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Russia: Before and After the Elections
Grigory Yavlinsky's lecture for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, February 26, 2004

I am really extremely grateful for this opportunity to speak to such a special audience on issues relating to the further development of my country.


The Russian Democratic Party YABLOKO, The 12th Congress: Resolution on participation in presidential elections, December 21, 2003


To: Boris Nemtsov, Irina Khakamada
Letter from Grigory Yavlinsky and Sergei Ivanenko on SPS' proposals, January 28, 2003

As numerous media, including web-based publications, have already described your proposals in detail, thereby enabling us to learn about them, we no longer see any point in the meeting scheduled at your initiative for January 29, 2003.


On cooperation between the democratic forces
All-Russia Democratic Assembly
Fourth Meeting
October 21, 2002, Moscow
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.
Press releases

Yuri Kuznetsov, YABLOKO: the Electoral Commission of Sverdlovsk Region ousts the opponents of the present authorities from the election campaign to the regional duma
Press release, February 02, 2004

The registration of candidates to the regional Duma from the opposition is being administratively blocked in Sverdlovsk Region.


YABLOKO's leadership sharply criticises the political system built in Russia
Press release, January 16, 2004

...The Russian election system has been transformed into a farce. Key components of the democratic election system are missing: an independent mass media, independent financing and independent court.


Statement by The Joint Political Council of the political parties the Union of Right-Wing Forces and YABLOKO
Moscow July 5, 2002


Putin Sworn In for 2nd Term
By Kevin O'Flynn, The Moscow Times, May 7, 2004

President Vladimir Putin will be sworn in for a second term Friday in an elaborate ceremony whose invited guests will include lawmakers and foreign ambassadors -- but apparently not liberal politicians.


The Putin Model Is Doomed to Fail
By Andrei Piontkovsky
Wall Street Journall, March 15, 2004

Yesterday's Russian presidential election was another triumph for Vladimir Putin's brand of "managed democracy." The campaign and election followed the pattern of the parliamentary vote three months ago, which the OSCE characterized as "free, but unfair."


Elections Without Choice: The 2004 Campaign
Galina Michaleva,
Head of the Yabloko Party's Analytical Center

Russian Election Watch, March 2004
Some key points: * No candidate other than Putin is actually trying to become president; each is a mere tool of some other political force, e. g., the Kremlin * Kremlin invests surprising effort to control an election it has in the bag * The logic of authoritarianism inevitably leads to repressive excess * Kremlin destroying even the illusion of democracy it hopes to project * Putin reduces political role.


Putin's Popularity Veils Uncertainty for Russia

By Kim Murphy. Los Angeles Times, March 14, 2004
The president is likely to be reelected today. His ability to address festering needs and commitment to civil liberties are unknown.


Putin's Main Rival Is Apathy
By GUY CHAZAN, Wall Street Journal, March 11, 2004

Grigory Yavlinsky, leader of the liberal Yabloko party, which suffered a crushing defeat in December's Duma elections, says voting would mean supporting the regime Mr. Putin has created -- "an authoritarian political system where the press, secret services, elections, Parliament and business are all controlled from one room."


Endorsing a Candidate Not so Easy
Editorial, The Moscow Times, March 12, 2004

In this election, however, the biggest decision that voters face is not whom to vote for, but whether to vote at all.


Putin Calls on Voters to Show Up
By Francesca Mereu, The Moscow Times, March 12, 2004

President Vladimir Putin went on national television Thursday to urge Russians to use their votes Sunday -- in a clear attempt to increase the turnout of an election he is expected to win easily.


Putin's Pursuit of the Power Vertical
By Caroline McGregor, The Moscow Times, March 11, 2004

So if all levers of state control are in Putin's hands, the single question becomes: Where will he lead? No one knows. In four years in office, Putin has shown himself to be predictable in his ability to be unpredictable.


Russian Human Rights Groups Decry Vote.
By Maria Danilova, Associated Press, March 10, 2004

The election "can be compared to a soccer game, which has no goal, no ball and no field - just the score on the scoreboard, and you are being invited to watch the score," said Grigory Yavlinsky, leader of the liberal Yabloko party.


Sergei Ivanenko: The economic and political course of the government will be determined by the President. And YABLOKO shall create a democratic coalition.
IA Marketing i Consulting, March 2, 2004

It is obvious that President Putin has formed a technical Cabinet, which will be even more technical than Mikhail Kasyanov s Cabinet.


Getting Out the Vote With Ads, Food, SMS
By Anatoly Medetsky and Oksana Yablokova, The Moscow Times, March 5, 2004

Concert tickets, groceries, SMS messages and even threats to turn down medical assistance and dismiss government employees are among the tactics being used by officials in an attempt to boost voter turnout on election day.


"This may be called a boycott"
By Anastasiya Matveyeva, Gazeta, February 25, 2004

...We proceed from the premise that people see the growing lack of freedom in the country, lack of equality of participants in pseudo-democratic elections, the bankruptcy and even comic nature of the candidacies.


Yabloko Calls Cabinet Dismissal a Purge of Boris Yeltsin's Legacy
Rosbalt, February 25, 2004

By dismissing Kasyanov from his duties as prime minister, Putin is demonstrating his independence and preparedness for a new economic course,' said Mitrokhin.


On the Presidential Elections
The Russian Democratic Party YABLOKO, Bureau of the Federal Council, Statement, February 20, 2004

The Russian Democratic Party YABLOKO considers it impossible to participate in another imitation of democratic procedures. We proceed from the premise that people see the growing lack of freedom in the country, lack of equality of participants in pseudo-democratic elections, the bankruptcy and even comic nature of the candidacies. We believe that in these circumstances non-participation in the elections of the President of the RF represents a natural form of protest for people with democratic views.


Grigory Yavlinsky: Russia Lacks the Underlying Framework required for a Democratic Vote
Rosbalt, February 20, 2004

'We especially supported the president during that most difficult time and specifically in the struggle against international terrorism. It was extremely important that Russia take the right decision and not end up left out,' Yavlinsky insisted. However, he said, 'as time went on, the area for compromise began to narrow and, in the last analysis, this led us to choose not to accept the presidential elections.'


Take Your Vote Away
By Viktor Khamrayev, Kommersant, February 21, 2004

YABLOKO said its supporters should not cast their votes in the March 14 presidential elections, as the campaign is being conducted "dishonestly". However, the party said that YABLOKO's supporters should vote in regional and municipal elections, which are also being held in several regions also on March 14.


Yabloko to boycott March 14, presidential election in Russia
Russia Journal, February 6, 2004

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."


Those Who Failed to Pass into the Duma are Fortunate
Elena Bonner about the recent parliamentary and forth coming presidential elections, Novaya Gazeta, January 22, 2004

History, and the "Veshnyakov-style" elections, have given YABLOKO and the Union of Right-Wing Forces a real opportunity to unite with the nation under the boycott slogan, anyway, to unite with a considerable part of the electorate. It would be a great mistake if they did not avail themselves of this opportunity.


Russian Democratic Party YABLOKO, We are impeding the rapid development of a Potyomkin Village in Russia
Statement, Novaya Gazeta, January 22, 2004

The present developments are such that the YABLOKO party should not participate in the presidential elections. It is impossible to conduct an independent and free election campaign today.


Pulling for Putin, Russia's upcoming presidential election is no contest
By Christian Caryl and Frank Brown, Newsweek International, January 26, 2004

"There are no elections in Russia anymore, period," contends liberal politician Grigory Yavlinsky, whose Yabloko party is boycotting the poll. "Over the past four years Putin has destroyed all the autonomous elements in Russian society."

Russian Democratic Party YABLOKO, Bureau of the Federal Council
Statement, January 15, 2004

...The socio-demographic characteristics of the country have been continuously deteriorating. The arbitrary rule of the authorities and police has intensified and aspects of totalitarianism have been revived in Russia.


Russia: A President without Rivals
By Sergei Borisov, Transitions Online, 13 January 2004

Most Russians have never doubted that Putin will be re-elected on 14 March. And after the overwhelming victory of the pro-Putin United Russia Party in the parliamentary elections on 7 December, their conviction turned into a certainty.


The state comes first for Vladimir Putin
Interview with Grigory Yavlinsky by Claudia von Salzen, Tagesspiegel, January 12, 2004

All elements of society are concentrated in the same hands which resemble the 1930s. This is a semi-Soviet system.


Yavlinsky Fears Totalitarian Slide
Reuters, January 12, 2004

Yavlinsky, speaking Thursday evening, said Russia has effectively reverted to a Soviet-style one-party parliament after the December elections. The pro-Kremlin United Russia party controls two-thirds of seats in the State Duma, and Yavlinsky said the other three parties there were indistinguishable from it on all major issues.


Grigory Yavlinsky: a Potyomkin village has been systematically built in Russia.
Novaya Gazeta, December 25, 2003

The reason is that elections have ceased to be even relatively democratic - honest, equal, or fair. With no judiciary independent from the administration, no independent mass media, no independent sources of funding, there cannot be real political competition - and that is the essence of elections.


Kremlin brings in unknowns to spice up 'one-sided' poll
By Julius Strauss in Moscow, The Sunday Telegraph (UK), January 12, 2004

In a practice not seen in Russia since Soviet times, the Kremlin has put forward its own men to run against Vladimir Putin in presidential elections in March.


In Russia, Everything Is Just Getting Started
Interview with Grigory Yavlinsky, Vedomosti, December 29, 2003

...it turned out to be exceptionally difficult to demonstrate that there is a difference between real democrats and those who only call themselves democrats. For example, people think Boris Yeltsin was the main democrat. And it's been impossible to explain that he wasn't a democrat at all.


Democratic forces in full retreat. Putin's autocracy infects the body politic.
By Robert Service, Los Angeles Times, December 21, 2003

Yavlinsky had stood up for universal human rights, for incorrupt politics and administration, for the rule of law and social justice. Although he never came close to winning the presidential races against either Boris Yeltsin or Vladimir Putin, his participation at least meant that decent values were conserved in the country's discourse.


10 Candidates in a One-Horse Race
By Francesca Mereu, The Moscow Times, January 9, 2004

Nine candidates, including SPS leader Irina Khakamada and Rodina leader Sergei Glazyev, met a year-end deadline to register to run against President Vladimir Putin in the March presidential election. But many of the challengers are Putin allies or are running at the Kremlin's request, so the election is shaping up to be a one-horse race, political analysts said Thursday.


Russian liberal fears slide to authoritarian rule
By Mark Trevelyan, Reuters, January 9, 2004

Russia's most prominent liberal says March's presidential election is a sham, and the country risks sliding towards totalitarianism under the unchallenged grip of Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin.


Will Putin Run for Presdiency Against Unknowns?
By Sergei Yuriev, Komsomolskaya Pravda, December 30, 2003

...Putin will apparently run for president against nobodies like Viktor Anpilov and Herman Sterligov, and Putin's own supporter Federation Council Speaker Sergei Mironov.


SPS Puzzled over Irina Khakamada's decision
RIA "Novosti", December 30, 2003

Anyway, it depends on the next party congress, on January 24, to decide whether the Union of Right-Wing Forces will back her.


Presidential Poll Eclipses 2003 Events
By Vladimir Kovalev, St.Petersburg Times, December 30, 2003

"A majority of people went to the polling stations and consciously voted to turn the country back [to the state] it was 20 to 30 years ago," Vishnevsky said last week in an interview.


Zyuganov, Zhirinovsky Won't Run for President
By Oksana Yablokova, The Moscow Times, December 29, 2003

Two staples of all post-Soviet presidential elections -- Communist Party chief Gennady Zyuganov and ultranationalist Liberal Democratic Party leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky -- have decided at party congresses not to run in the March election.


Grigory Yavlinsky: You Cannot Raise Funds for the Campaign Without the Consent of the Regime
By Mikhail Vinogradov, Izvestia, December 24, 2003

Grigory Yavlinsky - leader of the Yabloko party, which is not represented in the new Duma - will not take part in the presidential race. In this interview, the Yabloko leader explains the reasons for his decision. Yavlinsky doesn't view this as a disaster; he intends to try to preserve and strengthen his party, looking ahead to the next elections.


The Joint Democratic Council Begins Thinking for Two Parties
By Anatoli Yegorov, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, December 24, 2003

The Union of Right-Wing Forces (SPS) and Yabloko launched their new joint project yesterday: the Joint Democratic Council.


Yabloko Won't Stand In Presidential Poll
By Valeria Korchagina, St Peterburg Times, December 23, 2003

"Our biggest mistake was we should have understood earlier that to win 5 percent in Russia, 20 percent of the vote must be gathered de facto," Yavlinsky was quoted by Interfax as saying.


Putin and the "half-wits"
By Yelena Shishkunova, Gazeta.ru, December 23, 2003

Vladimir Putin has officially announced his intention to run for a second term and has already submitted the relevant documents to the Central Electoral Commission. So far, Russia's incumbent has only one rival - the coffin-maker and radical nationalist German Sterligov.


Grigory Yavlinsky: "He should do it, by he won't."
Politburo, December 22, 2003

The President should create over the next four years an independent court, independent mass media and, first and foremost, public television, stop the interference of his administration in elections and adopt decisive measures to reduce admnistrative pressure at elections at all levels.


Putin's Loneliness
By Elena Luybarskaya, pravda.ru, December 22, 2003

Even though he needs to win in the first round, the victory should be legitimate in the eyes of Russians. The elections are not considered legitimate when none of the serious candidates are present.


Yabloko won't take part in presidential elections
RosBusinessConsulting, December 22, 2003

The Yabloko party will not nominate its candidate for the presidential elections in March 2004, because it believes that, in the present political situation in Russia, fair and equal elections are impossible, Grigory Yavlinsky, the leader of Yabloko, said after the party's congress at the weekend.


Yabloko snubs Putin and elections
By Yelena Rudneva, Gazeta.ru, December 22, 2003

According to Yavlinsky's key-note address to the gathering, Yabloko aims to create a large democratic party ''that will truly unite the democratic opposition for the next four years''. ''We will learn to work outside parliament,'' Yavlinsky told the press after the congress.


Yabloko refuses to back Putin's nomination for presidency.
By Natalya Panshina, ITAR-TASS, December 21, 2003

This amendment was specially included on Sunday in the text of a
decision where the Yabloko congress confirmed that the party would not be participating in the forthcoming presidential elections scheduled for March 2004.


Yabloko to concentrate on local elections for next four years
By Natalya Panshina, ITAR-TASS, December 21, 2003

The Yabloko Party will concentrate on regional and municipal elections for the next four years in order to lay the a foundations for "a big democratic party," Yabloko leader Grigory Yavlinsky told the press during a break of the party congress.


YABLOKO to boycott 2004 presidential elections
RIA "Novosti", December 21, 2003

"The party will not nominate a presidential candidate," Yavlinsky reported after the Yabloko congress. Previously the Yabloko leader had been nominated for the presidency three times.


YABLOKO congress to discuss election camapign issues
RIA "Novosti", December 20, 2003

The Yabloko party will hold its congress on December 20-21, to define the format of its participation in the presidential elections, a spokesperson for the party's press center told RIA Novosti.


YABLOKO decides not to nominate any candidate for presidency
By Natalya Panshina, ITAR-TASS, December 21, 2003

Yavlinsky stressed that the party's main task for the next four years would be the formation of "a large impressive democratic party" which would operate outside the legislature as "a democratic opposition".


Russia's liberals threaten boycott of 2004 presidential vote
AFP, December 21, 2003

They had argued for years over joining forces -- both being the emblems of the post-Soviet struggle to introduce Western economic reforms and introduce new values on human rights -- but have failed.


Demoralised Russian liberals boycott presidential race
AFP, December 21, 2003

The walkout by liberal forces is likely to be embarassing for Putin, affecting the international legitimacy of the poll, but analysts say the two small parties themselves will suffer the most from their political exclusion.


Russia: Opposition Parties Mulling United Boycott of Presidential Elections
By Valentinas Mite, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, December 22, 2003

Yavlinsky, a two-time presidential candidate, said fair elections are impossible in Russia under existing conditions. He said Russia has no independent national media outlets and no independent legal system.


Russian liberals scorn the forthcoming presidential elections
Ekho Moskvy, December 21, 2003

Mitrokhin:...This mass use of the administrative resource, the obvious ballot rigging during the counting of votes, the lack of a free media which could give all candidates equal conditions as well as the lack of any judicial system where something can be proved, transforms the forthcoming presidential elections into a farce.


The Union of Right-Wing Forces is afraid that YABLOKO may be siding with the Kremlin
By Anatoly Kostyukov, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, December 19, 2003

Needless to say, the prospect of a boycott frightened the Kremlin - and Yavlinsky may have been summoned in the hope of persuading the YABLOKO leader to abandon a protest action that could jeopardize the necessary voter turnout.


No Volunteers: Leaders of political parties refuse to challenge Putin
By Vitaly Ivanov, Vedomosti, December 19, 2003

"Why establish a party if it doesn't participate in the elections?" Alexander Veshnyakov of the Central Electoral Commission said yesterday.


3 Parties Consider Boycotting Election
By Simon Saradzhyan, The Moscow Times, December 18, 2003

Leaders of the liberal and communist opposition said Wednesday that they may form a rather unusual alliance to boycott the March presidential election, which incumbent President Vladimir Putin is widely expected to win in a first round.


Yavlinsky does not plan to participate in the presidential elections
Interfax, December 17, 2003

According to Yavlinsky, "As there is no court independent of the presidential administration, as there are no independent mass media or independent sources of financing [of the parties], there can be no real political competition which is the essence of any election."


SPS, Yabloko Look for a Third Man
By Francesca Mereu, The Moscow Times, December 17, 2003

Putting their failed State Duma bids behind them, the Union of Right Forces, or SPS, and Yabloko are struggling to unite to push forward a single candidate for the March 14 presidential election.


The Race Is On For the Kremlin
By Caroline McGregor, The Moscow Times, December 17, 2003

Whether there will be a democratic candidate in the race is still an open question, since parties outside the Duma have less than a month after they name a candidate to gather 2 million supporting signatures. The deadline for submitting them is Jan. 28.


Who Is Mr. Putin: Successor or Reformer?
By Alexei Pankin, The Moscow Times, December 16, 2003

Television coverage of the election was not objective and the government machine once more played its part, yet because the outcome was guaranteed by Putin's popularity, this election was marred by far fewer excesses than in years past.


YABLOKO to determine the format of its participation in the presidential elections on December 19-20
RIA "Novosti", December 16, 2003

Earlier, Yabloko leader Grigory Yavlinsky spoke about the talks with the Union of Right-Wing Forces on the nomination of a single candidate. The presidential elections are scheduled for March 14.


Liberals Got to Get Their Act Together
Editorial, The Moscow Times, December 15, 2003

The evidence is that a large section of the liberal-minded electorate chose either not to vote at all or voted against all, because they were so disillusioned or disgusted with the spinelessness and vacillation of the two parties. The liberal electorate according to various estimates is 15 percent to 20 percent.


Liberals Face Tough Trade-Off in Duma
By Caroline McGregor and Oksana Yablokova, The Moscow Times, December 15, 2003

The seven deputies from the Union of Right Forces and Yabloko know they have to fight for influence in a State Duma where they are massively outnumbered. In deciding which alliances are in their interest, they face a tough trade-off between pragmatism and principles.


Today saw the launch of the presidential election campaign in Russia
RIA Novosti, December 11, 2003

Potential presidential candidates can start the nomination procedure today. Parties must nominate a candidate at their congresses no later than 25 days after the beginning of the election campaign. Russian citizens can nominate candidates themselves by forming initiative support groups.


Talk Persists Over Russian Amendment
By Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press, December 13, 2003

" With such a majority, Putin will do whatever he wants," said Grigory Yavlinsky, the leader of the liberal Yabloko faction, which failed to win the votes to get into parliament.


The Right-Wing Start Negotiating Integration
RIA "OREANDA", December 10, 2003

The list of presidential contenders and coalition members is rather large. Yabloko's leader Grigory Yavlinsky expressed his plans to enroll Mikhail Gorbachev for the coalition and exclude Mikhail Khodorkovsky from possible presidential nominees.


YABLOKO begins negotiations on a single candidate for the presidential elections
By Natalia Panshina, ITAR-TASS, December 9, 2003

YABLOKO has begun negotiations with democratic forces on the nomination of a single candidate for the president elections in 2004, said the YABLOKO leader Grigory Yavlinsky at a press conference on Tuesday.


YABLOKO conducts negotiations with the democratic parties on proposing a single candidate at the presidential elections
Interfax, December 9, 2003

"It will be important for our party to participate in the forthcoming presidential elections," added Ivanenko.


Yabloko to participate in presidential elections
RIA-Novosti, November 5, 2003

The Yabloko party has decided to participate in the impending presidential elections in Russia, said Yabloko's leader Grigory Yavlinsky on Wednesday.


Russia Enters Election Season Split Over Future of Capitalism
By Peter Baker, Washington Post, November 8, 2003

On the anniversary of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, Russia formally opened its parliamentary election season Friday amid a vigorous debate about the future of capitalism in this country in transition.


Putin Rejects Revoking Yukos Licenses
By Peter Baker, Washington Post, November 6, 2003

"I have strong doubts that such actions would be appropriate," Putin added about the licensing threat.


Putin's Reign of Fear
By Vladimir Gusinsky, The Moscow Times, November 10, 2003

If the Russian elite does not overcome its fear, Putin will tighten the screws. The regime will be entrenched for years, even if someone else is in charge.


Putin's political rating remains high - poll
Interfax, November 2, 2003

VTSIOM-A polled 1,600 people in 40 regions and 100 populated areas on its own initiative from October 24 to 28.


Vladimir Lukin: "We Are Not Inferior To Others. We Have A Distinct History"
By Nairi Hovsepyan, Novoye Vremya (New Times), May 2003

You know that revolution has a dual nature. It is not only a bloody, dramatic and romantic upheaval linked with symbolic actions, often destructive. It is also a renewal of society when each cell begins to live in a new way.


Veshnyakov: Freedom of Speech in a Labyrinth
Interview with Chairman of the Central Electoral Commission Alexander Veshnyakov By Anna Feofilaktova, Moskovsky Komsomolets, April 25, 2003

Russia's journalists are in a panic: fairly soon, the sight of newspapers or televisions being shut down could become commonplace. The Central Electoral Commission (CEC), the Media Ministry and finally the courts would merely have to decide whether journalists were not objective in their coverage of a certain presidential or parliamentary candidate or were praising another candidate too much.


Duma Eyes Election Violations
By Nabi Abdullaev, The Moscow Times, March 26, 2003

With parliamentary and presidential elections looming, the State Duma passed in the first reading Friday a raft of amendments that toughen penalties for electoral violations by individuals and the media.


Duma to silence mass media before elections
By Marina Sokolovskaya, Natalia Rostova, gazeta.ru, March 24, 2003

The State Duma has given initial approval to a presidential draft law that makes amendments to legislation governing the activity of media outlets during election campaigns. The deputies, however, have ignored the concerns expressed by the media over the draft law.


Yavlinsky Will Go His Own Way
By Bulat Stolyarov, Vitaly Ivanov, Vedomosti, January 27, 2003

Yabloko sponsors have failed to persuade Grigory Yavlinsky that his party and the Union of Right-Wing Forces (SPS) should combine their candidate lists for the parliamentary elections.


YABLOKO* Will Not Roll Towards the SPS
By Vladimir Ignatov, Trud, January 30, 2003

- It is difficult for the leaders of both the parties to find an acceptable coalition formula. YABLOKO's active voters remember only too well Gaidar's "shock therapy" and don't want to hear about the considered culprit Chubais.


YABLOKO Does Not Sell Itself
By Anastasia Matveyeva, Gazeta, January 29, 2003

As Gazeta have already reported before, today the idea of a coalition between the Union of Right-Wing Forces (SPS) and Yabloko can be forgotten.. Yesterday, on January 28, [Yabloko Leaders] Grigory Yavlinsky and Sergei Ivanenko forwarded to [SPS leaders] Boris Nemtsov and Irina Khakamada a letter, saying the SPS's proposals were unacceptable for Yabloko. The long-awaited meeting of the leaders of the two parties, scheduled for Wednesday, will not take place.


SPS and YABLOKO parties are too different to do Duma election deal
Ekho Moskvy, January 29, 2003

YABLOKO will not merge with the Union of Right-Wing Forces (SPS) and will not form a joint list of candidates with the party in the run-up to the December 2003 parliamentary elections, the Deputy Head of YABLOKO faction in the State Duma, Sergey Ivanenko, said on Ekho Moskvy radio.


Liberals see no future for the parties on the right
By Ksenia Solyanskaya, gazeta.ru, January 29, 2003

After evaluating the prospects of the right of centre in the impending elections, liberals from the Yabloko Party announced that their leader Grigory Yavlinsky would not attend a Wednesday meeting with Boris Nemtsov. It looks as if Yabloko politicians believe they will get enough seats in the Duma, while the party of Chubais, Nemtsov and Khakamada will get none.


No Yabloko-SPS Coalition in Polls
The Moscow Times, January 30, 2003

The country's top liberal parties, Yabloko and the Union of Right Forces, or SPS, will not run together in upcoming parliamentary elections, an SPS leader said Wednesday.

There Are Two Political Forces in Russia: the Communists and Putin
An interview with Viktor Militaryov, President of the Development Institute Foundation., Konservator No. 1,  January 17, 2003

At present, there are two political forces in Russia: the Communist Party and Putin. Moreover, people seem not to perceive any fundamental difference between the two. Most people view them as representing their interests, aimed at improving their lives as soon as possible. People hope for a better standard of living and are becoming more indifferent to oligarchs, and believe in a stronger state.


Yabloko and the SPS are of each other as Maskhadov and Putin
By Anastasiya Matveeva, Gazeta, January 24, 2003

Everybody can forget the idea of a merger between Yabloko and the Union of Right-Wing Forces (SPS). Yabloko, led by Grigory Yavlinsky, has issued a firm "no" to an offer from the SPS, delivered via some business leaders. In other words, next week's meeting between Yavlinsky and SPS leader Boris Nemtsov, dedicated to the merger issue, will probably be pointless.


Yavlinsky Receives an Offer to Compete with the President
By Andrey Savitsky, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, January 24, 2003

Talks on a merger between Yabloko and the Union of Right-Wing Forces (SPS) have reached a crescendo. We have learned the gist of some carefully- concealed proposals for a compromise merger between the SPS and Yabloko. In brief, the unification plan consists of the following. In the Duma elections the two parties would form a single bloc, with a common list of candidates.


Nemtsov Would Like to Unite with Yavlinsky
The National Information Group, January 22, 2003

The leader of the Union of Right-Wing Forces (SPS) Boris Nemtsov confirmed that he had forwarded to the leader of YABLOKO Grigory Yavlinsky his proposals on a possible union between the two parties for participation in parliamentary and presidential elections. "Our proposals were forwarded to Yavlinsky via an influential intermediary," noted Boris Nemtsov in an interview with Interfax on Wednesday.


TV Channel Did Not Like Its Viewers
Moskovski Komsomolets, by Alexander Minkin, December 24, 2002

"Itogi" is repeated on Monday morning. I wanted to see if the interview had been shortened [in the Monday broadcast], as Yavlinsky spoke very sharply about the leaders of the Union of Right-Wing Forces (SPS), on criminal privatisation and electricity sector reform. Most importantly Kiselyov (anchor and author of "Itogi") conducted the poll among viewers in a live broadcast and obtained a result , which surprised him, was bad for the SPS and disastrous for Nemtsov.


But Yavlinsky Is the Best:
Aliance Media, December 10, 2002

Most of those polled by the Echo Moskvi radio station said that they would prefer to see Grigory Yavlinsky as a single candidate from the democratic forces [at presidential elections 2004], rather than Boris Nemtsov.


Freedom or Property?
"Svobodni Kurs" (Free Course), Barnaul, December 12, 2002
Interview with Grigory Yavlinsky, by Elena Fyodorinova and Dmitri Negreev

At the request of "Svobodni Kurs" the leader of YABLOKO Grigory Yavlinsky shared with us his forecasts for the coming year.


Nemtsov is convinced of the success of the "SPS+YABLOKO" bloc at the elections to St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly
Alliance Media, December 3, 2002
The "SPS+YABLOKO" bloc will succeed at the elections to St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly of the third convocation. Such a statement was made by deputy of the State Duma of the RF Boris Nemtsov at a press conference in the Rosbalt information agency. The leader of the Union of Right-Wing Forces (SPS) noted that he had come to St. Petersburg to support his comrades at the elections to the Legislative Assembly." " YABLOKO and SPS has created such a powerful coalition for the first time in Russia's history, and the victory of this bloc, which aims to make St. Petersburg a comfortable and European city, is important for all democrats," added Nemtsov. However, at present, noted Nemtsov, we are "observing a tough election campaign where the rules are not respected."


Field of Miracles
Konservator, By Sergei Stepanov, November 29, 2002

Alexei Arbatov, member of the State Duma commission for reviewing federal budget expenditures allotted to defence and security issues of the Russian Federation, told us about the specifics of the formation of the "budget of war".


Kremlin Has a Bill on Firing Governors
The Moscow Times, by Andrei Zolotov Jr., October 8, 2002

Contrary to what some see as a friendlier phase in President Vladimir Putin's relationship with the governors, the Kremlin is cobbling together plans to strengthen its grip on the regional powers.


Speech of the First Deputy head of the YABLOKO faction of the State Duma Sergei Ivanenko during discussions of the draft law on the ban on referendums in the year of elections to the State Duma and presidential elections
The State Duma of the RF
September 18, 2002.


A Single Presidential Candidate from the Right Wing?
Argumenty i Fakty. August 14, 2002

As it should be, two years before the next presidential election, the campaign teams of leading The idea to nominate a single right-wing presidential candidate, which Boris Nemtsov proposed to his colleagues two months ago, caused a great stir. Although the politicians soon departed for their summer vacation, the idea floated by the Union of Right-Wing Forces faction has taken on a life of its own. It was recently the topic of an on-line poll on the mail.ru website.


Two Different Things
Trud, July 19, 2002

The Union of Right-Wing Forces (SPS) is prone to sudden new ideas. Petr Kutcherenko, a member of the SPS national political council and leader of the SPS youth wing, has proposed asking Boris Yeltsin to head the democratic bloc during the parliamentary elections scheduled for December 2003.


No merger or alliance for the Union of Right-Wing Forces and Yabloko

Vek No. 22, by Andrei Ryabov. July 12, 2002

The latest round of talks about campaign cooperation between the Union of Right-Wing Forces (SPS) and Yabloko has led to much discussion about the form of this cooperation - from joint support for candidates in single-mandate districts to all the democratic parties uniting behind one presidential candidate. As in previous years, there is a marked level of scepticism about the possibility of a pre-election alliance between these parties.


Chubais and Kirienko to Oust Putin
Gazeta.ru, by Elena Rudneva. June 27, 2002.

The leader of YABLOKO, Grigory Yavlinsky, issued this statement. According to Yavlinsky, he planned to have a meeting on Monday with the President to "discuss this threat".


YABLOKO and the Union of Right-Wing Forces to Agree in Autumn
Kommersant, July 6, 2002. By Syuzanna Farizova

On July 5, a meeting of the united political council of the Union of Right-Wing Forces (SPS) and Yabloko was held in the Duma. After a debate that lasted two hours, the two democratic parties decided to run in the 2003 parliamentary election separately but coordinate their lists of candidates in single-mandate districts. The main issue forthe parties - the nomination of a single candidate in the 2004 presidential election - was not decided.


Yabloko to Team Up With SPS For Vote
Oksana Yablokova. The Moscow Times, July 8, 2002.

Yabloko and the Union of Right Forces, the country's two main liberal parties, announced Friday that they will work out a joint political platform for backing a single "democratic" candidate in the next presidential election, in 2004.


Nemtsov Puts Everything at Stake and Yavlinsky Sets His Sights on Becoming a Minister
By Alexander Budverg. Moskovsky Komsomolets, June 20, 2002

On Friday morning, a mini-conference of the "most bourgeois" party - the Union of Right-Wing Forces (SPS) - will open at a luxury hotel in central Moscow. This will be a mini-conference because formally this party gathering is called the council of the party. Representatives of all the regions, all the members of the Duma faction, and all the leaders will be present. The SPS leader Boris Nemtsov is going to propose two major innovations, which are supposed to change not only the SPS, but the entire right-wing opposition.


The Union of Right-Wing Forces to Determine Next President
By Anastasiya Matveeva and Andrei Reut. Gazeta, June 20, 2002
Boris Nemtsov, leader of the Union of Right-Wing Forces (SPS), proposes that all democratic forces agree to back one candidate for president after the parliamentary election in 2003. The formula is simple. Each party nominates its own candidate. The Duma election shows who has won. All democratic forces support the candidate whose party gathered the most votes, even if they actually dislike that particular candidate.


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