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Forum 2000: The Rule of Law in Russia

Grigory Yavlinsly's speech, October 10, 2011

...The panel examined the absence of rule of law in Russia. The keynote speaker Grigory Yavlinsky distinguished this absence by the lack of independent justice, the influence of the political elite and of money. He identified three root causes of the problem: the 1917 state coup in which “a criminal group of people were taking power in Russia,” the privatization process of the 1990s, and the support of the international community for the political and economic reforms of the 1990s. Mr. Yavlinsky also stated that “Russia’s corruption is a joint venture with the West.”

William Browder then spoke on the possibility of international action putting pressure on the Russian political elite to interrupt this joint venture. While Grigory Yavlinsky later reiterated the importance of initiating change from within Russia, stating that Russian “politicians all know, personally, that it is [their] task to change the system.” Vadim Klyuvgant followed with an analysis of the Russian “dictate of law.” He insisted on individual human rights as a foundation for rule of law.

Bobo Lo continued the discussion with a distinction between the notions of “rule of law” and “rule by law” which prevails in Russia. He defined this concept as the “use and abuse, particularly, of laws and administrative regulations to support power rather than justice.” The panel recognized the validity of Yavlinsky’s view that “there is no rule of law in Russia and we must implement it.”...

It is time for Putin to make up his mind
A complete version of Grigory Yavlinsky's article published in an abbreviated version in "Forbes", No. 4, July 2004

If you open the newspapers, what are the economic topics in the headings? Tax problems, social privileges, GNP rates. However, everybody knows that you can improve the tax system indefinitely, develop new forms of mortgages and "mop up" banks, but all other measures are pointless until you resolve once and for all, clearly and unequivocally property issues. A political and legal estimate of privatisation in the mid-1990s is the main economic issue today. President Putin should finally make up his mind. Otherwise nothing will be achieved.


Selling Out Russia's Forests
By Boris Kagarlitsky, The Moscow Times, July 1, 2004

Russia is bracing itself for the privatization of its forests. The crucial step in this process will be the new Forestry Code, a draft of which is to be considered by the State Duma in the near future.


Democracy, In Putin's Own Words
Editorial, The Moscow Times, October 9, 2003

President Vladimir Putin, in interviews given to foreign journalists just before and after his recent trip to the United States, offered his most detailed comments to date on the ongoing Yukos saga and, more broadly, on the relationship between the state and business.


Human Capital Is the Basis for Economic Growth
By Griogry Yavlinsky, RTR television channel, "Vesti" programme, October 5, 2003

As we know, economic growth has many factors, but in most cases we are talking about taxes, the economic structure and conjuncture.


Grigory Yavlinsky calls for an amnesty of the privatisation deals of the 1990s
Buro Pravovoi Informatsii, October 2, 2003

According to Yavlinsky, the present economic situation demonstrates "the need to legitimatise privatisation".


Putin opposes revision of privatisation results
Gazeta.ru, October 2, 2003

Commenting on the idea of Grigory Yavlinsky, leader of the Yabloko party, to declare an amnesty on privatisation, Putin noted that it was necessary to translate this idea into reality correctly from legal and political points of view, something which is hard to do.


The Russian Economy Is Growing, But Not Developing
By Anna Skornyakova, Nezavisymaya Gazeta, October 6, 2003

Yavlinsky was also concerned about the dependency of the Russian economy on the "pipe", "The impulse from the raw-materials sector does not spread to other sectors. We don't have an independent judiciary, independent parliament or mass media, civil control over secret services, and now are witnessing a merger between business and the authorities. This system restricts our economic growth and should be dismantled."


President Putin: It's a Good Idea, It's a Correct Idea
By Vitaly Ivanov and Alexander Bekker, Vedomosti, September 29, 2003

While in the United States, President Vladimir Putin again spoke out against renationalisation and approved of the idea of an amnesty for capital. The Russian tax authorities had criticised this idea in spring. Putin met teachers and students of the University of Columbia on September 26. The Russian President was asked about his attitude to "plans for renationalisation or... proposals... announced by Grigory Yavlinsky".


Grigory Yavlinsky: Russian politics is deliberately being transformed into a farce
Interview with Grigory Yavlinsky by Tatyana Chesnokova, Rosbalt, September 25, 2003

"This situation has been deliberately created to make less and less people engage actively in politics and lead more and more of the population to readily accept decision-making on their behalf by third parties".


Reforms that corrupted Russia
By Grigory Yavlinsky, Financial Times (UK), September 3, 2003

In those years two Marxist dogmas, albeit disguised in liberal phraseology, still shaped economic policy. The first was...

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