Large Protest Against
Social-Benefits Reform Held in Central Moscow
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, July 30, 2004
Participating in the meeting were Chernobyl survivors and members
of the Communist, Yabloko, Motherland, and Liberal Democratic parties
under the slogan, "All for One," ITAR-TASS reported. Protesters
carried signs reading "Hands off Benefits!" and "It's
Easy to Cancel [Something], Harder to Resolve It."
The Moscow Times, July 29, 2004
Young activists from the Yabloko party,
who were detained
Tuesday for staging an unsanctioned protest at FSB headquarters, refused
show up for a court hearing Wednesday, Ekho Moskvy radio reported.
FSB Breaks Up Lubyanka
By Caroline McGregor, The Moscow Times, July 28, 2004
Yabloko intends to report the cases to prosecutors, deputy party
leader Alexei Navalny said in a statement.
"We believe the actions of police and FSB officers were completely
inappropriate. Yes, the rally was not sanctioned, but there was absolutely
no reason to beat the protesters during detention," the statement
Police in Moscow
Rough up More Demonstrators
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, July 28, 2004
The Yabloko press service reported on 27 July that two members of
the party were taken to a hospital following a rally outside FSB
headquarters in Moscow, Ekho Moskvy and Interfax reported. The two
injured, Irina Vorobeva and Aleksei Kozhin, are members of the party's
youth wing, and one of them is reportedly in serious condition.
of YABLOKO's youth organisation broken at Lubyanka square
Gazeta.ru, July 27, 2004; 12:07
Within 30 seconds the militia detained 10 participants of the action
pushing them onto the ground and twisting their hands. According
to the leader of the movement Ilya Yashin,
the detained activists were taken to the FSB office.
The militia also detained ten journalists and confiscated films
from their cameras.
of YABLOKO's youth organisation at Lubyanka square, Moscow, broken
up by the FSB
Press Service of St.Petersburg YABLOKO, special for the web-site of YABLOKO, July 27, 2004
At this moment (July 27, 2004. 12:01 Moscow time) a group
of young activists
from the YABLKO party is throwing balls with red paint into a plague with
the portrait of Yuri Andropov on the FSB building.
Liberal Party Activists
Detained as FSB Protest Turns Violent
MosNews, July 27, 2004
Two Yabloko activists, a man and a woman, have been hospitalized
- one in severe condition - after being beaten by FSB agents who
detained them at an unauthorized rally in front of the FSB building,
Yabloko spokesman Sergei Kozakov told MosNews.
Without Distortions and Lies
Novaya Gazeta, July 26, 2004
You have an opportunity to find
out yourself about the real problems of concern for the Russian Democratic
Party YABLOKO, its positions and demands and either agree with them or
express your objections. You can do it independently, without the aid of
specialists on foolishness and lies.
Worries Grow Over
By Caroline McGregor, The Moscow Times, July 26, 2004
Galina Khovanskaya, a State Duma deputy who specializes in housing
issues, is one of the draft code's main critics. She worries that,
precisely because of its confusing ambiguity, the new code will
serve to worsen the already wide gap between Russia's rich and poor.
Populist Amendments To Controversial Bill On Social Benefits
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, July 24, 2004
Of the 1,200 proposed amendments that have been submitted
to a controversial government bill that would replace in-kind social benefits
with cash payments, not more than 30 are expected to be adopted, Deputy
Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said on 22 July, "Parlamentskaya
gazeta" reported on 23 July.
By Elena Serebryanskaya, Primorskye Vedomosti, Khabarovsk, July 21, 2004
- We are not splitting, said Jean Manko, head of the Khabarovsk branch
of the YABLOKO party at a press conference on July 16. - We have people
with different opinions. Some of them said during a live broadcast of
RTR and NTV television companies that the party had split. However, as
a political force YABLOKO is not going to disappear from the political
scene unlike CPRF and SPS.
Conference "Development of the Ombudsman Institute in Siberia and
the Far East" began its work in Irkutsk
Interfax, July 20, 2004
The Russian Ombudsman Vladimir Lukin and the Human Rights Commissioner
of the Council of Europe Alvaro Hil-Robles came to Irkutsk to participate
in this conference.
Protest Phenol Gas
The Moscow Times, July 22, 2004
"We technically only had permission to demonstrate at Pushkin
Square," said one of the protest organizers, Ilya Yashin, a
Yabloko party official. "But we felt we had a right ... to
make our voices heard."
of Unsolved Crimes in Russia Rises - HR Ombudsman
MosNews, June 16, 2004 (Archive)
Russian Human Rights Commissioner Vladimir Lukin has expressed concern
over the rising rate of unsolved crimes in Russia and complaints
against the law enforcement agencies' actions in relation to detained
suspects, Interfax news agency reported.
It is time
for Putin to make up his mind
A complete version of Grigory Yavlinsky's article published in an
abbreviated version in "Forbes", No. 4, July 2004
If you open the newspapers, what are the economic topics
in the headings? Tax problems, social privileges, GNP rates. However, everybody
knows that you can improve the tax system indefinitely, develop new forms
of mortgages and "mop up" banks, but all other measures are pointless
until you resolve once and for all, clearly and unequivocally property
issues. A political and legal estimate of privatisation in the mid-1990s
is the main economic issue today. President Putin should finally make up
his mind. Otherwise nothing will be achieved.
Lukin: "Paragraphs of the Russian laws are completely unequivocal.
The problem is that these paragraphs are poorly enforced"
By Boris Vishnevsky,
Novaya Gazeta, July 15, 2004
Human Rights Ombudsman Vladimir Lukin celebrated his birthday on
Tuesday in St. Petersburg. The main goal of his visit, Lukin said,
was to meet the colleagues of the late Nikolai Girenko. He also
found time to meet Valentina Matvienko and talk to journalists.
Regional Police Officer Summoned to Moscow After Torture Protest
MosNews, July 15, 2004
Russian Interior Ministry head Rashid Nurgaliyev was behind the
decision to call in Bashkiria Interior Minister Rafail Divayev.
The news was announced by Major-general Nikolai Mamontov at a press
conference he called in response to the demonstration.
says monetisation of benefits is unjustified.
By Taisia Nikitineko, ITAR-TASS, July 3, 2004
YABLOKO leader Grigory Yavlinsky said the government's decision
to monetise benefits was unfounded.
He proposed starting the replacement of benefits with cash payments
with the government.
"If the government thinks that cash payments are so useful, why
don't they begin with themselves?", he asked.
YABLOKO is ready to cooperate with left-wing parties
RIA "Novosti", July 3, 2004
"Yet, there is a borderline - we will never accede to any kind
of alliances with those who approve and propagate the methods employed
by Stalin, Beria or Lenin," Yavlinsky pointed out.
calls for a single list of democratic candidates in the elections.
By Taisia Nikitineko, ITAR-TASS, July 3, 2004
"We are doing everything possible to ensure that we have a
list of united democrats in the next elections," Yavlinsky
Yavlinsky: "I should have been firmer"
By Olga Tropkina, Izvestia, p. 3, July 6, 2004
"We are prepared to unite with everybody - with the right wing
and with social democrats, provided that they are not followers
of Lenin and Stalin or represent the corporate-criminal structure,"
Berezovsky: I Prefer Nabokov to Klebnikov
An interview with Boris Berezovsky by Yefim Barban, MN staff writer,
MosNews, July 16, 2004
"To be more specific, the murder was the result of a redistribution
of property which is always fraught with a growing crime rate. Klebnikov
wanted, in his own manner and quite professionally, I believe, to
look into the developments going on in Russia. Of course, those
who initiated the redistribution of property were not happy about
A Possible Link Between The Klebnikov And Shchekochikhin Murders?
By Andrei Piontkovsky, The Jamestown Foundation - Eurasia Daily
Monitor, July 17, 2004
In the months before his death, Shchekochikhin was deep into an
investigation of the furniture-store chain Tri Kita (Three Whales),
which he revealed to be controlled by Russian security officials.
High-ranking Federal Security Service (FSB) generals used the chain
to launder tens of millions of dollars, and their activities extended
to the now infamous Bank of New York, which has been implicated
in other schemes.
Klebnikov launched the Russian edition of Forbes magazine with a
sensational debut issue featuring the "100 richest people in
Russia." This was actually a rather dry reiteration of the
biographies of the owners of Russia. However, it dealt a potentially
fatal blow to the myth widely held both in Russia and the West that
Putin's reign has been characterized by the Kremlin's struggle against
Russian's oligarchic capitalism.
to foreign journalists working in Russia
Grigory Yavlinsky, www.yavlinsky.ru, July 15, 2004
Paul Khlebnikov was a fearless man. He loved Russia and believed in
its bright and fair future. However, he mistakenly believed that this
future had already arrived. Please accept my deep condolences concerning
the death of your comrade.
Watchdog Urges Putin to Investigate Klebnikov Murder
MosNews, July 16, 2004
"This culture of impunity sends a shocking message to the world
about your indifference to press freedom, and reassures those who
use violence to silence their critics that they can literally get
away with murder," Executive Director Ann Cooper said in her
letter to Putin.
Businessman Withdraw from Vladivostok Race — Reports
MosNews, July 14, 2004
If the reports are true, under the circumstances it may turn out that
there will be no candidates in second round of mayor elections scheduled
for July 18. Or, if they are not, Kopylov will be the only candidate.
MosNews, July 13, 2004
Paul Klebnikov worked in a field where access is out of the question
for his Russian colleagues. In the form of journalistic investigations
he presented to the outer world unofficial data on the relationship between
major Russian businesses and the authorities, on the actual procedures
in accordance with which property is re-distributed and big money is made
in the country. In other words, he was breaking taboos.
Victim of the Rule of Lawlessness
Editorial, The Moscow Times, July 13, 2004
Perhaps we have become too used to the idea that businessmen need bodyguards,
and that those who step on the toes of business interests, be they government
officials or journalists, are occasionally gunned down in the streets.
Case Given High Priority
By Valeria Korchagina, The Moscow Times, July 13, 2004
"Paul Klebnikov's background and interests ideally suited him
to the task of explaining Russia to Americans and vice versa,"
the statement said. "He was a person who tried to take the
best American values -- fair play, equality and openness -- and
apply them in Russia, a country that he loved."
Is the Loser in Primorye
By Nikolai Petrov, The Moscow Times, July 12, 2004
The current mayoral election in Vladivostok, which will be decided
in a runoff later this month, is just the latest skirmish in an
ongoing battle for power in the region. Three candidates contested
the first round on July 4: incumbent Yury Kopylov, a representative
of the old regime who placed third and will not take part in the
runoff; Vladimir Nikolayev, a businessman and deputy in the Primorye
legislative assembly; and State Duma Deputy Viktor Cherepkov, a
former Navy captain who served as mayor from 1993 to 1998.
the murder of journalist Paul Khlebnikov
The Russian Democratic Party "YABLOKO", Statement, July 12, 2004
The Russian Democratic Party "YABLOKO" expresses
its condolences to the family and friends of journalist Paul Khlebnikov
who was murdered by contract killers in Moscow.
We demand a rapid and effective investigation of this crime by the authorities
and that its executors and people behind the attack be found and punished.
editor of Russian Forbes magazine killed
Gazeta.ru, July 12, 2004
Paul Khlebnikov, 41, had walked out of his office late
on Friday in northeastern Moscow when a car pulled up and several shots
were fired. He died on his way to hospital.
Find Gunmen's Vehicle
By Carl Schreck, The Moscow Times, July 12, 2004
Investigators said they have recovered the car from which
Forbes Russia editor Paul Klebnikov was shot and killed Friday night, but
there was no word that any suspects had been detained as of Sunday evening.
Editor Klebnikov Shot Dead
By Valeria Korchagina, The Moscow Times, July 12, 2004
In the first high-profile murder of a Western journalist in Russia,
Paul Klebnikov, the American editor of the new Russian edition of
Forbes magazine who for years has relentlessly investigated the
dealings of Russia's rich and powerful, was shot dead after leaving
work Friday evening.
the criminalization of the elections in Vladivostok
The Russian Democratic Party "YABLOKO", Statement, July 10, 2004
The election campaign in Vladivostok has assumed overtly criminal
overtones. The administrative resource is openly used to benefit
the candidate from the party of power; the electoral commissions
and courts have closed their eyes to the most impudent violations
of the law on behalf of this candidate. At the same time other candidates
have no access to the media and are subject to unprecedented pressure.
Glushchenko Ordered Starovoitova's Killing
By Vladimir Kovalev, The Moscow Times, July 9, 2004
The whereabouts of Glushchenko, a reputed St. Petersburg crime boss
who served in parliament as a member of the ultranationalist Liberal
Democrat Party, or LDPR, are unknown. He is thought to be living
Eyes on What May Be Shuster's Last Show
By Caroline McGregor, The Moscow Times, July 9, 2004
"Svoboda Slova," one of NTV's most popular programs and
the only political talk show on Russian television that is broadcast
live, will air at 7:35 p.m. Friday in what is widely expected to
be its final show.
to Abandon 'Freedom of Speech'
By Caroline McGregor, The Moscow Times, July 8, 2004
"Svoboda Slova," or "Freedom of Speech," is perhaps the only remaining
program on Russian television that promotes political debate and
allows more or less unrestricted criticism of the Kremlin.
Attributes Split To "Black PR"
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, July 7, 2004
In a comment on the split, Yabloko leader Grigory Yavlinsky expressed
"deep anxiety" about the spreading of the "dirtiest
form of political black PR" and its latest victim, the Communist
Party, RosBalt reported.
a campaign aimed at discrediting political and public life in Russia
The Russian Democratic Party "YABLOKO",Statement, The
press service, July 6, 2004
The Russian Democratic Party YABLOKO expresses deep concern over
instances of the dirtiest forms of black political PR, which de
facto discredit public politics in Russia, all political classes
in the country and Russia as a State.
Says He Will Look to Left
The Moscow Times, July 5, 2004
Yabloko re-elected Grigory Yavlinsky as party chairman at a weekend
congress and pledged to take part in the next State Duma elections
in a new democratic coalition that could include left-leaning politicians.
resolution of the 12th congress of Russian Democratic Party YABLOKO
The 12th congress of the Russian Democratic Party
YABLOKO, July 4, 2004
Russian Democratic Party YABLOKO declares itself as a democratic opposition
to the President, the Government and the State Duma and considers as its
overall objective a change in the political regime in Russia.
Piontkovsky: "Developments in Russia represent the triumph
of a cynical bureaucracy"
Novaya Gazeta, July 1, 2004
"All of Yabloko’s history, its moral
and political position over the past 10 years of existence provides this
party with grounds for becoming the base for mass resistance to the approaching
police regime of a predatory bureaucracy. That is why I joined Yabloko."
Yavlinsky: Authoritarianism leads to irreversible backwardness
Novaya Gazeta, July 1, 2004
Leader of Yabloko talked to Andrei Kosmynin about the political
climate in Russia on the eve of the next Yabloko Party congress.
Ivanenko, deputy chairman of Yabloko: This is not Caesar’s regime:
this is an aristocratic regime
Novaya Gazeta, July 1, 2004
"The more you press down on a spring, the stronger it rebounds.
People are already sick and tired of watching the Vremya programme
of 1982 [Ed. Soviet title of the news that tended not to report
about real developments in the Soviet Union]. Gradually they will
become more interested in independent views. Our task is to make
these words serious and interesting for people..."
By Alexander Osipovich, The Moscow Times, July 2, 2004
"But this wasn't noticeable, because, as Andrei Voznesensky
formulates it so precisely, he was a Russian saint: drinking, slovenly,
jovial, with a broken destiny and without the slightest hint of
Out Russia's Forests
By Boris Kagarlitsky, The Moscow Times, July 1, 2004
Russia is bracing itself for the privatization of its forests. The
crucial step in this process will be the new Forestry Code, a draft
of which is to be considered by the State Duma in the near future.
Trials Open to Lukin
The Moscow Times, July 1, 2004
In a series of rulings concerning the Criminal Procedures
Code, the Constitutional Court has ordered Russian courts to allow the
human rights ombudsman to attend closed trials.
The court also clarified other areas of legal ambiguity. The Criminal
Procedures Code does not require prosecutors and investigators to gather
any proof that could point to the innocence of the person accused, which
the court said was in violation of citizens' constitutional rights. The
ruling will require investigators to collect evidence not only for prosecution,
but also for defense.