YABLOKO managed to achieve some of its objectives.
First, we made them discuss serious problems. It was important to
say that a system of serious backwardness and demodernisation had
developed in the country. It was important to say that both economy
and history do not follow the Regulations of the Duma; that today
we had to set the grounds for positive developments in the future.
Our party has spoken about this issue on many occasions and it was
our duty to inform parliament and the country about this fact
Second, we were supported by a larger number of deputies - 40
%, i.e. 172 votes, - more than the number of people who backed
the Cabinet. We would like to hope that such voting will become
a serious political impulse for the executive authorities.
However, the discussion of the no-confidence motion in the Cabinet
demonstrated the deep degradation of the Russian authorities.
The Chairman of the Duma and Prime Minister left for St. Petersburg.
The Duma majority made a circus out of the discussion. The "technical"
Cabinet simply didn-t turn up in the Duma, where 40% voted for
It is a pity that the President allowed this to happen. When
parliament, government, federalism, justices and elections are
mere imitations of reality, the institution of the presidency
also becomes an imitation. Consequently statehood disappears and
the country is spent