New items - June 2001
Federation Council should not deny responsibility
for decision-making on the import of nuclear waste
Press release, 20.06.2001
The Yabloko faction of the State Duma called
on the members of the Federation Council to hold an
extraordinary meeting of the chamber to consider and
reject the package of laws on the import of nuclear
waste into Russia.
to the members of the Federation Council on the adoption
of the package of laws on the imports of spent nuclear
fuel into the Russian Federation
The Yabloko faction
June 14, 2001
of the Yabloko faction to the top officials and deputies
of legislative assemblies of the subjects of the Russian
Federation on the adoption of the package of laws
to import spent nuclear fuel into the Russian Federation
The Yabloko faction
June 14, 2001
All-Russia Democratic Assembly.
Memorandum on Mutual Understanding adopted at the
Moscow, June 19, 2001
We, the participants of the All-Russia Democratic
Assembly, sharing the principles of strict observation
of the rights and legal interests of all the citizens
of the country, as well as the priority of the rights
of an individual over the rights of the state, consolidation
of civil society and development of democratic institutions
in the country, believe in the expedience ofš founding
the All-Russia permanent Democratic Assembly to exchange
opinions on the key issues of our country’s development.
Day in the Lower House
By Ivan Rodin, Nezavisimaya Gazeta,
June 22, 2001
The Duma approved the law on political parties at
its third reading; it will now be submitted to the
Federation Council. However, it is not ruled out that
the Federation Council may reject it: then this law
would have to be reconsidered by the lower house.
The Duma would have to continue working on this law
together with the upper house, as only 238 deputies
voted for it, whereas at least 300 votes are required
to override a Federation Council veto.
tells Duma members how to vote?
By Irina Ivanova, Zhizn (Moskovskie Vedomosti),
June 20, 2001, p. 4
There are special people in each Deputy faction who
signal to the rest how to vote in a particular way.
of a Duma faction's coordinator implies organising
a coordinated vote for or against a particular issue.
The existence of this function became especially obvious
during the heated debates over the law on importing
nuclear waste into Russia, when the faction leaders
called on their coordinators to be especially attentive
and give deputies clear instructions on how to vote.
on the election campaign in the Maritime Territory
The Yabloko faction
June 14, 2001
The Yabloko faction considers the annulment of the
registration of candidate Viktor Cherepkov in the
gubernatorial elections of the Maritime Territory
to be the result of political pressure on judicial
bodies targeted at guaranteeing the participation
of the candidate of the federal centre in the second
Democratic Assembly opposes the forced return of refugees
Press release, 22.06.2001
Late on June 22 2001, the Administration of the President
of the RF received a statement from the Democratic
Assembly on the inadmissibility of the forced return
of refugees to Chechnya.
All-Russia Democratic Assembly. Statement
Moscow, June 19, 2001
The All-Russia Democratic Assembly unanimously expresses
its deepest concern over the situation with the residents
of the Chechen republic who had to leave its territory.
may support redistribution of the top posts in the
Duma, including change of Speaker
Press release, 20.06.2001
At the meeting of the Council of the Duma on June
19, 2001, Deputy Head of the Yabloko faction in the
Duma Sergei Ivanenko raised the issue of changing
the Chairman of the Duma Committee for Labour and
the first meeting of the All-Russia Democratic Assembly
The Yabloko party welcomes the beginning
of the work of the All-Russia Democratic Assembly,
which opened on June 19, 2001 in Moscow. Yabloko sees
the All-Russia Democratic Assembly as a permanent
forum of democratically-oriented political and civil
organisations, whose representatives will have an
opportunity to discuss without intermediaries the
vital problems of Russia and develop, on the basis
of mutual accord, a general approach to their resolution.
All-Russia Democratic Assembly.The participants at
the first meeting
Moscow, June 19, 2001
coalition" section of the web-site
New Course. What Yabloko supports and opposes.
Theses by Grigory Yavlinsky
Novosti, June 20, 2001
A law allowing for the import of nuclear waste was adopted
recently. In view of this fact the newspapers and TV
stations have been discussing the issue as to whether
our legislative authorities are completely subordinate
to the executive authorities. But the issue is far more
serious. This is not simply an episode when the State
Duma has completely fulfilled the will of the government.
The adoption of this law provides a striking example
of the nature of relations between the authorities and
the people. They have remained virtually unchanged for
the past 15 years. The government and the deputies of
almost all the factions, except for Yabloko, openly
declared and insisted that the opinion of 90 per cent
of the people was not important. The people "do
not understand where their happiness lies".
All-Russia Democratic Assembly to schedule the actions
of the democratic forces
The participants of the
All-Russia Democratic Assembly which took place in
Moscow on June 19, 2001, demanded that the forced
return of the refugees to Chechnya should be prohibited.
on the All-Russia Democratic Assembly
All-Russia Democratic Assembly represents dialogue
on the most important issues of the development of
the country, and includes as equal members political
parties, associations, non-political civil organisations
and public figures.
fly as Duma approves land bill
By Yevgenia Borisova,
The Moscow Times, June 18, 2001,
The State Duma passed the Land Code in an emotionally
charged first reading Friday that saw lawmakers chant,
come to blows and whole factions march out en masse.
The Duma voted 251-22 with three abstentions in favor
of the Kremlin-backed code, which would allow the
sale of commercial land and plots in cities and villages
to Russians and foreigners. The sale of agricultural
land is not provided for in the code and will be dealt
with in a separate law. The legislation must pass
two more readings in the Duma and then be approved
by the Federation Council before it can be sent to
President Vladimir Putin to be signed into law.
than just rhetoric
Moscow Times, June 18, 2001, p. 10
The first national Yabloko Party Congress in St. Petersburg
last weekend surprised many who think the only thing
that party does is criticize the present administration.
approves nuclear fuel imports
The Moscow Times, June 7, 2001,
The State Duma gave final approval in 20 minutes Wednesday
to legislation opening Russia to imports of spent
nuclear fuel, a project environmentalists say will
turn the country into a nuclear dump.
Prince Phillipe of Belgium and the Secretary of State
for Foreign Affairs to meet Russian Prime Minister
Mikhail Kasyanov, Deputy Foreign Minister Ivan Ivanov,
Speaker of the State Duma Gennady Seleznyov, as well
as prominent politicians Mikhail Gorbachev, Boris
Nemtsov and Grigory Yavlinsky
RIA "Novosti", June 17, 2001
The Crown Prince Philippe
of Belgium and Secretary of State for Foreign
Affairs Ms. Annemie Neyts-Uytterbroeck begin on Sunday
their visit to Moscow and St. Petersburg at the head
of the Belgian economic mission. The visit is scheduled
to last until June 21.
Yavlinsky does not see any alternative to the development
of a new liberal democratic course for reforms in
The Yabloko party advocates
the development of a new liberal democratic course
for reforms in Russia that should be conducted “in
the interests of the majority of Russia’s citizens”.
This statement was made by the leader of the Yabloko
party Grigory Yavlinsky in St. Petersburg on Saturday,
June 9, 2001.
of Mikhail Zadornov,
to initiate nation-wide referendum on the problem
of imports of nuclear waste into Russia
The Central Council of the Yabloko party adopted a
decision to initiate a nation-wide referendum on the
problem of imports of nuclear waste into Russia during
its meeting in Pavlovsk (suburb of St. Petersburg)
on June 10, 2001.
Forum of Yabloko's representatives in the legislative
and executive authorities to be held in St. Petersburg
On June 9-10 2001, the All-Russia Forum of Yabloko's
representatives in the legislative and executive authorities
will take place in St. Petersburg. About 400 members
of Yabloko from all of Russia will participate in
deputy submits to the Duma a draft law aimed at eliminating
the most frequent violations during election campaigns
Deputy of the State Duma from the Yabloko faction
Alexander Shishlov submitted to the Duma a draft law
"On Amendments and Addenda to the Federal Law
"On Basic Guarantees of Election Rights and the
Right to Participate in a Referendum of the Citizens
of the Russian Federation." The draft law aims
to eliminate widespread violations and abuses of power
during election campaigns.
of Alexei Arbatov,
insists on a referendum on the import of nuclear waste
Press release, 06.06.2001
The Yabloko party insists on a nation-wide referendum
to postpone the laws allowing for the import of spent
nuclear fuel into Russia, even if this law is approved
by the Federation Council and signed by the President.
At the same time Yabloko will do all it can to persuade
the Federation Council and the President not to plunge
the country into ecological catastrophe.
of Right-Wing Forces is left without force
By Alexander Ivanov,
Noviye Izvestia, June 8, 2001, p. 1
The Union of Right-Wing Forces (SPS) has finally become
a political party. Only a week has passed, and the
right is already facing the hard facts of life. Chanting
"You are right!" is not going to suffice
anymore. Voters have to be offered what is called
"real accomplishments" in official terms.
needs new liberal democratic reforms
strana.ru, June 9, 2001
Yabloko advocates the development of a new liberal
democratic course of reforms in Russia, Yabloko party
and parliamentary faction leader Grigory Yavlinsky
told a meeting of party activists representing it
in legislative and executive bodies in St. Petersburg
on June 9.
Energy Ministry Gets the Green Light
By Ivan Rodin, Nezavisimaya
Gazeta, June 7, 2001, p. 3
In yesterday's vote, the Duma approved the Nuclear Energy
Ministry's plans to import spent nuclear fuel for reprocessing
and temporary storage in return for some money, although
no one can say exactly how much. Advocates of the project
say that reprocessing the heat rods from nuclear reactors
could earn Russia about $20 billion. The money will
be made available to Russia over 20 years, but not all
of this amount will be spent on environmental programmes.
Some money will have to be spent on building the required
infrastructure. Again, no one can say exactly how much
money will be spent on building reprocessing and storage
to initiate referendum on expended nuclear fuel imports
June 6, 2001
The Yabloko movement is going to initiate a referendum
on the import of expended nuclear fuel to Russia, Yabloko
leader Gregory Yavlinsky announced in an interview today
after the State Duma approved bills on expended nuclear
fuel imports on the third reading...
lower house of parliament passes bills to import nuclear
Associated Press, June 6,
Russia's lower house of parliament on Wednesday quickly
approved a controversial proposal that would permit
the import of other countries' nuclear waste for reprocessing.
MN, June 4, 2001, p. 3
The ongoing war over the amendments to the current
nuclear energy legislation that would permit the import
of spent nuclear fuel into Russia entered another
phase yesterday. Yabloko leader Grigory Yavlinsky
and Nuclear Energy Minister Alexander Rumyantsev answered
questions posed by pedestrians on Novy Arbat Street.
and risks for democratisation in today's Russia
Yavlinsky's speech at the seminar on politics in Russia
organised by the Liberal, Democrat and Reformers'
Group of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council
of Europe, June 22, 1997
European Convention on Human Rights
and its Five Protocols
military helicopter was shot down on the border of
Chechnya and Ingushetia
On May 31, 2001, a helicopter of the Federal Border
Guard Service of the RF was shot down by Nesterovskaya
settlement on the border of Chechnya and Ingushetia.
Deputies of the State Duma, Alexei Arbatov, Deputy
Chairman of the Duma Committee for Defence (the Yabloko
faction) and Evgeny Zelyenov, member of the Committee,
Hero of Russia (Regions of Russia Group) were on board
the helicopter. The deputies were returning from a
working trip to Chechnya.
By Elena Afanasyeva, Novaya Gazeta, June
On May 31, 2001, a military helicopter was shot down
off Ingushetia. Deputies of the State Duma, Alexei
Arbatov (Yabloko) and Evgeny Zelyenov (Regions of
Russia Group) on board the helicopter. They were returning
from a working trip to Chechnya.
on the creation of a coalition between the Yabloko
Association and the All-Russia Democratic Russia Movement
The All-Russia Yabloko Association and the All-Russia
Democratic Russia Movement consider it important for
our country to overcome the weakness and political
dependence of democratic parties and introduce dynamism
and a new quality to the Russian democratic movement...
Ivanenko: appointment of Alexei Miller as Head of
the Board of OAO Gazprom confirms the desire of the
authorities to have total control over all spheres
of life in the country
Yavlinsky insists on urgent implementation of reforms
The leader of the Yabloko party Grigory
Yavlinsky thinks that it is necessary to urgently
implement the following three main reforms inRussia:
create an independent judicial system, find a political
alternative tothe war in Chechnya and introduce a
more transparent and rational tax system.
is a Form of Foolishness
Yavlinsky, Novaya Gazeta,
May 28, 2001
The public gathering in Moscow on the 80th anniversary
of Andrei Dmitrievich Sakharov was marked by nostalgic
and sentimental tunes. This is not surprising, as
it was organised by the people who are still unable
to comprehend why Acad. Sakharov's ideas have not
prevailed in Russian society. They still speculate
on the similarities between Yeltsin and Sakharov.
Only Grigory Yavlinsky spoke about Sakharov as a man
whose moral presence in politics is necessary today.
Specially for Novaya Gazeta - extracts from his speech.
es una democracia de imitacion
Pais, 29 de mayo de 2001
Grigori Yavlinski es el mas europeista de los politicos
rusos y un ardiente defensor de la economia de mercado.
El lider del bloque liberal Yabloko (Manzana) cree
que la democracia rusa es hoy mas formal que real,
y que el presidente Vladimir Putin ha puesto el pais
en manos de un reducido grupo de empresarios, militares
y miembros de los servicios de seguridad. De visita
en Madrid invitado por el Insituto de Empresa, Yavlinski
(Lvov, Ucrania, 1952) se entrevisto ayer con el presidente
del Gobierno, Jose Maria Aznar.