|March 25, 2013
Maxim Petlin is a political prisoner
Press Release, March 21, 2013
"Maxim Petlin can be considered
a political prisoner," YABLOKO leader Sergei
Mitrokhin commented on the sentence to Maxim Petlin,
leader of the Sverdlovsk Region branch of YABLOKO
and deputy of the Yekaterinburg City Duma.
"We believe that the sentence is based on a case
fabricated by the investigators with gross procedural
violations. Petlin’s activities targeted at
exposing corruption launched his prosecution,"
According to Mitrokhin, the court acts "in the
interest of the clans controlling the city and influencing
not only on the city, but also the regional Federal
Security Service departments, the prosecutor's office
and the court"...
files a lawsuit against the electoral commission members
and the policeman who beat woman observer
Press Release, March 26, 2013
The YABLOKO party is filing a lawsuit
against the electoral commission members and the policeman
woman observer in an attempt to snatch a falsified
final protocol of the voting given to her. The incident
occurred late last night at polling station No 02-13
after the counting of votes in the mayoral election
of Anapa. Alexandra Garkusha, aged 23, an observer
from the YABLOKO party, together with representatives
from other parties and candidates was given a falsified
final protocol of the voting by the commission members.
The document had no legal force and could not form
a basis for filing a case in court.
Alexandra Garkusha drew the attention
of the Commission to this fact and refused to sign
for the receipt of such a protocol. After that, the
commission members expressed their dissatisfaction
in extremely disproportionate aggression and attacked
Alexandra trying to snatch the protocol from her hands.
According to the witnesses, Irina Tropina, Chair of
the Electoral Commission, was the most aggressive
attacker encouraging her subordinates to more violence...
elections in Anapa: YABLOKO leader demands from head
of the Central Electoral Commission to cancel the
results of the elections
Press Release, March 26, 2013
YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin demanded
from Vladimir Churov, head of the Central Election
Commission, to cancel the results of the mayoral elections
in Anapa, the Krasnodar Territory, held on Sunday.
The number of cases of stuffing of fraudulent ballots
does not allow a genuine expression of voters’
will to be determined. Information about all the facts
of fraud was also sent to the Central Electoral Commission...
Gross violations began already on
Friday, when road police detained a coach that had
to transport YABLOKO and independent observers from
Taganrog to Anapa...
However, on the voting day about 20
cars with about a hundred of YABLOKO’s observers
could not get to the polling stations by their opening
time 8 a.m., due to blocking of the road by the police
and a staged “car accident” on the road
“All this was done so that our
observers could not get to the polling station to
their opening and so that to do unhampered stuffing
of ballots in favour of Sergei Sergeyev, United Russia
candidate and ex police head whom Governor Tkachyov
wanted to see as Anapa Mayor,” said Sergei Mitrokhin
who also visited the “accident site”.
Voting demonstrated different violations
– from stuffing of ballots to ousting of observers
from polling stations, ban on filming, as well as
threats and physical violence against observers.
the video of violence against a woman observer Alexandra
An attack was undertaken against Sergei
Mitrokhin. An unidentified person sprayed some green
liquid in the face of YABLOKO’s leader at one
of the polling stations. The liquid got onto his neck
and arms. An emergency doctor wiped the paint from
the skin, but advised Sergei Mitrokhin to go to hospital
for further observation, since "anything could
have been mixed into the liquid"...
|March 22, 2013
inspection: construction of the country cottage of
ex Defence Minsiter Serdyukov in a natural reserve
is almost finished, the second country cottage of
Governor Tkachyov will be built soon
Press Release, March 22, 2013
Today YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin
has held a public inspection of the so-called "Serdyukov
cottage" in the Big Utrish natural reserve area.
The inspection was held within the framework of Mitrokhin’s
visit to the Krasnodar region. Alexei Yegorov, leader
of the Anapa branch of YABLOKO and candidate for the
Mayor of Anapa, and Andrei Rudomakha, leader of the
regional branch of YABLOKO also participated in the
The participants of the inspection have personally
observed that construction of the cottage in a natural
reserve went on despite the resignation of Anatoly
Serdyukov fromk his ministerial post. In 2009, the
site was transferred to the Ministry of Defence for
"placement of a navigation station" there.
However, mysteriously, construction of a luxury villa
instead of a radar began at the site. The contractor
was Serdyukov’s son-in-law Valery Puzikov. Presumably
the villa is being built for him...
YABLOKO also carried out an inspection of another
plot of land: not far from "Serdyukov’
villa" there may soon emerge the second villa
of Governor Tkachyov. According to the activists of
the regional branch of YABLOKO, the site in the natural
reserve Big Utrish was transferred into property of
the Stroibeton company. Most likely the owner of the
cottage will be Governor of the Krasnodar Territory
Alexander Tkachyov. Such a scheme – transfer
of land into property of some firms controlled by
him – Tkachyov had already used in the construction
of his first summer cottage in the Blue Bay.
Sergei Mitrokhin is visiting Anapa to support Alexei
Yegorov, YABLOKO’s candidate for the post of
the city mayor. The elections will be held on March
24. Sergei Mitrokhin appealed to the Central Electoral
Commission so that the Commission ensure lawful voting.
welcomes Commission's new consultations on media freedom
Press Release, the ALDE Group,
European Parliament, March 22, 2013
The ALDE Group welcomes today's launch
by the European Commission of two consultations on
media freedom and pluralism and audiovisual media
The first consultation asks specifically to comment
on the EU's competences to act in protection of media
freedom and on the roles of national regulatory authorities,
as well as if current laws need to be changed.
EP rapporteur on an "EU Charter: Standard settings
for Media Freedom across the EU", Renate Weber
(PNL, Romania) said: "We hope this consultation
will pave the way to the establishment of a regular
mechanism of monitoring and reporting over the full
respect of media freedom and pluralism, as a democratic
exercise that all EU Member States should do"...
Yavlinsky asks Governor of St. Petersburg to explain
why the city budget has not been implemented
Press Release, March 21, 2013
The St.Petersburg Legislative Assembly
rejected an inquiry from Grigory Yavlinsky, leader
of the YABLOKO faction in the Legislative Assembly,
on non-implementation of the city budget. The Legislative
Assembly referred to its new regulations. The YABLOKO
faction will seek in court to cancel the new procedure
for filing inquiries to officials. Meanwhile Yavlinsky
expressed his concern about the "very unsatisfactory
state of affairs in the budgetary process of St. Petersburg"
and wants to know what measures Governor Georgy Poltavchenko
is going to adopt so that to amend the situation.
In his deputy inquiry Grigory Yavlinsky appeals to
the Governor "in view of an extremely poor state
of affairs in the budgetary process of St. Petersburg"...
of Anne Breasseur, President of ALDE, CE, to Sergei
Mitrokhin on the attack against YABLOKO
March 19, 2013
The ALDE Group of the Parliamentary
Assembly of the Council of Europe is deeply concerned
with the news we are receiving from Russia. The attacks
perpetrated against the Yabloko party in Moscow are
yet another manifestation of growing intolerance in
the Russian society.
The ALDE condemns the perpetrators
of these attacks which are not simply an act of vandalism,
but also an offence against the freedom of expression.
We sincerely hope that the legal proceedings that
you have launched will receive appropriate attention
both from the judiciary and the political authorities
of Russia. Such acts cannot be tolerated.
I would like to assure you that the
Monitoring Committee will be duly informed about these
|March 21, 2013
Liberals Attacked by Orthodox Fascists
LI News Bulletin, Issue 324,
March 21, 2013
LI full member Yabloko, became a direct
victim of the rising intolerance in Russia, when its
headquarters in Moscow were attacked by “Orthodox
fascists”. This video
demonstrates how they stole and publicly burnt books
and booklets published by the party. Yabloko suspects
that the reason behind this provocation is the fact
that the party has rejected the movement's proposal
for building new Christian Orthodox temples on sites
where city gardens and children's playgrounds are
situated. Sergei Mitrokhin, Yabloko's leader, was
outraged, saying: 'We are expecting a reaction from
Vladimir Putin, the People's Front and the Russian
Orthodox Church to the provocations of the thugs acting
on their behalf. In the absence of any response we
will consider this attack as the beginning of “Maoist-style
terror” against the political opposition and we will
build our party strategy in line with these new realities.”
ALDE-PACE President Anne Brasseur condemned the attack
and expressed “sincere hopes that the legal proceedings
that Yabloko has launched will receive appropriate
attention both from the judiciary and the political
authorities of Russia.”
President joins Cambodia’s opposition leader at Brussels
South Africa’s parliament adopts Guinea motion by
Guatemalan Liberal government makes history
ALDE in Libya: Wider Mediterranean FTA to stimulate
DPP Attends Rally in Support of Tibetan Independence
and YABLOKO to conduct a conference on migration problems
Press Release, March 20, 2013
International conference on migration
problems will take place in Moscow on April 6. The
organizers are the ALDE Party (Alliance of Liberals
and Democrats for Europe) and YABLOKO’s Political
The conference will discuss the following
- migration dynamics and its political,
economic and cultural consequences;
- integration of migrants of the first and further
generations: positive and negative experience;
- restraining and regulatory mechanisms: different
countries’ experiences and international cooperation;
- regulation of migration: the tasks of the state
and the society...
defence of the MK newspaper. YABLOKO’s view
Press Release, March 20, 2013
The YABLOKO party believes that the
stance of the State Duma deputies in their
conflict with the MK newspaper violates the Russian
law envisaging that it is the court which takes decisions
on all the disputes relating to publications in the
mass media. The MPs actions not only contravene the
procedures established by law, but are also in conflict
with ethical and moral norms governing public life...
The MPs’ demands to [Pavel Gusev],
Editor-in-Chief of the MK to leave his post of Chairman
of the Moscow Journalists’ Union represents
an attempt to interfere into the spheres of public
life that are completely beyond control of the legislative
authority and are governed by internal corporate standards
of professional communities.
The MPS’ idea to "take
away" MK from Pavel Gusev [who is also the owner
of the paper] is a direct attack on the principle
of the inviolability of private property. Proposing
such solutions to disputes with the media MPs undermine
the legal foundations of the state, which again demonstrates
their great incompetence and catastrophic failure
as the legislators...
|March 17, 2013
by the Orthodox fascists against the YABLOKO party
Press Release, March 17, 2013
Orthodox activists from the God's
Will (Bozhya Volya) public movement staged "Orthodox
Inquisition against the YABLOKO party". A group
of young men burst into YABLOKO’s Moscow headquarters
on Friday night, took all the freely available books
and booklets published by the party and burned them
in the square by Novokuznetskaya metro station which
is in 3 minutes walk from YABLOKO’s office.
The video entitled "Confiscation and Burning
of Waste Paper by the Party Satanists and Perverts
YABLOKO" was loaded by the young people on the
|March 7, 2013
against women is a persistent stain on our society
Press Release, the ALDE Group,
European Parliament, March 7, 2013
Ahead of International Women's Day,
Liberals and Democrats in the European Parliament
(ALDE) call for united international action to combat
violence against women. In Europe, 45 % of women will
experience some type of violence at least once in
her lifetime. Every day one in five women in Europe
is a victim of violence. Antonyia Parvanova (NMSP,
Bulgaria), ALDE spokesperson on Women's Rights and
Gender Equality, participated in the UN summit meeting
on 'The elimination and prevention of all forms of
violence against women', being held from 4 to 15 March
in New York. The Bulgarian liberal presented the activities
of the European Parliament to eridicate violence against
women while highlighting the challenges faced in the
Mrs Parvanova commented "We have to continue
to take concrete steps to defend women's and girls'
fundamental right to live free from violence. But
we won't achieve concrete results if acting alone
. The EU has an excellent opportunity to deliver on
its commitments by pressing for coordinated international
action at the UN Conference"...
|March 4, 2013
for the resignation of Pavel Astakhov, Ombudsman for
Children’s Rights, are sent to Vladimir Putin
Press Release, March 4, 2013
Nikolai Rybakov, member of the Federal
Bureau of the YABLOKO party, has sent to Vladimir
Putin over 11,000 signatures collected in favour of
resignation of Pavel Astakhov, Ombudsman for Children’s
Rights (notoriously known for his support of the “orphans
law” and calls to return all the Russian orphans
adopted abroad back to Russia).
Over 11,000 signatures were collected
in just a week, despite ddos-attacks and Internet
bots attacking the Demokrator.ru website where the
signatures were collected.
"We believe that a man who has
cynically exploited the death of a child [adopted
by a US family] for his political gain, can not hold
the post of Children's Ombudsman," runs Rybakov’s
"I think that the president should not wave away
the appeal of 11,000 citizens. Let us at least make
him think whether his representative Mr. Astakhov
has been acting in an honest and due manner? Our final
goal is still there: Russia should have a decent defender
of children," Nikolai Rybakov said...
Mitrokhin called Muscovites to change the Moscow government
Press Release, March 2, 2013
YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin called
the participants of the Social Manifestation to "change
the authorities at the next elections to the Moscow
City Duma," rather than ask the Mayor of Moscow
team for some "handouts". "We offer
the entire civil society to unite for the Moscow City
Duma elections and agree to provide our party candidates
list for this purpose, and we give half of the list
for civil society activists," Mitrokhin said
at a rally on Sakharov Square...
Mitrokhin also said that the policies of the Moscow
authorities was "authoritarian and incompetent
in many areas, but extremely self-confident and based
on the most profound contempt for the Muscovites".
"The Sobyanin’s team acts as if they came
to some kindergarten rather than Moscow. They know
what is better for us, and we should wait with our
mouths open when they bring happiness to us,"
|March 1, 2013
Alexei Firsov, head of Kolchuginsky District, the
Vladimir region, dismissed from his post
Press Release, February 28,
YABLOKO’s Alexei Firsov, head
of Kolchuginsky District, the Vladimir region, was
dismissed from his post because of a conflict with
the head of the district administration Andrei Mitroshkin.
The decision on dismissal was taken at today's meeting
of the Council of People's Deputies of the district
by 12 votes "for" with three "against."
Most of the deputies of the Council refused to consider
the appeal of Governor Nikolai Vinogradov in support
of Firsov. Several dozens of local residents came
to support Alexei Firsov at the Council meeting, but
only a few were allowed into the assembly hall. After
voting Firsov thanked his supporters after which the
residents together with Firsov left the hall. Now
Firsov will work in the Council as an ordinary member.
His term will expire in two years...