from St. Petersbourg are going to appeal to the European Court for
Human Rights in Strasbourg
Rosbalt, January 29, 2004
According to Popov, “their
decision is based on the fact that the Constitutional Court of Russia has
acknowledged as lawful today norms of pension legislation that exclude
from the labour term the years of study and years spent by a woman nursing
of the State Duma fail to prove any faults in Russian pension legislation
Rosbalt, January 29, 2004
We should note here that the present pension legislation excludes
many periods from the labour term: the years of study in colleges and universities,
military service, service in the police, years spent by a woman nursing
a baby, time on unemployment benefit and some others.
Vishnevsky: No one has seen the picture “St. George’s Dialogue with
Zaks.ru, January 27, 2004
At the federal level Vladimir Putin, who is
deeply resenting the values of freedom and democracy, represents the main
consistent opponent of democratic parties, and at the level of St.Petersburg
Valentina Matviyenko represents such an opponent. Both she and the president
represent the same clan and the same vertical of power.
Petersburg. “SPS+YABLOKO” faction created in the Legislative Assembly
Regions.ru, January 28, 2004
According to the Press Service of St. Petersburg’s YABLOKO branch,
the faction includes four representatives from each faction. Coordinators
of the faction are Igor Artemyev (YABLOKO) and Vitali Martynenko (SPS).
Duma prefers misers
By Aliya Samigullina, Gazeta.ru, January 28, 2004
The Central Electoral Commission and the Bank of Russia have released
the financial results of the State Duma elections. It turned out
that the SPS, which failed to make it into the Duma, spent the most
on its electoral campaign.
but Not Fair
By Olga Redichkina, Gazeta.ru, January 27, 2004
This is how Europe is expected to describe the elections in Russia.
Orchestra Greatly Impressed all Davos"
Interview with Grigory Yavlinsky, Gazeta, January 26, 2004
If we speak about Tchaikovsky, Gergiev and
the Mariinsky Theatre, then the interest is huge here. Politics and economy
do not represent any interest.
Who Failed to Pass into the Duma are Fortunate
Elena Bonner about the recent parliamentary and forth coming presidential elections, Novaya Gazeta, January 22, 2004
History, and the "Veshnyakov-style" elections, have given YABLOKO
and the Union of Right-Wing Forces a real opportunity to unite with the
nation under the boycott slogan, anyway, to unite with a considerable
part of the electorate. It would be a great mistake if they did not avail
themselves of this opportunity.
of Right-Wing Parties Offered Jobs
By Vera Sitnina, Vremya Novostei, January 23, 2004
We now have some confirmation of President Vladimir Putin's statement
in December that the losers in the parliamentary campaign should
not despair, as jobs in the executive branch will be found for them.
Economic Development Minister German Gref is expected to have a
new deputy minister soon: YABLOKO deputy leader Igor Artemyev.
Democratic Party YABLOKO, We are impeding the rapid development
of a Potyomkin Village in Russia
Statement, Novaya Gazeta, January 22, 2004
The present developments are such that the YABLOKO party should not participate
in the presidential elections. It is impossible to conduct an independent
and free election campaign today.
for Putin, Russia's upcoming presidential election is no contest
By Christian Caryl and Frank Brown, Newsweek International, January
"There are no elections in Russia anymore, period," contends
liberal politician Grigory Yavlinsky, whose Yabloko party is boycotting
the poll. "Over the past four years Putin has destroyed all
the autonomous elements in Russian society."
Damn Lies and Police Statistics
By Vladimir Kovalyev, The Moscow Times, January 22, 2004
When the State Duma passed amendments to the Criminal
Code's section on self-defense in February 2002, it seemed as if a big
step had been taken toward developing civilized legislation in the country.
Just a few new lines in the code meant more than 2,000 people who were
jailed for killing their assailants in self-defense were freed.
Deposing 'Clan Democracy'
By Alexander Lukin, The Moscow Times, January 21, 2004
happening in Russia today could be described as the consolidation of an
authoritarian regime, or in more popular jargon, the rise of a dictatorship.
Coming Out Party at Davos
By Lynn Berry, The Moscow Times, January 23, 2004
Later, when asked to speak again to the whole group, Saakashvili
borrowed a sound bite first spoken by his Russian dinner partner:
"He [Shevardnadze] needed Russia as an enemy, I need Russia
as a friend."
Party to Appeal to Court over Violations in Parliamentary Elections
Trud, January 22, 2004
Communist party reportedly conducted a parallel vote-counting and announced
that both Yabloko and the Union of Right-Wing Forces (SPS) parties had
overcome the necessary barrier (5%) and that two-thirds of the protocols
used in the election’s state automated system had no legal force.
and Yavlinsky Will Meet in Court with United Russia
By Rustem Falyakhov and Denis Yermakov, Gazeta, January 22, 2004
Until the end of the week YABLOKO and the CPRF will sign an agreement
and begin work over an application to the Supreme Court. The parties
seek to secure a revision of the results of the parliamentary elections
held in December 2003.
Yavlinsky will participate in the meeting of the World Economic
Forum in Davos
Special for www.yavlinsky.ru web-site, January 22, 2004
On January 21-25, 2004, the leader of the Russian Democratic
will for the 13th time participate in the annual meeting of the World
Economic Forum in Davos.
leader of the Russian Democratic Party YABLOKO Grigory Yavlinsky
participates in the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum which
is taking place in Davos on January 21-25, 2004
Special for www.yavlinsky.ru web-site, January 22, 2004
The official part of Griogry Yavlinsky's schedule contains speeches
at two sessions of the forum devoted to further development of European
integration and Russia's place in the united Europe, as well as
resistance the state's attack on human rights.
The St.Petersburg Times, January 20, 2004
The City Prosecutor's Office has initiated a criminal case against
Yury Belyayev, head of the Party of Liberty and editor of newspaper
Express Khronika for allegedly publishing an article inciting attacks
on ethnic Caucasians, Interfax reported Monday.
"Dropped" Yavlinsky and Why Grigory Yavlinsky is ranked eleventh
by independent pollsters
By Olga Kitova, Russkii Kurier, January 20, 2004
Interfax cited a poll by VTsIOM-A, the independent polling
agency headed by Yuri Levada, in which pollsters approached 1,600 respondents
between January 9 and 13. Even Valentina Matvienko and Aman Tuleev are
on the list - but not the Yabloko leader.
We All Vote So Amicably?
By Orkhan Jemal, Novaya Gazeta, January 19, 2004
At the end of last week representatives from the YABLOKO
Party confirmed that their party was ready to contest in court the results
of the [parliamentary] elections. Their vote recount, an alternative to
that of the Central Electoral Commission, demonstrated that in reality
YABLOKO obtained 6% and the SPS 5.12% of the votes.
Party to Contest Parliamentary Election Results
RIA "OREANDA", January 19, 2004
In addition the party confirmed its intention not to announce
any candidate for the RF Presidential Elections planned for March 14,
will contest the results of parliamentary elections
Grigory Yavlinsky's website, January 19, 2004
The YABLOKO party is going to contest in court the results of the
parliamentary elections which took place on December 7, 2003. The
party thinks that the public should be informed about incidents
of election fraud, and those responsible for the falsification of
the results of the elections should be punished.
Defiant in Wrap-up of December Vote Results
Rosbalt, January 18, 2003
Yabloko, the political party, has issued a stinging critique of
the Russian political system, a Rosbalt reporter was told by the
party's press service after a meeting of the party's national presidium
wound up very late Thursday night.
says Duma elections were rigged, threatens to go to court
Gazeta.Ru, January 16, 2004
The liberal YABLOKO party intends to file a lawsuit in
connection with numerous violations committed at the recent State Duma
will prove in court that "votes were stolen" at the parliamentary
Gzt.Ru, January 16, 2004
"Within one or two months we shall finalise the work - the analysis
of protocols of electoral commissions - and shall accumulate an ample
critical mass of protocols to conduct the fight in court," said Ivanenko
on Ekho Moskvi radio station.
Vishnevsky: YABLOKO is not going to help those providing services
to Vladimir Putin
ZAKS.RU, January 15, 2004
"The self-proclaimed nomination of Irina Khakamada
as a presidential candidate represents provocation by the Kremlin. The
only person to benefit is Vladimir Putin, as he has to create the impression
that democratic forces are participating in the presidential campaign,
a campaign which will obviously be dishonest and not free,"
IA MiK, January 15, 2004
Chairman of Sverdlovsk regional branch of the Russian
Democratic Party YABLOKO Yuri Kuznetsov has proposed himself as candidate
for the [by-elections]of deputies of the State Duma in Verkh-Isetskiy
single-mandate electoral district No 162.
A President without Rivals
By Sergei Borisov, Transitions Online, 13 January 2004
Most Russians have never doubted that Putin will be re-elected on 14
And after the overwhelming victory of the pro-Putin United Russia Party
the parliamentary elections on
7 December, their conviction turned into a certainty.
state comes first for Vladimir Putin
Interview with Grigory Yavlinsky by Claudia von Salzen, Tagesspiegel, January 12, 2004
All elements of society are concentrated
in the same hands which resemble the 1930s. This is a semi-Soviet system.
Fears Totalitarian Slide
Reuters, January 12, 2004
Yavlinsky, speaking Thursday evening, said Russia has effectively
reverted to a Soviet-style one-party parliament after the December
elections. The pro-Kremlin United Russia party controls two-thirds of
in the State Duma, and Yavlinsky said the other three parties there were
indistinguishable from it on all major issues.
brings in unknowns to spice up 'one-sided' poll
By Julius Strauss in Moscow, The Sunday Telegraph (UK), January 12, 2004
In a practice not seen in Russia since Soviet times, the
Kremlin has put
forward its own men to run against Vladimir Putin in presidential elections
Yavlinsky: A Western type of democracy will win in Russia in 20-25
By Igor Deyev, ITAR-TASS, January 9, 2004
Yavlinsky stressed that the views of his party on the variants of
economic and domestic political developments of the country "considerably
differ" from the point of view of the present Russian leadership
that "has been trying to create an inefficient system of state
Russia, Everything Is Just Getting Started
Interview with Grigory Yavlinsky, Vedomosti, December 29, 2003
...it turned out to be exceptionally difficult to demonstrate that
there is a difference between real democrats and those who only
call themselves democrats. For example, people think Boris Yeltsin
was the main democrat. And it's been impossible to explain that
he wasn't a democrat at all.
Yavlinsky: a Potyomkin village has been systematically built in
Novaya Gazeta, December 25, 2003
The reason is that elections have ceased to be even relatively democratic
- honest, equal, or fair. With no judiciary independent from the
administration, no independent mass media, no independent sources
of funding, there cannot be real political competition - and that
is the essence of elections.
forces in full retreat. Putin's autocracy infects the body politic.
By Robert Service, Los Angeles Times, December 21, 2003
Yavlinsky had stood up for universal human
rights, for incorrupt politics and administration, for the rule of law
and social justice. Although he never came close to winning the presidential
races against either Boris Yeltsin or Vladimir Putin, his participation
at least meant that decent values were conserved in the country's discourse.
Candidates in a One-Horse Race
By Francesca Mereu, The Moscow Times, January 9, 2004
Nine candidates, including SPS leader Irina Khakamada
and Rodina leader
Glazyev, met a year-end deadline to register to run against President
Putin in the March presidential election. But many of the challengers are
allies or are running at the Kremlin's request, so the election is shaping
be a one-horse race, political analysts said Thursday.
liberal fears slide to authoritarian rule
By Mark Trevelyan, Reuters, January 9, 2004
Russia's most prominent liberal says March's presidential election
is a sham, and the country risks sliding towards totalitarianism
under the unchallenged grip of Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin.
Putin Run for Presdiency Against Unknowns?
By Sergei Yuriev, Komsomolskaya Pravda, December 30, 2003
...Putin will apparently run for president
against nobodies like Viktor Anpilov and Herman Sterligov, and Putin's
own supporter Federation Council Speaker Sergei Mironov.
Kremlin gets loyal lawmakers and business gets reliable lobbyists
By Vitaly Ivanov, Vedomosti, December 30, 2003
It is hard to say now what the Kremlin was really aiming
to achieve when it sought absolute control over the Duma. Experts usually
list four factors as possible motives. Firstly...
Puzzled over Irina Khakamada's decision
RIA "Novosti", December 30, 2003
Anyway, it depends on the next party congress, on January 24, to
decide whether the Union of Right-Wing Forces will back her.
Poll Eclipses 2003 Events
By Vladimir Kovalev, St.Petersburg Times, December 30, 2003
"A majority of people went to the polling stations and consciously
turn the country back [to the
state] it was 20 to 30 years ago," Vishnevsky said last week in an