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Opposition forces united so that to fight election fraud in the Yeisk district, Krasnodar Territory

Press service of the Krasnodar YABLOKO, September 25, 2012.

Candidates from the opposition parties who will run in the elections to the Legislative Assembly of the Krasnodar Territory and Municipal Council of the Yeisk District created a joint Coordinating Council for counteraction to violations in elections.

Total defiance of the law and constitutional rights and liberties of the citizens has turned into everyday practices in Russia. The authorities in Yeisk have already tried to prevent the candidates from the opposition from campaigning. The opposition parties decided to join their efforts in the fight against election fraud and created a Single Centre for Response to Violations at elections.

On September 23, YABLOKO initiated a meeting of the opposition. The meeting was attended by the candidates from the YABLOKO party, the Communist Party, the Just Russia party, and independent candidates.

The meeting established a Coordinating Council which should get all information on violations in campaigning and voting and make decisions on counteracting these violations. Also it was decided that a joint training of election observers should be held, and feed-back with members of electoral commissions should be established...

Organisational Committee “Democratic Petersburg” created a permanent democratic coalition

Press Release, September 19, 2012.

Coalition "Democratic Petersburg" will coordinate and conduct mass-scale public actions of the democratic forces, as well as other events. In the near future the coalition plans to organise the traditional "March Against Hatred" which normally takes place in late October. In addition, the coalition will support the initiatives and projects of its member organisations.

Also the coalition will continue collection of signatures for per-term elections to the State Duma and the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg. This work began at the rally on Saturday.

The coalition adopted a special statement on the Democratic March and a rally that took place on Saturday, September 15...

The Liberal Opposition Under Authoritarianism

By Galina Mikhalyova, Executive Secretary of YABLOKO’s Political Committee
Special for YABLOKO’s web-site , November 17, 2009

The logics of the development of a "fake democracy," i.e. an authoritarian state with a formal presence of democratic institutions, relates to deconsolidation of democratic institutions and their delegitimisation in public opinion. Election results become predictable in general and are, in principle, not changeable. The ruling group creates a system of shielding mechanisms and includes a propaganda machine so that to strengthen its position. This results in reprisals of the people who represent real or potential (even insignificant) danger for the ruling system. To ensure compliance of representatives of the political and business elite, the authorities organize "staged" reprisals and create external and internal enemies to justify for such actions. Such actions are authorised by a state controlled judicial authority. At the same time, blocking legitimate ways of regime change leads to intensified latent conflicts and an increased pressure on a society and stimulates emergence of still very weak forms of resistance.

Rightists Continue Discussing Idea of a Democratic Coalition
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, June 28, 2004

SPS Presidium Secretary Boris Nadezhdin told "Gazeta" on 25 June that the party is considering closer relations both with democratic movements such as Yabloko and Committee-2008 and with "certain people now working in the government and the Duma who share our worldview and political practices."


Press Conference with Serge Ivanenko, Garry Kasparov, Boris Nemtsov and other Committee-2008 officials
Interfax, May 18, 2004

Today we welcome members of Committee-2008 -- Freedom of Choice. The topic of the press conference is "Ways to Unite Democratic Liberal Political Forces." Taking part in the press conference are Sergei Ivanenko, Garry Kasparov, Boris Nemtsov and Irina Khakamada.


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.



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.


SPS and YABLOKO searching for ways of joint revival
RIA "OREANDA", December 25, 2003

The primary task of the Joint Council was to choose a single candidate to run for RF President from the democratic forces. Now this task is not in the agenda.


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 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.


The Russian Democratic Party YABLOKO, The 12th Congress: Resolution about Democratic Coalition, December 21, 2003


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.



The meeting of the Democratic Assembly will focus on housing and communal sector reform and the problem of cooperation between the democratic forces at the elections of 2003-2004
Press Release, October 17, 2002


"On the attitude towards holding a referendum on Constitution in Chechnya and the necessity to convoke a peace conference."
Statement, The All-Russia Democratic Assembly, Moscow, March 17, 2003
The situation in Chechnya can only be resolved through a wide-ranging political process, involving all the interested parties.


The Fifth Meeting of the All-Russia Democratic Assembly adopted a statement on how to resolve the crisis in Chechnya
Press release, March 17, 2003

...The long-term implications of an ill-timed and unprepared referendum and the decisions adopted after this referendum that can aggravate the opposition inside the Chechen community and play into the hands of the forces interested in civil war, are especially dangerous.


Where all the Democrats Agreed
By Ekaterina Blatova, Novaya Gazeta, March 20, 2003
Explaining at a press conference the position of the YABLOKO party, Deputy Head of the Party Igor Artemyev said that: "In general we support the adopted statement, but we think that a peaceful conference must be chaired by the President of Russia, as this is the only way to guarantee that the decisions adopted at the conference are real and will be implemented".


Grigory Yavlinsky: "Mop-ups, robberies and violence should be stopped."
Interview with Grigory Yavlinsky, "Politbureau" journal, March 17, 2003
The consequences of an unprepared referendum can also bring dangers: they can aggravate contradictions inside the Chechen community: they can play into the hands of the forces interested in civil war.


Putin offers Chechens sweeping autonomy under new constitution
AFP, March 17, 2003

The constitution would "give Chechnya a chance to reconstruct its life and obtain sweeping autonomy within Russia's borders," Putin said in a televised address broadcast late Sunday to the few Chechen households that still have access to television.


YABLOKO proposes that all the democratic forces discuss the draft platform for the democratic forces "Charter-20"
Press Release, January 27, 2003

Broad-scale discussion of the draft platform for the democratic forces "The Charter of the New Democratic Coalition - the 20 Principle Platform for the Democratic Coalition" is the goal of the Internet resource launched on Monday, January 27, 2003 at the www.hartia.ru domain..


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.


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.


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.


On housing and communal services sector reform
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.


Address of the All-Russia Democratic Assembly to the Chairman of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation Vyacheslav Lebedyev on the Pasko case
To: The Chairman of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation
V.M. Lebedyev


All-Russia Democratic Assembly 3rd meeting

Declaration on Freedom of Speech, February 18, 2002
The All-Russia Democratic Assembly states absence of freedom of speech in Russia.


Statement on the trial against Novaya Gazeta newspaper
All-Russia Democratic Assembly and the Guild of Court Reporters. April 8, 2002
Russian politics for an outsider looks like a panopticum, where you can see all types of monsters. There are monsters that can devour a whole economic sector in an instant, people who like weather-vanes start rotating speedily at the smallest breeze Basmanny Intermunicipal Court in Moscow adopted two unprecedented decisions, obliging the editing house of Novaya Gazeta to pay compensation for moral damage of THIRTY and FIFTEEN MILLION ROUBLES. Clearly, if these decisions come into force, the readers will never see Novaya Gazeta again.


The Democratic Assembly will discuss freedom of speech in Russia in January 2002
Press release, December 03, 2001
The discussion of freedom of speech in Russia will be the main topic of the All-Russia Democratic Assembly that will meet in Moscow in the second half of January 2002.


The Democratic Assembly opposes the forced return of refugees to Chechnya

Press release, June 22, 2001
Late on June 22 2001, the Administration of the President of the RF received a statement from the Democratic Assembly on the inadmissibility of the forced return of refugees to Chechnya.


To the first meeting of the All-Russia Democratic Assembly
Press release, June 19, 2001
The Yabloko party welcomes the beginning of the work of the All-Russia Democratic Assembly, which opened on June 19, 2001 in Moscow. Yabloko sees the All-Russia Democratic Assembly as a permanent forum of democratically-oriented political and civil organisations, whose representatives will have an opportunity to discuss without intermediaries the vital problems of Russia and develop, on the basis of mutual accord, a general approach to their resolution.


The All-Russia Democratic Assembly. Memorandum on Mutual Understanding adopted at the first meeting
Moscow, June 19, 2001
We, the participants of the All-Russia Democratic Assembly, sharing the principles of strict observation of the rights and legal interests of all the citizens of the country, as well as the priority of the rights of an individual over the rights of the state, consolidation of civil society and development of democratic institutions in the country, believe in the expedience ofš founding the All-Russia permanent Democratic Assembly to exchange opinions on the key issues of our country’s development.


The All-Russia Democratic Assembly. Statement
Moscow, June 19, 2001
The All-Russia Democratic Assembly unanimously expresses its deepest concern over the situation with the residents of the Chechen republic who had to leave its territory.


Information on the All-Russia Democratic Assembly
The All-Russia Democratic Assembly represents dialogue on the most important issues of the development of the country, and includes as equal members political parties, associations, non-political civil organisations and public figures.


The All-Russia Democratic Assembly.The participants at the first meeting
Moscow, June 19, 2001


The All-Russia Democratic Assembly to schedule the actions of the democratic forces
Press release, June 19, 2001

The participants of the All-Russia Democratic Assembly which took place in Moscow on June 19, 2001, demanded that the forced return of the refugees to Chechnya should be prohibited.


Democrats Prepare to Unite

Nezavisimaya Gazeta, March 31, 2001, p. 3

The idea of establishing a permanent democratic coordinating body has existed for a long time already. This idea has been expressed by social-democrat Alexander Yakovlev, republican Vladimir Lysenko and Yabloko leader Grigory Yavlinsky. The goal of this coordinating body is to found a large-scale democratic coalition and formulate the principal positions on key issues of politics and economy. However, all the attempts of the democrats to unite have failed


The Yabloko Association and the Democratic Russia Movement create a democratic coalition

Press release, May 24, 2001

On May 24, 2001, the Chairman of the Yabloko Association, Grigory Yavlinsky, Co-Chairman of the Democratic Russia Movement, Lev Ponomaryov, and members of the Coordination Council of the Democratic Russia, Evgeny Ikhlov and Oleg Mustafin signed in the Moscow office of Democratic Russia a joint declaration on the creation of a union of democratic forces - a democratic coalition.


Grigory Yavlinsky's speech at the All-Russia Emergency Congress in Defence of Human Rights

Moscow, January 21, 2001

Normal open public policies are today easily replaced by PR, lies, libel and mudslinging. Today they don’t enter into discussions with their opponents. There is no political discussion any more. Today, if they are seriously concerned about an opponent, they arrange for his political burial in the press, the television or three hours before the X-hour when he is removed from the elections. Today, this is enough to show who is right.


Yabloko begins work on convening a democratic conference
Press release, January 17, 2001

In April 2000 the Central Council of Yabloko proposed to all the democratic organisations of Russia to create a permanent body for the development of a common position on key political issues. “The decisions of the Democratic Conference should be adopted on a consensus basis rather than by majority vote: it may be chaired in turn by the representatives of all the organisations-participants,” said Grigory Yavlinsky. He also stressed that participation in the Conference of non-political civil organisations and organisations defending human rights is extremely important.

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