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Yabloko Faction
Sergei Mitrokhin
Biography

Born on May 20, 1963.

Higher education - in 1985 graduated from Moscow Lenin State Pedagogical University.

 

1986-1987 - methodologist, dispatcher of Moscow City Excursions Bureau.

 

Since 1987 - participated in informal movement.

 

1988-1989 - one of the founders and authors of the independent newspaper "Khronograph" (Chronograph)

 

1988-1990 - sociologist of the research cooperative "Perspectiva" (Perspective) of the Soviet-American Union Investment Corporation Joint Venture.

 

1990-1993 - post-graduate course at the Institute of Sociology of the Russian Academy of Science.

 

1992 - graduated from Higher Sociology Courses.

 

Since 1990 - Deputy Head of the International Institute of Humanitarian and Political Research.

 

In 1993 participated in the creation of the electoral bloc "Yavlinsky-Boldyrev-Lukin".

 

In 1993-1995 member of the State Duma Committee for the Affairs of the Commonwealth of Independent States and Relations with Compatriots.

 

Since 1995 to the present - Deputy Chairman of the Duma Committee on Local Self-Government. Professional activities: problems of state-building, local self-government, state and municipal finance, housing and communal sector and nuclear security.

 

Candidate of political science. Dissertation paper: ?Political Analysis of Federative Relations in Russia. Academic publications in Russian and foreign journals on sociology, political science and geopolitics.

 

Work on draft laws in the State Duma

 

Developer of the laws "On the Financial Basis of Local Self-Government in the RF";

 

jointly with deputy S.A. Popov : "On the Provision of the Constitutional Rights of the Citizens of the Russian Federation to Elect and Be Elected to Local Self-Government Bodies";

 

jointly with other deputies: "On General Principles of Organisation of Local Self-Government in the RF", "On General Principles of Organisation of the State Authorities in the Subjects of the RF", "On the Government of the RF", "On Basic Guarantees of Suffrage of the Citizens of the RF", "On Political Parties", "On Differentiation of Property on Land in the RF".

 

All the laws were signed by the President and have come into force.

 

Participates in the development of draft laws "On the State Standards of Secondary Education in the RF", "On the Basis of the Municipal Order", as well as a number of amendments to laws aimed at protecting the housing and social rights of citizens during implementation of housing and communal reform, consolidation of public control at elections, consolidation of the financial base of local self-government and opposition to imports of nuclear waste into Russia.

Party activity

since 1995 member of the Bureau of the Central Council of the OOO Yabloko;
since November 2000 Ideology Secretary of the Yabloko Association .

 

At the 10th Congress of Yabloko elected Deputy Chairman of the Russian Democratic Party YABLOKO.

 

Heads working group on the development of programme documents, editor of the bulletin "Municipal Policy".

 

At presidential elections of 2000 was political director of Grigory Yavlinsky's campaign.

Publications in Russian

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Protesters' turnout matched by journalists at Moscow anti-Putin rally
Ekho Moskvi radio station, September 16, 2004

Deputy Chairman of YABLOKO Sergei Mitrokhin, who headed the Yabloko representation at the rally, said this is a head-on power takeover and Russian citizens are being deprived of their right to vote. The Federation Council and Prosecutor-General's Office should prevent this, he said.

 

Protest action by the Interior Ministry building, Moscow
Press Service, September 14, 2004

In his speech at the meeting Sergei Mitrokhin said, “Why, have all the authorities, the President can not suspend from office an open criminal? Putin must demonstrate the force he enjoys and restore justice in Bashkiria!”

 

Governors are happy
By Olga Proskurnina, Yulia Bushuyeva and Svetlana Petrova, Vedomosti, September 14, 2004

"This way, under the pretext of another terrorist attack we may come to abolishing presidential and parliamentary elections," said the deputy chairman of YABLOKO Sergei Mitrokhin.

 

Putin overhauls political system
CNN, September 14, 2004

Curiously, however, the Russian leader's proposals focused largely on electoral changes. Putin said he would propose legislation abolishing the election of local governors by popular vote. Instead they would be nominated by the president and confirmed by local legislatures.

 

Putin: Scrap Popular Vote for Governors
By Nabi Abdullaev, The Moscow Times, September 14, 2004

"The abolition of elections in Russian regions deals a blow to the foundations of Russian federalism and means the return to an extremely inefficient system of government," Sergei Mitrokhin, a senior official in the liberal Yabloko party, said in a statement.

 

The Russian Democratic Party YABLOKO will conduct a protest action demanding resignation of the head of the interior of Bashkiria Rafail Divayev by the building of the Interior Ministry of the RF on September 14, 2004 at 12-00.
Press release, September 13, 2004

Bashkirian human rights activists and victims of the militia arbitrary rule in the republic who specially arrived to Moscow for the action will make public the new flagrant facts of violation of constitutional human rights and corruption in the structures of the interior ministry in Bashkiria.

 

On the threat of liquidation of the system of federalism in Russia
Statement by the chairman of the Moscow branch of the Russian Democratic Party YABLOKO Sergei Mitrokhin, YABLOKO's press-service, September 13, 2004

It liquidates the last chain in the system of checks and counterbalances that prevent power from being concentrated in the hands of one individual.

 

State Duma election results to be questioned at Supreme Court
Interfax, September 13, 2004

"Lawyers of the Independent Election Institute, the Communist Party and Yabloko drafted a lawsuit to be filed at the Russian Supreme Court, and Committee 2008 sponsored the drafting. I think we will file the lawsuit at the end of this week," Yabloko Deputy Chairman Sergei Mitrokhin told Interfax on Monday.

 

Putin moves to tighten powers to combat terror
The Associated Press, September 13, 2004

"Tuesday, all the power agencies that are supposed to fight terrorism are subordinated directly to the president. ... It's incomprehensible why on top of that he has to name governors," Mitrokhin, of the liberal Yabloko party, told Russia's Ekho Moskvy radio. "It shows that the president doesn't know what to do, he's at a loss."

 

The action of protest against unlawful naming of one of the Moscow streets after Akhmad Kadyrov
Press release, August 24, 2004

Over 20 representatives of the YABLOKO party gathered at Novopushkinskaya square at 12-00. The activists held slogans "The law in the same for everyone," "Shantsev (Ed. one of the Moscow officials) announced jihad against Muscovites," and "We don't need a Kadyrov street" and also carried YABLOKO banners.

 

Deputy Head of the YABLOKO party Sergei Mitrokhin perceives political motives behind the criminal case against the former heads of the Noviye Izvestia newspaper
Ekho Moskvi, August 17, 2004

"We live de facto in a state governed by the secret services. In the given situation, in view of recent developments, in particular, the extremely harsh sentence given to Igor Sutyagin, we cannot trust any criminal trial against any politician or editor of an independent media, or individual who expresses views which differ from those of the authorities," noted Mitrokhin.

 

YABLOKO Fades into a Legend Losing Its Link to Reality
By Irina Romancheva, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, August 11, 2004

...However, the question remains: is the absence of the Svoboda Slova (Freedom of Speech) programme on TV sufficient reason for some prominent Russian politicians to retreat into some sort of underground? Prominent Yabloko members debate this topic.

 

Upheavals Won't Spare Us this Autumn
Poll for politicians prepared by Lyudmila Uvarova, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, August 9, 2004

Sergei Mitrokhin, Deputy Chairman of the YABLOKO party: The second part of anti-social reforms - the Housing Code, which will affect the lives of more people - will be viewed this fall. It will affect almost all residents, probably with the exception of 5% owners of the elite housing. Therefore, the strain will be enhancing in our society.

Putin Feels Fallout Over Plan to Eliminate Soviet-Era Benefits
By Susan B. Glasser, Washington Post, August 3, 2004

Russia is poised to dismantle the remnants of the Soviet-era social safety net for as many as 100 million of its poorest citizens, replacing many free services with cash payments in a controversial experiment that has sent President Vladimir Putin's approval rating down sharply.

 

Compensation Instead of Revision The Oligarchs Should Share the Windfall Profit with the State
By Sergei Mitrokhin, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, July 27, 2004

Big business is "guilty" of behaving aggressively, but the state is also guilty for not establishing proper rules of the game (through anti-corruption legislation, laws governing lobbying, etc.). The difference is that the oligarchs are under no obligation to behave otherwise, while the state is.

 

The Committee for the Protection of Muscovites demands the resettlement of residents from apartment buildings contaminated by phenol
Press release, July 22, 2004

Over 50 people gathered today at the protest meeting organised by the Committee for the Protection of Muscovites by the Mayor's office in Moscow. Activists from the Committee as well as residents from the Metrogorodok district of Moscow participated in the meeting demanding the adoption of measures to resettle residents from phenol-contaminated apartment blocks, i.e. residential premises with covering made from materials emitting dangerous levels of phenol gas.

 

YABLOKO created a Committee for the Protection of Muscovites to defend the interests of the residents of the city in city construction
Finmarket News, June 16, 2004

The goal of the Committee is to unite over 200 different groups currently standing for their rights in Moscow into a single powerful organisation protecting the rights of Muscovites in city construction and facilitating the creation of favourable living conditions for the residents of Moscow. Deputy Chairman of the Russian Democratic Party YABLOKO Sergei Mitrokhin was elected Chairman of the Committee.

 

On June 15 the general assembly of the representatives of the initiative groups fighting against unlawful building in Moscow adopted a decision to create a Committee for the Protection of Muscovites.
Press release, June 16, 2004

The goal of the Committee is to unite over 200 different groups currently standing for their rights in Moscow into a single powerful organisation protecting the rights of Muscovites in city construction and facilitating the creation of favourable living conditions for the residents of Moscow.

 

The meeting of the Russian Ombudsman Vladimir Lukin with representatives of the initiative groups of the Muscovites protesting against unlawful construction in the capital.
Press release, June 9, 2004

The meeting of the Russian Ombudsman Vladimir Lukin with representatives of the initiative groups of the Muscovites protesting against unlawful construction in the capital took place on June 9, 2004

 

The TV Might as Well Stay Switched off
By Ilya Zhegulyov, Gazeta.ru, June 2, 2004

NTV's move to sack Leonid Parfyonov and close his flagship weekly Namedni review program is politically motivated, Russian politicians, political observers and human rights champions are convinced. Some of them interviewed by Gazeta.Ru believe that with Parfyonov's departure the NTV team of journalists is likely to fall apart.

 

Protest meeting against the law on the virtual ban on referenda
Press release, June 2, 2004

The action began at 9-45 a.m. Before the meeting the police barred all the passages to the building of the Duma, therefore the activists gathered at the corner of Tverskaya and Mokhovaya streets. They held banners reading "No to the Authority's Disgrace!", "Protect Democracy!", "No to a Police State!" and "Respect the Constitution!".

 

Duma Gives Nod to Referendum Bill
Associated Press, June 3, 2004

The State Duma on Wednesday tentatively approved a government-proposed bill on referenda, which critics have described as backtracking on democracy.
The Duma, controlled by the pro-Kremlin United Russia party, voted 343-96 to pass the bill in the first of three required readings.

 

Protest action against the new version of the federal constitutional law "On Referenda in the RF"
Press release, June 1, 2004

On Wednesday, June 2, 2004, at 9-45 a.m. the Russian Democratic Party YABLOKO, the CPRF and human rights and ecological organisations of Moscow will conduct a protest action against the new version of the federal constitutional law "On Referenda in the RF" by the building of the State Duma.

 

"An increase is the number of spy trials, involving human rights activists, is quite possible now."
By Sergei Mitrokhin, IA MiK, May 26, 2004

The first thing I find depressing is the dismal monotony of the President’s state of the nation addresses and the use of a vast number of right words, which are not backed up by deeds.

 

The Civil Union of Vladimir began its work in Vladimir
Press release, April 24, 2004

A new public organisation - the Civil Union of Vladimir was established in Vladimir. The founders of the union are regional branches of two parties – the Russian Democratic Party YABLOKO and the Union of Right-Wing Forces (SPS).

 

The Moscow Mayor's Office refused the application from Russian Democratic Party YABLOKO and a number of public organisations to hold a meeting on May 1, 2004
Press release, April 9, 2004

In addition to YABLOKO, the following organisations planned to participate in the action: the Committee-2008, the Union of Right-Wing Forces (SPS), the Moscow Helsinki Group, the movements "For Human Rights," "Common Action", the Committee of Soldiers' Mothers, as well as a number of environmental organisations and independent trade unions.

 

YABLOKO to Propose Amendments to the Forestry Code
RIA "OREANDA", April 5, 2004

By and large, the RF Ministry of Natural Resources and the Russian Democratic Party "Yabloko" will cooperate on environment protection and efficient nature management.

 

Duma Bill Sharply Restricts Rallies
By Caroline McGregor, The Moscow Times, April 1, 2004

As the United Russia majority in the State Duma gave preliminary approval to a bill outlawing protests near government buildings Wednesday, pro-democracy activists staged a rally outside the Duma's main entrance to insist on their right to do just that.

 

Demonstrations near Embassies to be prohibited in Russia
pravda.ru, March 31, 2004

Demonstrations are addressed to the authorities. How will the authorities know about popular protests, if the demonstrations are held in residential areas?

 

Sergei Mitrokhin: Yavlinsky Convinced Putin Not to Import Spent Nuclear Fuel
Refutation of an article from rbc.ru, March 4, 2004

In an article Putin Will Process the Nuclear Damp (from February 27) Alexei Vinogradov made a serious mistake. The author of the article stated that the President supports imports of spent nuclear fuel into Russia. This is not true. In the quotation used by Vinogradov as his source, Putin speaks refers to the need to focus on waste from our [domestically produced] fuel. He implies here that spent nuclear fuel from domestically produced fuel rod arrays were exported to Europe by the USSR and then by Russia.

 

Deputy Head of YABLOKO Sergei Mitrokhin demands the annulment of the results of parliamentary elections in some districts of Moscow
Press release, February 5, 2004

In his suits Mitrokhin cites multiple violations made on the day of voting by the electoral commission of Rostokino, Babushkinsky, Yaroslavsky and Losinoostrovsky districts in vote-counting, drawing of protocols on the results of the lection and their transfer to the territorial electoral commissions.

 

Russian liberals scorn the forthcoming presidential elections - Russian radio
Ekho Moskvy, December 21, 2003

Mitrokhin:...This mass use of the administrative resource, the obvious ballot rigging during the counting of votes, the lack of a free media which could give all candidates equal conditions as well as the lack of any judicial system where something can be proved, transforms the forthcoming presidential elections into a farce.

 

Fair game: Communists and YABLOKO question the parliamentary election results
By Orkhan Dzhemal, Novaya Gazeta, December 18, 2003

Sergei Mitrokin, one of Yabloko party's leaders, has stated that according to available information, Yabloko did cross the 5% threshold in the Duma elections - but the party's vote total was artificially lowered just enough to prevent it from getting into the Duma.

 

Sergei Mitrokhin demands annulment of the voting results in the Babushinsky electoral district of Moscow
Rosbalt, December 11, 2003

"After we received the signals on these multiple violations, the commission began releasing information that Shirokov was the leader of the election, noted Mitrokhin. - YABLOKO thinks that the results of the election were falsified and should be annulled, and that a new vote should be carried out."

 

A Housing Koshman
Press release, November 19, 2003

Over 200 representatives from the Russian democratic Party YABLOKO protested on November 19, 2003 in the centre of Moscow against the policies conducted by the Russian government in the housing and utilities sector.

 

Sergei Mitrokhin accused RAO "UES of Russia" of financing the SPS and intending to embroil the SPS and YABLOKO.
Rosbalt, November 4, 2003

According to Mitrokhin, fake candidates, former activists of "Yabloko Without Yavlinsky" movement are standing against YABLOKO in single-mandate electoral districts.

 

Ministry of Nuclear Power Ready to Finance Environmental Programmes in Chelyabinsk Region
RIA "OREANDA", November 3, 2003

The deputy minister's letter is the Ministry's official response to Mitrokhin's appeal to the Ministry to allot money to move people away from nuclear-contaminated areas in Chelyabinsk region.

 

Ministry of Nuclear Power Ready to Finance Environmental Programs in Chelyabinsk Region
Press release, October 31, 2003

...the Ministry is willing to "discuss the draft specific environmental program aimed at rehabilitating the territories contaminated due to operations of Mayak plant, including evacuation of the residents of Muslyumovo and Tatarskaya Karabolka towns".

Yabloko deputies say they are being held in office during search
Interfax, October 23, 2003

Sergei Mitrokhin, deputy head of the State Duma's Yabloko faction, said that a group of detectives who are conducting a search in the Strategic Communications Agency's office are not allowing him to leave the building.

 

The State Duma will consider the address to the heads of the First [Television] Channel and VGTRK [television company] on broadcasting live forthcoming parliamentary election debates.
Press release, October 16, 2003

On Thursday the State Duma Council passed a decision to include this item on the Duma agenda. The address was initiated by Sergei Ivanenko and Sergei Mitrokhin.

 

Monopolists Are Being Put on the Meter
By Ksenia Veretennikova, Vremya Novostei, September 12, 2003

Yesterday the YABLOKO party disclosed to journalists the results of its action "Let's Put Monopolists on the Meter" which aimed to indicate toYABLOKO activists whether the utilities’ tariffs were fair.

 

YABLOKO supports liberalization of the law "On Citizenship"
Press release, September 24, 2003

...the YABLOKO faction will support in the State Duma the amendments to the law "On Citizenship" that aim to simplify the procedure for obtaining Russian citizenship submitted by the President of the RF to parliament on Wednesday, September 24, 2003.

 

Citizens' Payment for Water Exceeds the Real Costs by 3.5 Times
By Mikhail Dichev, Finansoviye Izvestia, September 12, 2003

If the person did not live in the flat and correspondingly did not use water, a fairly high figure still appeared on the bill.

 

Who Is for the People?
IA MIK, September 9, 2003

The Duma majority is not interested in preparing the country for the winter.

 

Deputy Mitrokhin demands an investigation into the situation around the methanol terminal in Azov
FMBusiness, September 5, 2003

According to the documents, a number of federal legislative acts, such as the Law "On Environmental Protection ", the Law "On Environmental Expertise", the Provisions on the assessment of the impact on the environment and legislation regulating construction work were violated during the design and construction of the terminal in Azov.

 

Prosecutor General answers Sergei Mitrokhin
Polit.ru, September 3, 2003

As evidence Mitrokhin demonstrated materials that came from the regions proving that RAO UES was behind the "Yabloko without Yavlinsky" activities.

 

Regional prosecutors will investigate the actions of the "Yabloko without Yavlinsky" organisation
Rosbalt, September 2, 2003

YABLOKO's press service informed Rosbalt correspondent that the request referred to "dissemination by the leader of "Yabloko without Yavlinsky" movement and some media information defaming the leadership of the YABLOKO party."

 

"We'll arrange the trial of the century for RAO UES"
By Boris Sapozhnikov, gazeta.ru, September 2, 2003

"I cannot believe that Nemtsov and Khakamada know nothing of PR-campaigns that require such huge expenses, worthy of being included in the Guinness Book of Records."

 

The YABLOKO party will conduct the election campaign honestly and within the framework of the law, but is not going to sign the "Elections 2003" agreement
Press release, August 21, 2003

"The Russian Democratic Party YABLOKO has always observed and will always comply with Russian legislation in all its actions."

 

Sergei Mitrokhin expects that Alfred Kokh's statement on the intentions of the SPS to conduct a tough struggle against YABLOKO to be disavowed
MK-Novosti, August 12, 2003

"For the first time an official representative of the SPS openly admitted that this party was going to fight against YABLOKO"

 

A fake 'apple'* has ripened in the country
By Sergei Alexandrov, Komsomolskaya Pravda, August 9, 2003

YABLOKO beat a record among the party victims of the black PR.
   * YABLOKO means 'apple' in Russian.

 

Gryzlov paves way for Matvieynko landslide
By Ilya Zhegulev, Gazeta.ru, August 6, 2003

According to the Yabloko deputy chairman, the activities of Boris Gryzlov, who does not conceal his sympathy forUnited Russia, "are starting to exceed certain limits".

 

SPS is going to engage in tough struggle against YABLOKO for the electorate
RIA Oreanda, August 11, 2003

On August 8, 2003, Head of the election campaign staff of the Union of Right-Wing Forces (SPS) Alfred Kokh announced to journalists that he planned to engage in a tough struggle against YABLOKO to grab the electorate of the former.

 

Sergei Mitrokhin: Anatoli Chubais ordered the "YABLOKO without Yavlinsky press campaign
Rosbalt, August 1, 2003

In an interview with Rosbalt correspondent, Deputy Head of the YABLOKO party Sergei Mitrokhin said that the press conference "YABLOKO without Yavlinsky" conducted in Moscow on Thursday represented a "banal black PR campaign ".

 

On the closure of the NTV correspondents' office in Belarus
Statement, The Russian Democratic Party YABLOKO, July 8, 2003

The closure of the NTV television company correspondents' office in Belarus represents not only an action targeted at information isolation of the people of Belarus, but also another challenge to Russia from Lukashenko's regime.

 

Suspension of the operations of a copper-smelting plant is a powerful signal to environment polluters
Press release, June 27, 2003

Deputy of the State Duma Sergei Mitrokhin (the YABLOKO faction) stated that he was satisfied with the decision of the supreme state inspector for control over natural resources of the Ural Federal district Nikolai Krupinin who issued a warrant to suspend the operations of the Krabash Copper-Smelting Plant from June 27, 2003.

 

The last professional resigns from management of the nuclear power sector
Press release, June 30, 2003

"One the best qualified managers in the domestic nuclear complex is dismissed," said Deputy Head of the YABLOKO party, deputy of the State Duma Sergei Mitrokhin.

 

Central Electoral Commission tried to Reconcile Political Rivals
By Olga Tropkina, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, June 27, 2003

The drafting of a public accord entitled "Elections 2003", which was initiated yesterday by the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) and involved the leaders of the major political parties, ran the risk of resulting in a scandal.

 

Sergei Mitrokhin plans to gain access to data on the threat to Russia's ecology posed by the Highly-Enriched Uranium - Low-Enriched Uranium Agreement
Press release, June 25, 2003

"Many specialists think that this waste, also called "tails", poses a serious potential threat to the health of the personnel of dangerous sites contaminated with radiation and the local population, to say nothing of the environment."

The State Duma turned down the amendment granting tax privileges to environmental bodies
Press release, June 21, 2003

On Friday, June 20, 2003, the State Duma refused to grant a tax break on the property of organisations protecting and caring for territories with an enhanced regime of environmental protection.

 

Special Regime for Media
By Olga Redichkina and Alexei Redichkin, Gazeta, June 16, 2003

...according to the amendments, any media outlet - print or electronic media - can be shut down during an election campaign if the court finds it guilty of violating electoral legislation twice. The draft law contained no list of violations, thereby leaving it up to the court to decide each case "on the spot" every time.

 

YABLOKO determines the directions of Russia's environmental policy and calls on the State Duma to ratify the Kyoto Protocol
Press release, June 5, 2003

In addition to the prospects of ratification and entry into force of the Kyoto Protocol, the participants of the Round Table discussed a range of problems related to Russia’s environmental policy.

 

Russia parliament approves partial Chechen amnesty
By Jeremy Page, Reuters, June 6, 2003

Russia's parliament gave final approval on Friday to a limited amnesty for fighters in separatist Chechnya that the Kremlin says will help end a decade of conflict in the region.

 

YABLOKO: there will be no alliance with the CPRF
Lenta.ru, May 29, 2003

Lukin also called the billboards that appeared in Moscow streets and picture YABLOKO with a sickle and hammer under a slogan "We Are Together" a provocation and 'black PR'.

 

YABLOKO forwarded to the Central Electoral Commission and Public Prosecutor General of Moscow a petition demanding that it take to task the promotion company picturing YABLOKO with hammer and sickle
Finmarketnovosti, May 30, 2003

Deputy Chairman of YABLOKO Sergei Mitrokhin forwarded to the Central Electoral Commission and Public Prosecutor General of Moscow a petition demanding that it curb the 'black PR': placards that appeared in the metro picturing YABLOKO with hammer and sickle and a slogan "We Are Together!"

 

YABLOKO Against 'Black PR'
Komsomolskaya Pravda, May 31, 2003

The YABLOKO party: mass media should put barriers to dirty election technologies.

 

YABLOKO proposes that all political forces unite against 'black PR'
Press release, May 29, 2003

The YABLOKO party calls on all politicians and journalists to unite in the fight against 'dirty' information technologies. This statement was made by Deputy Chairman of the YABLOKO party, deputy of the State Duma Sergei Mitrokhin at a press conference at the Interfax agency on May 29, 2003.

 

Deputy Mitrokhin manages to make the law-enforcement agencies initiate criminal proceedings for environmental pollution
Press Release, May 27, 2003

Criminal proceedings in accordance with Article 246 of the Criminal Code of the RF (violation of environmental protection regulations at work) were started by the Chelyabinsk Prosecutor for Environmental Protection for "investigation of all the circumstances and reasons for environmental pollution in the city of Krabash ."

 

Most Russian politicians positive about Putin's three years of presidency
gazeta.ru, May 7, 2003

Only Yabloko leader Sergey Mitrokhin complained that the President had remained a hostage to the oligarchic system and had failed to transform Russia into a modern and competitive state.

 

On Radioactive Safety in Russia
Statement, April 26, 2003

The Chernobyl disaster provided convincing proof that usage of nuclear energy even for peaceful purposes, despite the highly skilled personnel and rigid control system existing in the USSR, represented a serious risk to the health and lives of the citizens.

 

The Housing and Utilities Sector Reform for Monopolies
By Sergei Mitrokhin, Trud-7, April 24, 2003

The Federation Council voted for the governments' draft law on housing and utilities sector reform. It can be summed up as follows: subsidies to enterprises in the housing and utilities sector should be liquidated and replaced with subsidies to households with small incomes from budgets at all levels.

 

Krasnoyarsk Territory may become testing ground for experiments by Chubais in housing and utilities
Press release, April 16, 2003

"It is well-known that the housing and utilities sector of Krasnoyarsk Territory has run up considerable debt before energy suppliers and consequently faces a real threat that part of the housing and utilities sector in the region will be placed under the control of the monopoly created under the guidance of Anatoly Chubais," said deputy from the YABLOKO faction Sergei Mitrokhin to journalists...

 

The State Duma supports the government's course towards 100% payment by the population for housing and communal costs
Press release, April 2, 2003

The State Duma rejected the draft address to the President of the Russian Federation on repealing the provisions for an accelerated transfer towards 100% coverage by the population for housing and communal costs.

 

The State Duma declined the draft address to the President of Russia on abolishing the provisions envisaging an accelerated transfer to 100% payment of housing and communal services
Finmarket Novosti, April 3, 2003

At the plenary meeting of the Duma (on March 2, 2003) 164 deputies voted for the draft address prepared by deputy from the YABLOKO faction Sergei Mitrokhin against a required minimum of 226 votes.

 

The Government barely managed to push through the State Duma the law on reform of the housing and communal services sector
Press release, March 21, 2003

The Yabloko faction thinks that the government and factions supporting the government used inappropriate tactics to push through the State Duma the draft law on housing and communal services sector reform.

 

YABLOKO: Nuclear Power Ministry can allot USD5 billion for nuclear safety measures
Press release, March 13, 2003

Sergei Mitrokhin, Deputy of the State Duma, member of the YABLOKO faction, has expressed his surprise over the statements by some representatives from the nuclear power ministry that the Minister for Nuclear Power Alexander Rumyantsev had not allegedly expressed any readiness to discuss with YABLOKO termination of the construction of new nuclear power stations.

 

Krasnoyarsk Territory. The Legislative Assembly approves the initiative to restrict the transfer of forestry areas to other categories of fields
Regions.Ru, March 3, 2003

According to RIA Press-Line information agency today, on March 3, 3003 members of the permanent Commission on Natural Resources, Ecology and Protection of Nature of the Legislative Assembly of Krasnoyarsk Territory supported the draft law of the State Duma deputy Sergei Mitrokhin.

 

Not Enough Money to Protect the Nuclear Sector
By Dmitri Chernov, Vremya MN, March 6, 2003

There is at present no danger of another disaster like Chernobyl at the functioning reactors of nuclear power stations in Russia.

 

The Ministry of Nuclear Power expresses its gratitude to YABLOKO for inspecting the safety of nuclear power facilities
Press release, March 5, 2003

In his speech in the State Duma on March 5, 2003, the Minister of Nuclear Power Alexander Rumyantsev expressed his gratitude to deputy of the YABLOKO faction Sergei Mitrokhin for his repeated criticism of the Ministry of Atomic Energy regarding the poor state of physical protection for nuclear power facilities.

 

YABLOKO: the sentencing of Anatoli Babkin is a blow against Russian science
Press Release, February 20, 2003

Deputy Chairman of the Russian Democratic Party YABLOKO, deputy of the State Duma Sergei Mitrokhin called the sentencing of professor of the Bauman State Technical University Anatoli Babkin another episode in the spy-mania campaign.

 

The YABLOKO faction of the State Duma did not support the adoption of the draft law "On the State Language of the Russian Federation"
Press Release, February 6, 2003

The YABLOKO faction of the State Duma did not support the adoption of the draft law "On the State Language of the Russian Federation" as it violates the rights of citizens, encroaches upon the competence of Russian Federation subjects and may end up serving as a tool to oppress the mass media.

 

President Misled
Press Release, February 03, 2003

Vladimir Putin's statement regarding energy sector reform and the reform in the housing and communal sector made during the meeting with Chairman of the State Duma Gennadi Seleznyov on January 29, 2003, gave the impression that the President had not been provided with a full picture on the corresponding draft laws that had been submitted to parliament. This statement was made by Deputy Chairman of the Russian Democratic Party YABLOKO, deputy of the State Duma Sergei Mitrokhin.

2003

 

Chelyabinsk Region. Representatives from the YABLOKO faction visit the "Mayak" plant
VolgaInform, December 16, 2002

A public inspection at the Zheleznogorsk mining-and-chemical complex in Krasnoyarsk Territory had positive changes. Let us remind you here that a commission headed by deputy from the YABLOKO faction Sergei Mitrokhin visited the complex in February, 2002. Now measures have been implemented to strengthen the security systems. The uncompleted shell of the RT-2 plant has been dismantled and a new concrete fence is being built.

 

Sergei Shoigu refused to support the evacuation of people from territories contaminated by radiation
Press Release, December 05, 2002

Russia's Ministry of Emergencies does not support the amendment to the draft federal budget for 2003 proposed by deputies from the YABLOKO faction Sergei Mitrokhin and Igor Artemyev envisaging the allocation of ten million roubles for the evacuation of Tatarskaya Karabolka town, Chelyabinsk region. This is indicated in the official letter from Minister Sergei Shoigu obtained by Sergei Mitrokhin.

 

YABLOKO learns to be an environmental party
Aliance Media, December 10, 2002

The meeting between the representatives of environmental organisations from Tomsk and Chelyabinsk regions, Krasnoyarsk Territory and the leaders of the YABLOKO party took place in the State Duma on December 3, 2002. YABLOKO was represented by chairman of the party Grigory Yavlinsky, as well as deputy chairmen, deputies of the State Duma Sergei Mitrokhin and Igor Artemyev.

 

Grigory Yavlinsky: YABLOKO learns to be an environmental party
Press Release, December 03, 2002

The meeting between the representatives of environmental organisations from Tomsk and Chelyabinsk regions, Krasnoyarsk Territory and the leaders of the YABLOKO party took place in the State Duma on December 3, 2002. YABLOKO was represented by Chairman of the party Grigory Yavlinsky, as well as deputy chairmen, deputies of the State Duma Sergei Mitrokhin and Igor Artemyev.

 

Deputy Mitrokhin is satisfied with the results of the public inspection of Zheleznogorski mining-and-chemical complex. The wages of personnel of the nuclear-fuel cycle should be raised 2 or 3-fold.
Press Release, December 05, 2002

The public inspection performed in February 2002 by a deputy from the YABLOKO faction Sergei Mitrokhin at the Zheleznogorsk mining-and-chemical complex in the Krasnoyarsk Area yielded positive changes.

 

Housing and Communal Sector Reforms Postponed by Yavlinsky
gazeta.ru, By Marina Sokolovskaya, November 19, 2002

 

Deputy of the Duma Sergei Mitrokhin: the amendments to the law "On the Mass Media" are an instrument to be used to suppress disobedient media
Press Release, November 1, 2002

 

 

Rehabilitation of democracy in Russia

Sovetskiy Sakhalin (Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk)

Building on Stones Rather than Sand

 

See also Hot Issues/Nuclear Waste Bill (press releases and publications)

Work on draft laws in the State Duma

Developer of the laws "On Financial Basis of Local Self-Government in the RF";

 

jointly with deputy S.A. Popov : on the Provision of Constitutional Rights of the Citizens of the Russian Federation to Elect and Be Elected into the Local Self-Government Bodies";

 

jointly with other deputies: "On General Principles of Organisation of Local Self-Government in the RF",

 

"On General Principles of Organisation of the State Power in the Subjects of the RF",

 

"On the Government of the RF",

 

"On Basic Guarantees of Suffrage of the Citizens of the RF",

 

"On Political Parties",

 

"On Differentiation of Property on Land in the RF".

 

All the laws were signed by the President and came into force.

 

Participates in the development of draft laws

 

"On the State Standards of Secondary Education in the RF",

 

"On the Basis of the Municipal Order",

 

as well as a number of amendments to laws targeted at protection of housing and social rights of the citizens in the process of conducting housing and communal reform, strengthening of public control at the elections, strengthening of the financial base of local self-government and against imports of nuclear waste into Russia.

Deputy's Inquiries and Addresses

 

Contact address

Moscow, Okhotny Ryad 1, of.10-20

tel/fax: (095) 292-67-25.

E-mail: sergmit@hotmail.com

References to other websites

Sergei Mitrokhin at the PRODEMO server

Sergei Mitrokhin at the server of the State Duma of the Russian Federation

Sergei Mitrokhin at the National News Service (NSN) server

Sergei Mitrokhin at the IIC "Panorama" server.