance
Under President Franco "normality and tranquility"
Minister Niebel on aiding developing democracies
Russen auf die Straße treibt
Weser Kurier, 27.07.2012.
Von Solveig Rixmann
In Russland protestieren Bürgerinnen
und Bürger seit Monaten gegen ihre Regierung.
Trotz erheblicher Gegenwehr der Regierungspartei "Einiges
Russland" und obwohl die Polizei gegen die Demonstranten
vorgeht, verstummen die kritischen Stimmen nicht.
Die Bevölkerung ist unzufrieden und Putins überdrüssig
– wie Galina Michaleva während der Russland-Tage
der Uni Bremen berichtete...
|August 2, 2012
office opens in Novouralsk, Sverdlovsk Region
Press Release, August 1, 2012.
YABLOKO office opened in Novouralsk,
Sverdlovsk Region. Maxim Petlin, head of the Sverdlovsk
Region branch of YABLOKO, Galina Mikhlyova, YABLOKO
Bureau member, and Kirill Gontcharov, leader of the
Youth YABLOKO in Moscow, visited the office.
Vladimir Plyusnin, well-known environmentalist
and chair of the YABLOKO branch in Pervouralsk, greeted
the guests in the new office. Plyusnin told the guests
about the economic and political situation in the
city on the threashold of elections to the local Council
on October 14.
YABLOKO’s Regional Conference
which will take place on August 5 has to nominate
party candidates to run in the elections. It is expected
that well-known public figures in the city, businessmen
and local party activists will be included into YABLOKO’s
|August 1, 2012
Governor Tkachyov and government of the Krasnodar
region should be held liable for the tragedy in Krymsk
Press Release, July 31, 2012.
Governor of the Krasnodar Territory
Alexander Tkachyov, his deputies and officials of
the regional Emergency Ministry Department should
be included into suspects in investigation of the
causes of flooding in Krymsk, South Russia. Such a
statement was made by YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin
at today's press conference, which drew up the first
results of YABLOKO's investigation of the causes of
Activists from the North Caucasus
Environmental Watch, Andrei Rudomakha, leader of the
Krasnodar branch of YABLOKO, Yugeny Vitishko, chairman
of the Tuapse branch of YABLOKO and Yugeny Pimkin,
resident of Volgograd region whose son died in a flood
in Gelendzhik trying to save people, also participated
in the press-conference. According
to YABLOKO's activists, a natural calamity coupled
with negligence of the governments lead to such a
large number of casualties in Krymsk. No system for
public notification in case of emergency had been
created in the region prone to flooding. Possible
negative consequences of economic activities in the
region that may lead to flooding had been also neglected.
The governments learned nothing from the experience
of the disaster in 2002, when a flood in Krymsk killed