The YABLOKO faction in the State Duma will not
support the package of draft laws on reform of the electricity
sector submitted by the Government to the State Duma.
We, the participants of the All-Russia Democratic Assembly, which
unites both public non-political associations and political parties,
declare herewith that the coordinated actions of all political
forces ready to support the constitutional structure of Russia
and human rights and freedoms, striving to create the requisite
conditions to ensure a dignified life and free development of
Russian citizens, will play a vital role in determining the future
of our country at the forthcoming parliamentary and presidential
elections in 2003-2004.
The All-Russia Democratic Assembly has detected a fall in the
population’s belief in the principles of democracy and the
democratic forces proclaiming these principles, as well as in
the mass media, which are often transformed into the media resources
of ddifferent political forces, especially during election campaigns.
The All-Russia Democratic Assembly calls on all the political
parties participating in the work of the Assembly to adhere during
the parliamentary elections to a policy of mutual respect and
correctness, and to sign a corresponding agreement on this issue
and achieve a consensus on the coordinated actions, at least in
majority electoral districts.
To ensure further coordination of actions, the political forces
that adhere to the principles of democracy and human rights must
create a coordinated programme, which should include an assessment
of the responsibility of the democratic forces for the country's
development over the past decade, an assessment of the actions
of the present Russian authorities and their view of these actions,
and also their position on key issues of the development of society
and the country: army reform, judicial reform, freedom of conscience
and speech, reform of the housing and communal services sector
and natural monopolies, social security issues, development of
local government and reform in education and health care, a peaceful
settlement of the war in Chechnya, environmental security problems,
foreign policies, etc. Such a platform should absorb the positions
and mandates of public organisations and other apolitical structures
in civil society.
Disagreements on some of these issues should not impede the
development of a joint position on the fundamental principles
regarding the construction of a democratic state and protection
of individual rights and freedoms.
State Duma elections 2003