Press-archive, January 2001
|January 31, 2000
Grigory Yavlinsky advocates the creation of a joint Russian-European
“If the USA is entitled to create a limited ABM system which will protect them from
unsanctioned missile launches, including launches from unpredictable states, Russia and
Europe have the right to create such a system too,” stated Yavlinsky.
|January 29, 2000
The Yabloko Association makes successful start to autumn-spring stage of
the election campaign in the regions
After the first round of the elections for head of Artyom city (Maritime Territory) held on
January 28, 2001, the leader is Vladimir Novikov, member of the Yabloko party and acting
mayor of the city. He obtained 34.8% of the vote. His main rival, communist Kozin received
22.9%. T he second round is scheduled for February 11, 2001. The elections in Artyom are
being held owing to the early resignation of the mayor of the city due to the energy crisis.
|January 26, 2000
The Public Prosecutor’s Office stops criminal investigation against Viktor
Gitin, Head of Yabloko in Krasnoyarsk Area
The criminal proceedings against Gitin were launched by the Office of the Public Prosecutor
of the Krasnoyarsk Area on March 24, 2000. Gitin was arrested in Moscow and brought to a
remand prison in Krasnoyarsk. In April he was indicted on charges of taking a bribe of
excessive proportions. Between April and July 2000, Gitin was kept under arrest, before
being released under guarantees from his colleagues in the Yabloko party and the State
Duma. During the investigation, Gitin suffered two heart attacks.
|January 24, 2000
Sergei Ivanenko: Pro-governmental factions in the State Duma stick to
policies aimed at suppressing freedom of speech in Russia
“The deputies of pro-governmental factions propose considerable reductions in the number
of mass media employees recognised as journalists with all the attenuating consequences for
their professional activity.”This was Sergei Ivanenko’s assessment of the amendments to
the law “On the Mass Media” proposed by a group of deputies from the “Unity” and LDPR
factions and the “People’s deputy” group.
|January 22, 2000
Grigory Yavlinsky to visit Iceland and Denmark and participate in the
World Economic Forum in Davos
On January 27 Yavlinsky will be a special guest and one of the moderators of the discussion
on general European problems. On the same day he is invited to a meeting of the Council of
Leaders of Foreign Business on relationships with Russia.
|January 20, 2000
Sergei Ivanenko: the RF Government to propose to the Duma amendments to the state budget
According to Ivanenko, the Prime Minister noted that contradictory statements from
representatives of the executive authorities (about debt payments to the Paris Club) had damaged Russia's reputation. Ivanenko also said that
Kasyanov had confirmed that Russia believes in the need to conduct negotiations with
Russia's foreign creditors.
|January 18, 2000
Sergei Ivanenko: we must tackle corruption ourselves
The detention of in the USA of Pavel Borodin, who headed the Kremlin property
administration under Yeltsin and is currently the Secretary-General of the Union of Russia
and Belarus, at the request of the law-enforcement agencies of Switzerland, should serve as a
“lesson that we should tackle corruption ourselves, at home”, said Sergei Ivanenko, Deputy
Head of the Yabloko faction in the State Duma.
|January 17, 2000
Grigory Yavlinsky to participate in the International Forum “Europe without Frontiers”
The Forum will discuss ways of reforming the EU in view of the decisions of the summit of
the heads of the EU member states held at the end of 2000. The summit passed a decision to
admit 12 new member-states into the EU, which will almost double the number of EU
The meeting of the Central Council of Yabloko is scheduled for February 17-18, 2001
The agenda of the Central Council includes discussion of the socio-economic situation in
the country, Yabloko’s political strategy, the results of the election campaign in
autumn-winter 2000 and the report of the Bureau of the Central Council and the executive
body of the Yabloko Association – the Secretariat.
Yabloko rates its results in the election campaigns in autumn-winter 2000 as satisfactory
At present, taking into account the past elections, 258 members of Yabloko became deputies
at different levels, including 44 deputies of representative state authorities in federation
subjects, six – chairs and deputy chairs in the representative authorities and nine – mayors
and heads of local governments.
Yabloko begins work on convening a democratic conference
In April 2000 the Central Council of Yabloko proposed to all the democratic organisations of
Russia to create a permanent body for the development of a common position on key
political issues. “The decisions of the Democratic Conference should be adopted on a
consensus basis rather than by majority vote: it may be chaired in turn by the
representatives of all the organisations-participants,” said Grigory Yavlinsky. He also
stressed that participation in the Conference of non-political civil organisations and
organisations defending human rights is extremely important.
|January 12, 2001
Grigory Yavlinsky to speak at the All-Russia Congress for the Protection
of Human Rights
The invitation forwarded to Grigory Yavlinsky by Yelena Bonner (Ed. widow of Academician
Andrei Sakharov), who is Honourable Chairperson of the Congress, states that the Congress
should adopt a concept of the movement for the protection of human rights, as well as the
programme of actions.
|January 11, 2001
The Yabloko faction may propose its own draft law on political parties
The Yabloko faction has its own variant of the law prepared by an expert group headed by
Alexander Shishlov which is an alternative to the presidential one. However, the Yabloko
faction thinks that if it is decided to submit Yabloko’s draft, this step should only be
regarded as a tactic, as the Duma’s support for the presidential draft is already a foregone