The leader of Yabloko, Grigory Yavlinsky,
declared that in the new Duma the Yabloko faction would
not join other blocs and would continue to assert its
principled policies on the most urgent political and economic
"The election results allow us to
form a worthy faction in the State Duma, where we shall
continue to assert the interests and values that we similarly
protected in the past. We shall preserve our independence
and will not cling to anyone and shall go our own way.
This is our principled position", said Yavlinsky
in an interview with the "Segodnya" newspaper
(December 21, 1999).
When the faction is formed, Yavlinsky
is relying on deputies that were elected to the Duma in
single mandate constituencies. According to Yavlinsky,
some of the independent deputies (that did not join any
party) supported by Yabloko during the election campaign
will join his faction in the new Duma.
Yavlinsky also stressed that Yabloko enjoys
the longest experience of work in the State Duma. "Moreover,
if we base things on the (preliminary) results that we
have just heard, the communists will no longer hold control
over Duma. In this new situation Yabloko will clearly
quickly find its place and play its role", said Yavlinsky.
Yavlinsky also expressed his satisfaction
with the work that the party had conducted in the pre-election
period. In particular, he pointed out that Yabloko had
submitted its "alternative budget for 2000",
had proposed what needed to be done in the economy, submitted
its plan for regulating the situation in the Northern
Caucasus and spoke out about "the possible development
of a catastrophic situation there".
Yavlinsky was also satisfied that Yabloko
had won the case in the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation
on the illegal actions committed by the Governor in St
Petersburg, which resulted in the abolition of the pre-term
elections of the St Petersburg Mayor, that had been scheduled
for December 19, 1999.