| MOSCOW - Yabloko, a liberal political party, has announced
its decision to
boycott the March 14, presidential election in Russia.
Making the announcing on Feb. 5, party leader Grigory
Yavlinsky said, "the decision supported by all party members
nationwide was made at a party conference." Explaining his personal
position on the issue, Yavlinsky said he would vote on that day only for
candidates running for municipal or city elections. "But I will not
participate in the presidential election," according to Izvestia.
Yavlinsky also confirmed Yabloko's decision to appeal against the
parliamentary election results in court in March. "We are continuing
alternative calculations of votes, and almost 20 percent of Central
Election Commission's protocols have discrepancies with our observers'
protocols", he added.