Putin's Rating Falls While Unified Russia's Rises
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, May 29, 2003
The poll found that President Putin's approval rating fell to 70 percent from 73
percent last month -- reaching its lowest level since December 2000, when his rating was 68 percent. The center also found that the rating for the pro-Kremlin Unified Russia party rose from 21 percent last month to 23 percent in May.
YABLOKO Sets Its Eyes on Foreign, Interior and Foreign Trade Ministries
By Olga Redichkina, Rustem Falyakhov, Gazeta, No. 92, May 2003
However, Yavlinsky is still not ready for a compromise: "We will not exchange our values for positions and appointments."
Russia, U.S. Remain Divided, Despite Healing of War Rifts
By Gregory L. White, Wall Street Journal, May 28, 2003
But as the two presidents meet
in St. Petersburg this weekend for the first time since the war, there's
little sign they will be able to get the strategic partnership, stalled by
the war, back into high gear soon.
Putin uses Czarist splendor at city birthday bash
By Richard Balmforth, Reuters, May 29, 2003
"The VIPs will see the gloss of St Petersburg. But in reality we are going
into the next 100 years with rats multiplying in our housing blocks..."
Duma Deputies Call For Extraordinary Measures Against Corruption
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, May 27, 2003
"Because of corruption, the long bloody butchery
in Chechnya continues; the economy is stagnant; the national wealth and
resources are being mercilessly plundered; industrial production and small
businesses are being strangled; and arbitrary bureaucratic rule prevails..."
Liberal Leader Expresses Satisfaction With U.S.-Russia Summit Results
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, May 25, 2003
Yabloko faction leader Grigorii Yavlinsky told RFE/RL's Russian Service on
25 May that he considers the declaration on Russian-American strategic
cooperation signed last week by Presidents George W. Bush and Vladimir Putin
an even bigger achievement than the new strategic-arms reduction treaty that
they also signed.
Yabloko in Cabinet?
The Moscow Times, May 27, 2003
Yabloko head Grigory Yavlinsky said his party may enter the
Cabinet that will be created after elections to the State Duma in December,
Interfax reported Monday.
For Russia, Cold War Relic Becomes a Game of Chicken
By Jeanne Cummings, Wall Street Journal, May 27, 2003
When President Bush heads to Russia for a fence-mending trip
this week, he won't be carrying with him one thing President Vladimir Putin
badly wants: freedom from the so-called Jackson-Vanik rule, a Cold War
relic that ties U.S. trade relations to the former Soviet state's treatment
Grigory Yavlinsky: We Should Not Tolerate This Government Any More
By Sergei Yuriyev, Komsomolskaya Pravda, May 23, 2003
On the threshold of the May bank holidays the YABLOKO party announced its decision to begin collecting signatures among deputies of the State Duma for the vote of no-confidence in the government.
Yavlinsky Called on the Residents of Perm to Watch
By Ksenia Veretennikova, Vremya Novostei, May 26, 2003
"We should not imagine anything. We should create
such an economy that would survive even under a bad
and the Void. Analysis of the latest political rumors
By Leonid Sergienko, Vremya MN, May 23, 2003
Vicious dirty PR tactics allegedly made by some political
consultants close to the Kremlin indicate how seriously
the regime considers a possible communist alliance
with some oligarchs.
Raises The Stakes For Duma Elections
By Laura Belin, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Russian Political Weekly Vol. 3, No. 20, 23 May 2003
...Nevertheless, for the first time in post-Soviet
Russia, a president endorsed in such a forum the idea
of appointing a government that would enjoy the support
of most parliamentarians...
Approves Chechen Amnesty
By Nabi Abdullaev, The Moscow Times, May 22, 2003.
The Yabloko faction opposed the bill. An amnesty will
not contribute to peace in Chechnya until the rampant
mopping-up operations that federal troops conduct
in Chechen villages are drastically limited and Chechen
borders are effectively sealed so hardened rebels
cannot escape, said Alexei
Arbatov, the faction's point man on the bill.
Government Delays Investment in Arctic Oil
Rosbalt, May 20, 2003
The Russian Ministry for Natural Resources has asked
the government to approve its Arctic shelf exploration
programme, stating that there are several Western
oil companies ready to invest.
Observers Say Putin's Address Long On Criticism, Short
By Gregory Feifer, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty,
May 19, 2003
Yavlinsky said the country's most pressing problems
are the lack of an independent judicial system and
an informative press, manipulations of elections,
control over law enforcers, and the mix of business
Presidential Address to the Federal Assembly of the
RF for 2003
By Grigory Yavlinsky,
Statement, May 16, 2003
for YABLOKO's web-site
The address was very sincere: the president said what he thought.
He clearly stated that he believes in "statehood" rather
than liberal ideas, and that his prime goal is to strengthen the
Lawmakers: End Abuses In Chechnya, Open Peace Talks
Associated Press, May 18, 2003
Liberal Russian lawmakers called Sunday
for an end to abuses
by Russian forces in Chechnya and for talks aimed at bringing peace
region, where deadly violence has persisted despite the Kremlin's
to defeat rebels and enhance stability.
Cabinet Based on the Duma
By Andrei Zolotov Jr., The Moscow Times, May 19, 2003
President Vladimir Putin's proposal to form the
next Cabinet "based on the
parliamentary majority" was the political highlight of his
state of the
nation address Friday.
journalists pessimistic about media developments in
TVS television channel, May 16, 2003
The vulnerability of journalists as well as of other owners of
media agencies that critcise the authorities was identified as
the main problem at the congress today.
Production at Sakhalin 1 and 2 Fields to Begin Simultaneously
RIA Novosti, May 17, 2003
Full-scale production of hydrocarbons
under the Sakhalin 1 project will begin at the same time as under
Sakhalin 2, Governor of Sakhalin Region Igor Farkhutdinov has told
reporters. The Sakhalin 2 project is scheduled to reach projected
capacity in 2006-2007.
annual address offers prospect of new cabinet, say
Interfax, May 16, 2003
Yabloko party leader Grigory
Yavlinsky expressed his view that Russian President
Vladimir Putin implied in his address to the Federal
Assembly plans to replace the current government.
Nuclear Bomb in Stars and Stripes. Deputies Ordered
to reduce them
Interview with Alexei Arbatov by Marina Ozerova, Moskovskiy
Komsomolets, May 15, 2003
Yesterday the State Duma ratified the Treaty on the
Reduction of Offensive Potential, which was signed
a year ago by Presidents Putin and Bush.
Bashes Production Sharing and Why: PSAs Are Victims
of the Competition Between the Oil Companies
By Mikhail Subbotin, RusEnergy, February 14, 2003
The Russian government has decided that production
sharing is an exceptional scheme that should be used
only for reserves in virtually inaccessible areas.
Wants to Restrict Incentives to Seek Oil
By Sabrina Tavernise, The New York Times, February 20, 2003 (Archive)
The Russian government has proposed restrictions
on tax-rate and
regulatory guarantees used to attract foreign investment to its
oil projects in Russia
Reuters, February 19, 2003 (Archive)
Following is a list of existing and planned oil
and gas projects in Russia by some of the world's
biggest energy firms...
Boost In Oil Production Grabs World's Attention, But
Can It Be Sustained?
By Jeremy Bransten, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, March 26, 2002 (Archive)
According to just-released statistics from the Paris-based
International Energy Agency, Russia has overtaken Saudi Arabia as
the world's number one oil producer. What is behind Russia's return
to the top and is Moscow's leadership in this all-important sector
PRODUCTION-SHARING LAW, U.S. PETROLEUM BOSS CALLS
Pravda.ru, October 29, 2001 (Archive)
A streamlined production-sharing law will skyrocket
overseas investment in Russian fuel deposit development, said Glen
Waller, external relations manager of the Russian Exxo Mobil office,
as he was addressing a roundtable of the world Davos economic forum,
which is holding session in Moscow.
Melnikov: "I would not make a rush statement
that the opponents to Production sharing have won"
By Galina Bazina, Buro Pravovoi Informacii, May 5, 2003
we cannot state with conviction that the review of the amendments
to the PSA Chapter of the Tax Code in the second reading which was
postponed several times [by the State Duma] and is now scheduled
at the first meeting after the May holidays, will take place and
Latest Oil and Gas Oasis
By James Brooke, New York Times, May 13, 2003
Aggressive investments by the world's three largest
oil producers illustrate how this isolated island
north of Japan has become a world hot spot for energy
development. Sakhalin, roughly equal in area to Maine
but with fewer than half as many residents as Maine's
1.2 million people, is on a track to surpass Moscow
this year as the top destination for foreign investment
DEPUTY LINKS RATIFICATION OF MOSCOW TREATY TO IRAQ
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, April 23, 2003
Arbatov noted that the conflict over Iraq "has
exposed differences in the two countries' approaches
to solving key problems of international security
Means to Escape Legalisation
By Igor Artemyev, Moskovskiye Novosti, May 6, 2003
Our faction believes that key reform should be a reduction in
the single social tax. This is a matter of principle for us, as
one of the main points of our programme during the [previous]
election to the State Duma was legalisation of the population's incomes.
reexamining its military
By David Filipov, Boston Globe, May 9, 2003
... the generals have resisted rapid change, and the
Russian Army today is merely a stripped down, impoverished
version of what it has been for decades -- a massive,
unwieldy conscript force built for 20th century battles
on the plains of Europe, with too many generals and
not enough battle-ready troops.
Russian politicians positive about Putin's three years
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
Picks Kokh as Election Chief
By Andrei Zolotov Jr., The Moscow Times, May 6, 2003
Alfred Kokh, one of the most colorful and controversial
figures in both business and politics, will undertake
next Monday the daunting task of managing the parliamentary
election campaign for the liberal Union of Right Forces
Race Is on for Ombudsman Post
By Andrei Zolotov, The Moscow Times, May 7, 2003
A Yabloko source said Tuesday that the party was likely
to vote for Mironov. As a former Communist, Mironov
also is certain to win the support of his former colleagues.
Gets New UES Term; Yabloko Miffed
By Alla Startseva, The Moscow Times, April 30, 2003
The government has extended Anatoly Chubais' contract as CEO of
monopoly Unified Energy Systems by five years, UES said Tuesday
-- much to
the dismay of the liberal Yabloko party.
elections will not be devoid of ideological content
By Igor Bunin, General Director of the Political Consulting
Center, Vremya Novostei, April 29, 2003
Yabloko's key supporters are the Russian intelligentsia,
who demand honest politics and moderate-liberal ideas.
The widespread revival of the state idea in today's
Russia has influenced these people as well - thus,
in a timely response to this trend, Yabloko has avoided
transforming itself into a politically destructive
organization, unlike the Liberal Russia party. Therefore,
it has a good chance of securing seats in the next
Plans to Ask Duma for a Vote of No-Confidence
The Associated Press, April 28, 2003
The liberal Yabloko party said Saturday that it would
call for a no-confidence vote in the government of
Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov because of its failure
to safeguard citizens and its inability to carry out
Government Is Absolutely Irresponsible
Interview with Grigory Yavlinsky by Evgeni Kiselev, TVS television channel, "Itogi"
programme, April 27, 2003
The government is making
a series of decisions distant from people's interests that they
are finding hard to identify with. And in general the government
is demonstrating total indifference to developments in the country
which it is supposed to govern.