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Alexander Shishlov: One of the main reasons behind YABLOKO's demand to dismiss the Cabinet is the refusal of the government to increase wages to teachers and doctors
Press release, June 11, 2003

...We cannot wait for mercy from the Cabinet and the pro-government Duma majority any more.



More Deputies Express Their Opposition Than Had Been Predicted
Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe, June 19, 2003

According to "Vremya novostei" on 19 June, more deputies voted against the government than had been expected, and that might have been because no one from the government bothered to show up for the vote.


Yabloko And Communist Leaders Lash Out At Government
Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe, June 19, 2003

...the government is staffed with "temporary people" who are sitting on their bank accounts just waiting to leave the country.


As Expected, Government Survives Vote Of No Confidence...
Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe, June 19, 2003

As was widely predicted, the no-confidence vote held by the Duma on 18 June failed to gather enough votes to dissolve the government of Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov, Russian media reported.


Push for Cabinet's Ouster Falls Short
By Francesca Mereu, The Moscow Times, June 19, 2003

The no-confidence motion got 172 votes in the 450-seat Duma, with 163 deputies voting against it and six abstaining. A majority of 226 votes was needed for the motion to pass and pave the way for ousting the government headed by Mikhail Kasyanov.


No-Confidence Motion in the Cabinet: After the Discussion
Commentary by Grigory Yavlinsky, Special for the web-site, June 19, 2003

It was important to say that a system of serious backwardness and demodernisation had developed in the country. It was important to say that both economy and history do not follow the Regulations of the Duma; that today we had to set the grounds for positive developments in the future.


No-Confidence Motion in the Cabinet of Mikhail Kasyanov
Roll-call voting in the State Duma, June 18, 2003, 19:01:07

One-Hour Vote
By Syuzanna Farizova, Kommersant, June 18, 2003

Yesterday the Duma council finally set the schedule: the vote will be at 5 p.m., so only an hour is available. However, even if the debate takes longer, the vote of no confidence will not pass. As leader of the Russian Regions group Oleg Morozov explained, "The vote of no confidence is nothing but an election move, a farce to which the response is another farce."


Motherland as Nobody's Granny
By Andrei Piontkovsky, Novaya Gazeta, June 16-18, 2003

It took literally years of scandals in the media before the regime finally sacked odious Yevgeny Adamov and Nikolai Aksyonenko, the ministers who transformed their departments into private businesses.


Putin's Cabinet Wins No-Confidence Vote
By Steve Gutterman, Associated Press, June 18, 2003

President Vladimir Putin's Cabinet survived a no-confidence motion Wednesday in a parliamentary vote that drew attention to dissatisfaction with the government but underlined the Kremlin's political power.


Russian government under fire despite brisk growth
AFP, June 17, 2003

Russia's parliamentary opposition Wednesday will table a motion of no confidence in a government it accuses of following a failed economic plan even as the country goes through a rare phase of brisk growth.


Kasyanov Defends His Cabinet's Record
Combined Reports, The Moscow Times, June 16, 2003

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov last week defended his social and economic record before an agitated State Duma ahead of a no-confidence vote in his government Wednesday.


Voting No Confidence in What?
By Andrei Piontkovsky, The Moscow Times, June 16, 2003

On Wednesday, the State Duma is scheduled to consider a motion of no confidence in the government of Mikhail Kasyanov. Raising such a question is entirely natural, and moreover, is a necessary step to preserve the political face of our parliamentary system.


Kasyanov Is Staying for the Time Being
By Sergei Andreyev, Komsomolskya Pravda, June 14, 2003

It is already clear today that the Duma is unlikely to vote for the no-confidence motion. The centrist factions will not support this. However, according to YABLOKO's leaders, the no-confidence motion is a good pretext to make the Cabinet answerable and make it report to the deputies for the three years of its performance.


Campaign Against the "Russian White House" Begins
Interview with Grigory Yavlinsky by Dmitry Chernov, Vremya MN, June 11, 2003

Everybody knows that social policy is based first of all on economic policy. Government proposals on the economic policy for next year are clear to us in general, as their proposals on the budget for 2004 have been submitted to the Duma. Whatever the Cabinet promises us now, this would not correspond to the real situation, as the economic base the Cabinet is going to reflect in the budget for the coming year is such that many of their promises have already turned into mere words today.


Grigory Yavlinsky explains his stance on the vote of no-confidence in the Cabinet
Interview with Grigory Yavlinsky by Andrei Shariy, Radio Liberty, June 11, 2003

"...our possibilities are extremely limited. But it is our duty to realise them to the full.


No-Confidence Debate Looms
The Associated Press, June 11, 2003

A no-confidence motion needs a simple majority of 226 votes in the 450-seat Duma to succeed. That is considered all but impossible because the Communists, their allies and Yabloko can gather only about 150 votes. The Duma is dominated by pro-Kremlin centrist parties.


Duma safeguards lunch, Kasyanov's future
By Roman Tushin, gazeta.ru, June 10, 2003

The State Duma has set the date when it plans to bury the controversial issue of a no-confidence vote in the government. As was expected, the vote will take place on Wednesday, June 18.


Russian parliament takes up no-confidence motion in government
AFP, June 10, 2003

Russia's lower house of parliament agreed Tuesday to vote later this month on a no-confidence motion in the government of Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov.


No-Confidence Vote
The Moscow Times, June 10, 2003

The Communist Party and the liberal Yabloko faction have gathered 103 lawmakers' signatures -- enough to put a motion of no-confidence in the Cabinet on the parliamentary agenda, Yabloko deputy head Sergei Ivanenko said Monday.


Deputies Initiate Vote of No Confidence in Russian Government
pravda.ru, June 7, 2003

On June 10th, the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (CPRF) and the Yabloko faction plan to present 90 signatures to the State Duma council. The signatures are required to include the question of a vote of no confidence on the agenda of the forthcoming session of the Russian parliament's lower house.


YABLOKO: the Cabinet should account for its performance to the State Duma.
KM-Novosti, June 2, 2003

...the Russian government has never accounted for its performance for the past three years.


Grigory Yavlinsky: the Cabinet has never accounted for a single issue for the past three years.
RTR television channel, "Vesti", June 2, 2003

The YABLOKO party insists that the government should account for its performance to the State Duma in June.

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