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YABLOKO’s leader detained at a permitted action

Press Release, May 26, 2011.

YABLOKO’s leader Sergei Mitrokhin was detained at an action in protection of small-scale business by the building of the Ministry for Economic Development...

YABLOKO’s action was conducted on the Day of Russian Entrepreneur. The picketers spoke about the problems Russian small business has to confront. Sergei Mitrokhin noted that situation for small-scale business had been deteriorating with every year. Fiscal burden grew by 2.5 times in the past two years. The picket was held under the slogans “34 per cent of taxes strangles honest businesses!”, “Markets for small businesses, not the oligarchs!” and “Down with corruption!”

The Federal Bureau of the YABLOKO party demands resignation of the Governor of Novosibirsk region

Press Release, March 26, 2011.

On March 26, the Federal Bureau of the YABLOKO party applied to President Medvedev demanding to dismiss Vassily Yurchenko, Governor of the Novosibirsk region. Violating the Constitution the Governor voluntarily reduced the number of free trips accorded to the citizens as a social benefit from an unlimited number to 30.

Such a decision provoked public discontent in the region. And in late December 2010 and January – March 2011 citizens conducted several pickets, a rally and a demonstration in Novosibirsk...

Youth YABLOKO demanded to increase students’ stipends to subsistence minimum

Press Release, February 22, 2011.

Youth YABLOKO demanded to increase students’ stipends to subsistence minimum. An action under the slogan of raising stipends was held today in Moscow.

According to Kirill Gontcharov, leader of the Youth YABLOKO, at present an average stipend in Moscow universities amounts to RUR 1,500 [approximately USD 50]. YABLOKO’s activists showed what can be bought with this money with the help of a simple formula: "Stipend – a Moscow Travel Pass = 1 loaf of bread per day"...

A roundtable discussion on the pension system to be held in YABLOKO

Press Release, November 22, 2010

A roundtable discussion on the pension system will be held in the YABLOKO office at Pyatnistskaya street in Moscow on
Thursday, November 25, at 6 p.m...

On August 3, at 9-45 a.m. the Russian Democratic Party YABLOKO held a protest action against abolishing of social benefits
Press release, August 3, 2004

The activists also chanted the following slogans "Shame to the Duma!" "No to the Abolishing of the Benefits!" And "Hands Off from the Old People!"


St.Petersburg's YABLOKO opposes the anti-social reform proposed by the Russian government
Press release, August 2, 2004

On the threashold of the second reading of discussion of the package of laws on the social reform St.Petersburg's branch of YABLOKO jointly with other public and political organisations held a protest action in the Nevskii prospect against the adoption of the government's draft laws.


St. Petersburg's YABLOKO initiates a recall of the deputies of the Duma who supported the draft laws on social reform
Press release, July 29, 2004

On August 2 2004, on the threshold of the second reading of discussion of the package of laws on social reform the St. Petersburg branch of the Russian Democratic Party YABLOKO will hold a protest action against the government's anti-social draft laws that violate basic constitutional rights of the citizens.


On the World AIDS Day the YABLOKO party participated in the Red Ribbon action

Vesti-Moscow television programme, December 2, 2010
On December 1, the World AIDS Day the YABLOKO party participated in the Red Ribbon international action. For several hours party activists were distributing information leaflets and red ribbons – the symbols of fight against the HIV virus – by Moscow universities and YABLOKO’s Moscow office. YABLOKO believes that the state should apply maximum effort so that people with AIDS would get the required aid and the society would stop treating them as outcasts.

“The state should restore order here. It should extend a helping hand to the sick people and provide them treatment. All the mobbing which such people often have to confront should be stopped”, said Sergei Mitrokhin, Chairman of the YABLOKO party...

Growing Pains
By Philip Marriott, Moscow News, August 18-24, 2004

According to a recent research paper (Kosmarskaya, 9/4/04) only 5% of Russians outside the dominant power industries contribute to a private pension scheme leaving the rest reliant on the state pension to see them through old age - a frightening prospect in a country with a falling birth rate and an ageing population and, at the same time, with a lack of the services provided in other ageing countries such as those in Western Europe.


Nuts and Bolts of Social Reform
By Oksana Yablokova, The Moscow Times, August 13, 2004

Supporters of the controversial bill, which was rushed through both chambers of parliament and is now awaiting President Vladimir Putin's signature to become law, say the changes will make welfare assistance more targeted and fair.
Opponents, who have staged nationwide rallies against the legislation, fear the plan will only impoverish retirees, war veterans, the disabled, Chernobyl cleanup workers and others. They say cash payments will soon be eaten up by inflation and not cover the cost of the benefits that recipients now enjoy, while groups paid by cash-poor regions and not the federal government may be left empty-handed.


Russia's Poor Cut Adrift by Putin's Revolution
The Guardian (UK), August 12, 2004

A plan to replace this treasured system of social benefits, which includes housing subsidies, free public transport, discounts on prescription medication, free artificial limbs and spa treatment, with a straight cash payment has sparked weeks of noisy demonstrations, the first since Mr Putin took power in 2000.


The Law on Preservation of Benefits
By Boris Vishnevsky, Novaya Gazeta, August 9, 2004

"Someone must have got what we didn’t receive, right?" my intelligent Dad used to say. And again I see that he was right here: the citizens lost their benefits, whence the bureaucrats obtained benefits.


Upheavals Won't Spare Us this Autumn
Poll for politicians prepared by Lyudmila Uvarova, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, August 9, 2004

Sergei Mitrokhin, Deputy Chairman of the YABLOKO party: The second part of anti-social reforms - the Housing Code, which will affect the lives of more people - will be viewed this fall. It will affect almost all residents, probably with the exception of 5% owners of the elite housing. Therefore, the strain will be enhancing in our society.


YABLOKO is going to question in the Constitutional Court of the RF the lawfulness of the draft law on monetization of social benefits after this law comes into force
Finamarket, August 5, 2004

Such a statement was made by deputy of the State Duma and member of the YABLOKO party Sergei Popov to the Ekho Moskvi radio station. He also noted that there is no doubt that the President would sign the bill.


State Duma Passes Controversial Benefits Bill in Last Reading
MosNews, August 5, 2004

309 Duma voted for the bill, while 118 voted against it. The bill was passed almost exclusively by the pro-president majority United Russia party, with opposition factions lobbying fellow parliamentarians to vote against the bill.


Old Lies No Longer Work
By Boris Kagarlitsky, The Moscow Times, August 5, 2004

Day after day the television news is filled with shots of smiling pensioners tickled pink by the Kremlin's plan to replace benefits for socially vulnerable groups with cash payments. And day after day opinion polls record growing hostility to the reforms among average Russians.


Monetising Ordinary Citizens the Authorities "Forget" Bureaucrats
By Kira Latukhina and Natalia Melikova, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, August 4, 2004

The main and most radical measure of the recent period has been the preservation for the bureaucrats of all their former benefits plus an appreciable rise in salaries. Reformers' justification is that in this way they will curb corruption. This is a very doubtful argument...


Benefits Bill Steamrollered Through
By Francesca Mereu, The Moscow Times, August 4, 2004

The bill passed without encountering any heated discussions as the entire pro-Kremlin United Russia majority voted unanimously for all the amendments supported by the Kremlin, and automatically rejected amendments proposed by the opposition.


Putin Feels Fallout Over Plan to Eliminate Soviet-Era Benefits
By Susan B. Glasser, Washington Post, August 3, 2004

Russia is poised to dismantle the remnants of the Soviet-era social safety net for as many as 100 million of its poorest citizens, replacing many free services with cash payments in a controversial experiment that has sent President Vladimir Putin's approval rating down sharply.


Russian Parliament Tackles Controversial Social Reform
Associated Press, August 3, 2004

The bill is part of the unpopular and potentially painful reforms Russian president Vladimir Putin pledged to tackle during his second term.


Large Protest Against Social-Benefits Reform Held in Central Moscow
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, July 30, 2004

Participating in the meeting were Chernobyl survivors and members of the Communist, Yabloko, Motherland, and Liberal Democratic parties under the slogan, "All for One," ITAR-TASS reported. Protesters carried signs reading "Hands off Benefits!" and "It's Easy to Cancel [Something], Harder to Resolve It."


Deputies Submit Populist Amendments To Controversial Bill On Social Benefits
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, July 24, 2004

Of the 1,200 proposed amendments that have been submitted to a controversial government bill that would replace in-kind social benefits with cash payments, not more than 30 are expected to be adopted, Deputy Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said on 22 July, "Parlamentskaya gazeta" reported on 23 July.


A Pale Imitation The impending reforms are worse than unfair - they're simply stupid
By Yulia Kalinina, Moskovskiy Komsomolets, June 11, 2004

For the past four years the regime has been busy clearing away the rubble of perestroika. Now it is starting to set "truly long-term goals" to replace the rubble - to borrow the phrase used by President Putin in his annual address to parliament.


Poor Benefits for the Poor
By Ella Paneyakh, Vedomosti, May 31,2004

Take any radio talk broadcast whatever journalists and experts might discuss, the air is flooded by calls from pensioners who ask one and the same question: how can a pensioner survive now that the government has dared to lay its hands upon fringe benefits


Russia's poorest face huge cuts in benefits
Nick Paton Walsh in Moscow, The Guardian (UK), June 1, 2004

Galina Mihaleva, director of the Centre for Modern Politics Research, said: "Putin and the government declare the fight with poverty [is] their priority. But in reality they are pursu ing the social policies of the extreme right, depriving the most vulnerable elements of society of the minimal benefits they still have."
She added: "These measures hit the disabled, veterans and pensioners hardest, because in reality the privileges they have today are much bigger than the compensation the government is offering."

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