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Interfax, September 6, 2004

A Tragedy of Beslan

A complete text of Grigory Yavlinsky's interview published in a contracted version by Interfax
The leader of the YABLOKO party Grigory Yavlinsky thinks that threats and challenges to Russia's security that manifested themselves especially intensively in the recent months demand first of all changes in the power structure in general and preservation of the constitutional division of powers. Such a statement was made by Yavlinsky to Interfax on September 6, 2004.

According to YABLOKO's leader, the chain of the acts of terror confirmed the existence of a system-defined problem in Russia. This includes the absence of independent civil mechanisms of control over security services, the absence of independent mass media and the parliament, political parties and independent elections, as well as independent business, as it merged with the authorities, and the judicial system is in the same condition.

According to Yavlinsky, "in the absence of the real division of authorities the authoritarian regime is simply unable to manage such dangerous challenges as terrorism, because corruption and lies penetrate it all through."

YABLOKO's leader thinks that the situation will not change until the power structures, first of all the security, the interior and the defence ministries will not perform a mass-scale change of their staff. "Honest people, and our huge country has plenty of them, should be in demand," said Yavlinsky.

Answering the question about YABLOKO's position here Yavlinsky's stated, "We insist on immediate resignation of the chiefs of the security, the interior and the defence ministries, creation of a parliamentary commission on the investigation of the events in Beslan, and direct public dialogue with the President on the problems of security, the policies on Chechnya and Caucasus in general." If the YABLOKO party were represented in the parliament it would have initiated an immediate adoption of the law on civil control over security services and law enforcement agencies," stressed Yavlinsky.

As regards the anti-terror meeting which the trade unions of Moscow plan to conduct at Vassilievsky Spusk (Ed. by the Kremlin) on September 7, 2004, Grigory Yavlinsky noted that "some people, members of YABLOKO, will come if they (have) such a desire. However, if YABLOKO would participate in the meeting as a party, it would set forth different slogans."


See also:

Act of Terror in Beslan

Interfax, September 6, 2004

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