Central Electoral Commission considers the operations of the "Yabloko
Without Yavlinsky" movement unlawful
Buro Pravovoi Informatsii, September 29, 2003
On Sunday the
meeting of the Central Electoral Commission adopted a decision to agree
with the conclusions of the working group and request that the Interior
Ministry of the RF and the General Office of the Public Prosecutor abolish
the operations of the "Yabloko Without Yavlinsky" movement and
make a number of its activists answerable for their actions.
Central Electoral Commission recognised the "Yabloko Without Yavlinsky"
movement as unlawful election propaganda
Rosbalt, September 29, 2003
The Head of the Central Electoral Commission
Alexander Veshnyakov said that mass media should consider the illegality
of the operations of the "Yabloko Without Yavlinsky" movement,
when reporting on its activities.
Putin: It's a Good Idea, It's a Correct Idea
By Vitaly Ivanov and Alexander Bekker, Vedomosti, September 29, 2003
While in the United States, President Vladimir Putin again spoke
out against renationalisation and approved of the idea of an amnesty
for capital. The Russian tax authorities had criticised this idea
in spring. Putin met teachers and students of the University of
Columbia on September 26. The Russian President was asked about
his attitude to "plans for renationalisation or... proposals...
announced by Grigory Yavlinsky".
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
Wants New Law on Citizenship
The Associated Press, September 26, 2003
The presidential legal amendments, which were released Wednesday,
waive some of the tough conditions for getting Russian citizenship
that were contained in the citizenship law which went into force
in July 2002.
Prime-Tass, September 26, 2003
A bill on financial derivatives is expected to be submitted to the
State Duma for consideration in October
proposes an alternative budget
Dumskaya Panorama, September 25, 2003
...the main task was to overcome
poverty which today threatens not only democracy and the economy, but
even the federative structure in Russia.
Defeat of the USA is Our Defeat."
By Kseniya Veretennikova, Vremya Novostei, September 25, 2003
to Yavlinsky, the defeat of the coalition troops in Iraq would mean Russia's
defeat, as it would incite terrorism and extremism on a global level.
Yavlinsky: Russian politics is deliberately being transformed into
Interview with Grigory Yavlinsky by Tatyana Chesnokova, Rosbalt, September 25, 2003
"This situation has been deliberately created to make less
and less people engage actively in politics and lead more and more
of the population to readily accept decision-making on their behalf
by third parties".
Yavlinsky criticizes the draft budget for 2004
Anchor: Olga Belova, NTV television channel, "Segodnya"
programme, September 24, 2003
"Professionally the budget is fine: as a financial document
it is quite clear and reliable. However, it fails to formulate a
single task that it could resolve in the coming year."
Mitrokhin: "We treat the use of administrative resource as
a natural disaster."
IA Marketing i Consulting, September 22, 2003
Interview with deputy of the State Duma, Deputy Head of the YABLOKO faction Sergei Mitrokhin about the position of the YABLOKO party regarding President Putin's attendance of the United Russian congress.
Political Council of the SPS should revise its decision on the division
of electoral districts between SPS and YABLOKO
Alliance Media, September 22, 2003
"We don't think it is proper to fight against the SPS in single-mandate
districts," stressed Yavlinsky.
Russia Conquers the Air
By Anna Dolgov, The Moscow Times, September 24, 2003
The pro-Kremlin United Russia party is getting by far the widest
and most favorable coverage on all the major television channels
ahead of parliamentary elections, monitoring conducted by The Moscow
Times over the past week indicates.
Deputies Challenge Media Restrictions
By Francesca Mereu, The Moscow Times, September 24, 2003
"We think that they are against the Russian Constitution, which
guarantees freedom in spreading information," deputy SPS leader
Alexander Barannikov said Tuesday.
Media Cover the Elections?
Editorial, The Moscow Times, September 12, 2003
Presumably, the Kremlin did not shepherd the new legislation
through parliament in order for it to trip up the president or silence
two of the Kremlin's most important propaganda organs.
according to Plan
By Alexander Zhelyenin, Novye Izvestia, September 22, 2003
During the plenary meeting of the Duma on Friday observers
were shown once again that the budget on the eve of the elections is more
than just a budget.
Universities Included in Common European System of Higher Education
Rosbalt, September 23, 2003
Russia has joined the Bologna convention.
As a Rosbalt correspondent reports, this was announced by the Russian Education
contest new media laws on election coverage
By Fyodor Rumyantsev, Gazeta.ru, September 23, 2003
The Union of Right-Wing Forces has collected signatures
from Yabloko, the Communists and Vladimir Zhirinovsky's party in support
of a complaint to the Constitutional Court, where they have asked the court
to look into certain provisions of the law on media coverage during election
campaigns, claiming they run counter to the Constitution.
Set To Go to Second Round
By Vladimir Kovalev, The St.Petersburg Times, September 23, 2003
Kremlin-backed candidate Valentina Matviyenko did not
get enough votes to win the gubernatorial race in the first round, garnering
just 48.61 percent in the Sunday poll, the City Election Commission reported
Petersburg Vote Goes Into a Runoff
By Vladimir Kovalev, The Moscow Times, September 23, 2003
Markova said Monday that she would form a coalition with several
other candidates -- including Mikhail
Amosov, head of the Yabloko faction in the St. Petersburg Legislative
Assembly and Legislative Assembly Deputy Konstantin Sukhenko --
to try to defeat Matviyenko.
Findings in Death Probe
The Moscow Times, September 23, 2003
The official, who
spoke on condition of anonymity, said preliminary results indicate that
Shchekochikhin may have been murdered.
Strikes on Budget, Putin Warns
The Moscow Times, September 23, 2003
"One, two, three failures and we'll ruin the working schedule on
the most important economic document of the next year," Putin told
Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov.
Diplomas Given More Weight
IA Marketing i Consulting, September 22, 2003
Russia's participation in the Bologna process will increase the mobility
of students and teachers, providing them with an opportunity to change
countries during their studies and university for academic purposes.
Recognises Russian Education
By Lera Arsenina, Gazeta.ru, September 19, 2003
Russia has officially joined the process of creating a
single European higher education space.
to the Bologna Process
Council of Europe, Strasbourg, 7 February 2003 (Archive)
The Council of Europe is now firmly established as an important contributor
to the Bologna
Process, in several ways...
Pick New St. Pete Governor
The Associated Press, September 22, 2003
If no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote, a runoff will
Petersburg election: latest figures
RosbusinessConsulting, September 22, 2003
According to the St. Petersburg Electoral Commission, Presidential
Representative in the North West Federal District Valentina Matviyenko
leads in the election, with 48.61 percent of the vote. Vice-Governor of
St. Petersburg Anna Markova comes second, with 15.89 percent.
Votes to Spend $89Bln in 2004
By Alla Startseva, The Moscow Times, September 22, 2003
Lawmakers passed the $88.6 billion spending bill, which envisions a
surplus for the fifth consecutive year, by a vote of 246 to 180, 20 more
than the simple majority needed in the 450-seat chamber.
welcomes parties to be part of new Russian State Duma
ITAR-TASS, September 21, 2003
On Saturday 20 September when speaking to foreign media Putin stressed
that he would like both the Union of Right-Wing Forces and Yabloko
be part of the new Duma, as they have carried out positive work
for the lower chamber of the Russian parliament.
faction opposes draft budget for 2004
RosbusinessConsulting, September 18, 2003
Yabloko presented an alternative outlook on Russian budget policies
today. In particular, the faction proposed to "lower VAT to 15 percent,
introduce a single tax on small and medium-sized family enterprises and
provide powerful assistance to education."
Votes to Insure Deposits
Reuters, September 18, 2003
The State Duma on Wednesday approved in the first reading a bill
on banking deposit insurance, a critical move in restoring the trust
of millions of Russians in the private banking system.
party pledges to defend utilities customers
RTR television channel, September 18, 2003
Grigory Yavlinsky: The idea
is that citizens should pay only for what they receive in the form
of housing and municipal services.
likely to give overall approval to 2004 budget Friday
ITAR-TASS, September 19, 2003
The Russian State Duma will discuss the 2004 draft budget under
the first reading Friday and is likely to give an overall approval
to the document which envisages an economic growth of 5.2 percent.
Facing No Challengers in Election
By Anna Dolgov, The Moscow Times, September 19, 2003
Moscow region Governor Boris Gromov is poised to run virtually
unchallenged in his re-election bid, with no major political party planning
to field a rival candidate.
Finds $7Bln of Slush in Budget
By Alex Fak, The Moscow Times, September 18, 2003
The government's 2004 draft budget intentionally understates
more than $7 billion in revenues that the Kremlin will use to beef up discretionary
spending ahead of the presidential election and plow more money into prosecuting
the war in Chechnya, the liberal Yabloko party said Wednesday.
Women Want: A Seat in the Duma
By Francesca Mereu, The Moscow Times, September 17, 2003
In fact, the percentage of women deputies has been steadily falling.
Fourteen percent of deputies in the 1993 Duma were women, but this
figure shrank to 10 percent in 1995 and just 8 percent in 1999.
the press' in Russia meets the new censor
By Fred Weir, Christian Science Monitor, September 16, 2003
It smacks strongly of Soviet times - except that today's censors are
Communist Party hacks planted in editorial offices, but the managers of
media outlets themselves.
inks Siberia spend amid Russia oil fever
By Melanie Cheary, Reuters, September 16, 2003
Shell became one of the biggest foreign investors in Russia when it
the green light this year for a $10 billion project on the remote eastern
island of Sakhalin, where it will build the world's largest liquefied
natural gas plant by 2006.
of electoral political alliances over in Russia
By Natalia Panshina, ITAR-TASS, September 15, 2003
The formation of political
alliances for the December Duma elections, which took almost two weeks
since the beginning of the current electoral campaign, is now over.
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.
Marketing and Consulting, September 11, 2003
Asked to comment, the Press Service of YABLOKO told us that the party
had nothing to do with "Yabloko Without Yavlinsky" or moreover
with such a publication.
Russian citizens pay on average three to five times too much for
housing and utilities services
Rosbalt, September 11, 2003
to Yavlinsky, the preliminary results of the "Let's Put Monopolists
on the Meter" action conducted in Russia's regions by the Russian
Democratic Party YABLOKO demonstrated that real consumption of water in
houses and flats was far lower than the amount envisaged by standard rates
- from 1.5 to 7 times less.
By Alexei Svetlanov, Rossiyskiye Vesti, September 10, 2003
According to Yavlinsky, the party is going to elections acknowledging
that the elections cannot be recognised as quite free and independent,
as they fall under the significan influence of administrative resources.
Duma Opens For Last Pre-Election Session
By Sophie Lambroschini, RFE/RL, September 9, 2003
Sergei Mitrokhin: ...it
was time for the government to take responsibility for the annual
crisis instead of pushing it into the hands of local authorities.
puts 'Soviet' bar on poll coverage
Nick Paton Walsh in Moscow, Guardian Unlimited, September 9, 2003
The Kremlin has introduced a draconian election law which
threatens the media with closure if they give details of candidates' personal
lives or analyse their policies.
Is for the People?
IA MIK, September 9, 2003
The Duma majority is not interested in preparing the country for
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.
the act of vandalism in the Muslim part of the Gradsk cemetery in
Statement of the Russian Democratic Party YABLOKO, September 10,
YABLOKO states that every individual, regardless of his religious
beliefs or nationality has a right to respect and a deserving memory.
freedom list: Russia ranked 121st out of 139
rbc.ru, September 10, 2003
Korea is at the bottom of the list, as the country with least press freedom,
and China is ranked 138th. The United States, which always boasts about
its democratic traditions, ranks 17th.
Associated Press, September 10, 2003
Russia's two leading liberal parties may
still agree to coordinate their campaigns for the December parliamentary
elections despite the collapse of cooperation talks, their leaders said
The Moscow Times, September 10, 2003
By law, an official may not promote a candidate unless speaking in a
Tries to Gain Momentum
By Anna Dolgov, The Moscow Times, September 10, 2003
With 75 crucial bills and about 500 in all to review in the next
three months, deputies could not find enough work to fill Wednesday's
Leaves VTsIOM for VTsIOM-A
By Oksana Yablokova, The Moscow Times, September 10, 2003
Levada said Tuesday that he and dozens of his staff have decided not
wait any longer and have set up a polling agency named Analytical Service
VTsIOM, or VTsIOM-A for short.
starts last session before elections
By Yelena Rudneva, Boris Sapozhnikov, gazeta.ru, September 9, 2003
The last September session will be held
on September 19 and will be almost entirely dedicated to examining the
draft 2004 budget.
Ready to Lead SPS Into Battle
By Francesca Mereu and Oksana Yablokova, The Moscow Times, September 9, 2003
"We are the people who get things done," Chubais said, drawing
a standing ovation from the SPS delegates.
Out of 3 Governors Get Re-Elected
By Simon Saradzhyan, The Moscow Times, September 9, 2003
All three incumbents have governed their regions for more than 10 years
and were running for third and final terms Sunday.
Tops Agenda as Duma Reconvenes
By Anna Dolgov, The Moscow Times, September 9, 2003
Beside the budget -- which comes up for the first of four readings Sept.
19 -- the Duma is expected to consider more than 60 bills.
of the Kyoto Protocol Will Help Russia to Attract Vast Investments
RIA Novosti, September 8, 2003
"Now we cannot achieve such a capacity, with our outdated equipment.
But when innovations are introduced, greenhouse gas emissions will
decrease significantly," the expert believes.
congresses highlight divisions and cohesion
By Yelena Rudneva and Boris Sapozhnikov, gazeta.ru, September 8, 2003
At the congress held on September 6-7 Yabloko endorsed its electoral
programme, which contains 11 provisions and harshly criticizes the existing
regime and approved the party's electoral list.
of Russians Say YUKOS Scandal Tied to Redistribution of Property
Rosbalt, September 5, 2003
The survey was conducted at the end of August.
In all 1,500 people were polled.
may not support the draft federal budget in the first reading
Rosbalt, September 4, 2003
Yavlinsky said that a distribution, where 62% of the funds remain
with the federal center, while the regions obtain only 38% of the funds
Defends VTsIOM Overhaul
By Oksana Yablokova, Moscow Times, September 3, 2003
"Russian authorities are dealing a major blow not only to sociological
research, by depriving Russian and Western researchers of a unique
instrument for studying contemporary Russian society, but to democracy
that corrupted Russia
By Grigory Yavlinsky, Financial Times (UK), September 3, 2003
In those years two Marxist dogmas, albeit disguised in liberal phraseology,
still shaped economic policy. The first was...
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.
Yavlinsky: "It is impossible to create a real opposition in
Moskovsky Komsomolets, September 2, 2003
By the way, there is a big difference between business and economics.
Business is the ability to make money. And economics is a science
on how to create the well-being of a country.
prosecutors will investigate the actions of the "Yabloko without
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."
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."
Kokh sets sights on parliament
By Yelena Rudneva, gazeta.ru, September 2, 2003
"He has grown to miss politics
very much," sources in SPS explained to Gazeta.Ru.
11th Congress of the Russian Democratic Party YABLOKO will take
place on September 6-7, 2003 in Moscow.
ABN, September 1, 2003
Chairman of the Russian Democratic Party YABLOKO Grigory
Yavlinsky and other leaders of the party will make political
reports at the Congress.
Goes After Kokh, For a Day
By Francesca Mereu and Valeria Korchagina, The Moscow Times, September
"It was my personal initiative. I did it without a previous
agreement with the Yabloko leadership," Melnikov said Friday
in an interview.
Elections in Russia: Myth or Reality?
RIA Novosti, August 28, 2003
The democratic party YABLOKO is the only party which openly refused
to sign the declaration.
Melnikov: "We will investigate this case as long as necessary"
Recorded by Nikolai Morozov, Komsomolskaya Pravda, August 27, 2003
"If we don't succeed here now, then the forces that are emerging
in the law and enforcement agencies will decide that they can do
the Duma election campaign begins, two non-Kremlin parties have
become implacable political rivals.
By Sergei Borisov, Transitions Online, August 25, 2003
Some observers labeled the Elections 2003 forum, aired on two television
national channels on 22 August, as "political fiction."
Petersburg Company Wins Role in Sakhalin-2 Gas Project
Rosbalt, August 21, 2003
As part of the second stage of Sakhalin-2, the Sakhalin Energy Investment Co.
is building Russia's first, and the world's most powerful, plant to liquefy
natural gas, with an annual capacity of 9 million tons.
advocate a free education: they unite in the struggle against extortion
By Maxim Pokrovsky, Komsomolskaya Pravda, August 21, 2003
The YABLOKO party turned out to be a traditional
and efficient ally of the students in their fight for their rights.
YABLOKO party will conduct its election campaign strictly within
the framework of the law, promised Grigory Yavlinsky
Rosbalt, August 21, 2003
The Statement was forwarded to the organisational committee
of the "Elections 2003" Fund and to the Chairman of the Central
Electoral Commission Alexander Veshnyakov.
observing the principles for honest elections in 2003-2004
Russian Democratic Party YABLOKO, Statement, August 20, 2003
In all election campaigns the Russian Democratic Party YABLOKO has acted exclusively within the framework of the law and plans to continue doing so in future.
Is the All-Russia Public Opinion Research Centre Being Broken Up?
By Alexander Golov and Orkhan Jemal, Novaya Gazeta, August 14, 2003
haven't liked the ratings it has produced; in the opinion of the authorities,
the ratings have been incorrect in some way.
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"
District. YABLOKO to put the monopolists on the meter
AMITEL Information Services, August 12, 2003
A network of public control committees defending citizens'
rights in areas where monopolists dominate (the housing and utilities
sector, electricity and communications) will be developed.
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.
blame Chubais and Kokh for dirty campaign tactics
By Alexander Kolesnichenko, Novye Izvestia, August 8, 2003 (Archive)
Sergei Mitrokhin maintains
that Anatoly Chubais, head of the Russian United Energy Systems
(UES) has allocated $5 million to discredit Yabloko, and that the
anti-Yabloko campaign is being orchestrated by Alfred Kokh, campaign
manager for the Union of Right-Wing Forces (SPS).
Reznik: There has never been a split in the St. Petersburg branch
of the YABLOKO party
Rosbalt, August 7, 2003
Such a comment
on Irina Khakamada's statement about the action 'YABLOKO without Yavlinsky'
was made by the leader of the St. Petersburg branch of the YABLOKO party
Maxim Reznik to the Rosbalt correspondent.
Is Taking a Bite out of YABLOKO*?
Gazeta, August 5, 2003 (Archive)
YABLOKO activists are determined to close ranks in the face of the new
* YABLOKO means 'apple' in Russian.