are trying to disrupt the meeting of Sergei Mitrokhin
and YABLOKO’s candidates for the forthcoming
elections with the residents of Ilsky village
Press Release, September 28,
A meeting of YABLOKO’s candidates
to run in the regional and local elections (the voting
day on October 14) with the residents of the Ilsky
village, the Krasnodar Territory, is taking place
now. According to YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin,
provocateurs from the local administration and the
police are trying to disrupt the meeting.
The main issue of the meeting is the
discussion of the situation around environmentally
unfriendly Ilsky refinery, which is a factor of serious
pollution in the area. Expansion of the plant and
violation of environmental standards have led to a
sharp increase of morbidity in the area and growth
of the death rate. All this provokes fair indignation
of the local population. The residents of the area
demand that unlawful expansion of refinery should
candidate Murad Nurmuradov severely beaten in attack
LI News Bulletin, Issue 302, September 27, 2012
Russian lawyer and liberal candidate
Murad Nurmuradov was badly
attacked in the city of Tver on 25 September.
Nurmuradov is one of the top figures on the YABLOKO
(Russian United Democratic Party, LI full member)
list of candidates for elections to the Tver City
Duma. According to reports, two unidentified men in
masks and camouflage uniforms entered Nurmuradov's
office and attacked him. This has led to Nurmuradov
being hospitalized with a broken arm and other multiple
injuries, including to his head. In a statement Sergei
Mitrokhin, YABLOKO chair and opposition member of
the Moscow City Duma, said: “Members of the
Tver branch of YABLOKO do not rule out the political
causes of the case — an attack against a principled
lawyer attorney and increasingly popular politician.
An open attack against a registered candidate is a
challenge to the city and its residents. We demand
a thoroughly investigation of this case by the law
enforcement. The goal of the crime was clearly intimidation.
But they will not scare us!”
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"Liberal Belarus" programme draws praise
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UN: Cambodia to become a “real liberal democracy”
Duma Commission to conduct investigation on deputies’
commercial activities on Sergei Mitrokhin’s
Press Release, September 27,
Today, the State Duma Commission on
the audit on the data submitted by MPs on their incomes
and property will consider the case of five more Duma
deputies on the inquiry of YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin.
The audit will be conducted on the cases of four United
Russia MPs: Andrei Skotch, Vasily Tolstopyatov, Grigory
Anikeyev, Airat Khairullin and LDPR’s Vladimir
It would be more difficult of the
Duma to apply double standards in dealing with these
cases. "If the Investigative Committee conducts
a careful investigation, than the circumstances of
violations demonstrated by the United Russia deputies
will not differ from the “Gudkov case”
at all,” Mitrokhin said.
The Commission will consider the cases
of nine deputies. Five cases will be considered dealing
with Mitrokhin’s inquiry and four more cases
(of "United Russia" MPs Yelena Nikolayeva,
Alexei Knyshev, Vladimir Pekhtin and Ilya Kostunov)
will be considered for on Sergei Mironov’s inquiry.
The Commission meeting is scheduled for 13:30, it
will be held in camera.
candidate to run in the elections in Tver severely
Press Release, September 26,
On September 25, 2012, Murad Nurmuradov,
a lawyer and one of the top figures in YABLOKO’s
list of candidates for elections to the Tver City
Duma was attacked in Tver.
Two unidentified men in masks and
camouflage uniforms entered Nurmuradov’s office
and severely beaten him. Nurmuradov was hospitalized
with a head injury, broken arm and other multiple
According to the results of the audits
conducted by Nurmuradov in seven municipal companies,
all seven directors of these companies were dismissed
and personnel changes in the Tver city administration
forces united so that to fight election fraud in the
Yeisk district, Krasnodar Territory
Press service of the Krasnodar
Candidates from the opposition parties
who will run in the elections to the Legislative Assembly
of the Krasnodar Territory and Municipal Council of
the Yeisk District created a joint Coordinating Council
for counteraction to violations in elections.
Total defiance of the law and constitutional
rights and liberties of the citizens has turned into
everyday practices in Russia. The authorities in Yeisk
have already tried to prevent the candidates from
the opposition from campaigning. The opposition parties
decided to join their efforts in the fight against
election fraud and created a Single Centre for Response
to Violations at elections.
On September 23, YABLOKO initiated
a meeting of the opposition. The meeting was attended
by the candidates from the YABLOKO party, the Communist
Party, the Just Russia party, and independent candidates.
The meeting established a Coordinating
Council which should get all information on violations
in campaigning and voting and make decisions on counteracting
these violations. Also it was decided that a joint
training of election observers should be held, and
feed-back with members of electoral commissions should
parliament elects new President
ELDR News, September 26, 2012.
On Tuesday, Dutch liberal MP Anouchka
van Miltenburg was elected as the new President of
the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of the Dutch Parliament.
Before, Van Miltenburg was Deputy leader of the VVD
parliamentary group. Two other candidates stood in
the election, Khadija Arib (Social Democrats) and
Gerard Schouw (ELDR member D66).
VVD Group Leader Stef Blok welcomed
her election: "We're proud Anouchka won the election.
The Parliament will have a tough, fair and cheerful
chairwoman. I wish her all the best."
State Duma once again demonstrated double standards
Press Release, September 20,
...The Commission did not find “any
grounds for launching an investigation” on the
four deputies. However, YABLOKO had laid claims to
three of the MPs – Demchenko, Reznik and Lebedev
– the same as the claims laid by the Duma to
oppositional MP Gennady Gudkov.
“The Duma decided that MPs can
set up new businesses during their term, however,
they are not allowed to change directors of these
companies (Ed. Gennady Gudkov was deprived of his
mandate exactly for voting for a new director of a
company set up before his term of office). This is
a clear manifestation of double standards,”
...An inquiry on Adrei Skotch was
filed in July 2012. A person from the Forbes list
did not possess any property or income as of his official
income statement. Skotch explained this discrepancy
between the declared and the real property by transferring
his business to his father. He also added that he
lived as a dependant of his father. YABLOKO insisted
that Skotch had to declare the assets allocated to
him by his father.
Committee “Democratic Petersburg” created
a permanent democratic coalition
Press Release, September 19,
Coalition "Democratic Petersburg"
will coordinate and conduct mass-scale public actions
of the democratic forces, as well as other events.
In the near future the coalition plans to organise
the traditional "March Against Hatred" which
normally takes place in late October. In addition,
the coalition will support the initiatives and projects
of its member organisations.
Also the coalition will continue collection of signatures
for per-term elections to the State Duma and the Legislative
Assembly of St. Petersburg. This work began at the
rally on Saturday.
The coalition adopted a special statement on the Democratic
March and a rally that took place on Saturday, September
takes steps towards concrete actions on human rights
abuses in Russia
Press Release, ALDE, September 20, 2012
Kristina Ojuland, ALDE Spokesperson
on Russia and the rapporteur on ‘Magnitsky Law’
for the European Parliament welcomed broad support
from the Foreign Affairs Committee this morning for
her report recommending to the Council establishing
common visa restrictions for Russian officials involved
in the Sergei Magnitsky case. This report will now
come before the whole European Parliament for vote
majority rids Duma of any credibility
Press Release, ALDE, September 14, 2012
Guy Verhofstadt: "Today's dismisal
of Gennady Gudkov, Member of the State Duma for Just
Russia opposition party demonstrates clearly that
in Putin's Russia there is no space for dissent and
opposition. Putin's majority in the Duma appears to
be there for rubberstamping decrees. That is not in
accordance with the norms of a Council of Europe member
questions the legal basis for depriving Gennady Gudkov
of his mandate while saying nothing about 29 MPs running
Press Release, September 5,
..."The authorities accuse Gennady
Gudkov of acquiring a business when he was an MP.
They say that an MP can not be represented on the
board of a commercial organization. However, if one
gets a share in a open liability company, he or she
can not avoid it, - Mitrokhin wrote in his blog. -
If an MP has run such a business for a long time,
and he promptly gave it in trust, than [head of Russian
Investigation Committee] Bastrykin considers that
such a person has not violated the law”.
"I think that such an interpretation of the law
seems too broad. Perhaps it would be wise to clarify
the requirements of the law first, and after punish
deputies. But one thing is clear: if Gudkov is deprived
of his mandate, than United Russia MPs must follow.
Otherwise it is a selective enforcement of the law,
" Mitrokhin concluded.
Yavlinsky: A clue to changing the country is "not
to lie and not to steal"
Russia-1 TV channel, September
...Solovyov: Grigory Alexeyevich,
we have been actively discussing the beginning of
the political season here. What is your forecast for
this autumn - what issues will be most important...?
Yavlinsky: ... But speaking about the forecast, it
is, unfortunately, not very difficult. What forecast
can be given, if it is obvious that laws in the country
function very relatively? That court is not independent.
That property rights depend on the power and the power
and property have merged into one entity.
But more than that, what forecast can be made, if
a dramatic decline of culture, political culture and
general culture, in the country has become an absolute
And it is reflected, for example,
in the structure of [Russia’s] budget. Simply
look how much is allotted on education and how much
on health care and the development of the country,
and how much on other directions... Well, what forecast
can you make proceeding from this? Maybe only for
the next two months?
These are strategic issues.
Solovyov: Does this mean that you see the coming disaster?
Yavlinsky: I would say it is a disaster, but large
hardships are definitely ahead...
congratulates both Dutch liberal parties on election
Press Release, ALDE, September 13, 2012
Guy VERHOFSTADT, leader of the Alliance
of Liberals and Democrats in the European Parliament,
congratulates VVD-leader Mark Rutte, who again won
the Dutch elections last night and D66-leader Alexander
Pechtold, after an election campaign in which Europe
played a leading role. "I warmly congratulate
Mark Rutte on achieving the best ever results for
the VVD and Alexander Pechtold on increasing the number
of seats for D66 for the fifth time in a row.
I am looking forward to continue working with them
in the months and years ahead"...
leader of public movement against the construction
of the Kudepstinskaya thermal plant dies under unclear
Press Release, September 12,
YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin expressed
condolences to the family and friends of Anatoly Makhnovsky,
Chairman of the Territorial Council of local self-government
for Kudepsta residential district, who suddenly died
Makhnovsky, aged 70, died on September
11 about 1 p.m. under unclear circumstances.
According to one of the versions,
he was talking to a local woman at a bus stop, stumbled,
fell down, hit his head and died. However, there is
additional information: two police officers were standing
next to him and their role was unclear. Moreover,
a folder with documents on the disputed Kudepstinskaya
thermal plant he had with him during the accident
It is not ruled out that Makhnovsky’s
death was connected with his fight against the construction
of the Kudepstinskaya thermal plant...
to control and monitor elections to the Penza Legislative
Assembly together with the Civil Control movement
Press Release, September 10,
The Penza regional branch of YABLOKO
and the Civil Control movement signed an agreement
on the joint organization of civil control over voting
and counting of votes in the elections to the Legislative
Assembly of the Penza region.
According to Olga Sorokina, Deputy Chair of the Penza
branch of YABLOKO, "The tasks of the party during
the pre-election period and the elections coincide
with the aims of the Civil Control movement, and we
will definitely involve members and supporters of
the party, especially its young members and public
activists to the civil control over elections and
counting of votes"...
500 people participated in a rally against Kudepstinskaya
heat power plant
Press Release, September 10,
On September 9, a rally against construction
of a thermal power plant in Kudepsta near Sochi brought
together over 500 residents of Sochi. YABLOKO leader
Sergei Mitrokhin asked the developer to submit the
Local residents oppose the construction of environmentally
hazardous industrial facilities, the operation of
which will result in air pollution, noise and other
factors posing a serious threat to the health of tens
of thousands of residents and holiday-makers in Sochi.
Sochi administration and the Olympstroy company plan
to locate the thermal plant in the centre of a densely
populated resort area...
Yavlinsky wants independent television channel Dozhd
to come to St. Petersburg
Press Release, September 7,
Grigory Yavlinsky, leader of the Yabloko
faction in the St. Petersburg’s parliament,
proposed to the largest cable operator in the city
to include television channel
Dozhd (Rain) into the basic package of TV channels
offered to braod public.
Grigory Yavlinsky expressed his certainty
that St.Petersburg viewers would be interested in
receiving honest news and discussion programmes, as
well as live broadcasts by the channel, such as had
been done by Dozhd from winter and spring mass-scale
rallies in Moscow and on the flooding in South Russia.
YABLOKO leader also added that audience
would be interested in the views of the leading journalists
of the Dozhd channel, including Leonid Parfyonov,
Pavel Lobkov, Mikhail Kozyrev, Mikhail Fishman, Mikhail
Zygar and Ksenia Sobchak...
Mitrokhin fined for talking to bloggers and journalists
Press Release, September 7,
Olga Zatomskaya, Judge of a Moscow
court of the first instance, imposed a RUR 2,000 fine
of YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin for his talking
to journalists and bloggers during the protest action
of June 6. The court's decision bases on a false testimony
of witnesses and police. The party intends to appeal
against this decision...
presented its publications at the 25th Moscow International
Press Release, September 5,
The YABLOKO party presented its publications
at the 25th Moscow International Book Fair, which
opened today at the Exhibition Centre.
Irina Kopkina, Deputy Chair of the Moscow branch of
YABLOKO, noted that “there is no other party
which would publish annually dozens of new books,
research papers and useful booklets”...
to present its publications at the Moscow International
Press Release, September 4,
YABLOKO will present its publications
at the 25th Moscow International Book Fair which will
take place on September 5 – 10 at the Exhibition
On the opening day, September 5, YABLOKO’s authors
will present their books in Hall 75 "A"
(reception hall). The presentation will be attended
by the party Chairman Sergei Mitrokhin, Bureau members
Andrei Babushkin, human rights activist, and Galina
Mikhalyova, Gender faction leader, and Tatyana Ovcharenko,
head of the Party School of Active Citizen. The presentation
will begin at 13:00. The visitors of the Fair can
get YABLOKO’s books at stand E70 Hall "A"
of municipal candidates from “YABLOKO –
United Democrats” submitted to electoral commissions
of the Tver region
Press Release, September 3,
Local electoral commissions of the
Tver region confirmed the receipt of lists of municipal
candidates from “YABLOKO – United Democrats”.
The candidates from the bloc will run in the elections
to the City Duma of Vishny Volochok city and the Legislative
Assembly of Udomelsky District.
In Vishny Volochok the party lost
is topped by Vladimir Tarasov, ex head of a poultry
farm. Tarasov is well-know in the city as a professional
in farming and also in the utilities sector.
Other candidates also represent small
businesses. Young people under 35 constitute 75 per
cent of the list which is regarded as a competitive
advantage by the “YABLOKO – United Democrats”
candidates have to compete against their namesakes
at Yeisk elections
Press Release, September 1,
YABLOKO’s candidates Alexander and
Ekaterina Baturinets have to face an new obstacle
in running in the elections in Yeisk, the Krasnodar
region. They have to compete against their namesakes
(a guard and a shop assistant residing in a different
district) at the Yeisk elections.
The election campaign to the Legislative
Assembly of the Krasnodar region is in full swing
- the elections will take place on October 14. The
regional authorities have been closely observing campaigning
by the candidates from the opposition - the electoral
bloc "YABLOKO - United Democrats". Representatives
of YABLOKO, the Republican Party of Russia (PARNAS),
the Democratic Choice, Solidarnost, and a large number
of non-partisan civil society activists and oppositional
public figures are on the list of candidates from
the bloc. The authorities have begun employing a variety
of political strategies to prevent the oppositional
candidates from running in the elections.
Alexander Baturinets from Yeisk is one of the strongest
candidates from the "YABLOKO - United Democrats"
bloc. He is known for the public campaign "Public
Protest: for Yeisk without Oil Terminals". He
is also a deputy in the Yeisk District Council. Baturinets
has been named a leader of the race by public opinion
polls being ahead of a candidate from the ruling United
Russia by several per cent...
Committee "Democratic Petersburg" applies
for the "March of Millions"
Press Service of St. Petersburg
YABLOKO, August 31, 2012.
On August 31, on the first day of
submitting an application in accordance with the law,
the Organisational Committee "Democratic Petersburg"
applied for conducting of the "March of Millions"
on September 15. The public action will consist of
a demonstration (a march) and a rally. The march will
begin at 1 p.m., a rally will be held at 2 p.m. The
exact route of the procession and a place for the
rally will be announced later after obtaining an approval
from the city administration.
The demands and slogans of the "March
of Millions" in St. Petersburg will be as follows:
change of the present political regime, fair elections,
protection of human rights, provision of real social
equality and protection of historical part of the
city. The organizers expect that the number of participants
in the march will amount to about five thousand people.
The Organisational Committee "Democratic Petersburg"
was created on August 28 and comprises representatives
from political parties, social, human rights and political
organisations, YABLOKO, the Republican Party of Russia
– PARNAS, the Christian Democrats, the Libertarian
Party, the Russian Socialist Movement, the People's
Labour Union of Russian Solidarists, the Russian Social
Democratic Union of the Youth, Student Action, Vikhod
(Exit), the LGBT Initiative, the Women Voters League,
Youth Human Rights Group and the Alliance of Heterosexuals
for the Equality for LGBT...
Commission of the Penza region registered YABLOKO’s
list of candidates to run in the elections to the
regional Legislative Assembly
Press Release, August 31,
On August 28 the Electoral Commission
of the Penza region registered YABLOKO’s list of candidates
to run in the elections to the regional Legislative
YABLOKO’s list contains 22 candidates.
It is topped by Sergei Oleinik, President of the non-profit
foundation AntiSPID (AntiAIDS). Other top candidates
are Sergei Illiyev, deputy of local self-government,
and Yuri Voblikov, human rights activists.
The elections to the Legislative Assembly
of the Penza region will take place on October 14,
18 regional deputies will be elected according to
the parties lists.