| Moscow, May 1, 2004. In a speech at the First of May meeting
of the opposition, held on Saturday, the leader of the YABLOKO party Griogry
Yavlinsky called on representatives of all the democratic public and
political organisationsand movements of Russia to unite to prevent the
restoration of a police regime and dictatorship in Russia. Our goal is
to achieve compliance with democratic rights and liberties, as written
down in the Constitution, noted Yavlinsky.
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
be installed. According to Yavlinsky, Russia will never become a part
of Europe in the political and cultural sense if the state merely reflects
and protects the interests of a narrow circle of businessmen and insiders,
rather than the whole of society.
The leader of Free Russia party Irina Khakamada, Chairman of the Moscow
Helsinki Group Ludmila Alexeeva, head of the human rights centre Memorial
Oleg Orlov and chairman of the democratic party of Russia Vladimir Podoprigora
and others also made speeches at the meeting.