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|March 31, 2010
edition of the book Overcoming Stalin’s Legacy
Press Release, March 31, 2010
The book provides the decision of
YABLOKO’s Political Committee on overcoming
Stalin’s and Bolsheviks’ legacy, offers
political assessment of the key issues of Russia’s
history in the 20th century and also suggests that
overcoming Stalinism and Bolshevism should be the
key pre-requisite of Russia’s modernisation.
Such a political decision containing an assessment
of the Stalin’s system and the coup of October
1917 was adopted for the first time in Russia...
Yavlinsky paid tribute to the victims of bombing in
the Moscow metro
Press Release, March 31, 2010
Today, on the day of mourning of the
victims of the acts of terror in the Moscow metro,
the founder and the first chairman of the YABLOKO
party and member of YABLOKO’s Political Committee
Grigory Yavlinsky laid flowers at the Park Kultury
Russia, Putin's democracy looking more like a façade.
The Christian Science Monitor.
October 19, 2009. Reproduced with a kind permission
of The Christian Science Monitor.
|March 30, 2010
International President condemns Moscow attacks:
“International cooperation is crucial in fighting
Statement, March 30, 2010
Liberal International President Hans
van Baalen MEP has strongly condemned the terrorist
attacks in Moscow. He stressed the need for more cooperation
through international organizations in the worldwide
war against terrorism. Van Baalen also expressed his
condolences to the families of the victims and the
According to Van Baalen: “These
cowardly attacks once again show the need for increased
international cooperation in the fight against terror.
Russia can not defeat terrorism alone. Putin and Medvedev
need to reconsider their opposition to NATO and foster
stronger relations with its member and partner countries
in order to provide better security to its citizens.
Terrorist networks are linked from Yemen to Afghanistan
to Chechnya. Terrorism is an international problem
that requires an international solution. We need to
take a stand together.”
of Terror in the Moscow metro, March 29, 2010 -
new section, March 29, 2010
responds to Moscow attacks
ELDR Press Release, March
29, 2010, 14:36
The ELDR Party wishes to express its
condolences to the people and families that have been
caught up in the bombings on the Moscow metro system
earlier this morning...
|March 29, 2010
from Kristina Ojuland, member of European Parliament
Statement, March 29, 2010
Respected Sergei Sergeyevich,
Please receive our deepest condolences
in view of the acts of terror in Moscow.
An atrocious crime was made and our
hearts are with those who were injured. We are grieving
about those killed together with their relatives and
all the Russian citizens and we are wishing the soonest
recovery to the injured.
Terrorism has no place in our world
whatever goals they would proclaim.
Deputy of the European Parliament,
the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
activists, donate your blood to the victims!
Alexei Melnikov, member of
YABLOKO’s Bureau, specially for the web-site.March
Today the democratic opposition should
be together with the people. Tomorrow we will discuss
the atrocious acts committed by the terrorists and
the role played by Putin’s incapable government. Also
we shall make the correct choice at the elections
of the State Duma of Russia in 2011 and the President
of Russia in 2012.
However, already today all YABLOKO’s
civil activists who are registered in Moscow or in
the Moscow Region can do what they can. It is necessary
to give blood for those injured during the explosions
in the Moscow metro.
It is necessary to give your blood
free of charge and starting from tomorrow. You can
do this, for example, at the Blood Transfusion Centre
(Polikarpova 14), five minutes on foot from Begovaya
metro station. You will need your passport at the
Blood Centre. Information: (495) 945-75-45. Working
hours for donors: Monday – Friday, also the
2nd and the 4th Saturdays of the month: 8.30 -13.30.
The author of these lines has already
given his blood. I am calling all of you to follow
police state is a poor defense against terrorism
Sergei Mitrokhin’s blog
at the Echo Moskvi radio web-site, March 29, 2010
On behalf of the YABLOKO party, I
am expressing our deepest condolences to all the relatives
of the victims of today’s acts of terror, and
our support and compassion for all of the victims.
I am demanding an objective and urgent investigation
of these crimes.
I also find it necessary to investigate
not only the organisers of these acts of terror, but
also the heads of the security bodies who did not
draw any lessons from the previous crimes of this
kind that took place in Moscow and other cities across
It would appear that the authorities
have lulled themselves into a false sense of security
with their own propaganda; the claims that they have
successfully ended the war in the Caucasus, that they
have allegedly achieved stability in Russia.
Is not it clear that after every operation
against militants in the Caucasus we should not confine
ourselves to bravura reports and press releases, but
we must prepare for the terrorists’ acts of
revenge in every Russian settlement, especially in
crowded towns and cities...
Mitrokhin on explosions in the Moscow Metro
Statement, March 29, 2010
On behalf of the YABLOKO party I am
expressing our deepest condolences to all the relatives
of the victims of today’s acts of terror, and our
support and compassion to all the victims.
I demand an objective and urgent investigation
of these crimes. I find it necessary that not only
the organisers of these acts of terror but also the
heads of the security bodies who did not draw any
lessons out of the previous crimes of this kind that
took place in Moscow and other cities in different
parts of the world.
rally for protection of the Lake Baikal conducted
Press Release, March 27, 2010
On March 27, a mass rally in protection
of the Lake Baikal took place in Ulan-Ude, Buryatia.
The rally was organised by YABLOKO’s branch
in Buryatia and ecological organisations. About 500
people came to the rally.
The participants of the rally demanded
to abrogate the Resolution of the Government of the
RF No 1 on launching the Baikal Pulp Plant. The rally
called the authorities to develop tourism in the area
which would create new jobs for the citizens of Baikalsk,
rather than creating jobs at environmentally unfriendly
and the Russian Medical Association announce their
Press Release, March 27, 2010
On March 27, the Political Committee
of the YABLOKO party and the Russian Medical Association
(RMA) signed a Memorandum on cooperation in reforming
the healthcare in Russia.
The Memorandum fixed the intentions
of YABLOKO and the RMA to cooperate in development
of new approaches to the healthcare reform, determining
the priorities for the sector and protection of the
rights of the medical workers and the patients.
Representatives of the RMA headed
by their President Ashot Sarkisyan gave YABLOKO’s
Political Committee of their proposals on each of
the lines of cooperation...
|March 26, 2010
to apply to the Constitutional Court
Press Release, March 26, 2010
At its today’s meeting the Bureau
of the YABLOKO party adopted a decision to challenge
in the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation
the provisions of the federal law on elections binding
non-parliamentary parties to gather signatures so
that to get registration in election campaigns. YABLOKO’s
leader Sergei Mitrokhin had already mentioned the
party’s intention to do this. “The main
thing that we shall challenge is demonstrative inequality
of parties participating in the elections. This barbarian
inequality does not allow to recognise Russia as a
civilised country,” Mitrokhin said.
The Bureau also drew the results of
March municipal and local elections in Russia. The
decision of the Bureau marked that the results of
the recent elections showed growth of support to YABLOKO.
Thus, elections to the Tula municipal parliament demonstrated
that the share of YABLOKO’s votes grew from
3.25 per cent to 11.22 per cent in less than six months.
Four YABLOKO’s activists were elected to the
Tula City Duma. YABLOKO’s candidates also passed
to the deputies assembly of the Nevelsky area of the
Pskov Region and City Duma of Solnechny settlement,
the Tver Region...
Battle for Khimki Forest. By Yevgenia Chirikova.
17 March 2010
The plan to construct a section of
the new Moscow-St.Petersburg motorway through the
legally-protected Khimki Forest Park will destroy
a rare eco-system. Dogged local resistance has turned
this into a national, even international issue. But
it has not derailed the plan...
Ombudsman Vladimir Lukin sends a letter to Public
Prosecutor in defence of the Khimki forest
Press Release, March 25, 2010
Russia’s Ombudsman Vladimir Lukin
asked Public Prosecutor Yury Chaika to examine whether
the government’s decision to construct a highway Moscow
– St.Petersburg that has to go through the Khimki
forest was lawful.
In accordance with the order of the
Government the lands of the Khimki forest were transferred
to the category of “industrial lands”.
In his letter to Public Prosecutor
Vladimir Lukin noted that the Khimki forest is a protected
natural territory in accordance with the Forestry
Code, thus any cuttings should be prohibited there...
|March 25, 2010
results in Miass, Chelyabinsk Region
Press Release, March 24, 2010
Vassily Potapov, leader of the Miass
branch of YABLOKO, again won the election race to
the assembly of the Miass city district. At the first
meeting of the new assembly Potapov was unanimously
elected chair of the Commission on Regulations, Ethics
and Public Relations.
“My first deputy term was a
kind of credit of trust, by my second term I regard
as support of my views as regards organisation of
city governing and my initiatives on making the district
more comfortable,” Potapov said. “However,
it is a pity that my colleague Viktor Strutz did not
manage to win in his electoral district. It would
be more difficult for me to find support in the assembly
without his participation...”
|March 24, 2010
portraits will split the nation on the Victory Day
An open address to the President
of the RF and Pobeda organisational committee, March
Respected Dmitry Anatolyevich,
On behalf of the YABLOKO party I am
supporting the decision of the Pobeda (Victory) organisational
committee [of the May 9 festivities] on inadmissibility
of using the Victory Day for Stalinist propaganda.
However, there are still doubts that
placards picturing Joseph Stalin, the executioner
of the Russian nation and other nations of the Soviet
Union, will not emerge in Moscow streets.
The Moscow government is free to initiate
such “social advertising”.
And the fair Victory Day will split
the nation as of the attitude to Joseph Stalin rather
than become a national unity day. We should not allow
|March 23, 2010
liberals protest over arrests of liberal activists
LYMEC news, March 22, 2010
On Friday, March 19, three young members
of Russia's Yabloko Party were arrested by the police
in Omsk, Russia, for gagging a statute in a city park
as part of a Europe-wide day of protests against the
Belarus dictatorship. The activists were released
today but their situation remains precarious in Russia's
Aloys Rigaut, President of European Liberal Youth,
reacted today to this news: 'We are pleased that the
three activists were released, but this situation
simply should have never happened. The Russian police
grossly overreacted in a manner that is incompatible
with a country that claims to be a democracy. This
example goes to show that the right to a peaceful
and non-violent protest is still not something that
the Russian people can freely enjoy'. He continued:
'We are particularly worried that one of the activists
suffered from a serious medical situation while in
prison and was not offered any help. Such actions
are unforgivable and should make those responsible
for arrest themselves a subject of a criminal investigation.'
Annemie Neyts, ELDR President, also
raised her voice immediately last Friday: 'We all
must recognize that Russian people are increasingly
subjected to a harsh political pressure and denied
their freedom of speech. A painful example is the
constant exodus of journalists to the near Baltic
or Scandinavian countries as political refugees.The
three young liberal activists arrested in Russia during
a peaceful demonstration against censorship in Belarus
represent the noblest example of courageous people
unwilling to succumb to a system of controlled information.
ELDR strongly asks for the release of the prisoners,
for a fair investigation over the detention and calls
for the accountability of the government'.
|March 22, 2010
500 people came to a rally in Penza
Press Release, March 20, 2010
A rally against raising of transport
tax took place in Penza. The rally was organised by
an initiative group of Penza car owners at support
of the YABLOKO party.
The regional authorities tried to
use the media of the city so that not to let people
come to the rally. However, about 500 people came
to the rally (a good result for Russia). The action
was also supported by the activists of the Volya party
and the Left Front movement...
The activists held slogans “Government
to dismissal!”, “Who will be responsible
for fiscal lawlessness?”, “A car is not
a luxury. The luxury is the tax”, etc...
brought 1,000 people to a rally in Saransk, Mordovia
Press Release, March 21, 2010
On March 21, 2010, a mass-scale rally
against corruption in the housing and utilities services
sector took place in Saransk, Mordovia. About 1,000
people gathered at the rally organised by YABLOKO.
Chair of the Mordovian YABLOKO Vladimir
Gridin opened the rally. In his speech he spoke about
unjustified raising of tariffs on electricity, heating
and other utilities, also he spoke about fraudulent
schemes of transfer of communal lands into municipal
YABLOKO’s leader Sergei Mitrokhin
also spoke at the rally. He laid the liability for
corruption and violations in the sector on the United
Russia party [as its members held the key posts in
“This party [United Russia]
has been stealing your money which deputies and bureaucrats
make you pay for the poor quality or even lacking
services, as it has been stealing your votes, ascribing
itself 99 per cent of the votes at the State Duma
elections, “ Mitrokhin said.
|March 19, 2010
mass-scale rally against corruption in the housing
and utilities sector to take place in Saransk, Mordovia
Press Release, March 19, 2010
On Sunday, March 21, a mass-scale
rally against corruption in the housing and utilities
sector and unlawful seizure of lands by the authorities
of the republic will take place in Saransk, Mordovia.
The rally will begin at 1 p.m. YABLOKO’s leader Sergei
Mitrokhin will also make a speech at the rally.
The organiser of the action, Chair
of the Mordovian YABLOKO Vladimir Gridin told about
unlawful action of the companies providing housing
and utilities services. Thus, for example, heating
payments reach 2,000 roubles per a one bedroom flat,
whereas average wage amounts to only 5,000 roubles.
The city administration, despite the decisions of
the court, also refuses to transfer land belonging
to the blocks of flats to the citizens owning flats
in such houses...
Yavlinsky made a report in the Royal Institute of
International Affairs (Chatham House)
yavlinsky.ru, March 19, 2010
Dr. Grigory Yavlinsky made a report
at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham
House) at a
round table devoted to Russia’s economics and
Dr.Yavlinsky offered his analysis of the roots of
the present situation in Russia and gave detailed
proposals on a complex of required economic and political
Note: Chatham House leads the ratings of world analytical
centres; it is the third time that Dr.Yavlinsky is
invited to make a report in the Chatham House.
News. ELDR Party Vice President Löning nominated
as special coordinator for Human Rights (19/03/2010)
European Liberals wholeheartedly congratulate
their Vice President Markus Löning for his nomination
as the new coordinator for Human Rights of the German
Government. At the end of March he is due to be formally
appointed by the Government cabinet.
European Liberals are proud that a
liberal will embody Germany's fight for human rights
persecution against three activists of the Youth YABLOKO
Press Release. March 19, 2010
Three activists of the Omsk Youth
YABLOKO organisation arrested at night of March 18
are have been still detained. The Main Interior Department
informs that they are accused of vandalism, however,
the local police department which is detaining the
activists denies this and promises to release the
An annual action in support of freedom
of speech in Belarus has been held at night March
18 – 19. This is a part of international campaign
European Youth Against the Belarus Dictatorship. The
participants of the performance gag statues with banners
saying “Freedom to Belarus!”
Omsk YABLOKO activists Anton Zhebrun,
Mikhail Maglov and Andrei Yermilov were arrested by
police when they were gaging a Dostoyevsky statue.
They were escorted to the local police department
Centralnoye, where they were kept the whole night
without water and food. Anton Zhebrun had a heart
attack, the police called an ambulance. However, the
policemen did not allow the young people to make calls
via their mobile phones...
|March 18, 2010
Mitrokhin: Mayor of Moscow Luzhkov and head of the
Moscow police Kolokoltzev are responsible for disrupting
a protest motor race against construction of the nuclear
Press Release. March 18, 2010
YABLOKO’s leader Sergei Mitrokhin
laid responsibility responsible for disrupting a protest
race against construction of the Monakovskaya nuclear
power station on Mayor of Moscow Luzhkov and head
of the Moscow police Kolokoltzev. “As a muscovite
I feel ashamed that it was Moscow that demonstrated
unlawful actions by the police to the full extent,”
At present the 25 participants of
the motor race are in the police station. They are
accused of violating the Administrative Code of Moscow,
as they have allegedly “interfered with the
traffic order by means of driving in a column with
slogans on their cars”, runs the protocol. The
activists disagree with the police. According to Mitrokhin,
this is the first case in his practice when a regional
rather than federal norm is applied to the participants.
and road police do not let the participants of the
motor race against construction of a nuclear power
station in the Nizhy Novgorod region to enter Moscow
Press Release. March 18, 2010
Special police forces (OMON) and road
police have been blocking the column of the motor
race against construction of a nuclear power station
in the Nizhy Novgorod region at the Moscow Circular
Road for 40 minutes already. YABLOKO’s activists and
YABLOKO’s leader Sergei Mitrokhin are arrested. Some
cars the police left on the road, which led to a traffic
The participants of the race were
stopped at the Moscow Circular Road for checking of
their documents. However later a police official stated
that they were stopped “because of such unsanctioned
event”. Special police forces arrived probably to
assist the road police in checking the documents.
to join a motor race against construction of a nuclear
power station in the Nizhny Novgorod Region
Press Release. March 17, 2010
A rally against construction of a
nuclear power station in the Nizhny Novgorod Region
organised by ecological organisations and YABLOKO
will take place in the centre of Moscow on March 18.
A motor race Murom – Moscow
against construction of the nuclear power station
started today. On March 18 YABLOKO’s activists
together with party leader Sergei Mitrokhin will meet
the participants of the race in the Moscow region
and join the race.
“My task is to ensure that the
motor column is allowed to enter Moscow, as the participants
expressed their concern that the column would be stopped
by Moscow,” Sergei Mitrokhin. Today protesters
have been stopped by the police several times and
their passport data were copied.
International. Newsletter. Issue 175
faces obstruction during Russian regional election
During the Russian regional elections
on 14 March there were once again allegations of fraud
and manipulation in favour of ruling party United
Russia. Liberal International Full Member YABLOKO
was not allowed to participate in the regional parliamentary
elections in some regions where YABLOKO traditionally
obtained good results. YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin
commented on the elections: “We think that the
situation in Russia has been deteriorating. Our party
was not allowed to participate in regional parliamentary
elections in two regions (the Sverdlovsk Region and
the Kaluga Region), as Russian law contains a discriminatory
norm of collection of signatures for non-parliamentary
parties [which allows an] oppositional party [to]
be ousted from elections”. Despite the obstructions
to YABLOKO in the regional elections, on the threshold
of federal elections in 2011, the elections showed
rising support for the party on the local level. Elections
to the municipal assembly in Tula were especially
successful: despite alleged fraud in favour of United
Russia, YABLOKO obtained over 11 per cent in Tula,
considerably improving its previous result in this
city (3 per cent in autumn 2009).
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Nick Clegg calls for British voter to make a difference
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|March 17, 2010
of local elections of March 14
Press Release. March 17, 2010
YABLOKO party obtained over 11 per cent of votes at
the Tula City Duma elections getting the right from
three to four mandates.
list got 28.5 per cent of the votes at elections to
local legislative assembly of the Solnechny settlement,
the Tver region. At present YABLOKO’s deputies
are forming a faction YABLOKO – United Democrats
in the municipal parliament.
Chair of Commission for Education, Culture and Social
Policies and Anatoly Makarov, pensioner and acting
deputy of the Astrakhan City Duma were supported by
YABLOKO and became deputies of the Astrakhan City
Duma getting 49 per cent and 67 per cent of the votes
list at elections to the local assembly of the Nevelsky
Area of the Pskov Region was supported by 7.58 per
cent of the voters (fourth place). Thus, the party
overcomes the barrier and obtains one mandate (as
nine mandates out of 17 are distributed in accordance
with party lists). Lawyer Svetlana Arsenyeva will
become a deputy from YABLOKO.
|March 16, 2010
of voters in Tula confirmed by statistical analysis
Press Release. March 15, 2010
Statistical analysis of the voting
in Tula at Sunday’s elections to the city parliament
demonstrates an obvious correlation between the percentage
of the votes obtained by the parties and the voters
turnover. The higher is the turnout at an electoral
district (a territory), the higher is the average
number of voters giving their votes for progovernmental
United Russia party, and, consequently, the lower
is the percentage for other parties.
This abnormal correlation is observed
both at breakdown of the votes as of polling station
and as of electoral district (territory). Such a correlation
is one more proof that United Russia was bribing voters.
supported by YABLOKO get mandates in the Astrakhan
Press Release. March 15, 2010
Two candidates – Anatoly Makarov
and Olga Kurmanskaya – supported by the YABLOKO
party got mandates in the Astrakhan City Duma. Both
Makarov and Kurmanskaya led in the vote in their electoral
districts getting 66.7 and 56.9 per cent of the votes,
Other YABLOKO’s candidates –
Tatyana Semyonova, Igor Avdeyev and Oleg Alexeyev
– obtained from 7 to 18 per cent of the votes
failing to win the mandates.
“All the participants of the
electoral process mark the imitational character of
the election to the city parliament. All the results
of the voting have been falsified to a lesser of greater
extent: for example, there were cases when about 30
per cent of the electorate at one of the electoral
districts voted per-term and all for the same candidate,”
noted Vadim Monin, leader of
the Astrakhan branch of YABLOKO.
Russia Wins Regions, but Support is Visibly Down
The Moscow Times. March 15,
...Golos, Russia's leading election
watchdog, said the election campaign was as dirty
as any in recent years, complaining of United Russia's
domination of the media.
The electoral commission blocked the
opposition Yabloko party from standing in two regional
votes after thousands of signatures collected by the
party were ruled invalid...
|March 15, 2010
obtains 11 per cent of the votes in Tula. Press
Release. March 15, 2010
YABLOKO obtained over 11 per cent
of the votes at parliamentary elections in Tula, which
gives a right to three or four mandates in the city
parliament. However, election campaign was accompanied
by multiple violations. Bribing of votes in favour
of the United Russia party was observed during pre-term
voting and multiple violations took place on the election
YABLOKO’s list at the Solnechniy
settlement of the Tver Region obtained about 30% of
YABLOKO’s list at elections
of the Assembly of the Nevelsky Area of the Pskov
Region is on the verge of overcoming the barrier,
however due to multirple fraud the data has not been
submitted to the GAS Vibory system (electronic election
data base) yet. Nevertheless YABLOKO’s activists
obtained 13 mandates in other municipal settlements
of the region.
Olga Kurmanskaya and Anatoly Makarov
supported by YABLOKO became members of the Astrakhan
City Duma obtaining 49 and 67 per cent of the votes
in the region electoral districts respectively.
YABLOKO will also get two mandates
in the Assembly of the Krasnokamsky Area of the Perm
Region. Svetlana Ivanova obtained over 55 per cent
of the votes in her district and Arkady Kolokolov
over 57 per cent.
Vassily Potapov, YABLOKO’s leader
in Miass of the Chelyabinsk Region, obtained about
50 per cent of the votes and was reelected deputy
of the Council of Deputies of Miass...
participates in local elections in 15 Russia’s
Press Release. March 14, 2010
The YABLOKO party participates in
local and municipal elections in 15 Russia’s
regions: Astrakhan, Voronezh, Kirov, Lipetsk, Tula,
Omsk, Pskov, Rostov, Tver, Chelyabinsk regions, Krasnoyarsk,
Perm and Khabarovsk areas, the Moscow region and St.Petersburg.
Chair of YABLOKO’s branch in
the Khabarovsk area Igor Khovansky runs at parliamentary
elections in the Khabarovsk area from YABLOKO.
YABLOKO’s activists also compete
for the posts of heads of two large municipal entities:
Igor Pershin runs for the Mayor of Shakhti, the Rostov
region, and Sergei Parvitsky runs for the post of
the head of the Shatura municipal area, the Moscow
57 members of YABLOKO compete for
48 parliamentary mandates in the Tula city parliament.
YABLOKO’s list is topped by Sergei Filatov,
the present deputy of the city Duma.
A heated campaign has developed in
the Pskov region. YABLOKO’s candidates run in
12 municipal areas of the region.
However, electoral commissions of
the Kaluga and Sverdlovsk regions refused to register
YABLOKO in the campaigns to regional parliaments on
violations elections to the city parliament. Press
Release. March 14, 2010
Counting of votes at parliamentary
elections in Tula goes on. According to the preliminary
data YABLOKO obtains 13 per cent of the votes which
means three or four mandates in the city parliament.
At the same time observers have fixed multiple violations.
Thus, abnormally high voting outside
the polling station was observed at electoral district
No 421. About 400 people referring to this district
voted at home. YABLOKO’s observer Olga Ushakova
lodged a complaint so that the results of the voting
at this electoral district should be recognised void.
The electoral commission insisted on counting these
400 votes and threatened to expel her from the polling
Polling station No 390 demonstrated
that about half of all the notifications of voting
at home (totaling 89) was received in a single pool
at 10 a.m...
|March 12, 2010
Sidelined Ahead of Test of Medvedev's Election Pledges
The Moscow Times, March 12,
By Alexander Bratersky
Despite Medvedev’s appeal for
smaller parties to participate, running in local elections
has become even harder, said Vladislav Morozov, head
of the Yabloko opposition party's branch in the Kaluga
region, located 160 kilometers southwest of Moscow.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court banned
the party from running for seats in the regional legislature,
citing problems with signatures the party collected
to be registered for the vote. Yabloko leader Sergei
Mitrokhin said the violations were minor, Noviye Izvestia
Morozov is currently one of three
Yabloko deputies in the regional legislature, which
like most in Russia is dominated by United Russia.
Morozov complained that Kaluga Governor
Anatoly Artamonov, a member of United Russia is actively
campaigning for United Russia candidates and almost
daily appears on local television to endorse party
“That reminds me of the times
of Brezhnev,” he said, referring to Soviet elections
when the Communists had a one-party monopoly.
the visa-free travel between Russia and the EU as
a way to promote mutual trust and cooperation
Speech by Sergei Mitrokhin
at ELDR Council meeting, Rome, March 12, 2010
In my view, elimination of visa barriers
between Russia and Europe should be examined and solved
by politicians rather than bureaucrats. All we need
is political will towards such strategic decision-making.
Long-term advantages here both for Russia and Europe
considerably overweight bureaucratic problems. And
it will also allow us to solve such issues as, for
example, work permits and registration for foreign
citizens working in Russia, which should be part of
the general agreement on elimination of visa barriers.
For the Russian citizens the freedom
of movement within Europe is not reduced only to facilitation
of their business, study or tourist trips (though
this is also very important). This means their normal
life within a single European civilization on the
basis of mutually shared principles and values. This
issue has become especially acute when visa barriers
separated us from our close Eastern European neighbours.
However, close interaction with them has always been
very important when we speak about European trends
Resolution submitted by the YABLOKO party to the ELDR
Council. Rome, March 12, 2010.
Regional Elections in Russia
The European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party, convening
in Rome, Italy on 12th March 2010:
- The ELDR Party resolution “Russian Elections”
adopted in November 20092;
- That regional elections are taking place this Sunday
(14th March 2010) and ELDR’s member party, Yabloko
is not being allowed to run in the regions of Sverdlovsk
- That despite President Medvedev’s statements
on access to participating in elections, the Yabloko
Party continues to be discriminated against.
Calls on the Russian authorities to:
- Take urgent remedial measures in ensuring free and
fair elections and maximum public control over voting;
- Observe Russia’s obligations to ensure democratic
standards under its membership of the OSCE and the
Council of Europe.
- Raise this issue with the ALDE Groups in the Council
of Europe and the European Parliament.
United Russia is buying off votes in Tula
Statement by the party Chairman.
March 12, 2010
The Russian United Democratic Party
YABLOKO is expressing its indignation with the situation
when the United Russia party has been openly and blatantly
violating the law at the Tula City Duma elections.
Mass-scale and virtually open bribing of voters has
been taking place in the city. A vote in favour of
the United Russia party costs from 400 to 500 roubles
at pre-term voting. About 10 per cent of the electorate
have already voted at eight polling stations (No 419,
423, 424, 428 – 432).
The Altair cable television channel
has been broadcasting a reel where those voting for
the United Russia party are guaranteed free subscription
to the channel.
Bribing of voters has been at polling
station No 52 was video recorded and confirmed by
the witnesses at the police station.
Such actions by the United Russia
party on the threashold of the election day make us
doubt the results of the overall voting in the city.
Supreme Court did not let YABLOKO to participate in
the election campaign in the Sverdlovsk Region
Press Release. March 12, 2010
The Supreme Court did not let YABLOKO
to participate in the election campaign to the regional
parliament in the Sverdlovsk Region. YABLOKO’s
complaint on the decision of the Sverdlovsk Region
Court (which ruled out the refusal of the regional
election commission to register YABLOKO is the race
was lawful) was not satisfied.
Thus, YABLOKO was not allowed to participate
in the regional elections. On March 9 the Supreme
Court also adopted the same decision on the complaint
of the Kaluga branch of YABLOKO.
March 4, 2010
troubles in Italy and Russia
If on one hand Yabloko, Russia, is still struggling
against the Russian authorities because of its last
non-registration in the regional election race in
two key regions (please click here for more details),
on the other Radicali Italiani, scored a good goal
on the path of the rule of Law and protection of civil
The Italian party, after a careful investigation,
reported the numerous irregularities over the list
of the centre- right candidates in Rome and Milan-
two crucial strongholds of Berlusconi’s party
- and seeing them finally erased from the competition.
Council meeting in Rome
Election troubles in Italy and Russia
Liberals discuss Eastern Partnership programme
ELDR launches Facebook Fan Page
ELDR deplores death of Zapata
ELDR NEWS is OUT!
Outward look for D66
|March 11, 2010
Objective View of the START-1 treaty
By Alexei Arbatov. March 11,
START-1 does not affect the viability
of Russia's ground-mobile missiles. Authoritative
representatives of the RVSN (the former and new commanders,
the former and new chiefs of the MoD 4th Central Research
Institute, and others), and there are no grounds for
trusting them less than to Colonel Belov, Generals
Ivashov and Chervov, or Marshal Yazov, who are not
even missilemen. The peacetime deployment area (125,000
square km) defined for each regiment is more than
sufficient, and the missiles' concealment relies not
on the acreage of the area but on the ramified structure
of the roads and the strength of the bridges. In the
pre-war period the operational deployment of missiles
was in no way limited in terms of acreage. The key
thing for the viability of our mobile launchers is
camouflage in the field positions, where the Americans
have never monitored anything and about which they
know nothing. START-1 had nothing to do with this.
offer apology to YABLOKO’s ecologist
Press Release. March 10, 2010
Officials from Administration of the
Lomonosovsky District of the Leningrad region offered
their apology to Alexander Senotrusov, deputy head
of YABLOKO’s Green faction, for their intention
to dismiss him from school where he had been working
as a teacher and their suspension of functioning of
a children’s club where he also worked. Persecutions
against YABLOKO’s activist began after his interview
to the NTV television channel.
On March 7, NTV released a piece devoted
to the practices of unlawful construction of cottages
in the natural reserves. Alexander Senotrusov told
the journalists about unlawful construction at the
Lebyazhiye village situated on Gulf of Finland shore.
After this the district administration
began persecutions against the teacher. Local bureaucrats
were going to dismiss Alexander Senotrusov as redundant
and also cut off electricity in the children’s
club where he worked.
leader to meet with electorate in Tula
Press Release. March 11, 2010
Today, on March 11, YABLOKO’s
leader Sergei Mitrokhin will meet with electorate
Elections to the Tula City Duma will
take place on Sunday, March 14. YABLOKO’s list
is topped by the present deputy of the city parliament
Sergei Filatov. At this election 57 members of YABLOKO
will compete for 48 mandates.
The key topics for Sergei Mitrokhin’s
meeting with the voters will be transparency of the
tariffs and fight with corruption in the housing and
utilities sector, as restoration of lawfulness in
the sector has become the key slogan of YABLOKO’s
campaign in Tula.
liberals to discuss a visa-free regime between Russia
and the EU
Press Release. March 11, 2010
YABLOKO’s leader Sergei Mitrokhin
is going to get support to YABLOKO’s initiative
on introduction of a visa-free regime between Russia
and the EU from European liberals during the annual
meeting of ELDR Council which will take place in Rome
on March 12-13.
On the threashold of the meeting Russian
Vedomosti newspaper published an article by Finnish
Foreign Minister Mr.Alexander Stubb where he stated
the adherence of Finland to the agreement between
the RF and the EU on facilitation of the visa regime
which came into force in summer 2007, as well as called
the Russian authorities “to concretize and accelerate”
the work in this direction. “Finland would welcome
a visa-free regime between the EU and Russia and will
spare no effort for hitting this goal,” Mr.
Stubb stated. “I hope that Russian leaders will
have enough insistence and political will so that
to facilitate the necessary reforms,” he wrote.
Sergei Mitrokhin discussed the problem
of introduction of the visa-free regime at the meeting
with Ambassador of the Republic of Finland to the
Russian Federation Matti Anttonen on February 17.
|March 10, 2010
buying of votes in favour of the United Russia and
the Just Russia party observed at pre-term elections
Press Release. March 10, 2010
The Tula branch of YABLOKO recorded
a mass-scale buying of votes in favour of the United
Russia and the Just Russia party observed at pre-term
elections to the Tula parliament. A vote cast for
United Russia cost 500 roubles and a vote for the
Just Russia party cost 100 roubles.
Today, on March 10 at about 11 a.m.,
YABLOKO’s election headquarters received a telephone
call about a bribe of electorate at polling stations
No 369 and 370 located in school No 52. Several cars
were parked in the yard of one of the houses near
the school. Unknown persons from the cars first put
down the data of the voters and after their voting
gave money to them.
Sergei Filatov, one of the leaders
of YABLOKO’s election list and deputy of the
Tula parliament, arrived to the polling station and
discovered queues by the school building. He recorded
all he saw (see the recording), interviewed
the voter and also called the police.
to dispute the legitimacy of collection of signatures
in the Constitutional Court of the RF
Press Release. March 9, 2010
The Supreme Court of the RF refused
to annul the decision of the regional electoral commission
not to register YABLOKO at elections to the parliament
of the Kaluga region. YABLOKO is going to appeal to
the Constitutional Court of the RF with a claim to
abrogate the norms requiring a number of parties to
collect signatures so that to get registration at
YABLOKO’s leader Sergei Mitrokhin
participated in the hearings in the Supreme Court
and said that the “decision of the Supreme Court
was arbitrary”. The Supreme Court did not consider
YABLOKO’s arguments, Mitrokhin added.
|March 9, 2010
of Stalin and the Anniversary Victory Day
Statement by the International
and Moscow Memorial Societies. Press Release. March
Officials from the Moscow Mayor’s
Office have stated that portraits of Stalin are to
be put up in the city for the 65th Anniversary of
Victory Day. As is usual, it is not known by whom
and at what level this decision was taken, but it
is clear that the portraits will be produced at the
expense of the taxpayers, who include those who lost
their relatives through the fault of the dictator.
But it is not a question of money, and nor is it that
some of those invited to the celebrations will probably
not wish to come to a city, decorated in such a dubious
manner. The appearance of portraits of Stalin on Victory
Day is an insult to the memory of the fallen...
If portraits of Stalin do indeed appear
on the streets of Moscow, we shall do all within our
power to ensure that, simultaneously, they will be
accompanied by other placards, stands, and posters
which tell of the tyrant’s crimes and of his
true place in the history of the Great War for the
Fatherland. We are convinced that hundreds of Muscovites
– the children and grandchildren of the front-line
soldiers, of those to whom Victory really belongs
– will help us in this.
|March 5, 2010
International. Newsletter. Issue 173
victorious in Dutch elections
The Dutch city council elections on Wednesday saw
important liberal victories for LI Full Members VVD
and D66. The Dutch liberal parties were seen as the
victors of the elections, with the VVD being the second
biggest party gaining 14.9% of the electoral vote
(13.8% in 2006) and D66 increasing its share to 8.1%
(2.8% in 2006). D66 also saw a near five-fold increase
of their number of council seats from 141 to 525,
while VVD increased its number from 1166 to 1385.
The populist Freedom Party of Geert Wilders only ran
in two cities, and got big popular support. The Freedom
Party became the biggest party in the city of Almere,
and was voted the second biggest party in The Hague.
Liberal International President and VVD leader in
the European Parliament Hans van Baalen was satisfied
with the good liberal results: “VVD is back,
and will play a vital role in the councils and nationally
after the upcoming general elections on June 9th.
I commend D66 with their excellent result, which creates
a strong liberal position in the Netherlands. I recognize
that Wilders had success in Almere and The Hague.
There should not be a cordon sanitaire. The best way
to fight populists is to force them to take responsibility
in office. We can defeat them if we are prepared to
fight them instead of trying to ignore or stigmatize
President meets African liberal MPs, supports ADR
Liberals discuss liberalism East of Europe
CALD conference on Education
ALDE hosts meeting on liberalism in Kosovo and Serbia
DPP stronger after by-election
Singapore Democratic Party’s 30th Anniversary,
followed by imprisonment
INLW Issues 21st Century Liberal Women’s agenda
organisations and political parties of Kaliningrad
join in a coalition
Press Release. March 4, 2010
On March 3 during the second meeting
of the Coordination Council leaders of political parties
and public organisations and movements functioning
in the Kaliningrad region signed a joint document
on creation of a coalition targeted at stopping the
monopoly of the progovernmental United Russia party
in the Kaliningrad region.
A press-conference of the new coalition
will take place in the Regional Duma on March 5 at
1 p.m. The participants will present the text of the
agreement opened for all the parties and organisations
sharing this platform and will also answer the journalists’
|March 4, 2010
Yavlinsky visited the Astrakhan Region
Press Release. March 4, 2010
On March 3 member of YABLOKO’s Political
Committee made a visit to the Astrakhan Region within
the framework of election campaign to the Astrakhan
Grigory Yavlinsky had a meeting with
Governor Alexander Zhilkin. The Governor spoke in
detail about implementation of the long-term strategy
of socio-economic development of the region. “The
executive authority of the region has been working
in close contact with the Public Chamber of the region,
trade unions, deputies and representatives of political
parties,” Zhilkin noted. The Governor also showed
his interest in further cooperation with YABLOKO.
The Governor also highly assessed the work of the
representatives of YABLOKO in the Administration of
“Women’s Movement in Russia: Yesterday,
Today and Tomorrow” took place in YABLOKO’s
Press Release. March 1, 2010
Conference “Women’s Movement
in Russia: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” took
place in YABLOKO’s Moscow office on February
26. 75 heads of leading women’s organisations
and experts from Moscow, St.Petersburg, Novosibirsk,
Ekaterinburg and Perm participated in the conference.
The conference was broadcasted life via YABLOKO’s
Galina Mikhalyova, moderator of the
conference, Chair of the Gender faction of the YABLOKO
party and Co-Chair of the Council for Consolidation
of Women’s Movement in Russia stressed the difficulties
in the development of women’s movement in the
situation of increasing discrimination of women in
Russia in all spheres of life and the need to consolidate
efforts of public organisations, expert community,
journalists and political forces for realization of
the gender equality principles. YABLOKO’s leader
Sergei Mitrokhin noted that YABLOKO is the only Russian
party fighting for gender equality and proclaiming
equality of rights and opportunities for men and women.
|March 3, 2010
Kovalyov has turned 80!
Congratulations from Sergei
Dear Sergei Adamovich,
On behalf of all YABLOKO members I
am sending you our heartiest congratulations on your
Your life deserves not only admiration,
but careful study. The hard moral choice you’ve
always been making confirms one thing: following the
way of truth and one’s own convictions can lead
to any consequences – either to establishment
or break of human relations, – however, in the
end it always proves that such a choice must be made
against all the odds. You have never recoiled from
your truth. We are proud that we are working together
with you and that we can adopt from you the best qualities
of Russian human rights defenders.
We are wishing you health, strength
Chair of the YABLOKO party
“Churov, it’s time for you to have a shave!”
led to arrest of YABLOKO’s activists
Press Release. March 3, 2010
Today, on March 3, YABLOKO conducted
a protest action against withdrawal of YABLOKO’s
lists of candidates from election race in the Kaluga
and Sverdlovsk regions by the Central Electoral Commission
office. A large balloon filled with helium took large
scissors up to the window of the cabinet of Vladimir
Churov, head of the Central Electoral Commission.
“Do I have to swear by my beard
that I shall do all I can so that elections [in Russia]
be honest? I swear!” said Vladimir Churov, Chair
of the Central Electoral Commission during broadcasting
at the REN TV channel on March 15, 2007. Activists
of the Youth YABLOKO’s reminded Vladimir Churov
of his oath. They also held a slogan by the Central
Electoral Commission office “Stop withdrawing
us from elections!” and demanded that Vladimir
Churov should come down from the office to them and
answer the questions. “We
have not witnessed such a situation before when our
party could be withdrawn from elections in two regions
simultaneously,” YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin
who also participated in the action told to the journalists.
“We have been patient for a long time as we
remembered Churov’s promise to guarantee honest
elections, however, now our patience is gone,”
|March 2, 2010
Region branch of YABLOKO appeals to the Supreme Court
of the Russian Federation
Press Release. March 2, 2010
The Sverdlovsk Region branch of YABLOKO
filed an appeal in the Supreme Court of the Russian
Federation with a demand to abrogate the decision
of the Electoral Commission of the Sverdlovsk Region
which did not allow YABLOKO to run in the election
campaign to the Legislative Assembly of the Sverdlovsk
YABLOKO had already filed a complaint
to the Sverdlovsk Region Court with a plea to annul
the decision of the electoral commission denying YABLOKO
a registration in the race. The working group of the
electoral commission had announced that 56% of the
signatures collected in favour of YABLOKO and required
for registration in the elections be void. The regional
court had not left the decision of the electoral commission
Give Police Tips on Reforming
The Moscow Times, February
By Alexander Bratersky
President Dmitry Medvedev's police
reforms will turn into a sham if the public is excluded
from the process and other law enforcement agencies
are left untouched, opposition politicians and human
rights activists said Thursday.
“It is impossible to reform
the Interior Ministry without reforming the prosecutor's
office and the justice system,” Yabloko party
leader Sergei Mitrokhin said at a round table organized
by the Moscow police to discuss the reforms with the
|March 1, 2010
in Ufa: “Decent Pensions to the Military Pensioners!”
Press Release. March 1, 2010
Picketing for the right of the military
pensioners to decent pensions took place in the centre
of Ufa (Bashkiria) on February 27.
The picket was organised by the Bashkirian
regional branch of the YABLOKO party. The picket was
conducted under the slogan “Decent Pensions to the
In spite of the fact that 30 activists
had to participate in the action, the actual number
of participants grew to 50. Citizens dissatisfied
with the actions of Bashkirian government, administration
of Ufa and the law enforcement also joined the picket...
against discrimination of military pensioners in Blagoveschensk
Press Release. February 26,
Picket against discrimination of military
pensioners took place in Blagoveschensk (the Amur
Region) on February 23 (Defender of the Fatherland
The action was organised by the Amur
Region branch of YABLOKO. The city government gave
a permission to conduct the action in the center of
Despite preliminary announcements
of the action none of the local journalists risked
to go against Governor’s order and report on
the action in the media...
of YABLOKO in the regional elections: a hypocrisy
or a weakness of the presidential power?
Statement by the Bureau of
the YABLOKO party. February 27, 2010
Right after President Medvedev’s
statement made at the State Council meeting on the
facilitate political competition and democratization
of the political system YABLOKO was cynically and
unlawfully withdrawn from elections to the legislative
assemblies of the Kaluga and Sverdlovsk regions, the
regions where YABLOKO enjoyed considerable support
from the electorate.
The signatures collected in support
of YABLOKO’s election lists were announced “invalid”
factitious unlawful grounds. The Chair of the electoral
commission of the Sverdlovsk region publicly announced
that signatures in support of YABLOKO would be recognised
invalid already when YABLOKO had only been collecting
these signatures. The electoral commission of the
Kaluga region made all it could so that not to allow
the leaders of the regional YABLOKO branch to participate
in the audit of the signatures.
YABLOKO’s lodging complaints
of such refusals in courts did not lead anywhere –
the courts, as well as electoral commissions, refused
to examine the evidence submitted by YABLOKO’s