|January 29, 2010
in favour of Rechnik took place by the building of
the Russian Government
Press Release, January 29,
Today on January 29, 2010, the residents
of the bulldozed Rechnik village together with YABLOKO
activists organised a mobile picket in the form of
automobile race. Since 2-30 p.m. picketing took place
by the RF Government’s building. YABLOKO’s leader
Sergei Mitorkhin took place in the action.The participants
of the picket hold a placard running “Yes to the amnesty
of dachas!” and picturing President Medvedev and Prime
“We consider all the developments
in Rechnik complete lawlessness, as not only a law
on the “amnesty” of dachas but also a number of other
laws make bureaucrats to file property title on land
and houses in such cooperatives as Rechnik,” Mitrokhin
told to journalists. “We think that this lawlessness
is performed in the interests of bureaucracy and large
business which would like to use this territory. The
state demonstrates its cynical attitude to the people
who with their own labour made money for construction
of their private houses on legally purchased plots
of land,” he added.
justice' in Moscow as houses razed overnight. Reuters.
Outline of Sergei Mitrokhin’s Report at the
State Council meeting
January 22, 2010
The key problem of Russia’s
political system is monopolism which manifests itself
in three major ways:
1) bodies of power and parliaments
of all levels demonstrate monopoly of one party representing
the interests of bureaucracy and large-scale business
merged with it;
2) complete dominance of the executive over the judicial
3) dictate of one social class – the bureaucracy
– over all other social groups.
Thus, the present political system generally reproduces
the Soviet system, with its key flaw – the monopoly
of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union on power.
Such monopoly led to the insensibility of the political
system of the USSR to the challenges of the time.
Attempts to reform the system were considerably belated
and that, consequently, led to a collapse of the USSR.
|January 28, 2010
staff of the Government of the Moscow Region interferes
with YABLOKO’s picketing
Press Release, January 28,
The staff of the Government of the
Moscow Region interfered with YABLOKO’s one-man
picketing in front of their building. YABLOKO protests
against virtual introduction of a ban on one-man pickets
which has been initiated by the Moscow Region Duma.
The parliament of the Moscow Region
submitted to the State Duma a draft law stipulating
that one-man pickets (in addition to demonstrations,
rallies and group pickets) should be not only coordinated
with the authorities but organisers of such pickets
should also submit the plan and schedule of such picketing.
Activists of the Moscow Region branch of YABLOKO call
one-man picketing the only form of street protest
which has been available, as normally the authorities
ban rallies and pickets with a large number of participants
under faked pretexts.
Mayor suits the leader of the regional YABLOKO branch
Press Release, January 27,
Ekaterinburg’s Mayor Arkady Chernetsky
set in motion a lawsuit against deputy of the city
Duma and leader of the regional YABLOKO branch Maxim
The Mayor began a defamation case
stating that Maxim Petlin had libeled against him
at TV programme Vesti. The Mayor assessed his moral
damage at RUR 600,000 (approximately USD 20,000) which
makes 30 per cent of his official annual income amounting
to RUR 1,700,000.
“Once Chernetsky sold out half of
all the kindergartens buildings in Ekaterinburg,”
Petlin said at the Vesti programme. The Mayor considered
this statement be a libel.
However, explaining this situation
Chernetsky told to the anchor of the Studio 41 TV
programme that he had sold “only three kindergartens”.
Other had been transferred to different companies
and entities “free of charge”.
|January 27, 2010
Moscow City Court to examine YABLOKO’s cassation
appeals concerning annulment of the results of the
voting at four electoral districts
Press Release, January 27,
Tomorrow on January 28, the Moscow
City Court will examine YABLOKO’s cassation
appeals on the decisions of district courts rejecting
YABLOKO’s claims of recounting votes at four
electoral districts where the United Russia party
was added over 1,500 votes by sheer fraud during election
to the Moscow parliament.
A cassation appeal on the decision
of the Perovo District Court will be examined in room
225 at 10-30 a.m. In late December the court declined
YABLOKO’s suit on annulment of the results of
the voting at electoral districts No 887 and 888.
According the official data, the United Russia party
obtained there 1,002 votes more than was indicated
in the signed copies of the protocols handed to the
Charter Court of St.Petersburg refused to examine
the Okhta-Centre case
Press Release, January 27,
Yesterday the Charter Court of St.Petersburg
refused to examine the complaint of Maxim Reznik,
the leader of St.Petersburg YABLOKO branch. Reznik
claimed the resolution of the St.Petersburg’s
government on construction of 403 meter high Okhta-Centre
and a number of legislative acts should be cancelled.
The Charter Court as well as Public Prosecutor preferred
not to interfere into the scandal around Gazprom’s
skyscraper Okhta-Centre and wait until “a general
jurisdiction court makes its judgment”.
Reznik applied to the St.Petersburg’s
Charter Court claiming that the resolution of the
city government headed by Governor Valentina Matviyenko
was unlawful as allowed Gazprom to construct at 403
meter high skyscraper prohibited in the historical
part of the city. Also Reznik asked to cancel several
normative acts (on regulation of city construction
and public hearings) that served as a basis for the
|January 26, 2010
“It is barbarity to evict people in such frosts”
Press Release, January 26,
YABLOKO’s leader Sergei Mitrokhin
called Vladimir Resin, head of the Moscow Construction
Complex, to apply to the Bailiffs Service with a demand
to suspend housebreaking in the Rechnik settlement
at least by the end of frosts. Such
a proposal was made by Sergei Mitorkhin during yesterday’s
meeting with Vladimir Resin devoted to the problems
Moscow’s construction complex.
“Whatever ideas of the Moscow
authorities could be here, but housebreaking and evicting
people to the street in such frosts is barbarity.
I proposed to Vladimir Resin to conduct conciliatory
procedures with the residents of Rechnik, however,
I did not get any support here,” Mitrokhin said.
leader has been insisting on his proposals.
“I also expect some reaction
to these developments from President Medvedev and
Prime Minister Putin whom I reported about this situation
at the State Council meeting,” Mitorkhin said.
people from the Northern Caucasus stand for peaceful
relations among republics
Press Release, January 26,
After Taimuraz Mamsurov, head of the
North Ossetia, and Yunus-bek-Yevkurov, head of Ingushetia,
signed a programme for broadening of cooperation among
republics, activists of youth movements also held
their actions targeted at prevention of conflicts.
Youth public and human rights organisations
from Chechnya, North Ossetia, Kabardino-Balkaria and
Ingushetia met at the forum Youth for Peace at the
Caucasus. YABLOKO activists from the North Ossetian
branch of the party also took part in the forum.
|January 25, 2010
tree garden in Biryulyovo, Moscow, will be preserved
Press Release, January 25,
“Apple tree garden in Biryulyovo,
Moscow, will not be cut”, Vladimir Resin, head
of the Moscow Construction Complex told to YABLOKO’s
leader Sergei Mitrokhin during their meeting today.
Moreover, the plot of land with the apple tree garden
will be included into the natural reserve Biryulyovo
It is already the second apple tree
garden saved by YABLOKO. In 2006 the party managed
to stop cutting of the trees in Davydkovo district.
Mikhalyova: 'If Medvedev Is in Favour of Democracy,
YABLOKO Will Support Medvedev
January 15, 2010
Interview with Galina Mikhaylovna
Mikhalyova, Doctor of Philosophy, Director of Center
for Contemporary Politics Research, and Executive
Secretary of the Political Committee of the YABLOKO
On the threashold of Political Council
meeting on political reform sheduled on January 22,
the Kremlin received seven draft programmes for reform
from all the parties. The reader may recall that the
Communists asked Dmitry Medvedev to hold this State
Council meeting during their meeting with him after
the parliamentary opposition's demarche and announcement
that October elections were fraudulent. The parties'
proposals will become the basis of a report to be
presented at the State Council meeting by Kaliningrad
Oblast Governor Georgy Boos, the head of the working
group. Doctor of Philosophy Galina Mikhalyova, Director
of the Center for Contemporary Politics Research and
Executive Secretary of the YABLOKO Party's Political
Committee, talked about what the parties want from
Congress of the YABLOKO party. On Stalinism and Bolshevism
The Russian United Democratic Party
YABLOKO considers preservation of the Bolshevist –
Stalinist type of thinking in the authorities and
the society and picturing of the repressive regime
as a variant of the norm be one of the acutest problems
of today’s Russia. Growth of violence in politics
and public life, acts of terror and political murders,
the authoritarian regime and repressive law enforcement
system, cynicism of the authorities and apathy of
the population, replacement of the reforms by their
imitation represent a direct consequence of this problem.
|January 21, 2010
leader blocked by police in the Rechnik cottage village,
Press Release, January 21,
This morning YABLOKO’s leader
Sergei Mitrokhin arrived at the site of the Rechnik
village where bulldozers began pulling down the houses
early in the morning.
Mitrokhin noted that YABLOKO had been
deterring pulling down of the village for two years.
According to Mitrokhin, the Court Bailiffs Service,
the police and the local authorities resumed their
efforts as soon as the term of YABLOKO’s deputies
in the Moscow City Duma expired and YABLOKO was not
able to get the mandates after fraudulent elections
of October 11.
On arriving at the site Mitorkhin
called Ferdauis Yusupov, head of the Moscow Court
Bailiffs Service. Yusupov asked Mitrokhin to find
out whether there were any court decisions or documents
for pulling down the houses. However, when Mitrokhin
tried to find out the legal basis for demolishing
of the village he was quickly blocked by police. Policemen
made a cordon around him and did not let him freely
move in the territory of the village.
|January 20, 2010
and leaders of the YABLOKO party participate in the
action in memory of Stanislav Markelov and Anastasiya
Baburova in Moscow
Press Release, January 20,
Activists and leaders of the YABLOKO
party participated in the action in memory of Stanislav
Markelov and Anastasiya Baburova murdered a year ago.
Party leader Sergei Mitrokhin and
member of the Political Committee Sergei Kovalyov
participated in the march along Petrovsky Boulevard.
Grigory Yavlinsky laid flowers to the place where
Markelov and Baburova were killed and came to the
picket by the Griboyedov monument where the march
YABLOKO’s activists noted that
they managed to escape mass-scale police reprisals
only due to interference of Russia’s Ombudsman
Vladimir Lukin who came to Petrovsky Boulevard.
At present YABLOKO’s activists
are trying to prevent the second wave of arrests,
provoked by the police who tore the megaphone from
the speakers at the picket.
against scanty pensions accrued to the military pensioners
held by the Ministry of Defence
Press Service, January 20,
Picket against scanty pensions accrued
by the state to the military pensioners was held by
the Ministry of Defence today. The activists of the
YABLOKO party and the Elder Generation movement (the
former Pensioners’ Party) protested against the present
system of calculation of pensions basing on the fixed
wage only and neglecting all the wage increments and
bonuses the military normally get. This system leaves
military pensioners with tiny pensions despite their
real aggregate earnings during their service.
The activists of the Youth YABLOKO
held a banner “Military Pensions Are a Shame on the
|January 19, 2010
and the Elder Generation movement to conduct picketing
protesting against discrimination of pensioners
Press Service, January 19,
Tomorrow on January 20, the YABLOKO
party jointly with the Elder Generation movement (the
former Pensioners’ Party) will conduct picketing
by the Ministry of Defence building protesting against
discrimination of pensioners.
Military pensioners protest against
the present system of calculation of pensions basing
on the fixed wage only and neglecting all the wage
increments and bonuses the military normally get.
This system leaves military pensioners with tiny pensions
despite their aggregate earnings during their service.
YABLOKO’s leader Sergei Mitrokhin,
General Major in reserve and leader of the Moscow
Region YABLOKO branch Anton Gorodetsky and head of
the Elder Generation movement Alexei Borschenko will
participate in the action.
The picket will begin at 12:00.
Address: Gogolevsky Boulevard (by
the Gogol monument).
to human rights activists as a criterion of a law
Statement of the YABLOKO party,
January 19, 2010
The Russian United Democratic Party
YABLOKO states that the work of human rights activists
and independent journalists in Russia have not become
less dangerous for the year since the murder of Stanislav
Markelov and Anastasiya Baburova.
It’s not only because the past
year saw new attacks against human rights.
Nothing changed in the policies of
the authorities and the situation with resentment
of dissenting opinions promoted by the state mass
media. State officials have been treating human rights
activists as the enemies of the state, and their opinion
coincides here with that of nationalists and fascists.
Such an attitude of the state to human
rights activists demonstrates that at present Russia
is not a law-governed state and, moreover, it does
not try to become such.
demands dismissal of a top official
Press Release, January 15,
Sergei Mitrokhin, leader of the YABLOKO
party, applied to the Ministry of Economic Development,
the State Register and Public Prosecutor General demanding
dismissal of O.Chapkovskaya, head of the Tikhoretsky
Department of the Federal Registering Agency in the
Krasnodar area. The said official completely blocked
registration of citizens’ joint shared ownership
to agricultural lands.
The official had been violating constitutional
rights of the citizens for two years, and the latter
had to seek justice in court. The court examined 107
complaints on unlawful actions of an official, making
judgments on each of the cases recognizing the actions
of the state registrator Chapkovskaya unlawful.
|January 18, 2010
Against Nations Do Not Have a Limitation Period
Sergei Mitrokhin’s blog
at the Echo Moskvi web-site, January 17, 2010
My post about the criminal mapping
of the communist regime provoked an ardent discussion
[in my blog]. However, I think that not all the readers
have carefully thought over the issue.
In my post I wrote that there had
been different crimes of communism against nations,
and that they had been taking not only the form of
terror or Famine genocide. Artificial division of
nations implemented throughout the Soviet history
is also a crime. [President of Ukraine] Viktor Yuschenko
has been insisting on consideration of the Famine
genocide only as a crime against the Ukrainian nation.
In my view this represents typical political manoeuvring.
Stalinist-Bolsheviks crimes targeted not only the
Ukrainian nation. It is undeserving to speculate with
such things for political reasons and basing on our
common tragedy boost nationalism and hatred among
If International Tribunal on the crimes
of communism could take place, there would be certainly
raised an issue about criminal separation of nations
by means of arbitrary boundaries. It would be important
for Russia, but before this Russia should on the state
level and officially in the legal form condemn Stalinism
as the hardest crime, including such crimes as deportation
of nations and many other, including Famine genocide
as a terrible crime of Stalin’s regime.
Borders as a Communist Crime
Sergei Mitrokhin’s blog
at the Echo Moskvi web-site, January 15, 2010
Ukrainian President Viktor Yuschenko
put forward an initiative to call an international
tribunal on the crimes of communism.
I think that his initiative should
be completely supported by the Russian leaders. This
would be a good method to finally give a distinct
state assessment to the criminal acts of Bolsheviks
Certainly it would be better if we
could initiate such a tribunal in our country. As
despite the Famine genocide, the Russian nation and
other nations living in Russia suffered far more from
the Bolshevik-Stalinist genocide than the Ukrainian
Speaking about crimes against people,
I should point out that they took place not only in
the form of genocide. Maybe Viktor Yuschenko did not
think about this, as if he did he would not propose
such an idea.
Artificial division of nations conducted
throughout the Soviet history is a crime. Maybe not
so grave as genocide, but nonetheless a crime.
|January 15, 2010
International News, Issue 166.
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Alternative for Russia proposed by YABLOKO Congress
for Russia proposed by YABLOKO Congress
After the dubious recent regional
elections in Russia, LI Full Member YABLOKO presented
a democratic alternative to the Russian people during
its congress. Party leader Sergei Mitrokhin said he
wanted to concentrate on the important upcoming elections
to the State Duma, with a focus on state control over
elections at all levels. He called for the launch
of a broad-scale discussion in society which should
lead to the formation of a new democratic project
for Russia. Grigory Yavlinsky, one of the party's
founders, presented a report on the political situation
in the country and the tasks of the party, and expressed
YABLOKO's democratic alternative for the Russian political
system: “The first goals are the introduction
of freedom of speech, development of local self-governing,
civil and human rights organisations, and trade unions.
It is necessary to move towards abolishing of censorship,
return to direct elections, gradual and complete refusal
from interference of the state into the parties' affairs,
change of election laws and freedom in party financing”.
|January 14, 2010
of the Youth YABLOKO summed up the results of the
Year of the Youth
Press Release, January 14,
“In December 2009 activists
of St.Petersburg youth YABLOKO organisation summed
up the results of the Year of the Youth.
The authorities reported on “great
achievements” in the field of youth policy in 2009
and young YABLOKO activists decided to demonstrate
these “achievements”, such as extremely low stipends
(that were not raised in 2009), high unemployment
among young people (young people under 25 constitute
30% of all the unemployed in the country), considerable
reduction of municipal budget expenditures on the
youth policy, long queues for enrollment of children
to kindergartens, scandalous appointments of universities
residents of the city of Klin and YABLOKO picket by
the office of the Public prosecutor of the Moscow
Press Release, January 14,
“Klin Should Get an Honest Public
Prosecutor,” – such is the slogan of pickets
conducted by the residents of the Klin district, Moscow
Region, and YABLOKO by the office of the Public prosecutor
of the Moscow Region.
Oleg Stalnov, Public Prosecutor of
Klin, was dismissed from his post and downgraded to
the post of deputy Public Prosecutor of the city of
Domodedovo. It has been unclear who may take the post
in Klin.The residents of the
city and representatives of public organisations conducted
several actions and rallies demanding to dismiss Oleg
Stalnov due to the growth of corruption and general
negligence of his office. Thus in September 2009,
YABLOKO initiated a rally of about 500 people demanding
to dismiss Stalnov.
After his dismissal YABLOKO, the Society
for Preservation of Nature of the Moscow Region and
the Farmers’ Front sent a letter to the Public
Prosecutor General demanding to “control the
appointment of a new Public Prosecutor for Klin and
ensure that Klin would get an honest Public Prosecutor”.
|January 13, 2010
collected 7,600 signatures in support of YABLOKO’s
list for election campaign in Ryazan
Press Release, January 13,
YABLOKO collected 7,600 signatures
in support of YABLOKO’s list required for registration
in the election campaign to the regional Duma in the
Ryazan region during the holiday period.
The list of candidates is topped by
Chair of the regional party branch journalist Konstantin
Smirnov, honoured teacher of the Russian Federation
and deputy of the regional Duma of the second convocation
Sergei Tabolin, deputy head of the party branch lawyer
Dmitry Shatilov and teacher in the arts school for
children Galina Vorotzova...
Campaigning among workers of the social
sphere demonstrated considerable difficulties. “Despite
the fact that there are many party advocates of YABLOKO
among this social layer, many of them fear to sign
for YABLOKO noting, for example, that the director
of their school made them join the progovernmental
United Russia party,” said Konstantin Smitnov, Chair
of the Ryazan branch of YABLOKO. “This is not surprising,
considering how toughly the regional authorities pressed
the budget sphere workers at the recent elections,”
Electoral Commission of the Sverdlovsk Region hampers
YABLOKO’s campaigning for mandates in the regional
Chair of the Electoral Commission
of the Sverdlovsk Region Vladimir Mostovschikov has
been undertaking efforts for withdrawing YABLOKO’s
candidates from the regional Duma campaign. The leader
of YABLOKO’s branch deputy of the Ekaterinburg
City Duma Maxim Petlin told to UralInfromBureau that
the decisions adopted on the initiative of Mostovschikov
demonstrated this too well.
Thus, the regional Electoral Commission
questioned the legitimacy of the candidates non-party
members proposed by YABLOKO. They had the right to
apply for being enlisted as Duma candidates within
the first three days on announcement of the date of
voting – from December 11 to December 14. However,
this norm is not mandatory. But Mostovschikov insisted
that the candidates should sign their applications
even after expiration of this period. Suddenly the
applications made on his request turned into a stumbling
block in further relations between YABLOKO and the
heads of the electoral commission.
Newsletter, January 6, 2010
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Yabloko Congress - elections control top priority
The second session of the 15th Congress of the YABLOKO
party took place on December 19-20, 2009.
YABLOKO’s Chairman, Sergei Mitrokhin (picture),
called on the Congress delegates to concentrate on
the tasks of the coming elections to the State Duma
focusing attention on the way the elections are conducted
at all stages.
“The regional elections we had in October 2009
demonstrated that degradation of the Russian political
system shifted to a new level,” Mitrokhin said.
According to the chairman, the country has been returning
to the initial point of the late 1980s – early
1990s, the point of passive social dissatisfaction
under the conditions of authoritative power.
|January 11, 2010
competes for the top position
Press release, January 11,
A new team striving for the top position
emerged at the Zheleznogorsk football championship.
Yabloko won tree games out of four and is competing
for the first place in its group with the last year
champion of the city the Yenisei team.
“We decided to create such a
team after discussing the problems of development
of football in the region at one of popular web-forums
in Krasnoyarsk. Also the fact that we have been in
the topic of Zheleznogorsk football for a long time
and have been closely cooperating with many coachers,
helping them where we can,” say party activists.
initiated discussion of amendments to the Charter
of Kazan at public hearings
Press release, January 9,
The YABLOKO party in the Republic
of Tatarstan jointly with the movement Against Crime
and Lawlessness conducted alternative public hearings
on introduction of amendments to the Charter of Kazan
connected with elections of the city Mayor. About
40 people – former deputies, well-known public
figures, ecologists and representatives of the Guild
of Small and Medium Businesses – participated
in the discussion held on January 9.
Elections of the Mayor of Kazan and
deputies of the regional parliament will take place
in October 2010. The President and the present Mayor
have already voiced their opinions that the Mayor
should be elected by the deputies, however, the regional
branch of YABLOKO disagree with this due to the following