|April 30, 2003
EXPLODES THE INERTIA SCENARIO
By Semyon Shatskoi, Vremya MN, April 29, 2003
The April 26 resolution includes the standard list of complaints
against the Government (standard for Yabloko, that is): the inability
to provide security for the nation and its citizens, the failure
of the social reforms, anti-social policies which promote the
interests of major monopolies and oligarchs...
Will Back the Vote of No Confidence in the Government?
By Boris Vishnevsky, Novaya Gazeta, April 28, 2003
We will soon find out whether some political parties
that boldly castigate the government now are so principled
when it comes to a vote in the State Duma. As in the
well-known joke, they have their own opinion on this
issue, but categorically refuse to share it with the
rest of us.
to try and dismiss the present Cabinet
Press release, April 27, 2003
The Russian Democratic
Party YABLOKO plans so submit a no-confidence motion in the RF goverment
and will try to achieve its dismissal.
|April 29, 2003
Faction Confirms Its Intention to Initiate Dismissal
of the Government
RIA Novosti, April 28, 2003
The YABLOKO faction in the State Duma intends to raise the issue
of dismissing the government, the faction told RIA Novosti. It is
likely that this will happen at the first May session of the lower
house of the Russian parliament to be held on May 14.
for Nuclear Power Warns About Collapse of Shield over
Rosbalt, April 28, 2003
Minister for Nuclear Power Alexander
Rumyantsev has warned about a possible collapse in the shield over
the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. "The consequences would
be devastating. The sarcophagus was built to last five years, but
has been there for 17 years. Nobody has inspected these walls in
detail. We do not know what is happening under the shield,"
Rumyantsev told the Izvestia newspaper in an interview published
on April 26.
in Russia Needs USD 1.5 Billion by 2004 to Avert Degradation
Rosbalt, April 28, 2003
In 2004 education will require an additional USD 1.5
billion, including USD 871 million for the transition
to a sector wage system, stated Yabloko Party State
Duma Deputy Alexander
Shishlov at a session of the State Duma committee
for education and science on Friday.
Radioactive Safety in Russia
Statement, April 26, 2003
disaster provided convincing proof that usage of nuclear energy
even for peaceful purposes, despite the highly skilled personnel
and rigid control system existing in the USSR, represented a serious
risk to the health and lives of the citizens.
Shishlov: Real rise in teachers’ wages should become
the priority task when preparing the federal budget
Press release, April 25, 2003
According to Shishlov, the committee prepared joint
proposals on first-hand budget priorities that are
of political importance. They include an increase
in teachers' wages, an increase in expenditures on
the purchase of educational equipment and refurbishment
of hostels, increase of expenditures on the development
of an information education base.
|April 28, 2003
good man murdered
The Economist (UK), April 26, 2003
POLITICAL killings in Russia are rarely political.
Ten members of the Duma, the lower house of parliament,
have been murdered in the past ten years, plus a host
of sundry other officials. Though the cases are rarely
solved, most carry a strong whiff of corruption or
business disputes. But Sergei Yushenkov, a Duma member
shot dead on April 17th outside his home, was - so
everyone says - clean.
Freedom of Speech in a Labyrinth
Interview with Chairman of the Central Electoral Commission Alexander Veshnyakov
By Anna Feofilaktova, Moskovsky Komsomolets, April 25, 2003
Russia's journalists are in a panic: fairly soon,
the sight of newspapers or televisions being shut down could become
commonplace. The Central Electoral Commission (CEC), the Media Ministry
and finally the courts would merely have to decide whether journalists
were not objective in their coverage of a certain presidential or
parliamentary candidate or were praising another candidate too much.
|April 25, 2003
Housing and Utilities Sector Reform for Monopolies
By Sergei Mitrokhin, Trud-7, April 24, 2003
The Federation Council voted for the governments'
draft law on housing and utilities sector reform. It can be summed
up as follows: subsidies to enterprises in the housing and utilities
sector should be liquidated and replaced with subsidies to households
with small incomes from budgets at all levels.
security services know who ordered the crime and killers,
but cannot find them
By Svetlana Listopadova, Vesti.ru, April 24, 2003
...all the people responsible for
these killings have been identified and are even been sought intensely.
RealVideo. The Moscow Youth organisation
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variant of the law on housing and communal reform.
April 9, 2003
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|April 24, 2003
By Marina Ozerova, Natalya Galimova and Natalya Shpitsina,
Moskovsky Komsomolets, April 22, 2003
Moskovsky Komsomolets interviewed prominent Russian
parliament members about their attitude to the "principle
of one-party rule": It should be noted that representatives
of the parties with the best chances of winning the
elections are more favourable to the idea than their
colleagues from the Duma "minority".
Lukin: "We have to summon up our strength and
win, as you do in a game of preference."
By Marina Ozerova, Interview with Vladimir
Lukin, Deputy Speaker of the State Duma (YABLOKO),
Moskovsky Komsomolets, April 23, 2003
...I like to be in touch with the electorate that
a politician should be close to and sense their mood
|April 23, 2003
|April 22, 2003
Will Have Enough Nuclear Power Until 2030
Rosbalt, April 18, 2003
Deputy Minister for Nuclear Power Mikhail Solonin
told Rosbalt at a special round table session in the
Russian parliament on Friday that Russia currently
ranked 7th in the world in terms of nuclear power
reserves estimated at 160,000 tonnes.
...At the same time, he said that the Russian nuclear
power industry faced a number of serious environmental
|April 21, 2003
Kicks Off With Online Tricks
By Simon Saradzhyan and Larisa Naumenko, The Moscow Times, April 21, 2003
Even though the parliamentary election campaign
and the mudslinging expected to accompany it have yet to gain momentum,
some parties and politicians have already fallen victim to elaborate
schemes designed to damage their reputation in the eyes of their
Victory Highlights Russian Weakness
By Vladimir Isachenkov, The Associated Press, April 21, 2003
The quick defeat of Saddam Hussein's military, which
was modeled on the rigid Soviet war machine, at the hands of a motivated
high-tech adversary has thrown a spotlight on the weakness of Russia's
own crumbling armed forces and strengthened the hand of proponents
of radical military reform.
of Budget Sphere Workers - new
|April 18, 2003
SPS and CPRF to join together to ensure fair and honest
KM-Novosti, April 16, 2003
goal of the coming union is not to participate as a bloc in the
forthcoming parliamentary election, but rather to monitor the voting
Warn Against Knee-Jerk Anti-Americanism
By Sarah Karush, The Associated Press, April 17, 2003
Moscow was right to oppose Washington over Iraq,
but Russian leaders
must be cautious not to fall into Soviet-style, knee-jerk anti-Americanism
that might not always serve the country's interests, leading politicians
experts said Wednesday.
Votes to Rank Civil Servants
By Oksana Yablokova, The Moscow Times, April 17, 2003
The State Duma on Wednesday approved a Kremlin-sponsored
plan to rank civil service workers the same way military officers
are ranked in the army. But promotions will be tied to how long
the bureaucrats have worked in the government, not to their job
Russia's Yushenkov Shot Dead
By Simon Saradzhyan, Nabi Abdullaev and Oksana Yablokova, The Moscow Times, April 18, 2003
Sergei Yushenkov, one of Russia's most prominent liberal opposition
figures and a State Duma deputy, was shot dead in Moscow on Thursday
evening in what fellow deputies condemned as an apparent political
on April 17, 2003, Sergei Yushenkov, member of the
State Duma, head of the Liberal Russia party, was
murdered April 18, 2003
He was a bright politician who was well known all over
Russia. He had his own point of view. There are a few people
like him in Russia.
His death is a huge tragedy for his next of kin. We express
our deepest condolences to his family.
I think that everybody who is not indifferent to the fate
of freedom and democracy in Russia should demand from the
authorities and the President an investigation of at least
one political crime, to find the perpetrators of the murder
and people who ordered this murder. If this does not happen,
unfortunately such tragedies will be repeated.
Lukin: "Don Rumata is Doomed…" Literary
and psychological analysis of the Iraqi crisis
Interview with Vladimir
Lukin by Alexander Nikonov, Ogonyok, No 13, April
...The regime is bad and no one will argue with that
statement: however, from the viewpoint of international
law, this does not give anybody the right to bring
|April 17, 2003
Territory may become testing ground for experiments
by Chubais in housing and utilities
Press release, April 16, 2003
"It is well-known that the housing and utilities
sector of Krasnoyarsk Territory has run up considerable
debt before energy suppliers and consequently faces
a real threat that part of the housing and utilities
sector in the region will be placed under the control
of the monopoly created under the guidance of Anatoly
Chubais," said deputy from the YABLOKO faction
opposes transformation of the TVS channel into a state-owned
Press release, April 16, 2003
Such a step will lead to a monopoly on the information transmitted
to Russia’s citizens. It is especially dangerous on the threshold
of the parliamentary and presidential elections, when television is
transformed into the main source of information on the competing political
May Ratify Arms Reduction Treaty in May
Rosbalt, April 16, 2003
The treaty will, above all, limit US forces, which
are considerably stronger than Russia's, explained
emphasized that Russia had insisted on a written form
of the form, whereas the US intended to "confirm
the agreement with a handshake."
|April 16, 2003
Delevoi Peterburg, April 15, 2003
According to Yavlinsky, the crux of this approach can be summed
up as follows. Owing to constant tariff increases, in particular
electricity prices and pressures from rolling blackouts, make
the whole sector a debtor of RAO UES; and then privatize the key
structures of the housing and communal services sector and the
whole infrastructure of the sector in general.
|April 15, 2003
Yavlinsky: Elections can be such a hassle
RTR, "News of the Week", April 13, 2003
...Russian needs politicians
to save human lives. That should be the main political goal in
|April 12, 2003
RealVideo. Grigory Yavlinsky's briefing after the adoption
by the State Duma of the law envisaging 100% payment by
the population for housing and communal costs, April 9,
2003. (In Russian)
10 min 7 sec 56 Kb/sec - 2,54 Mb,
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RealVideo. The Moscow Youth organisation of YABLOKO protests
against the adoption of the governments' variant of the
law on housing and communal reform.
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law on the housing and communal services sector reform
adopted by the State Duma will have serious consequences
for both the population and the sector
Press release, April 9, 2003
...the actions of the government "do not make
it possible to restore the housing and communal sector,"
and, on the contrary lead to "complete destabilization
in the housing and communal services sector in the
very near future."
The Moscow Times, April 10, 2003
Russia's capital outflow and inflow were equal
in the first quarter of this year for the first time
in the last 10 years,
deputy chairman of the Duma's budget and tax committee,
said in an Ekho Moskvy radio interview Wednesday.
|April 11, 2003
War against Terrorism and the Transformation of the
World Order, three perpesctives
By Alexei G. Arbatov, CEPS Commentary, November 2001
...two months later after the "Black September",
the weaknesses of the coalition and deficiencies of
the operation are becoming more and more evident,
as well as the confusion and inconsistency of the
United States and other major players in adopting
a new security strategy and still less in implementing
gives final approval to a controversial draft law
on housing and communal services reform
By: Marina Sokolovaskaya, Gazeta.ru, April 9, 2003
In view of the forthcoming
parliamentary elections many deputies found it difficult to vote
in favour of a law that, when enacted, is likely to complicate the
lives of their electorate.
voting in the State Duma For the adoption of the amendments
to Article 264 of the Tax Code (tax breaks for educational
institutions), First reading, April 09, 2003 13:25:02
Government and "big four" factions oppose
Press release, April 9, 2003
According to Shishlov,
reduction in the prices of educational materials would
make it possible to apply more broadly modern information
technologies in education.
|April 9, 2003
State Duma supports the government's course towards
100% payment by the population for housing and communal
Press release, April 2, 2003
The State Duma rejected
the draft address to the President of the Russian Federation on repealing
the provisions for an accelerated transfer towards 100% coverage by
the population for housing and communal costs.
Cabinet for Policy Platforms Most Russian voters don't
care about the policies of political parties
By Xenia Veretennikova, Vremya Novostei, April 9, 2003
For the majority of voters these platforms
do not contain anything they find interesting. Voters are more attracted
to a "brand", charismatic leader, or some kind of election
campaign slogan. The exceptions, possibly, are only the Communist
Party and Yabloko.
million roubles are required to evacuate the population
from Tatarskaya Karabolka and Muslyumovo
Ural-Press-Inform (Chelyabinsk), April 2, 2003
YABLOKO proposes that the President
of Russia adopt urgent measures to evacuate the residents of these
territories that were subject to radioactive contamination due to
the Mayak disaster and the flow of radioactive waste into the Techa
Blocks on the Road to Europe
World Economic Forum, 24.01.2003 (Archive)
Europe is not just a geographical concept, "but
an economic, political and civilizational unit..."
Control - updated
Relations - updated
Russian MPs advocate early ratification of the US
arms reduction treaty
ITAR-TASS, April 8, 2003
There is no point in delaying ratification of the
Strategic Offensive Reductions Treaty [SORT], also
known as the Moscow Treaty between Russia and the
United States, irrespective of developments in Iraq,
according to prominent members of the State Duma,
or the lower house of Russian parliament.
Outlook: Will Russia Seize the Opportunity?
World Economic Forum, 01.02.2002 (Archive)
"The president is giving a very clear signal
to his partners that the relative success of the United
States in Afghanistan is only the end of the beginning,
and it is a very long story -- It is better, instead
of discussing these minor things which create new
problems, to start negotiating strategic military
and political alliances for the 21st century that
will have a dramatic impact on the internal political
situation in Russia as well."
|April 8, 2003
Deputies: in the Hall and at Home
By Irina Gordiyenko, Novaya Gazeta, April 7, 2003
Recently the State Duma rejected the draft address to the President
of Russia to repeal certain provisions of the housing and communal
service sector reform and finalise the draft for wage system reform.
Strangely enough, many factions that had protested against the
"criminal policies of the regime", simply sabotaged
this important vote.
a Single Umbrella
Arbatov, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, April 7, 2003
The unfolding drama of the war in Iraq has pushed
less sensational problems to the background, even
though these problems may be extremely important in
the long term.
|April 7, 2003
YABLOKO Party to carry out its election campaign to
the State Duma in a new way this year
Vremya Novostei, April 4, 2003
Deputy Head of the YABLOKO faction in the State Duma
of the Russian Federation Sergei
Ivanenko informed a VN correspondent that this
campaign would be conducted on the streets, rather
than through the media.
voting in the State Duma For the Address to the President
on introduction of necessary changes into the governmental
concept of the reform of the housing and communal
services sector (on abolishing a 100% payment of housing
and communal services), April 02, 2003 17:04:29
voting in the State Duma For the adoption of the Address
to the Prime Minister of the RF on creation of a trilateral
commission for final development of wages reform for
budget sphere workers, April 02, 2003 14:07:54
State Duma declined the draft address to the President
of Russia on abolishing the provisions envisaging
an accelerated transfer to 100% payment of housing
and communal services
Finmarket Novosti, April 3, 2003
At the plenary meeting of the Duma (on March 2, 2003)
164 deputies voted for the draft address prepared
by deputy from the YABLOKO faction Sergei
Mitrokhin against a required minimum of 226 votes.
|April 4, 2003
Strategy of a Compromise
By Grigory Yavlinsky, Deloviye Ludi, March
We cannot neglect the fact that Europe’s borders,
separating the region from the most unstable and the most dangerous
parts of the world, run along Russia’s borders. Their defense
is an all-European concern. Furthermore, a weak and unstable Russia
would represent an eternal breeding ground for terrorist threats.
Only a Bigger Europe, which takes advantage of the territorial
and intellectual potential and all other resources of the former
republics of the Soviet Union, can complete globally on an equal
footing with North America and South-East Asia.
Arbatov: "Election at war time is nonsense."
By Natalya Gorodetskaya, Politburo, March 31, 2003
The voting won't provide an answer as to whether there
is a state of emergency in Chechnya today or not;
whether you can stop anyone at a control post, asking
for bribes or not; whether you can arrest people without
the authorization of a public prosecutor or not, etc:
This means that the referendum has not resolved the
conflict - and there has been a conflict - between
the military and the population.
|April 3, 2003
around Iraq - updated
Relations - updated
ties strained by war
By Anthony Louis, UPI, April 2, 2003
MOSCOW, April 2 (UPI) -- Russia-U.S. ties were further
strained by the war
in Iraq Wednesday when the Russian Foreign Ministry summoned U.S.
Ambassador Alexander Vershbow to protest the continued bombing of
of Baghdad, this time near the Russian Embassy.
|April 2, 2003
deputies from YABLOKO re-elected to the Legislative
Assembly of Rostov region
Press release, April 1, 2003
Two candidates from the
YABLOKO party won convincing election victories to the Legislative
Assembly of Rostov region on March 30, 2003.
Shows Fragility Of U.S.-Russia Links
By ALAN CULLISION and JEANNE WHALEN, Wall Street Journal, April 1, 2003
"Even during the Cold War, when Moscow and Washington
hated each other, "ordinary people" really
liked Americans. Now, the sincere feeling on the street
... is taking on a bright anti-American character."
Bush ties expected to survive
By Alice Lagnado, THE WASHINGTON TIMES, April 1, 2003
"The war in Iraq will not be the transition to
a cold war between Russia and the USA, nor will it
ruin the Russian-American strategic relations. This
is not in our interests..."