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New items of the server - December 2011

December 27, 2011

Levada-Centre: YABLOKO supporters turn up for the rally on December 24
Press Release, December 26, 2011.

According to the Levada-Center poll, 37.6 percent of the participants of the rally at the Sakharov Prospect voted for the YABLOKO party. One out of four is ready to support YABLOKO, even if the leaders of unregistered opposition movements manage to create their own parties by the next elections. YABLOKO leader Grigory Yavlinsky was the most popular politician for the participants in the rally (24.4 percent). Every third participant of the rally for fair elections would be ready to support his candidacy at the forthcoming presidential elections. These are the results of the public opinion poll conducted by Levada-Center...

December 26, 2011

Grigory Yavlinsky at the rally: "Our goal is to change the system"
Press Release, December 24, 2011.

In his speech at the rally on December 24 YABLOKO leader Grigory Yavlinsky called the coming presidential elections "the second round" which should be won and lead to making Russia an open and free European country.

"The [parliamentary] elections of December 4 were the first round and judging by what we see here now we have not lost it," Yavlinsky told addressing a 100,000 rally. "The second round is presidential election, and we can not vote there for any candidate".

"We should have our candidate, we should fight for the second round, we must make it into the second round! Next year we should change the political system!" he said.

"Our goal can be reduced to only evicting some persons from the power, our goal is to change the corrupt, bribable, deceitful and really illegitimate system," Yavlinsky noted...

In conclusion Grigory Yavlinsky called the authorities to free one of the organizers of the rallies Sergei Udaltsov who had been kept under arrest despite his health condition. "Do not be so cruel, ghoulish and petty, stop torturing him, release this man," he said.

Director of a cinema in Tuapse dismissed for refusal to rig the results of the voting
Press Release, December 23, 2011.

The Krasnodar branch of the YABLOKO party expresses its protest in view of dismissal of Elena Kovalyova, Director of cinema theatre “Russia” in Tuapse. YABLOKO stated that Kovalyova was fired in violation of the Labor Code, but the real reason behind the dismissal was her principled stand against election fraud.

YABLOKO members are going to apply to the Ministry of Culture and the Department of Culture of the Krasnodar Area with a statement running that such violations of the labour law are inadmissible...

December 21, 2011

Over 40 per cent of votes were stolen from the YABLOKO party in Saratov
Press Release, December 21, 2011.

The Saratov branch of YABLOKO stated mass-scale fraud at elections to the State Duma in the region. Comparison of the data from the protocols given to observers at local electoral commissions with the data published by the Central Electoral Commission demonstrated a discrepancy amounting to thousands votes. Votes given for different parties were ascribed to the ruling United Russia party.

Thus 6,433 votes were added to United Russia at 23 Saratov polling stations, which raised the result of the ruling party by 41.62 per cent. These votes were stolen from other parties: YABLOKO lost 574 votes (i.e. 41.02 per cent of its vote). For example, 110 votes were stolen from YABLOKO at polling station 128: the Central Electoral Commission web-site indicated that only 12 votes were given for YABLOKO instead of 122 votes as of the protocol...

Last week YABLOKO submitted the first eight suits to eight Moscow courts demanding to cancel the results of the voting at eight polling stations.

YABLOKO begins compiling the 'Churov List'
Press Release, December 20, 2011.

The YABLOKO party began compiling the ‘Churov List’. The list will contain names of heads (chairs, deputy chairs and secretaries) of electoral commissions with documentary evidence of grave violations of the law...

“It should become shameful to be engaged in an election fraud. The circle around those engaged in fraud should tell them that such actions are a disgrace. Our list is aiming at formation of such a climate,” said YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin...

December 20, 2011

YABLOKO Congress called people to become observers from YABLOKO at the forthcoming elections
Press Release, December 19, 2011.

...The decision of the Congress runs that YABLOKO does not recognize the results of the parliamentary elections, considers the State Duma formed via rigged voting illegitimate and demands recognition of the elections void. Delegates of the Congress also indicated that collection of signatures for participation in election campaigns for non-parliamentary parties should be abolished, also the threashold for passing into the State Duma should be reduced to 3 per cent. It was also stressed that all the political organisations wishing to take part in elections should have access to elections and public organizations should get the right to nominate observers for elections...

Despite massive fraud, the results of the party demonstrated sufficient increase of its support: even according to the Central Electoral Commission data, YABLOKO was supported by 2.3 million voters. This support was the highest support in the large cities (as of the official data below): over 10 per cent in St Petersburg and Petrozavodsk, over 8 per cent in Moscow and Pskov, over 7 per cent in Yekaterinburg, Arkhangelsk, Tver, Perm and Tomsk, over 6 per cent in Irkutsk , Murmansk, Yaroslavl, Tula, Novosibirsk, Chelyabinsk, Vladivostok, over 5 per cent in Rostov-upon-Don, Vologda, Kaluga, Krasnoyarsk, Samara, Novgorod, Volgograd, Ivanovo, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, the Khanty-Mansiysk, Vladimir, Omsk , Khabarovsk, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Ryazan and Kostroma. In the 31 regions the party won over 3 per cent.

Sergei Mitrokhin: after Kim Jong-Il death the North Korean foreign policy will probably develop according to the Chinese model
Press Release, December 19, 2011. Based on Interfax report.

YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin expressed his doubt that North Korean domestic polices may change with the change of power in the country, however, he did not rule out that Pyohgyang foreign polices may become more open.

“I doubt that some democratisation may be possible there at all. They have a stable totalitarian regime. And there is no crisis of this regime there,” Mitrokhin told to Interfax on Monday.

He also noted that despite of the fact that the new North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been educated in the West, he “is unlikely to cultivate Western values in the North Korea”.

“The values of the ruling clan where he was brought up are most probably more important for him than Western values. He is unlikely to abolish the undivided power,” Mitrokhin said...

December 19, 2011

Grigory Yavlinsky: "The outcome of the presidential elections is not foredoomed"
Press Release, December 19, 2011.

Grigory Yavlinsky submitted to the Central Election Commission (CEC) the documents on his nomination to run in presidential elections in Russia in March 2012. The decision on nomination of Grigory Yavlinsky, the founder of the YABLOKO party, was adopted by the party congress on December 18.

Now, the CEC must within five days register authorized representatives of the party and its candidate and give them a permission to open the electoral account. Printing of lists for collection of 2 mln of signatures in favour of Grigory Yavlinsky required for his registration of a candidate in presidential campaign will be paid from this account...

Grigory Yavlinsky becomes presidential candidate from the YABLOKO party
Press Release, December 18, 2011.

The majority (106 out of 109) delegates of the YABLOKO Congress nominated Grigory Yavlinsky candidate for presidential elections in Russia.

"The result of the [State Duma] elections leaves us no doubt that we have far more than two million supporters needed for the party to register in the presidential elections," Grigory Yavlinsky said.

He also said that the election campaign is not a purely political procedure, it is "a discussion with the citizens of a possibility and a need of different policies that should be conducted on different moral grounds".

"The result of the State Duma elections demonstrated that alternative policy is in demand in the society. And this should be moral and programmed based policies," he added...

We know that the enemy is using dirty tricks, that he is stronger and that the judges are bribed. But we will still go all the way and will fight honestly.

And no one will be able to reproach us that we threw the towel on the ring before the fight, got frightened and refused to fight.

YABLOKO will participate in the presidential elections. And I ask all of you to support us. If a fighter feels support from the stands, his strength is doubled, and I know that from my own experience...

Condolences on the death of Vaclav Havel
Condolences by Grigory Yavlinsky, December 19, 2011.

Vaclav Havel was the most advanced politician because his guidance in his work and life was always a moral imperative rather than narrowly understood political viability.

The fact that the people of Czechoslovakia elected Vaclav Havel in 1989 their president characterizes first of all the thinking of the people and their realization that such person should head the country in the moment of abrupt changes. Such a coincidence is rare in history, that is why the example of Vaclav Havel is most valuable for the world. His performance in the historic stage does not end today, on the very day when his death has become another cause for assertion of his principles.

I am transferring my sincere condolences to Vaclav Havel’s wife, his friends, next of kin and all the Czech people.

Grigory Yavlinsky

December 17, 2011

A 5,000 rally against election fraud have just ended at Bolotnaya square, Moscow
Press Release, December 17, 2011.

A rally for fair elections and against election fraud have just ended at Bolotnaya square, Moscow. The rally organised by the YABLOKO party have gathered 5,000 people. Grigory Yavlinsky, Vladimir Milov, leader of the Democratic Choice movement, Vladimir Ryzhkov, co-chair of PARNAS, representatives of Just Russia Dmitry Gudkov and Ilya Ponomaryov, Boris Nadezhdin, head of the Moscow region branch of the Right Cause, leaders of public organisations and movements and citizens who acted as observers at the election of December 4 spoke at the rally.

The resolution of the rally was read by Grigory Yavlinsky. The participants of the rally demanded immediate release of all those detained during protest actions against election fraud, abrogation of the results of the voting, investigation of the fraud and punishment of those guilty of fraud...

Yabloko Activist Arrested at an Opposition Rally
LI News Bulletin, Issue 263, December 16, 2011

Konstantin Smirnov, one of the leaders of the Ryazan branch of Yabloko (LI full-member) was arrested for 7 days for allegedly “disobeying the lawful orders of the police” for participation in the “For Fair Elections” rally organized in Ryazan on December 8. Such an act was clearly politically motivated as a video of Simonov's detention shows that he did not disobey police orders. This follows the biggest protests organized since the collapse of the Soviet Union over the highly disputed Parliamentary elections in the country which took place last week. The leader of Yabloko, Sergei Mitrokhin, has asked the Head of the Central Electoral Commission, Vladimir Churov, to voluntarily leave his post saying “it is Churov who is personally responsible for the scope of the fraud that took place in the country on the voting day.” LI Vice-President on the Bureau and Chair of LI Human Rights Committee, Abir Al-Sahlani MP, was part of an OSCE election observer mission in Russia and witnessed first-hand the mass violations committed during the electoral process.

December 16, 2011

Condolences to the family and next of kin of journalist Khadzhimurad Kamalov
Press Release, December 16, 2011.

The Russian United Democratic Party YABLOKO expresses condolences to the relatives of Khadzhimurad Kamalov, an independent publisher of Dagestan social and political weekly "Chernovik", killed tonight in Makhachkala, Dagestan.

This is a great loss for Dagestan and all Russian journalism.

We can state with the great pain that it has been deadly dangerous in Russia to engage in honest journalism and openly discuss political issues.

It will be unfair if the people behind the murder go unpunished...

Telephone terrorists try to block work of YABLOKO's office on the threashold of tomorrow's rally
Press Release, December 16, 2011.

Telephone terrorists again try to hamper work of YABLOKO's office blocking party telephones on the threashold of tomorrow’s rally against election fraud...

The calls are coming in a chain, as soon as a telephone hook is pressed there comes a new call. The caller can not be identified.

The new attack is connected with tomorrow’s rally against election fraud which will take place at Bolotnaya square at 1 p.m...

Civil activists and politicians to make speeches at a rally on December 17
Press Release, December 16, 2011.

Rally “For Free and Fair Elections” will take place at Bolotnaya square tomorrow on December 17 at 1 p.m. The rally is organised by the YABLOKO party. “We applied for a permission to conduct a rally right after we realized that votes of our electorate were stolen at these elections,” Sergei Mitrokhin explained. According to Mitrokhin, the goal is to “join together civil activists and new people who are showing their civil will towards changes”.“We have to discuss all together how we will fight for a new Russia,” he stressed.

The speakers at the rally will be Grigory Yavlinsky, Eugeniya Chirikova, Vladimir Milov, Ilya Ponomaryov, Gennadi Gudkov and Lev Ponomaryov. The rally will be monitored by Sergei Mitrokhin. Such public and political organisations as the White Ribbon, Blue Buckets, the Federation of Automobile Owners, the Party of People’s Freedom, the Democratic Choice, the Left Front, Memorial and the Moscow Helsinki Group will participate in the rally.

December 15, 2011

Freedom to Sergei Udaltsov!
Statement by YABLOKO leaders. December 15, 2011.

The Russian United Democratic Party YABLOKO demands to immediately stop a cruel and potentially deathful treatment of Sergei Udaltsov.

The police actions are threatening his health and life.

The decision of the court of the first instance on his 15 days arrest bases on trumped-up pretests and does not take into account the medical condition of Sergei Udaltsov.

Sergei Udaltsov must be immediately released so that to give him an opportunity for proper medical treatment.

We emphasize once again, the question at issues is human life.

Sergei Mitrokhin

Grigory Yavlinsky

December 14, 2011

Konstantin Smirnov, one the leaders of the Ryazan branch of YABLOKO and a journalist from Novaya Gazeta, arrested for 7 days
Press Release, December 14, 2011.

Today a Ryazan court of the first instance passed a verdict on a seven days arrest to Kostantin Smirnov, one the leaders of the Ryazan branch of YABLOKO and a journalist from oppositional Novaya Gazeta, arrested for 7 days.

The verdict based on the Article “Disobeying to the lawful orders of police” for participation in the For the Fair Elections rally which took place in Ryazan on December 8.

The verdict was obviously politicized as the video of Simonov’s detention demonstrated that he did not disobey to the police orders. After voicing of the verdict in the court Smirnov gave to the judge a mask saying that “now you should be ashamed to show undisguised in the streets, the mask will help you to hide your face”.

Another journalist from Novaya Gazeta Sergei Yezhov was sentenced to 9 days of arrest by court.

You can sign a petition in support of arrested journalists at the Ryazan web-site of Novaya Gazeta...

YABLOKO congress to decide of party participation in the presidential elections
Press Release, December 14, 2011.

The second phase of the 16th Congress of the YABLOKO party will take place on Sunday, December 18. The Congress will adopt a decision on YABLOKO participation in the presidential election...

The congress will begin its work at 12-00.

The congress will be opened by YABLOKO leaders Sergei Mitrokhin and Grigory Yavlinsky.

A briefing by the party leaders will begin at 16-00...

Participants of the civil rally of December 17 are to answer the question: what to do next?
Press Release, December 14, 2011.

A civil rally will take place at Bolotnaya square, Moscow, on December 17, 2011, at 1 p.m. The key question put forward before the Russian civil society: what to do next?

The YABLOKO party organizing the rally is calling all the civil activists and organisations to gather together so that to answer this question.

As of today the following organisations have already confirmed their participation: The White Ribbon movement, the Moscow Helsinki Group, the Memorial society, For the Human Rights movement, Eugenia Chirikova and her Movement for Protection of Khimki Forest, The Left Front, Solidarnost, PARNAS and the Democratic Choice...

December 13, 2011

Provocation against the leader of the Karelia branch of YABLOKO
Statement by the YABLOKO party, December 8, 2011.

The YABLOKO party considers prosecution of Vassily Popov, [leader of the Karelian branch of YABLOKO], be politically motivated. This is an obvious consequence of YABLOKO’s victory in the elections to the Legislative Assembly of the region and a high regional vote for the party in the elections to the State Duma, this provocation means an attempt to discredit someone who was able to get such high support from the population.

On December 6 Vassily Popov, member of YABLOKO’s Political Committee and leader of the Karelia regional branch of the party, became a victim of a provocation. During a staged road accident a small dose of drugs was stuffed into his car. People (non-residents of the area) who provoked the accident and witnessed that the drugs allegedly fell from Popov’s pocket were not checked by the police. Medical examination showed that Popov had not used drugs, however, the case was transferred to the court of the first instance...

Rally "For Fair Elections!" to take place in Moscow, Bolotnaya square, on December 17 at 1 p.m.
Press Release, December 13, 2011.

Civil rally "For Fair Elections!" scheduled on December 17 at 1 p.m. will take place in Moscow, Bolotnaya square (not at the Pushkin square as announced earlier).

The rally is organised by the YABLOKO party...

Sergei Mitrokhin demands dismissal of head of the Central Electoral Commission Vladimir Churov
Press Release, December 11, 2011.

At his speech in the Central Electoral Commission on December 9, 2011, YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin asked head of the Central Electoral Commission Vladimir Churov to voluntarily leave his post. “It is you who are personally responsible for the scope of fraud taking place in the country [on the voting day],” Mitrokhin told to Churov. He specially stressed that YABLOKO was going to demand dismissal from head of the Central Electoral Commission “in the State Duma and other state bodies”.

“If you, our respected Central Electoral Commission, do not announce re-counting of the votes all over the country today, than it will take place in the streets,” Mitrokhin concluded.

December 12, 2011

YABLOKO: We will sweep Putin's group from power
Press Release, December 10, 2011.

YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin in his speech at the rally at Bolotnaya Square, Moscow, said the number of participants of the rally allowed to speak with the authorities on behalf of Russia's people. "We are here to say to the ruling group: stop stealing votes at elections, stop stealing power from us," Mitrokhin said...

Grigory Yavlinsky, YABLOKO top candidate and founder of the party, thanked all who voted for YABLOKO and promised that the party would protect the votes of all the people who had come to elections.

Yavlinsky said that YABLOKO had already forwarded a complained to the Central Electoral Commission demanding to cancel the results of the voting. “However, the Central Electoral Commission did not take our complaint saying that the campaign is over. It is not true! It’s only the beginning of the campaign!” he added.

YABLOKO successful despite electoral fraud and intimidations
ELDR Press Release, December 8, 2011.

Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Russia in which the share of the vote for the ruling United Russia party fell to below 50% and the protests that have been taking place the last few days in which increasing numbers of people have been making their feelings known about the lack of free and fair elections provide signs of hope for the free and democratic future of Russia, not only that Russian people are fed up with the current regime, but also that they are willing to be more out spoken and to show their displeasure with the way the elections were conducted.

However, the voting and counting procedures themselves were riddled with claims of fraud, corruption and intimidation. ELDR member party YABLOKO was the only democratic opposition party allowed to participate and, as such, its activists and voters were subjected to high levels of intimidation and restrictions. Election observers faced a similar set of circumstances and the OSCE has reported fraudulent procedural violations and instances of apparent manipulations, including serious indications of ballot box stuffing...

Liberal Statement on the Election in Russia
Statement by the Liberal Party of Canada, December 8, 2011

OTTAWA— Liberal Leader Bob Rae made the following statement today on the recent election in Russia: "The people of Russia have voted and have sent a strong message rejecting the kind of one-party political domination that United Russia has been trying to implement. The election results and the subsequent protests demonstrate the need for the Russian political process to be opened up to allow for the creation of an effective opposition that would provide voters with a meaningful alternative rather than the ideological alternatives of communists and nationalists. The Liberal Party calls on authorities to ensure that a viable political space is opened up for an opposition that is fully committed to democracy."

Liberal Foreign Affairs critic Dominic LeBlanc continued: "The recent election results, with incredible outcomes of more than 90% of the population voting for United Russia in some regions, have demonstrated how much more needs to be done to build an effective democracy in Russia. A strong commitment to making democracy work from all the major political forces in Russia can lead to positive change for the Russian people. We are also concerned with the tactics being used to deal with political demonstrations. As we have seen on repeated occasions this year legitimate protest cannot be effectively stifled by force. We believe that it is important that Russians be given the opportunity to express their commitment to building a democratic Russia"...

December 10, 2011

On-line broadcasting from the rally against election fraud, December 10, 2011.


December 9, 2011

"Russian Elections Showed Many Shortcomings…" says LI VP Abir Al-Sahlani
LI News Bulletin, Issue 262, December 9, 2011

Returning from an OSCE election observer mission in Russia, LI Vice-President on the Bureau, Abir Al-Sahlani, expressed a great concern about the way in which the recent Parliamentary elections were conducted in the country. She commented saying "democracy is not only about the election day itself but also about the process before, during and after the elections. The situation is worrisome and it will require closer attention, especially with the upcoming presidential elections in March 2012." Yabloko (LI full-member) leader, Sergei Mitrokhin, also dismissed the election results as illegitimate due to the mass violations committed during the electoral process. Based on these results Yabloko obtained only around 3 % of the popular vote thus falling 4% short of making it to the State Duma or the Russian Parliament. Mitrokhin was detained by the Russian riot police at an opposition rally in Moscow but was later released after showing his certificate of candidate to the State Duma (until the official announcement of the election results candidates can be detained only with a Prosecutor's order).

December 8, 2011

SCHUSTER: Putin spaltet mit Gewalt statt mit Reformen zu einen
FDP Press Release, December 7, 2011.

BERLIN. Anlässlich der Festnahmen von hunderten Demonstranten in Russland erklärt die Sprecherin für Menschenrechte und humanitäre Hilfe der FDP-Bundestagsfraktion Marina SCHUSTER:

Das Vorgehen russischer Sicherheitskräfte gegen friedliche oppositionelle Demonstranten verurteilt die FDP-Bundestagsfraktion auf das Schärfste. Die vorübergehenden Festnahmen des früheren Vize-Regierungschefs Boris Nemzow, des Oppositionspolitikers Sergej Mitrochin von der liberalen Jabloko-Partei sowie die Inhaftierung von Journalisten und Menschenrechtlern sind eine weitere Stufe der Unterdrückung von menschenrechtlichen Grundprinzipien in Russland. Während Putin noch vor und während der jüngsten Wahl zur Duma versucht hatte, mit zahlreichen Manipulationen und Einschüchterungen die "Wahlen" zu seinen Gunsten zu entscheiden, bekämpft er nun mit offener Gewalt die Bestrebungen der Demonstranten für mehr Demokratie und Rechtstaatlichkeit.
Die Kader der Regierungspartei Einiges Russland mit Putin und Medwedew an der Spitze zeigen ihr wahres Gesicht und bekämpfen die Rechte auf Meinungs- und Versammlungsfreiheit sowie körperliche Unversehrtheit durch Festnahmen und Repressionen. So schaffen Putin und Medwedew weder Stabilität noch Vertrauen in Russland, sondern zeigen wie hoch nervös sie in Wahrheit sind. Sie fürchten den berechtigten Zorn der Bürger... MORE

December 7, 2011

YABLOKO has evidence of election fraud
CNN news, Video in English. December 6, 2011.

Mitrokhin released, Gontcharov and Dmitryev still in the police
Press Release, December 7, 2011.

Three hours after his detention YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin was released without any charges. However, studying of the law “On Elections” stipulating the candidate to the State Duma may be detained only on Prosecutor’s order took the police three hours.

At 7 p.m. Mitrokhin and YABLOKO activists came to Triumfalnaya square so that to participate in the protest action against election fraud and breaking of a rally of December 5...

On December 17 YABLOKO plans to conduct a sanctioned rally against election fraud. The action will be held in the centre of Moscow by Pushkin monument.

December 6, 2011

Sergei Mitrokhin brought to the Meschanskoye police department
Press Release, December 6, 2011.

YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin is detained at a rally at Triumfalnaya square, Moscow. Now he is in the OMON (riot police) bus together with 30 other detained.

Kirill Gontcharov, leader of the Youth YABLOKO, is also in one of the buses together with 20 other detained. They have not yet arrived to any police department as the police have been calling their bosses asking where to take the detained. It should be also noted that passers-by who did not participate in the rally were also detained and are in the same bus with Kirill. Journalist Bazhena Rynska who was sent to Triumfalnaya square by her paper is in same bus with Kirill.

Protesters are still coming to the square. According to different estimates, there were about 2,000 people as of 8 p.m., however, it is difficult to give a precise assessment as supporters of the opposition are "split" by police into smaller groups and ousted to the neighbouring streets. Police does not allow the protester to come to the square. However, the police and OMON (riot police) are defending the rally of the Nashi, pro-Kremlin youth movement, and supporters of the ruling United Russia chanting "Medvedev, Victory!" ...

Sergei Mitrokhin detained during a rally at Triumfalnaya square, Moscow
Press Release, December 6, 2011.

YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin is detained at a rally at Triumfalnaya square, Moscow. Now he is in the OMON (riot police) bus together with 30 other detained...

Kirill Gontcharov is also detained. Journalist Bazhena Rynska is in same bus with Kirill.

The square is at present circled by young supporters of the ruling United Russia party. They are chanting “Medvedev, Victory!” and hold placards with Medvedev’s photograph.

Mitrokhin pointed out to policemen an obvious violation of the law – the actions of United Russia supporters that can be qualified as an unsanctioned rally and these young people should be detained.

Several hundreds supporters of the opposition who have already arrived to the rally can not get to the square, but they are chanting their slogans. People are squeezed on the pavements between exits from the metro station and the square. Policemen oust people to Tverskaya-Yamskaya square, tearing someone out of the crowd and taking them to police cars...

December 5, 2011

The Russian United Democratic Party YABLOKO thanks all who has voted for Russia’s democratic future
Statement by the YABLOKO party, December 4, 2011.

The Russian United Democratic Party YABLOKO thanks all who has voted for Russia’s democratic future.

Looks like the answer to the significant question of the voting day has been given by television before the real counting of the votes: there will be no democratic faction in the State Duma. Passing into the Duma of the old Russian nomenclature factions was predetermined and the redistribution of mandates between them is not that important...

These elections persuaded us once again that our duty is to continue movement towards democracy – a real democracy which Russia has not had.

The first step will be strengthening of YABLOKO’s links with active citizens who came to us during the campaign for determination of the strategy and tactics how to oppose the arbitrary rule and violations of the law that, without doubt, will only increase and built new networks of civil political action.

Do not loose hope or loose your heart!

Time is with us! Russia needs our victory! Russia demands changes!..

YABLOKO made local electoral commission recognize its victory at a Moscow polling station
Press Release, December 5, 2011.

Local electoral commission had to recognize YABLOKO’s victory at Moscow polling station No 1707 where YABLOKO won with 25.38 per cent.

Throughout the night observers and YABLOKO’s candidates opposed members of the electoral commission who did not want to sign the final protocol.

According to the protocol (which was hanged on the wall of the polling station) YABLOKO obtained 235 votes (25.38 per cent), followed by the CPRF with 217 votes (23.65 per cent) and the ruling United Russia came third with 192 votes (20.73 per cent). However, members of the electoral commission refused to sign such protocol as final (the observers had to get the copies of this protocol)...

Observer from the communist party: YABLOKO obtained over 19 per cent but their votes were spread between other parties
Gazeta.ru, December 5, 2011.

Natalya Yarigina, observer from the COPRF (the communist party) in polling station No 2637 in Moscow, was detained by the police after she refused to redistribute YABLOKO’s votes between United Russia, CPRF and Just Russia parties and then called head of the electoral commission a “groveller”, Yarigina told to Gazeta.ru.

“Head of the commission Nadezhda Gazina attacked me with fists when I asked her if she like to be a groveller. Then her husband joined her. They were pulled off by the students who were with us at the polling station. Gazina complained on me at the police stating that I had allegedly beaten her, now I am taken to the police department and they are going to file a criminal case against me,” Yarigina said.

According to Yarigina, head of the electoral commission offered a bribe to all the members of the electoral commission in exchange for their “help” in counting of the votes given for YABLOKO in favour of other parties passing into the State Duma. “She explained us that everything had been determined already and nothing depended on us, and this made me revolt. At our polling station YABLOKO obtained 19.2 per cent. However, they probably do not have it now already,” added the detained...

Police is ousting into the street observers preventing stuffing of faked bulletins in favour of the ruling party in a Moscow polling station
Gazeta.ru, December 5, 2011.

Nine hours after the voting at polling station No 2648 at Ramenki street, Moscow, was finished, policemen who refused to give their names, ousted observers with a consultative voice from the polling station, Alexandra Borisova, one of the observers, told to Gazeta.ru.

“Throughout all this time we have been preventing stuffing in of [faked] 182 ballots in favour of the [ruling] United Russia. Consequently, after Svetlana Makskova, head of the local electoral commission, called the police Sergei Ovchinnikov, representative of a territorial electoral commission came and ordered the police to throw us behind the door,” Borisova told. According to her, after the first counting of the votes, the first place is taken by the CPRF, the second is shared by United Russia and YABLOKO, but the electoral commission refuses to approve the final results of the voting. “Now they are preparing to stuff in [faked bulletins in favour of the ruling party]. In addition to 182 bulletins we have detected, we suspect that they are ready for a mass-scale fraud. There are 2,017 voters registered at the polling station, and 1,800 bulletins were taken. According to our estimations, 958 people have voted since the beginning of the voting. And only 294 bulletins were left, the question is where over 400 bulletins are gone,” Borisova said...

December 2, 2011

On the work of YABLOKO’s head quarters
Press Release, December 2, 2011.

YABLOKO’s head quarters will be opened for journalists from 12:00 on December 4 until morning December 5.

Address: Pyatnitskaya ul 31/2 bldg 2 (metro stations Novokuznetskaya and Tretyakovskaya).

Journalists will be able to observe the work of 30 hot line operators. Table with violations (from all the regions) will be broadcasted on a large screen.

Also dozens of mobile groups comprised of lawyers, candidates to the State Duma and journalists will work in Moscow. Mobile groups will visit the most problematic electoral districts with reported violations.

The first briefing will take place in the headquarters at 15:00. At this briefing YABLOKO leaders will report the observed violations and answer questions.

The second briefing will take place at 23:00. At this briefing YABLOKO leaders will report the observed violations and draw preliminary results of the elections...

Grigory Yavlinsky to make a speech at YABLOKO's election observers school

Press Release, December 2, 2011

Today on December 2, Grigory Yavlinsky will make a speech at YABLOKO’s election observers school.

The school starts at 3 p.m.

Address: Pyatnitskaya 31/2, bldg 2, Moscow

Candidate to run in presidential elections from the democratic opposition will be determined at primaries
Press Release, December 1, 2011.

The YABLOKO party will participate in the presidential elections scheduled on March 2012. YABLOKO’s candidate to run in the elections will be Grigory Yavlinsky, YABLOKO founder and member of the party Political Committee. Such a statement was made by YABLOKO Chair Sergei Mitrokhin at his press-conference in Vladimir.

According to Mitrokhin, such a decision was adopted by the Political Committee.

However, Mitrokhin also noted that YABLOKO would be ready to discuss other candidacies from the democratic opposition. “We are not imposing our candidate, but we offer to discuss all the candidacies during primaries, and we invite all the democratic parties, organisations and movements in spite of the fact whether they were registered or not to participate in such primaries,” Mitrokhin said...

Veteran liberal Grigory Yavlinsky to run for president in 2012
RIA Novosti, December 1, 2011.

MOSCOW, December 1 (RIA Novosti)-Russia's liberal Yabloko party has nominated its first leader and co-founder, Grigory Yavlinsky, to run for president in March next year.

Yabloko's co-leader Sergei Mitrokhin said Yavlinsky could be the main opposition coalition candidate but added that it was open for discussion.

"We do not wish to impose our candidate, we wish to offer discussion on all candidates at a primary election to which we invite all democratic parties and organizations," Mitrokhin told a news conference on Thursday...

"Putin has been in power for 12 years already and is going to stay for another 12-year term. How do you like it?"
RBC Daily, December 1, 2011. Interview with Grigory Yavlinsky by Olga Zhermeleva

Grigory Yavlinsky: Corruption and lawlessness reached such a scope that the gap between the society and the state became only broader. And in Russia revolutions and coups d’etat happen exactly when the gap between the society and the state becomes deep, not during wars or famine or epidemics. Such was the case in 1917 and 1991. A disruption and a disaster. And not one comes into the streets to protest when the state disappears. And then a republic emerges on the place of an empire. And everyone is happy. And then the republic is taken over by bandits who set a dictatorship for 80 years.

Question: And is radicalisation of the views and a new coup d’etat possible today?

Grigory Yavlinsky: No, there will be no coup d’etats. A collapse is more likely. The regime cannot help getting weaker. When a wall is falling down you can try and prop it, but when all the bricks are falling down – it can not be helped.


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