The Russian United Democratic Party YABLOKO once again expresses
its deep concern on the political and economic situation in
the Northern Caucasus.
Despite victorious reports on stabilisation of the situation
in the Northern Caucasus the policies of the Russian authorities
completely failed. Escalation of armed conflicts has been
going on, clan-authoritarian developments and corruption has
continued to grow in this region.
Mass-scale violations of human rights by the interior and
law-enforcement agencies do not cease, Russian laws are not
observed and high level of unemployment and economic retardness
has been still preserved. Kidnapping and murders, first of
all of human rights activists, in the Northern Caucasus have
already become a norm. Farid Babayev, Natalya Estemirova,
the spouses Sadulayev, Magomed Yevloyev and other renown human
rights activists and descendants were murdered in the recent
We are greatly concerned that the killers and those who ordered
these loud political murders have not been found yet, or,
like in the case with Magomed Yevloyev, they manage to avoid
Despite a moratorium on capital punishment, extrajudicial
executions have been implemented in Russia, Ingushetia, Chechnya,
Dagestan, Kabardino-Balkaria and Karachayevo-Cherkessia.
The situation becomes even more dangerous as the regions
neighbouring on the Northern Caucasus have been gradually
grasped by the aforementi8oned negative developments.
We demand from the President and the Government of the RF
- stop arbitrary rule by the interior, the military and law-enforcement
bodies in the Northern Caucasus and bring to justice those
guilty of criminal acts;
- stop criminal practices of extrajudicial executions;
- restore operation of the Russian laws to the full extent
- fully use the potential of the civil society for peaceful
resolution of the situation in the Northern Caucasus.
The YABLOKO party is ready to offer its comprehensive support
in the solution of these problems.
Chairman of the party