New items - May 2001
Appeal of the Bureau of the Central Council of the
Yabloko Association to the constituent congress of
Yabloko Association greets the delegates of the constituent
congress of the SPS and the congress successful work.
We observe with great attention and interest the transformation
of the Union of the Right-Wing Forces into a political
between the Prime Minister of Spain Jose Maria Aznar
and the leader of Yabloko Grigory Yavlinsky
A meeting between the Prime Minister
of Spain Jose Maria Aznar and the leader of Yabloko
Grigory Yavlinsky took place on May 28 2001 at the
residence of the Prime Minister of Spain in Moncloa
(Madrid), following an invitation made by Aznar to
Yavlinsky last autumn...
SPS is transformed into a political party
Agency, May 27, 2001
The Union of Right Forces (SPS), the largest liberal
political organisation in Russia, was transformed
into a full-fledged political party at its congress
By Aleksei Tavrov, Vremya
MN, May 25, 2001, p. 3
On the eve of 26 May 2001, when the Union of Right-Wing
Forces will convene for its constituent congress and
transformation into a party, it transpired that potential
members of this party, possible sponsors and the Kremlin
administration were not the only ones to place high
hopes on this congress. At long last their neighbours
in the political niche have displayed some interest.
Builds Party at 22-Hour Congress
By Ana Uzelac Staff Writer
The Moscow Times Monday, May. 28,
2001. Page 1
The Union of Right Forces transformed
itself into a bona fide political party and elected
Boris Nemtsov as its leader during a founding congress
this weekend that lasted for an extraordinary 22 hours
with breaks only for coffee.
military doctrine and strategic nuclear forces to
the year 2000 and beyond
Present Russian military doctrine is based on a document
approved at a Security Council session on 2 November,
1993. On that same day, the document, "Principle Guidance
on the Military Doctrine of the Russian Federation"
( PGMD) was officially legalized by Presidential decree
No. 1833 (1). Whatever the outcome of continuing work
on its revised version, there is reason to expect
its main points will remain the same.
said to oppose waste bill
A leading Russian environmentalist said Saturday that
legislation to allow the import of nuclear waste could
face an uphill battle if lawmakers listen to their constituents.
Yabloko faction has managed to make essential amendments
to the draft law “On Political Parties”
The Yabloko faction believes that it has managed to
considerably improve the draft law “On Political Parties”
compared to the variant adopted in the first reading.
Ryzhkov accuses Yabloko of organising a campaign against
deputies voting for the import of nuclear waste into
Deputy of the State Duma Nikolai Ryzhkov
(the CPRF faction) accused theYabloko faction of organising
an “unruly campaign” against deputies voting for the
export ofnuclear waste into Russia.
Yabloko Association and the Democratic Russia Movement
create a democratic coalition
On May 24, 2001, the Chairman of the
Yabloko Association, Grigory Yavlinsky, Co-Chairman
of the Democratic Russia Movement, Lev Ponomaryov,
and members of the Coordination Council of the Democratic
Russia, Evgeny Ikhlov and Oleg Mustafin signed in
the Moscow office of Democratic Russia a joint declaration
on the creation of a union of democratic forces -
a democratic coalition.
Yabloko faction will insist on the adoption of amendments
aimed at democratising the draft law "On Political
Deputies of the Yabloko faction will
insist on the adoption of a number of amendments aimed
at democratising the draft law "On Political
Parties" at the time of the review of the draft
at the second reading.
awaits judicial reform
A presidential package of bills on
judicial and law reforms may be officially presented
to the Duma today, reported Deputy Head of the Yabloko
faction of the State Duma of the RF.
Russian military in the 21st century
Dr. Alexei G. Arbatov
In April 1997, the U.S.
Army War College held its Eighth Annual Strategy Conference,
the topic of which was "Russia's Future as a World
Power." Most of the speakers discussed various aspects
of the many crises besetting Russia, and there were
differing views on whether Russia would be able to
surmount those crises and make the transition to a
politically stable democracy and a market economy.
Dr. Alexei G. Arbatov, the Deputy
Chair of the Defense Committee of the Duma, delivered
the banquet address and provided the Strategic Studies
Institute with the following monograph. In his remarks,
Dr. Arbatov stated that political and economic reform
had largely failed, and that we could reasonably fear
further turmoil in the Russian economy and accompanying
political and military structures. The very fact that
a freely elected member of the Duma, representing
one of four primary political parties, was speaking
to an assembly at the U.S. Army War College indicates
the distance Russia already has traveled in this decade.
Nonetheless, Dr. Arbatov's remarks made clear how
difficult Russia's near-term future will be.
of Yabloko Grigory Yavlinsky to visit Vilnius
Baltic News Service, Vilnius
On Tuesday one of the famous Russian politicians,
deputy of the State Duma of the RF and leader of the
liberal-centrist party Yabloko will come to Vilnius
on a one-day visit.
next steps in arms control: a Russian perspective
Dr. Alexei G. Arbatov
Putin can control the Russian domestic environment
and he can provide consistency for arms control agreements,
which Russia may engage in with other countries. Neither
of these two characteristics were true of the Yeltsin
Regime, during the 1990s. That is good news and certainly
a very important change. But there is bad news, and
let me talk about it in much greater detail.
statement at the Carnegie roundtable discussion
Madeleine K. Albright
I am delighted to speak with such a distinguished
group and I want to thank you each for giving me this
opportunity today. As a student of Russian history
and society, I appreciate the important role of Russian
thinkers and intellectuals. To a large degree, you
shape the way Russians view the West. I occasionally
look at the Russian press myself and have seen what
some of you have written, as well as what has been
written about me. I am glad to say that I've been
called worse things in the American press than my
Russian nickname "Gaspozha Stal."
of the Chairman of the Yabloko Association Grigory
Yavlinsky at the meeting in commemoration of the 80th
anniversary of Acad. Andrei Sakharov
... his most important precept was
on morality in politics. Andrei Dmitrievich realised
that appealing to politicians with a request or demand
to be moral is an absolutely hopeless thing. That
is why he formulated this somewhat differently. He
said that moral positions in politics are most practical
and most reasonable. Certainly if the goal is not
only personal welfare, but, at least to some extent,
the prospects for the country and its future; if the
goals include how children and grand-children will
live in our country...
Yavlinsky thinks that Andrei Sakharov's ordinances
are now buried in oblivion
Gazeta.ru May 20, 2001; 17:30
The Head of the Yabloko faction Grigory
Yavlinsky thinks that at present many of the ordinances
of Academician Andrei Sakharov are buried in oblivion.
will flourish if deputies convince the government
that it is not right
Vremya MN, May 18, 2001
The draft law on the taxation of production-sharing
agreements (PSAs) has matured in the Cabinet.
and Zhukov oppose the Proposal of the Finance Ministry
Nezavisimaya Gazeta, May 18, 2001
"The country's leadership, the
President and government do not need any investments
yet," said Deputy Head of the Yabloko faction
and Chairman of the Commission on Legal Issues for
Sub-soil Usage in Production Sharing, Sergei Ivanenko.
needs to be done to legalise the economy
TV-Centr channel May 18, 2001
Ivanenko expresses concern at the attempts of the
Finance Ministry to change the tax regime of PSAs
The Head of the Duma Commission for
Production-Sharing Agreements (PSAs) Sergei Ivanenko
and Chairman of the Duma Committee for the Budgets
and Taxes Alexander Zhukov expressed their concern
at the attempts of the Finance Ministry to change
the tax regime of PSAs
Taught Crony Capitalism to Russia?
The Wall Street Journal Europe
March 19, 2001
By Janine R. Wedel
Ms. Wedel, author of "Collision
and Collusion: The Strange Case of Western Aid to
Eastern Europe," is associate professor in the
Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
at the University of Pittsburgh.
Moskvy Staff Threaten to Resign
The Moscow Times,
Thursday, May. 17, 2001. Page 3
Ekho Moskvy's chief editor said Wednesday
he is prepared to take his 90-member staff to second-tier
television station TV6 if the journalists fail to
obtain a controlling stake in the independent radio
faction to ask Putin to settle conflict around NTV
April 6, 2001
The Yabloko faction is going to send an appeal to
Russian President Vladimir Putin today, asking him
to settle the situation around NTV with the help of
the Supreme Court. Yabloko leader Grigory Yavlinsky
announced this decision at a press conference today.
rally for free speech, media
By Peter Baker and Susan B. Glasser
The Herald-Leader, April 1, 2001
As many as 20,000 people crowded Pushkin Squarein
central Moscow yesterday to defend free speech and
Russia's major private television network in one of
the largest public displays of support for democratic
liberties in Russia in the post-Communist era.
and Russia will adjust to American missile defense
International Herald Tribune, January 30, 2001
Colin Powell's State Department, nibbling its nails
about anti-globalist protests, warned Americans about
traveling to the World Economic Forum in dangerous
Davos, where the elite meet to not compete. But intrepid
opinion mongers trekked into these Alps to learn how
Chinese and Russian leaders react to Bush administration
plans for a missile defense.
movement protests import of expended nuclear fuel
January 16, 2001
Regional branches of the Yabloko political movement
conducted protest actions against a decision of the
State Duma, the lower house of parliament, on uncontrolled
imports of expended nuclear fuel to Russia for storage
waste bill passes first reading in Russian parliament
Information Service on Energy & Nuclear Information
On 20 December 2000, the Russian State Parliament
(Duma) approved a first reading of an amendment to
the Law on Environmental Protection which gives a
green light to the importation of spent nuclear fuel
by Minatom, the Russian ministry of atomic power.
Vremya Novostei, October 30, 2000,
This was the first emergency congress of Yabloko that
journalists were barred from. The movement's leadership
explained thatthe congress was purely "technical",
that it had been convened for the purpose of broadening
the Central Council from 45 to 60 members by introducing
regional representatives into it. All the same, Grigori
Yavlinsky's report didnot have anything to do with
the election of new Central Council members. It was
an analysis of Vladimir Putin's presidency.
arrive at NTV office
Moscow -Three police officers have arrived at the
NTV office in the Ostankino television center. They
announced they will be waiting for former leadership
of NTV to come out.
faces showdown over independent TV
Russia's state-dominated gas monopoly ditched the
managers of NTV, the country's only nationwide independent
television network, on Tuesday and puta U.S. banker
believes that it has an effective coalition with the
Deputy Head of the Yabloko faction
in the RF State Duma, Sergei Ivanenko, thinks that
the coalition of his party with the Union of Right-Wing
Forces (SPS) is effective.
Zadornov thinks that it is too early to speak about
the transfer of two Russian islands to Japan
The head of the Deputies' Group of
the State Duma for Relations with the Parliament of
Japan, Mikhail Zadornov (the Yabloko faction), thinks
that today the situation over territorial disputes
between Russia and Japan is "very clear and simple".
to decide NTV future
World, April 9, 2001
ST PETERSBURG, Russia -- The future
of NTV television's independence hangs in the balance
as its new owner considers an offer by U.S. media
mogul Ted Turner to buy into the station.
holds protest rally against takeover
The Times of India on Line,
April 8, 2001
MOSCOW: Saying their independent
voice was under threat, journalists from Russia's
pioneering NTV held a rally under rainy skies on Saturday
and urged their supporters to stand fast withthem
against a takeover by state-connected gas company
TV takeover sparks protest
CNN World, April 4, 2001
MOSCOW, Russia - Journalists at Russia's
only independent television network are protesting
against a takeover by the state-run gas giant Gazprom.
objects to the import of spent nuclear fuel
, 20.03.01. 18:42
The Yabloko faction in the State Duma thinks that,
if approved, amendments to existing legislation regulating
the import, storage and recycling of spent nuclear
fuel (SNF) will cause tremendous losses to Russia.
The legislature will consider the amendments at the
second reading on March 22.
Yavlinsky believes the impending restructuring of
the Russian government to be meaningless
Rosbalt Information Agency
Moscow. "The government restructuring
will have no significance," said Grigory Yavlinsky,
leader of the Yabloko faction of the State Duma of
the RF in an interview with the Ekho Moskvi radio
protest was held in Barnaul against the import and
storage of nuclear waste in Russia
A protest action against the import
and storage of nuclear waste in Russia took place
Nuclear Waste Imports
The Press-Centr.Ru Information
According to a Press-Centr correspondent,
the Sverdlovsk regional branch of Yabloko supported
the nation-wide action to collect signatures against
the law on the import of nuclear waste to Russia.
Russia Meet Over Missile Shield
By Jim Heintz
The Moscow Times, May 14, 2001, p. 5
ground zero of opposition to U.S. plans for a national
missile defense system, a high-level American delegation
met Friday with Russian officials to discuss the divisive
Pisigin, Excerpt from: Voyage from Moscow to St. Petersburg
Translated from the Russian by Jamey
This is the short tale of "Journey from
Petersburg to Moscow." But the subsequent history of
the book is itself worthy of a separate publication.
The book is without a doubt useful and interesting,
however, it was forced on the population and placed
on such a pedestal by the general educational canon
for so long that no one felt anything but indifference
toward it. Needless to say, this was hardly the fault
of courageous Alexander Nikolaevich, although his words
might have been kinder toward his ungrateful and superficial
heirs. At any rate I don't know how many of them were
moved to good deeds by Radishchev, but at one time many
became revolutionaries thanks to him. Many fewer became
travelers. Indeed, it seems that only one person repeated
this journey literally, and for that matter he set off
in the opposite direction and only made it to Vyshnyi
Volochek, not even going halfway.
Russia strategy in Ukraine should not be restricted
to debt repayment
Deputy Head of the Yabloko faction
in the State Duma, Sergei Ivanenko, warned against
limiting Russia's strategy in Ukraine to the repayment
of debts for gas shipments.
meeting at Vassilievsky Spusk was organised by the
Going Forward Together movement distributing free
pagers to its members and providing them with free
railway tickets including those to resorts in the
polit.ru May 8, 2001
Yesterday 7,000 young people (according
to data of the Interior Ministry), and not 15,000
(as previously announced by RIA Novosti corespondents
from the meeting) gathered at Vassilievskiy Spusk
[by the Kremlin] to celebrate the first year's inauguration
of Vladimir Putin.
Melnikov assesses the action of the movement "Going
Forward Together" as a "shameful event"
A deputy of the Yabloko faction of
the State Duma Alexei Melnikov criticised the action
to support the President of Russia Vladimir Putin
conducted by the "Going Forward Together"
on Monday May 7 2001.
Ivanenko: the results of the Vladimir Putin’s first
year as president are contradictory
Deputy Head of the Yabloko faction in
the State Duma Sergei Ivanenko thinks that the results
of the first year of Vladimir Putin’s presidency may
be assessed from different positions.
proposes Yavlinsky as next President
Nezavisimaya Gazeta, May 4, 2001
There is something of a lull in the
process of negotiations between the Union of Right-Wing
Forces and Yabloko over creating a coalition with
a single list of candidates for the next election.
leaders of the SPS and Yabloko advocate strengthening
privately-owned mass media
The leaders of the right-wing factions
of the State Duma (the SPS and Yabloko) noted that
the release by the International Committee for Protection
of Journalists of a list of the leaders of states
regarded as opponents of mass media on the International
Day of a Free Press (on May 3) had a negative impact
considers the statement of US President George Bush
on ABM an invitation to negotiations
“These should be negotiations on the
prospects for strategic stability in the world,” said
Deputy Head of the Yabloko faction Sergei Ivanenko
in an interview with the press on May 2, 2001.