|October 30, 2012
Bureau expels Chair of the Bryansk branch of YABLOKO
who supported Governor Denin during elections
Press Release, October 28,
The Federal Bureau of the YABLOKO
party expelled from the party Andrei Ponomaryov, Chair
of the Bryansk branch of YABLOKO, and three members
of the Regional Council of the Bryansk branch of YABLOKO.
The Ponomaryov’s decision to withdraw his candidacy
from the gubernatorial elections and support the incumbent
Governor Nikolai Denin was recognized as inflicting
political damage to the party.
Despite of the decision of the governing
bodies of the arty, Andrei Ponomaryov withdrew from
the election race for the post of Governor of the
Bryansk Region and supported acting Governor Nikolai
Denin, candidate from the ruling "United Russia"
|October 29, 2012
Mitrokhin at the Returning of the Names action: the
modern Russian state still uses Joseph Stalin’s
Press Release, October 29,
The Russian state still uses Joseph
Stalin’s political methods, said YABLOKO leader
Sergei Mitrokhin at the Returning of the Names action
which is annually held in the centre of Moscow by
the Solovetsky Stone monument. People commemorate
the victims of the Great Terror and read out loud
the names of the people shot during those years.
"The roots of Stalinism have not been removed
from our society and our state. Commemorating the
victims of the terror we must also recognize our responsibility
so that this will never happen again," Mitrokhin
said after reading out loud the names of the people
shot in 1937 – 1938...
leader spoke at the Moscow Perspectives forum
Press Release, October 27,
On October 27, YABLOKO leader Sergei
Mitrokhin participated in the socio-political forum
Moscow Perspectives organized by the Democratic Choice
party. Other reports on the prospects of Moscow development
were made by representatives of the Moscow Mayor Office,
political parties, as well as research centres and
Vladimir Milov, organizer of the Forum
and leader of the Democratic Choice party, told about
the need to involve Moscow residents in the solution
of the different tasks. Milov stated that municipalities
lacked real power and bureaucratisation of the city
prevented development of small and medium businesses
and, consequently, the middle class – the major
contributor to the city budget. According to Milov,
there is a need of a dialogue between the society
and experts with the city administration so that to
create a strategy of Moscow development. "Moscow
can set the right direction to the rest of Russia",
said Vladimir Milov...
"The Moscow government in Moscow should create
a platform for a dialogue with the public about the
development of the city. Public hearings are a good
method here. But the chief architect of the city and
Sergei Sobyanin [the Moscow Mayor] government apparently
believe that Muscovites are not ready for this and
do not conduct hearings on the most important issues
of Moscow development, " Mitrokhin stressed...
|October 26, 2012
paid tribute to the memory of Moscow theatre hostages
Press Release, October 26,
YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin and
Galina Mikhalyova, Bureau member, paid tribute to
the memory of hostages of a Moscow theatre who came
to watch the Nord-Ost musical (in Dubrovka district,
Moscow). They laid flowers to the memorial plaque
with the names of the victims set by the Theatre Center.
Ten years ago, on October 26, 2002,
security forces stormed into the building where terrorists
held the actors and the audience of the Nord–Ost musical.
According to the official data, 130 hostages were
rights prize awarded to Iranians in recognition of
their struggle for freedom
Press Release, ALDE, October 26, 2012
Iranian lawyer and human rights activist
Nasrin Sotoudeh and Iranian film-maker Jafar Panahi
have won the Sakharov Prize 2012 which is the annual
human rights prize of the European Parliament. They
were nominated for the award by the ALDE group and
other MEPs in recognition of their exceptional courage
in exposing state-sponsored persecution and Human
Ms. Sotoudeh (Tehran, 1963) was arrested
in September 2010 on suspicion of spreading propaganda
and conspiring to harm state security. She is currently
serving a six-year jail sentence, in solitary confinement,
in the notorious Evin prison, in addition to disbarment
and a ten-year ban on leaving the country. Jafar Panahi
is an Iranian film director whose films focus on the
hardships of children, the impoverished and women
|October 24, 2012
Mitrokhin demands from the Investigation Committee
to file a criminal case on the abduction and tortures
of Leonid Razvozzhayev
Press Release, October 24,
Sergei Mitrokhin demands from Alexander
Bastrykin, head of the Investigation Committee, to
file a criminal case on the abduction and tortures
of Leonid Razvozzhayev, Assistant of oppositional
Duma MP Ilya Ponomaryov. (Ed. Leonid Razvozhayaev
together with Sergei Udaltsov were accused of preparing
a coup d’etat in Russia with the help of Georgian
money after a notorious film The Anatomy of Protest-2
picturing all the opposition figures as criminals).
Mitrokhin insists that the criminal case should be
opened in accordance with three articles of the Criminal
Code “abduction” (Article 126), “threat
of murder or grievous bodily harm” (Article
119) and “compulsion of evidence” (Article
Mitrokhin also applied to Sergei Kudneyev,
Public Prosecutor of Moscow, demanding to immediately
explain the circumstances of the detention of Leonid
Razvozzhayev and how it was announced Rozvozzhayaev
had “voluntarily admitted his guilt and surrendered”...
State Duma amends the law on state secrets according
to Joseph Stalin’s model
Statement by the YABLOKO party,
October 23, 2012.
...Charges may be brought now against
any person or organisation whose activities seem dangerous
for the secret services. Punishment envisaged by the
draft law for links with an international non-governmental
organisation, rendering of “financial, material, technical,
consultative or other assistance” spread of information
in the Internet which can later be recognized as a
state secret by the intelligence, toughening of punishment
for violations take us back into the period of mass
reprisals and resemble Stalin's methods of dealing
with political opponents and lead to the formation
of a new "iron curtain."
Any person - an ordinary public activist
or a federal level official who may arise discontent
– may get under the sanctions of the new law. Russian
special services are interested in obtaining a legal
basis for the arrests of the dissenting...
Vld leader becomes Belgian Deputy PM
ELDR News, October 22, 2012.
Open Vld Leader Alexander De Croo
replaces Vincent Van Quickenborne as the new Pensions
Minister and Deputy Prime Minister in the Belgian
federal government. He was sworn in by King Albert
II on Monday. The appointment of Alexander De Croo
will allow him to take part in the difficult discussions
on next year's budget.
Van Quickenborne will become the new
Mayor of the city of Kortrijk, where he ended 150
years of Christian democrat rule...
|October 22, 2012
leader visited Krasnoyarsk
Press Release, October 19,
Oksana Demchenko, ex-deputy of the
Legislative Assembly of the Krasnoyarsk Region, was
elected new chair of the Krasnoyarsk branch of YABLOKO.
The conference of the regional branch of the party
took place on October 21. The conference also elected
members of the Regional Council and a representatives
of the regional organization in YABLOKO’s Federal
YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin participated
in the conference. He set the following for the delegates:
to participate and win in the elections. The next
election – to the Krasnoyarsk City Council -
will be held in September 2013.
After the conference, Mitrokhin held
a roundtable with Krasnoyarsk entrepreneurs and discussed
the prospects of development of small businesses in
the Krasnoyarsk region and in Russia in general.
This morning Mitrokhin met with Sergei
Ponomarenko, First Vice-Governor of the Krasnoyarsk
Territory. They specifically discussed the upcoming
elections. Deputy Governor expressed his hope that
the YABLOKO party will be able to create a faction
in the City Council of Krasnoyarsk then...
Olga Vlasova made a report in the Federation Council
on violations in the recent regional elections
Press Release, October 22,
Olga Vlasova, member of YABLOKO Bureau,
made report in the Federation Council on mass-scale
violations in the recent regional and municipal election
The report was made within the framework of a round
table discussion on "The Results of the Elections
in the Russian Federation as the Prospect for Improving
the Electoral Law" which took place on October
18. The meeting was attended by members of the State
Duma, the Federation Council, representatives of the
Constitutional Court and the Supreme Court, the Public
Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, representatives
of the Russian Central Electoral Commission and electoral
commissions of the regions.
In her speech Olga Vlasova focused on the following
three main points:
1. Mass-scale violations in all the Russian regions
where elections were held. YABLOKO observers documented
widespread ballot stuffing, "carousel" votings,
illegal refusals to allow observers to the polling
stations and use of administrative resources. On voting
day, regional electoral commissions turned into battle
fields for upholding the rights of observers to be
at the polling stations. In one of the polling stations
in Tula YABLOKO observer was broken a finger...
leader met with Chairman of the State Duma
Press Release, October 19,
YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin handed
to Sergei Naryshkin, Chairman of the State Duma,
an amendment to the Housing Code which would guarantee
voluntary financing of capital repairs of blocks of
flats by ordinary citizens. The government had envisaged
that the costs of the capital repairs should lie exclusively
on the people.
Also Mitrokhin personally handed to
the Duma Speaker a file with 1,000 signatures against
introduction of mandatory payments for capital repairs
and in support of YABLOKO’s amendment. Other
11 files with 15,000 signatures from people from 36
Russian regions will be sent to the State Duma Mail
Department on Monday...
|October 17, 2012
off from Sergei Udaltsov!
Sergei Mitrokhin's blog at the Ekho Moskvi web-site,
Searches in the apartments of Sergei
Udaltsov and his parents deepen the political crisis
in the country and reinforce the split between the
state and the society.
The campaign of reprisals against Sergei Udaltsov
and other opposition activists resembles as of its
scenario Stalin's trials against "enemies of
the people". Starting with a public denunciation
as a very questionable film "Anatomy of a Protest-2"
[depicting opposition activists as spies or bought
up puppets] further under the screams of lickspittles
and “denunciators” from the United Russia
party this campaign has transferred into the phase
of direct reprisals with the prospects of many years
of camp life [for Udaltsov].
Searches in the apartment of a political
opponent to the government in view of his political
activities represents a repressive act of political
Not sharing Sergei Udaltsov’s political views,
I think it unacceptable to use such methods for "neutralisation"
against any representative of the political opposition.
The YABLOKO party demands to immediately stop this
openly ordered campaign by the investigators against
Sergei Udaltsov, Nicholai Kavkazsky and other people
arrested in accordance with the so-called "Bolotnaya
Square protesters case"...
of political opposition must be stopped
YABLOKO Chairman, October
Searches in the apartments of Sergei
Udaltsov and his parents are deepening the political
crisis in the country and reinforce the split between
the state and the society.
Sergei Udaltsov is not a criminal
and he did not commit any economic crimes.
He is a politician representing the left radical political
The search in the apartment of a political
opponents of the government in connection with his
political activities is a repressive act of political
The state carrying out such actions
abolishes the democratic basis of its legitimacy and
declares itself a police and repressive state.
The authorities that decided to go to such actions
must realise that degrading effects of fear and tyranny
will affect the entire country, the entire state system,
rather than one or several persons.
We express our resolute protest against
the police searches on political grounds and urge
the authorities to stop this immediately...
|October 16, 2012
demonstrates success in small cities: YABLOKO factions
will appear in Yaroslavl, Pervouralsk, Berezovsky
Press Release, October 15,
According to the results of voting
on October 14, YABLOKO factions will appear in four
Russian cities: Yaroslavl, Pervouralsk, Berezovsky
in the Sverdlovsk region and Elektrogorsk in the Moscow
The best result YABLOKO obtained in Pervouralsk -
20.4 per cent. YABLOKO came second here after the
ruling United Russia with 37 per cent. Konstantin
Drigin topping YABLOKO’s will also get a mandate.
Drigin with 35 per cent of the vote won over Valery
Treskin, the ruling party’s candidate, who got
25 per cent of the vote.
In Yaroslavl, the party has overcome
the 5 per cent threashold. The candidates running
in single mandate electoral districts failed to deputies
of the Yaroslavl City Council, however Galina Sokolova
came second in her district with almost 26 per cent
of the vote, and another eight candidates came third
in their districts getting from 7 to 19 per cent of
In the Berezovsky city, the Sverdlovsk
region, 6.6 per cent of the electorate voted for YABLOKO,
and now the party will have the right to form a faction
in the Council of Deputies.
In Elektrogorsk, the Moscow region, YABLOKO’s
candidates got 9.2 per cent which also means that
YABLOKO can form a faction in the municipal assembly
in the city...
|October 15, 2012
came second with 21 per cent of the votes in Pervouralsk
Press Release, October 15,
According to the preliminary data,
YABLOKO’s list candidates in the elections to
the City Duma of Pervouralsk, the Sverdlovsk Region,
received 21 per cent of the vote and thus came second
after the ruling United Russia party (37 per cent).
YABLOKO’s observers reported to YABLOKO’s
call centre the results from 58 of the 79 district
electoral commissions of Pervouralsk. Just Russia
came third with 14.6 per cent of the vote, and the
Communist Party came fourth with 11.7 per cent. Also
the Patriots of Russia (9 per cent) and the LDPR (5.7
per cent) overcome the 5 percent threashold. The list
of RPR-PARNAS was supported by 0.8 per cent of the
voters. It should be noted that the local branch of
RPR-PARNAS had applied to court so that to withdraw
YABLOKO from the election.
Thus, the YABLOKO party is to get three of the fourteen
mandates distributed among the party lists.
In addition, two YABLOKO’s candidates in the
binominal precincts – Konstantin Drygin and
Vitaly Listratkin - have very good chances to get
their mandates. Drygin confidently wins in his precinct...
of ballots in favour of the ruling party in the Krasnodar
Press Release and a Video,
October 14, 2012.
YABLOKO’s candidates and observes
report multiple violations at the elections to the
Krasnodar Territory Legislative Assembly.
YABLOKO observer filmed Yelena Sluchevskaya,
Chair of Electoral Commission No 4822 (Novopekhovskoye
village), stuffing of packages of ballots. The 18
minute video demonstrates several episodes of ballot
Also stuffing of ballots was recorded
at polling stations No 2230, 2231, and 2228 in Krasnodar.
In Ust-Labinsk Chair of the Electoral Commission stuffed
the rigged ballots at polling station No 5603. YABLOKO’s
commission member was ousted from the room under some
Dmitry Gutov, YABLOKO’s observer
at polling station No 2054, was beaten when he attempted
to photograph the participants of a “carousel”
who arrived to the polling station by car (No AOBO62,
23). Dmitry was threatened with murder and the attackers
snatched his press card.
Also “carousel voting”
was reported at polling stations No 2047, 2055,2056,
2215, 2216 and 2213...
leader sends a complaint on violations in regional
and municipal elections to the Central Electoral Commission
and Public Prosecutor General
Press Release, October 14,
YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin has
sent the first complaint on violations in regional
and municipal elections to Vladimir Churov, Chair
of the Central Electoral Commission, and Yury Chaika,
Public Prosecutor General, demanding to examine the
violations identified by observers and candidates
of the YABLOKO during elections in 11 subjects of
the Russian Federation and punish the vote riggers.
The complaint contains information
about the most serious violations in 28 polling stations,
such as ballot stuffing, "carousel" voting,
withdrawing of observers from the polling stations,
buying of votes, etc.
The complaint refers to violations in regional elections
in the Krasnodar Territory and municipal elections
in the Maritime Altai territories, Bryansk, Ryazan,
Irkutsk, Saratov, Tula, Moscow and Yaroslavl regions.
In addition, the document runs that observers from
“non-administrative” candidates and parties were not
let to over half of the polling stations in Tatarstan
under a pretext that their papers lacked some stamps...
broke a finger to the electoral commission member
who tried to prevented stuffing of fraudulent ballots
Press Release, October 14,
Ballot-riggers broke a finger to Ludmila
Yegorova, electoral commission member with an advisory
vote from the YABLOKO party, who prevented ballot
stuffing in the election to the City Duma of Bogoroditsk,
the Tula region.
About an hour ago, two young men tried
to stuff a package of ballots to the polling box.
Ludmila Yegorova, YABLOKO’s representative in the
electoral commission, managed to prevent it. There
turned out to be 80 fraudulent ballots in the package:
40 marked for the ruling United Russia and 40 for
and Democrats in Lithuania score a convincing victory
Press Release, ALDE, October 15, 2012
Following announcement of the preliminary
results of the Parliamentary elections in Lithuania,
Guy Verhofstadt made the following statement:
"I am very pleased to acknowledge that Liberal
and Democrats in Lithuania have scored a convincing
victory in the Parliamentary elections. I would like
to congratulate Viktor Uspaskich (ALDE MEP) and his
Labour Party (Darbo partija) that has doubled its
support and with 20% of the vote, as the largest political
party is poised to form the incoming government. This
is an excellent result for the Labour Party that in
the opposition party has worked vigorously and consistently
in support of its electorate."
"The Liberal Movement (Lietuvos Respublikos liberalu
sajudis) has got the highest evaluation for the work
it has done in the outgoing government. After 4 years
in the government, taking the lead on difficult and
sometimes controversial areas of public life, the
Liberal Movement has further increased its support.
That is both a recognition and an encouragement to
continue promoting liberal agenda in Lithuania."
|October 12, 2012
in the regional and municipal elections on October
Press Release, October 12,
Regional and municipal elections will
take place in Russia on October 14, 2012. The YABLOKO
party nominated its candidates for the elections in
22 Russian regions.
In the Krasnodar Territory, the list
of candidates to run at elections to the Legislative
Assembly represents a coalition of opposition forces
in the region. Well-known representatives from different
democratic parties and movements, environmentalists,
human rights activists, independent journalists and
public figures join together under the banner "Yabloko
- United Democrats of the Krasnodar Territory".
The joint list of candidates includes: Andrei Rudomakha,
Chairman of the Krasnodar branch of YABLOKO and coordinator
of the North Caucasus Environmental Watch, Yegeny
Vitishko, Chair of the Tuapse branch of YABLOKO, Suren
Ghazaryan, member of the North Caucasus Environmental
Watch, Lenid Malyavin, ex Chair of the Krasnodar branch
of the party RPR-PARNAS party, and Dmitry Pupynin,
Chairman of the Krasnodar branch of the Democratic
Choice of Russia movement. The party list totals to
...According to the Central Electoral
Commission, YABLOKO has registered 600 candidates
for elections on October 14, 2012.
Prize is well deserved but we cannot rest on our laurels"
Press Release, ALDE, October 12, 2012
Reacting to the Nobel peace prize
being awarded to the European Union, Guy Verhofstadt,
ALDE group leader in the European Parliament said:
"We strongly welcome the recognition by the Nobel
Peace committee of the contribution that the European
Union has made over the last 70 years to turn a previously
war ridden continent into a peace project...
Yavlinsky visits Kaliningrad to support YABLOKO’s
candidates in the mayoral elections
Press Release, October 11,
On October 11, Grigory Yavlinsky visited
Kaliningrad so that to support Alexandra Yakovleva,
YABLOKO’s candidate in the mayoral elections
and head of the party branch in Kaliningrad.
Answering the journalist’s question
how Grigory Yavlinsky accesses the chances of a woman
going into Russian politics, he answered that he came
to support a talented professional rather than a women
running against men in the elections. He also added
that speaking about professional qualities people
should be divided into “talented people and
all the other”, rather than men and women. “Alexandra
Yakovleva is a talented person, she has talents in
many fields”, she was even a Soviet film star
but decided to change her brilliant film carrier and
went to a university once again for studying state
and municipal governing. Yavlinsky noted her experience
in management of complex systems (such as large modern
airports) and expressed his certainty that this experience
would help Yakovleva to manage Kaliningrad and to
make it a convenient and modern city, a centre of
tourism and investment...
|October 10, 2012
of Radio Liberty journalists and staff is a political
Statement by Sergei Mitrokhin
and Grigory Yavlinsky, October 10, 2012.
The Russian United Democratic Party
YABLOKO expresses its deep concern with the situation
around the Radio Liberty Russian Service. Mass dismissal
of the key journalists of the Moscow Bureau endangers
the very existence of Radio Liberty as an objective
and high-quality media.
The official version about transfer
to the new digital technologies and abolishing of
broadcasting on the medium waves is beyond any criticism.If
this were the real reason, then the Radio Liberty
management would not have fired in the first ranks
the staff of the Radio Liberty web-site, which made
the Radio Liberty web-site one of the most respected
and quoted political resources of the Russian segment
of the Internet.
Apparently, this demonstrates a bureaucratic
error turning into a political error. Bureaucrats
from mass media were solving their narrow tasks and
did not take into account the political consequences,
which are as follows: the Russian audience is deprived
of the source of information they have trusted for
decades, and it is obvious that the reputation of
the media is, above all, the reputation of its journalists...
removes YABLOKO from the election race
Press Release, October 10,
RPR-PARNAS applied to the Supreme
Court of Russia asking to cancel the registration
of YABLOKO’s list of candidates in the election
to the Pervouralsk City Duma.
YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin said that in this
way the Sverdlovsk branch of PARNAS defends the interests
of the ruling United Russia party.
"I have no complaints about PARNAS leaders. We
realise that they are not in control of their regional
branches. But the actions of the Sverdlovsk branch
of PARNAS are connected with their strong dependence
on the ruling United Russia, which uses them in its
fight with a very dangerous rival in the Pervouralsk
elections- the YABLOKO party," that is how Sergei
Mitrokhin commented on the situation...
new publications increase calls for federal Europe
ELDR News, October 8, 2012.
In two recent publications released
this month, prominent liberal MEPs Guy Verhofstadt
and Andrew Duff make the case for a more federal Europe.
Last week, ALDE Group Leader Mr Verhofstadt launched
his book ‘For Europe: a manifesto for a postnational
revolution in Europe’ alongside co-author Green
MEP Daniel Cohn-Bendit.“What we have tried to
describe, is what a more federal Europe means,”
Mr Verhofstadt said. “That means more than a
discussion on policy, it means you build a real European
government, a European democracy. “
British Liberal Democrat MEP Andrew
Duff, the ALDE group’s coordinator on constitutional
affairs in the European Parliament, has also launched
a new pamphlet on economic government at the EU level
entitled ‘On governing Europe’. In this
pamphlet he reflects on how the EU has reacted to
date in light of the financial and economic crisis
and argues that the lack of a credible discernible
government of the political economy has become a problem
and requires a new sort of federal economic government...
|October 9, 2012
rules against market manipulation
Press Release, ALDE, October 9, 2012
...Wolf Klinz (FDP, Germany) ALDE
spokesperson said: "Recent events have shown
that the current legislation on insider dealing and
market manipulation urgently needed a review. We need
to keep pace with market and technological developments
and ensure that new markets, platforms and instruments
are all covered. Markets have become more integrated
and we have observed an increasing tendency of cross-border
market abuse, which has a serious impact not only
on market confidence but also on financial stability
and the real economy. Market integrity needs to be
guaranteed. That's why we proposed to establish functioning
cross border surveillance mechanisms to detect market
manipulation taking place across several venues"...
|October 8, 2012
motor rally with participation of Sergei Mitrokhin
detained by traffic police
Press Release, October 7,
A motor rally from Izhevsk in Votkinsk,
Udmurtia, organized by the Udmurtian branch of YABLOKO
within the framework of the regional election campaign,
has been detained by traffic police. YABLOKO leader
Sergei Mitrokhin also participates in the rally. According
to the police, the reason for the detention is that
the action has not had a permit from the local authorities.
At present Sergei Mitrokhin is trying to convince
the police that the rally is lawful...
Arbatov, foreign policy expert: Russia has obviously
taken a course towards alienation from the USA and
Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe,
September 28, 2012.
A nervous reaction displayed by the
Russian authorities for the PACE resolution on the
implementation of Moscow’s obligations on the
democratic development [of Russia] which has not been
promulgated yet, is caused, according to experts,
by two main factors. First, the Kremlin reorients
its foreign policy and foreign economic strategy from
Europe to Eurasia. Secondly, the recent repressive
policies towards the civil society will inevitably
affect [Russia’s] behaviour on the international
arena. Alexei Arbatov, international relations expert
and Director of the Center for International Security
of the Russian Academy of Sciences, talks about this
in his interview to the Radio Liberty...
Yavlinsky on the 20th anniversary of privatization
Grigory Yavlinsky's blog,
October 3, 2012.
This is a part of the interview I
gave on Friday to Channel 1 on their request for Sunday
night news on the 20th anniversary of privatization
in Russia. The channel did not show it… It is
a pity, as the topic is important and the fruits of
this ill-conceived privatization have been still affecting
Here comes the answer to the journalist’s
question whether there was any alternative privatization
Yes, there was another programme which I developed.
This programme envisaged that all the money accumulated
by people in the Soviet period had to be used for
purchasing of assets. At that time money in the hands
of the population amounted to about 10 trillion roubles,
[this was money] in different forms including population’s
savings in the Savings Bank that, according to conservative
estimates, amounted to approximately 315 billion roubles.
According to the dollar/rouble rate of 2007, the savings,
and not only those kept in the Savings Bank, but all
kinds of savings, including the State Insurance Bonds
and securities, reached, according to the recent estimates,
about 350 - 380 billion roubles. This is what had
been cumulated throughout the Soviet period.
My programme implied that the money
should be spent on the purchase of, as it was called
then, the "means of production" or, as it
is today called, the assets. Then there was a very
large imbalance between the amount of money in hands
and the commodity weight. In fact, the commodity weight
reached only 14 kopeks per a rouble of savings. This
means that a person intending to spend a rouble could
find goods only for 14 kopeks. However, if our privatization
programme had been implemented, then hairdressers’,
small shops, trucks, that is, all what constituted
small and medium privatization could have added to
the traditional goods (such as suits, sausage, or
whatever was sold in the Soviet Union then)...
in the driving seat in peaceful transition of power
Press Release, ALDE, October 2, 2012
Guy Verhofstadt, ALDE Leader welcomed
the results of the parliamentary elections in Georgia
which saw liberals greatly reinforce their position
in the Georgian Parliament...
|October 2, 2012
to publish information on purchases of luxury cars
by state institutions and calls to a discussion on
the feasibility of such purchases
Press Release, October 1,
The YABLOKO party has launched a unique
project: now all the government’s purchases
of luxury cars can be tracked in real time at the
YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin in
his blog suggested a public debate which could lead
to developing a norm who of the state servants should
have a car, what the price of such a car can be and
how often such a state servant can replace the old
car be a new car.
At present yabloko.ru/auto has published
information on 42 buyers of 145 luxury cars totaling
RUR 1.5 bln. Last Friday, the Presidential Administration
announced that it was going to purchase 60 BMW 7 Series,
RUR 5 mln each. Also Oktabrskiy Concert Hall in St.Petersburg
is going to buy a Range Rover for USD 5.5 mln. Among
the regional authorities the most blatant example
came from penal colony ? 1 in the Chelyabinsk region.
They needed a Land Cruiser for RUR 3.5 mln...
Mitrokhin on a libel case against him: Let us find
out in court who from MPs is engaged in unlawful activities
running business companies
Press Release, September 30,
Following YABLOKO’s inquiries
to the State Duma and the Investigative Committee
to conduct a fair investigation on all the MPs’
businesses (in view of the recent deprivation by the
United Russia faction of oppositional MP Gennady Gudkov
of his mandate under a pretext of his running a business),
Vladimir Zhyrinovsky LDPR party threatened to YABLOKO
leader Sergei Mitrokhin of going to court and filing
a libel case against Mitrokhin. In his letter to the
State Duma and the Investigative Committee Mitrokhin
had given facts on several United Russia and LDPR
...“I am glad that members of
the LDPR party decided to find out in court who from
their faction was engaged in businesses. We will have
more opportunities to find out the truth in court,
as the State Duma Commission has been working in camera
and it is unclear what audits they have conducted,”