Event of the Year for the Political Elite
By Greg Walters and Oksana Yablokova, The Moscow Times, May 27, 2004
"It's a repetition of an old story," Mitrokhin said by telephone.
"The president says the right things about poverty, health, education
and housing, and the government ends up doing the opposite. I would describe
it as a boring repetition of previous presidential addresses."
Warned They May Be Next
By Francesca Mereu, The Moscow Times, May 27, 2004
Sergei Mitrokhin, a co-leader of the liberal Yabloko party, said
Putin gave "a clear command" to crack down on NGOs. "This
is an alarming signal. He gave an example of how to build a militarized
civil society," he said.
Slams Justice Ministry Official
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, May 26, 2004
Human rights ombudsman Vladimir Lukin has sharply criticized Vladimir
Kraev, first deputy director of the Justice Ministry's Corrections
Department, for recent comments alleging that some human rights
groups have ties to criminal organizations (see "RFE/RL Newsline,"
10 and 12 May 2004), "Nezavisimaya gazeta" reported on
Seeks Control of Referendums
By Francesca Mereu, The Moscow Times, May 25, 2004
Andrei Ryabov, an analyst with the Carnegie Moscow Center, said
the changes were another step toward creating "a predictable
political system, where the risks to the present political elite
should abide by ruling on Gusinsky - ombudsman
interfax.ru, May 21, 2004
"We should treat the European court's ruling simply: the European
court has issued this ruling and we need to carry it out," Lukin
said at a news conference in the Interfax main office on Friday.
Closes Loopholes on Holding Referendums...
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, May 20, 2004
President Putin submitted a draft constitutional law on the holding
of referendums to the State Duma on 19 May, Russian news agencies
to Pick Leadership Through a Poll
The Moscow Times, May 19, 2004
Nemtsov is one of five people seen as candidates for the "primary."
Others are Garry Kasparov, who is head of the Committee of 2008,
independent State Duma Deputy Vladimir Ryzhkov, recent presidential
candidate Irina Khakamada and Yabloko leader Grigory Yavlinsky.
Liberal Project: A Political Obituary
By Stephen Schmida, The Moscow Times, May 13, 2004
The problem is that the Liberal Project never took root in Russia.
The catastrophic drop in living standards that accompanied economic
liberalization in the early '90s eroded much of the optimism that
ordinary Russians had for the reform process.
Yavlinsky on the work of the government
yavlinsky.ru, May 12 2004
The government has yet to present an economic programme. However,
the range of measures outlined by the Cabinet, for example, in the
social sphere may lead to a deterioration in the conditions for
some population groups, above all the most vulnerable members of
the Act of Terror in Grozny on May 9
By Andrei Ryabov, Gazeta, May 11, 2004
The developments of May 9 in Grozny really shocked the
class. This is not simply a strong epithet. The moral and psychological
consequences of the act of terror which took away the lives of the president
of Chechnya Akhmat Kadyrov and several heads of the republic are obvious.
Piontkovsky: it would be catastrophic if the future of Chechnya
were entrusted to Kadyrov Junior.
polit.ru, May 11, 2004
The [federal] centre should support Aslambek Aslakhanov at the presidential
elections in Chechnya. This is the point of view of a well-known
political scientist Andrei Piontkovsky. There are no good decisions
Mitrokhin: Act of terror in Grozny confirms that war against everyone
is going on in Chechnya
Rosbalt, May 9, 2004
According to the Deputy Head of the YABLOKO party, the clan-based
system of power formed in Chechnya is extremely inefficient and
dangerous. The fact that Kadyrov's son was the head of security
demonstrates that the president of Chechnya did not trust anyone...
rights ombudsman says Putin willing to listen
Based on BBC Monitoring, NTV Channel, "Orange Juice" programme, May 9, 2004
Lukin told presenter Vladimir Solovyov: "I got the impression that
the president wants to obtain a variety of viewpoints on crucial problems,
and not just information from the usual sources, as it were."
- 2004 Annual report
Reporters Without Borders, The 2003 Global Press Freedom World Tour
Russia saw a further deterioration in press freedom in 2003. The
authorities exploited the public media during legislative elections
and obstructed free coverage of the campaign to guarantee victory,
particularly in some republics in the Caucuses. A journalist was
kidnapped in Chechnya and another was sentenced to a prison term
Sworn In for 2nd Term
By Kevin O'Flynn, The Moscow Times, May 7, 2004
President Vladimir Putin will be sworn in for a second term Friday
in an elaborate ceremony whose invited guests will include lawmakers
and foreign ambassadors -- but apparently not liberal politicians.
Putin All Right, Officials All Wrong
By Irina Titova, St Petersburg Times, May 6, 2004
"Because none of the leading
[state-controlled] federal TV channels ever criticizes Putin, it shifts
all the responsibility for the country's troubles to the government or
governors," Boris Vishnevksy, a
political analyst and Yabloko faction deputy in the Legislative Assembly said.
Plan for City Port
By Vladimir Kovalev, St Petersburg Times, May 6, 2004
An ambitious plan to build a new $220 million passenger port by
2008 with a range of new berths that will be able to serve world-class
passenger ships has been announced by Alexander Bogun, head of the
city's Sea Facade company.
1.4 Million Rally on May Day
By Anneli Nerman, The Moscow Times, May 6, 2004
With many of Moscow's Soviet-era satellites joining the European
Union on Saturday, the Yabloko leader Grigory Yavlinsky stressed
that Russia's future also lies in integration with Europe.
did not understand and failed to learn anything
Eugenia Dillendorf, member of the YABLOKO party, Press Secretary
of Grigory Yavlinsky, Special for the web-site, May 4, 2004
The elections are over, as is the flow of black PR, lies and dirt.
The author of an article published in Moskovskiye Novosti Elena
Dikun, until recently the Press Secretary of the Union of Right-Wing
Forces (SPS) has revived this issue again. As is typical in this
genre her tale (Moskovskiye Novosti No 14, 2004) is based on anonymous
Yavlinsky calls on democratic parties to unite
Rosbalt, May 1, 2004
According to a Rosbalt correspondent, YABLOKO’s leader also stated
that the conditions requisite for the functioning of independent courts,
parliament and mass media should be created in Russia. Public and civil
control over secret services and the law and enforcement agencies should
of the meeting Civil Society Against a Police State
Moscow, Lubyanka square, May 1, 2004
Civil rights and liberties have been steadily curbed by the authorities.
The division of powers into the legislative, the executive and the judicial
has been transformed into a sheer formality.
still need May Day
With participation of Grigory Yavlinsky,
Vladimir Lukin and Sergei Mitrokhin
Based on BBC Monitoring, Anchor: Savvik Shuster, NTV Channel, "Freedom of Speech" programme, April 30, 2004
A table indicated that 60 per cent of the population
thought that May Day had lost its meaning; 37 per cent thought it was important
and should still be celebrated today; 4 per cent were unable to reply.
forms faction in the federal government
By Andrey Panov, Boris Grozovskiy, Anfisa Voronina and Anna Scherbakova, Vedomosti, April 28, 2004
For the first time in Russian history the core staff of a federal body
is being recruited from the members of one party. Half of the directorates
in the newly formed Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) are now headed
by members of the YABLOKO party.
Putin normalized the Moscow authorities
By Yulia Taratuta and Igor Khamrayev, Kommersant, No 77, April 28, 2004
Moscow City Hall changed its mind and allowed YABLOKO
to organize a demonstration on May 1