| Moscow, June 8. "I categorically disagree with the
political system that has been built in Russia recently." Such a statement
was made by the leader of the YABLOKO party Grigory
Yavlinsky during live broadcast by Ekho Moskvi radio station. According
to Yavlinsky, despite some correct solutions, this system lacks an independent
court, independent parliament and civil or some outer control over the
secret services and law enforcement agencies: it also lacks politically
important and independent mass media, and elections are controlled. In
addition, stressed Yavlinsky, the present political system of Russia demonstrates
a "total merger of business with the authorities."
According to YABLOKO's leader, this system was conceived as early as 1996
and has simply been strengthened over the past five years. "This
is a special system where everything is decided from one room : when the
state clan replaced the State Planning Committee in Russia, stressed Yavlinsky.
- But this is a very serious system. At the same time it absolutely contradicts
the thesis of President Putin that only free people make create a free
country. This system deprives the country of any opportunities for rapid
and efficient development and leaves it on the outskirts."
According to Yavlinsky, the present scheme of rule is reminiscent of a
police state. "A police state represents the situation where one
bureaucrat controls another one rather than when all the bureaucrats wear
a police uniform. And when their bosses do not like something a third
bureaucrat is sent to control those two", said YABLOKO's leader.
According to Yavlinsky, the
restructuring of the Government was performed along these lines: the Cabinet
still has the same people, however, "some other peoplewho will control
the work of the Cabinet of Ministers were put above them." "Such
a scheme boosts insecurity and fear among people, their desire to work
in the "shadows" and the economy of the 21st century cannot
be created by people who fear everything," stated Yavlinsky.