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Liberal International adopted YABLOKO’s resolution on combating rise of extremism and xenophobia among youth
Press Release, November 1, 2012

The 58th congress of Liberal International which took place in Abidjan, Cote-d’Ivoire, on October 17-21, adopted YABLOKO’s resolution "Combating Rise of Extremism Among Youth". The resolution was submitted to the congress by the YABLOKO party, LI full member.

The resolution expresses deep concern of a global rise of extremism and xenophobia among youth stating that liberals must tackle these challenges “basing on liberal values of human rights, individual freedoms, rule of law, respect for the individual, tolerance and civil and moral responsibility of each person”.

Form now on the resolution prepared by YABLOKO Bureau members Ivan Bolshakov and Alexander Gnezdilov and Dmitry Ilyushin, Federal Council member, will become a guidance for the liberal parties all over the world.
Earlier the resolution had been approved by a joint YABLOKO-ELDR conference, which took place in Moscow on April 21, 2012.

YABLOKO paid tribute to the memory of Moscow theatre hostages

Press Release, October 26, 2012.

YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin and Galina Mikhalyova, Bureau member, paid tribute to the memory of hostages of a Moscow theatre who came to watch the Nord-Ost musical (in Dubrovka district, Moscow). They laid flowers to the memorial plaque with the names of the victims set by the Theatre Center.

Ten years ago, on October 26, 2002, security forces stormed into the building where terrorists held the actors and the audience of the Nord–Ost musical. According to the official data, 130 hostages were killed.

President of Russia must take investigation of the attack against Muslim leaders in Tatarstan under his personal control
Statement by YABLOKO Chairman
, July 19, 2012.

For and on behalf of the YABLOKO party I am conveying condolences to the relatives and next of kin of Valiulla Yakupov, head of Educational Department of Spiritual Directorate of the Muslims of Tatarstan, who was murdered by criminals. I am also conveying condolences to residents of Tatarstan and the entire Muslim community of our country. I wish speedy recovery to Ildus Faizov, Mufti of the Republic of Tatarstan, who was injured during explosion of his car.

We strongly condemn this crime and demand from the President of the Russian Federation to take the investigation of the attack under his personal control.

We hope that the criminals will not escape punishment...

Condolences on the act of terror in Makhachkala, Dagestan

May 4, 2012

The Russian United Democratic Party YABLOKO expresses condolences to relatives of the victims of a double bombing in Makhachkala, Dagestan. We are wishing all the injured a speedy recovery.

Despite repeated assurances by the Russian leadership that terrorism has been defeated in Russia, the Caucasus and the armed gangs are not eliminated and terrorist attacks do not stop.

We demand an immediate investigation into this crime and punishment of all guilty in this in this crime in accordance with the law.

We demand that President-elect Vladimir Putin should take investigation of this act of terror under his personal control...

International Conference "Youth under Threat of Extremism and Xenophobia. A Liberal Response"
conducted jointly by ELDR and YABLOKO. Moscow, April 21, 2012. Speeches, videos, presentations

Published on May 25, 2012.

Welcoming speeches

Dr. Sergei Mitrokhin, Chair of the YABLOKO party
Dr. Marc Guerrero, ELDR Vice President, CDC Catalonia, Spain
Dr. Astrid Thors, ELDR Vice President
Emil Kirjas, Secretary General of Liberal International
Vladimir Lukin, Russia’s Ombudsman.

Youth Extremism and Xenophobia discussed at Moscow Conference
LI News Bulletin, Issue 280, April 27, 2012

The noticeable rise of extremism and xenophobia among youth across Europe brought prominent liberals to discuss in Moscow, Russia liberal agenda for addressing this problem. Prominent speakers included Sergei Mitrokhin and Grigory Yavlinsky, the leader and the presidential candidate of Yabloko (LI Full member), Trine Skei Grande MP, leader of Venstre, Norway (LI Full member), Astrid Thors MP of SFP, Finland (LI Full member) and Marc Guerrero, Vice President of ELDR (LI cooperating organisation), Angelika Mlinar, leader of Liberales Forum, Austria and Kerstin Lundgren MP of Center Party, Sweden (LI Full member). In the welcome speech LI Secretary General Emil Kirjas pledged for “more opportunities for the young people to participate in decision making, starting from micro level, including in families and the local communities. That responsibility must be based on freedom of expression and dialogue, discussion, debate.” LI Treasurer Robert W. Browne spoke on the growth of xenophobia, street protests and violence in Europe, giving account of the 2011 London riots. A resolution was adopted that is likely to be further discussed at the upcoming LI Congress in Abidjan.


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Sergei Mitrokhin demands from the Investigative Committee to file a criminal case against the lawyer promising "to flood Moscow with blood"
Press Release, April 25, 2012.

Leader of the YABLOKO party Sergei Mitrokhin demands from the Investigative Committee to file a criminal case against Dagir Khasavov, lawyer promising "to flood the city [Moscow] with blood" in the REN TV channel, "unless sharia courts are created in the capital [of Russia]”.

"Muslims do not want to get involved into the judicial system. You think that we are coming here to Russia as to some strange place. And we believe that we are at home. Maybe you are foreigners here, but we are at home. And we will establish the rules that suit us, whether you like it or not. Any attempt to stop this will lead to bloodshed. The second dead lake will be here. We will flood the city with blood," announced the lawyer and Assistant to Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Social Policy and Healthcare in the federal television channel. He was quoted by the Russian News Service...

ELDR in Russia and Ukraine
ELDR Newsletter March 25, 2012.

From 19 to 22 April, ELDR Vice President Marc Guerrero was on tour in Ukraine and Russia to support the activities of the liberal family.

In Kiev, an international ELDR conference with the local liberal partners from Ukraine, the Future and the European Youth of Ukraine, was held which focussed on free market and liberal policies as the best tools for a democratic and prosperous society. At the event, the Institute of Democracy and Liberalism (IdeaL) was launched.

In Moscow, Marc Guerrero and ELDR Vice President Astrid Thors MP were present at the conference "Youth under threat of Extremism and Xenophobia. A liberal response" organised by ELDR member YABLOKO.

YABLOKO-ELDR conference "Threats of Extremism and Xenophobia Among Youth: the Liberal Answer". Resolution
Moscow, April 21, 2012.

...We think that such liberal response should include the following:

- steady rejection by the society of all forms of xenophobia and extremism and personality cult, as well as revival of nazism, Stalinism and fascism; abolishment of the cult of superiority and crude force, as well as manipulations with public opinion by means of pseudo historical myths and conspiracy theories;

- broadening of possibilities for engaging people in social and political life, provision of free and fair elections and independence of the judiciary; development of institutes of democracy and civil society which allow each citizen to participate in the social and political life and feel that his or her beliefs, points of view and interests influence government’s politics;

- protection of human dignity protection, person immunity and freedom of individual choice; strengthening of the secular state principles and freedom of conscience and rejection of all forms of anti-Semitism;

- conducting policies stimulating maximum integration and socialisation of people into economic, political and cultural life of Europe; gradual liquidation of barriers either in the society or between the states. Creation of a pan-European visa-free area...

YABLOKO-ELDR conference "Threats of Extremism and Xenophobia Among Youth: the Liberal Answer" adopted a resolution
Press Release, April 21, 2012.

Participants of the conference "Threats of Extremism and Xenophobia Among Youth: the Liberal Answer" adopted a resolution where they expressed their deep concern of noticeable rise of extremism and xenophobia among youth in almost all European countries.

Nevertheless, "liberal and democratic forces are capable of tackling these challenges basing their response on human rights, individual freedoms, respect for the individual, tolerance and civil and moral responsibility of each person"...

International Conference organised by ELDR and YABLOKO "Youth under Threat of Extremism and Xenophobia. A Liberal Response" to be held in Moscow on April 21
Press Release, April 17, 2012.

The European Party Liberal Democrat and Reform Party (ELDR) and the Russian United Democratic Party YABLOKO will hold an international conference “Youth under Threat of Extremism and Xenophobia. A Liberal Response” on Saturday, April 21.

The conference will be opened by Dr.Sergei Mitrokhin, Chair of the YABLOKO party, Emil Kirjas, Secretary General of Liberal International, Dr. Marc Guerrero, ELDR Vice President, Vladimir Lukin, Russia’s Ombudsman and Dr. Astrid Thors, ELDR Vice President.

The conference will consist of four panels...

Neo-Nazis attacked YABLOKO’s activist

Press Release, April 16, 2011.

In the evening April 16 neo-Nazis attacked Anatoly Rabinovich, YABLOKO’s Bureau member and President of the Inter-Regional Union of those who was brought up in orphanages.

Rabinovich was attacked when he was going back home from the Moscow Conference of YABLOKO. Coming out of the Barrikadnaya metro station and walking to Sadovaya-Kudrinskaya street he walked away from a group of not sober young men. Several seconds later one of the men hit Rabinovish from behind. Rabinovich tried to return to the metro station hoping to get help from police. However, neo-Nazis were chasing him striking blows...

Sergei Mitrokhin: we will not allow nationalists to destroy Russia

Press Release, January 15, 2011

..."Unfortunately a month ago, this tragic occasion was used by nationalistic forces for provocations. I am categorically against the situation when the memory of Yegor is privatized by nationalists, who are destroying our country," Mitrokhin added.

"I pay tribute to all the victims of nationalistic crimes. Nationalism is one of the reasons behind such crimes. Unfortunately, the state does nothing to stop the spiral of ethnic conflicts that can not only lead to new tragedies, but also to the destruction of Russia. If inter-ethnic peace is ruined in Russia, the country will cease to exist as a state ", said YABLOKO’s leader. "The people who are shouting anti-Caucasian slogans have apparently parted with the Caucasus, and along with it, with the Volga region, where people of different nationalities live. But we will not allow the nationalists to destroy Russia. Nationalism will not work ", said Sergei Mitrokhin.

Sergei Mitrokhin: a mourning rally in memory of Yegor Sviridov should not turn into a nationalistic action

Press Release, January 13, 2011

YABLOKO’s leader Sergei Mitrokhin calls all the Russian citizens who are going to participate in the mourning rally in memory of the Yegor Sviridov [whose murder and the following release of the murderers from the police station provoked mass-scale disorders with nationalistic slogans in the centre of Moscow on December 11] not to allow for turning of this mourning event into a nationalistic action. “The fans should not support nationalists who turn murders into a political capital,” he said...

YABLOKO conducted an action for peace between nations and ethnic groups

Press Release, December 20, 2010

Picket for peace between nations and ethnic groups was conducted in the centre of Moscow on December 20. The action was organised by the YABLOKO party in protest against multiethnic clashes in Moscow. The participants of the actions held placards “Let’s Preserve Peace between Nations!”, “Russia is a Homeland for 182 Ethnic Groups!”, “Let’s Stop Violence!”, “Feebleness of the Government [in opposing ethnic hatred] Leads to Public Violence!”, “Feud between Nations Leads to Russia’s Collapse!” The activists were joined by passer-bys. Despite of their true ethnic background, the activists held signs with the names of the Northern Caucasus nationalities and ethnic groups: “I am an Ossetian”, “I am a Darginian”, “I am a Lezginian”, etc. Police attempted to stop the action...

Nationalism will not work!
Statement by the Regional Council of the Moscow branch of YABLOKO, December 16, 2010

The regional branch of the YABLOKO party in Moscow states that large-scale nationalist clashes in the capital be a serious threat to the country's existence. We consider the authorities' actions against the organisers and the participants of the clashes be inadequate to threat they pose...

An explanation lies either in extremely low professionalism of the police heads or their sympathy for the nationalists and their slogans, or even in both the reasons. If the authorities do not file criminal cases on "inciting of ethnic hatred" and "organisation of mass disorders", then there are grounds to speak about the collusion of the authorities and the nationalists. The authorities often see the nationalists as their allies. We are confident that among those who were engaged in the clashes in the center of Moscow there were representatives of nationalistically minded groups of football fans who attacked the defenders of Khimki forest. We know about the connection between these groups with pro-Kremlin youth movements, their creators and tutors...

YABLOKO leaves the rally protesting against participation of nationalists

Press Release, November 21, 2010

The YABLOKO party left the rally against arbitrary rule during trails against journalists and human rights activists protesting against participation in the rally of the ultra-right Russkiy Obraz (The Russian Image) organisation that came to the rally bearing their flags. YABLOKO’s leader Sergei Mitrokhin proposed to the representative of nationalists a compromise – to participate in the rally without their nationalistic symbols but the latter refused. After this YABLOKO including activists from the Tula branch of YABLOKO, the Moscow YABLOKO and Sergei Mitrokhin, left the Pushkin Square.

The activists of the Tula branch of YABLOKO specially came to Moscow so that to tell about criminal persecutions against Vladimir Timakov, deputy of the Tula Regional Duma (regional parliament) from the YABLOKO faction , for alleged “libel” against Governor of the Tula Region Vuacheslav Dudka. In accordance with Article 129 of the Criminal Code Timakov faces three years of imprisonment for his criticism of the Governor...

The Russian authorities should take up responsibility for prevention of violence in Kyrgyzstan
Statement by YABLOKO's Chairman, April 19, 2010

The Russian United Democratic Party YABLOKO expresses its extreme concern by the growth of havoc and violence in Kyrgyzstan, which also led to the acts of violence and robbery against Russian citizens and ethnic Russians living in Kyrgyzstan.

In the situation of abrupt weakening of the power and virtual negligence by the law enforcement, nationalistic bashing can end in multiple victims. The duty of the Russian authorities is to prevent murders of our compatriots, as well as the citizens of Kyrgyzstan and all other nations that are left without protection.

We are calling President of Russia and Prime Minister of Russia to take under their personal control the issue of preventing mass killings in Kyrgyzstan, make corresponding public statements and use all the leverages so that to influence the situation...

Youth YABLOKO pickets Public Prosecutor General's office demanding to release YABLOKO’s activist

Press release, November 18, 2009

Youth YABLOKO is now picketing Public Prosecutor General's office in Moscow (at the address Bolshaya Dmitrovka, 15a) demanding to release 26 year-old Vladimir Volkov, activist of the Penza branch of the party, detained for 48 hours on suspicion of an arson of United Russia’s office in Penza.

Youth YABLOKO activists hold a placard “Free activist of the Penza branch of YABLOKO Vladimir Volkov”. The police have been checking the activists’ documents, however, have not obstructed the picket yet.

YABLOKO’s activist detained for 48 hours on suspicion of arson of the United Russia office in Penza

Press release, November 17, 2009

Activist of the Youth YABLOKO Vladimir Volkov was detained for 48 hours of arson of the United Russia office in Penza. Earlier his flat had been searched.

Today on November 17, 2009, at 9.00 a.m. several persons who told that they were interior officers came to Volkov’s flat where he lives with his parents. They asked Volkov to come with them, explaining that his lawyer could come to the interior department where they all would “talk”.

However, until 2 p.m. neither his parents, nor the lawyer, nor even investigator Ye.Pluzhnikova had no information where Volkov was.

On provocation of the United Russia against YABLOKO’s activists

Statement of the YABLOKO party, November 10, 2009

The YABLOKO party expresses its categorical protest in connection with provocations and acts of pressure and mobbing of the party branches in a number of regions.

On November 8, 2009, there was a fire in the regional branch of the United Russia party. According to preliminary information of the interior, unknown persons threw flame fluid in the window.

There events became a motive to political mobbing of activists from oppositional parties and movements by the United Russia at participation of the interior.

At night on the 8th of October unlawful searches in the homes of YABLOKO members and allies took place. Seven activists were victims of lawlessness. Notebooks, party and publicistic materials, other things having no relation to the arson were confiscated.

The YABLOKO party considers statements of the United Russia leaders and actions of the interior, as well as their accusations in the address of opposition parties in extremism as persecution of the dissenting and intimidation of politically active citizens.

Aggressive nationalism endangers Russia

Statement by the Russian United Democratic Party YABLOKO, November 4, 2009

The 4th of November is officially announced the Day of National Unity in Russia. However, it is this day when the streets of Russian cities turn into arena for skin-heads, Nazis and racists provoking ethnic hatred. “Russian Marches” conducted on permission of local authorities and multiple unsanctioned nationalists’ actions will take place in 16 Russian cities.

According to the analytical centre SOVA, 50 people died and 280 people were wounded due to xenophobia since January 2009.

The YABLOKO party states that provoking of ethnic hatred, as well as assistance in the organisation of nationalists’ actions, is prone of very serious consequences, including shedding of blood and disintegration of the country.

The Sixth Anti-Hatred March took place in St.Petersburg

Press release, November 2, 2009

The Sixth Anti-Hatred March in memory of Nikolai Giryenko took place in St.Petersburg
on October 31, 2009.

Representatives from the YABLOKO and the Right Cause party, Solidarity and Oborona (Defence) movements, Soldiers’ Mothers (St.Petersburg branch), Memorial, the Social-Democratic Youth Union, St.Petersburg Council for Protection of Human Rights, activists of the Vikhod (the Way Out) organisation, anarchists and ordinary citizens concerned by the growth of xenophobia in the society participated in the march. The march joined together over 500 people.

The Sixth Anti-Hatred March to take place in St.Petersburg

Press release, October 22, 2009

The Sixth Anti-Hatred March will take place in St.Petersburg on October 31. Its route lies from Sportivnaya metro station to the Sakharov Square.

Initially the March was planned as tribute to academic and human rights activist Nikolai Giryenko shot by right-wing nationalists on June 19, 2004. Gradually the Anti-Hatred March has been turning into the solidarity day for all people resisting social order based on fear and hatred. Inequality of the rights and discrimination as of social, cultural, national, ethnic, race, religious, gender factors or sexual orientation should be eliminated as contradicting the interests of building a welfare state in the multicultural, multinational and multiconfessional Russia.

Criminal proceedings for inciting inter-ethnic hatred started after deputy Mitrokhin inquiry
Press release, May 16, 2003

Three criminal proceedings for inciting inter-ethnic hatred were opened by the Public Prosecutor's Office after the inquiry of deputy of the State Duma from the YABLOKO faction Sergei Mitrokhin


Representatives of the democratic forces created a Coordination Committee to oppose fascism, extremism, xenophobia and nationalism
Press Release, July 4, 2002

Representatives of democratic forces created a Coordination Committee to organise and coordinate a mass-scale campaign of non-violence to oppose fascism, extremism, xenophobia and nationalism.


The Yabloko faction succeeded in passing a number of principle amendments to the draft law "On Combating the Extremism "
Press Release. June 20, 2002
The Yabloko faction succeeded in passing a number of principle amendments to the draft law "On Combating Extremism" which was adopted by the State Duma in the second reading on June 20, 2002.


The Yabloko faction will support the draft law "On Combating Extremism" in the second reading if Yabloko's amendments to the draft law are adopted
Press Release. June 19, 2002

The Yabloko faction in the State Duma thinks it necessary to adopt a law "On Combating Extremism" "in view of the outbreak of extremism and signs pointing to the formation of an extremist underground in Russia." This statement for journalists was made by Sergei Mitrokhin, a member of the Yabloko faction.


Top Russian judge killed in Moscow

LI News Issue 179, April 15, 2010

A senior Russian judge who presided over the high-profile trial of a gang of racist killers was assassinated in Moscow on April 12 2010. Eduard Chuvashov, who was shot on the way to work on Monday morning is suspected to have been killed by ultranationalists as revenge, after he jailed three skinheads last week for racially-motivated murders. The Moscow City Court judge has previously sentenced a gang of skinhead youths for similar crimes and also worked on cases involving Russian officials accused of corruption and embezzlement. Sergei Mitrokhin, leader of LI Full Member YABLOKO, commented on the murder that took place in broad daylight in Moscow: “We think that this blatant murder of a federal judge who has been conducting the most resonant cases against nationalists and chauvinists represents a challenge both to the judiciary and the civil society… [it is an attempt] on behalf of nationalistic and fascist forces to frighten and split our multiethnic society over nationalistic issues.”


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What Happened to Anna Politkovskaya
By Sergey Sokolov and Dmitry Muratov, NovayaGazeta.Ru, September 4, 2004

At time of these tragic days hundreds of our colleagues, state officials and readers expressed their concern about the fate of our observer Anna Politkovskaya. They believed that her presence at Beslan could have proved useful. However, Politkovskaya did not reach Beslan.


First Case of Racially Motivated Murder Goes to Court
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, August 12, 2004

Three local men aged 16 to 22 are charged with the 21 February murder of Amar Lima, an African student. Two of the three are believed to be members of the nationalist organization Russian National Unity, which has long been particularly active in Voronezh Oblast.


Nationalism Rising
By Valery Vyzhutovich, The Moscow News, No 28, 2004

In late June, Vladimir Lukin, the RF plenipotentiary on human rights, visited Voronezh. The ombudsman's interest in the region that has recently seen a marked rise in nationalism sentiments is quite natural.


Nationalists Claim Murder
Moscow Times, June 25, 2004

The web site of the group, Russian Republic, posted Wednesday a "verdict" issued by its self-styled government to "execute" Nikolai Girenko, 64. The statement described Girenko as "an enemy of the Russian people" and said he was guilty of helping to jail "patriots."


Skinhead Expert Shot Dead in St. Pete
By Oksana Yablokova, Moscow Times, June 22, 2004

"They (nationalistic-minded extremists) were able to carry out this vendetta largely because city authorities have long ignored the existence of skinheads and extremists in the city by portraying their activities as hooliganism," Yury Vdovin, representative of the St. Petersburg office of the Citizens Watch human rights group said.


Terrorism is a villainy which knows no boundaries
Statement, The Russian Democratic Party YABLOKO, February 6, 2004

There is no justification for terrorism - neither political or religious or any other. There is no justification for murder or murder threats of innocent and defenseless people.


Racism Case Investigated
The St.Petersburg Times, January 20, 2004

The City Prosecutor's Office has initiated a criminal case against Yury Belyayev, head of the Party of Liberty and editor of newspaper Express Khronika for allegedly publishing an article inciting attacks on ethnic Caucasians, Interfax reported Monday.


On the act of vandalism in the Muslim part of the Gradsk cemetery in Chelyabinsk
Statement of the Russian Democratic Party YABLOKO, September 10, 2003

YABLOKO states that every individual, regardless of his religious beliefs or nationality has a right to respect and a deserving memory.


St. Petersburg Youth Union YABLOKO proposes that the leadership of Oktyabrskya Rail Road conduct a joint action "Railroad Without Insulting Graffiti"
ABN (North-Western federal district, St.Petersburg), July 15, 2002

St. Petersburg. Chairman of St.Petersburg Youth Union YABLOKO V. Drugov forwarded an open letter to the head of the Oktyabrskaya Rail Road G. Komarov. The press service of the Youth Union YABLOKO informed ABN (www.abnews.ru) about the increasing frequency of manifestations of everyday nationalism and their impact on the work of the department...


Russian Duma Votes Through 'Anti-Skinhead' Bill
Reuters, June 23, 2002

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian lawmakers gave their final backing on Thursday to a Kremlin-sponsored bill aiming to clamp down on extremist activity, despite liberal concerns that the law lacked safeguards to prevent abuses.


Duma Passes the Law "On Combating Extrimism"
by Mikhail Vinogradov
The second reading of the law on extremism took up half of the State Duma deputies' plenary session on June 20. Opponents kept warning: the notion of extremism was not clearly defined and this vagueness untied the hands of the Prosecutor General's Office and the Justice Ministry in their search for internal enemies. However, the State Duma supported the draft law initiated by the president as usual. The voting went as follows: 272 deputies (against a required number of 226) supported the law, whereas 126 rejected it. Consideration of the draft law started haphazardly before discussion of the first item - the notion of extremism - was closed. However, the deputies cleared everything out within two hours.


The Yabloko faction of the State Duma: we do need to pass a law against extremism
RIA "Novosti". June 20, 2002
MOSCOW, June 20, 2002. /RIA Novosti correspondent Galina Filippova/-- The Yabloko faction in the State Duma believes it is necessary to pass a Law on Combating Extremism "in view of the outbreak of extremism and signs pointing to the formation of an extremist underground in Russia." Sergei Mitrokhin, a member of the Yabloko faction, told reporters before the beginning of the State Duma's plenary session on Thursday where the parliamentarians were planning to consider in the second reading the presidential draft Law against Extremism.


Deputy of the State Duma Sergei Mitrokhin: the adoption of the draft law on combating extremism will make it possible to fight both certain individuals and corresponding organisational structures
Rosbalt. June 19, 2002

Five out of ten prefectures of Moscow administrative districts banned the YABLOKO party from organising pickets near metro stations on the occasion of the 16th anniversary of the disaster Chernobyl nuclear power station. However, according to the YABLOKO press service, on April 25 and April 26 the party will distribute leaflets to about 100 metro stations, Deputy of the State Duma Sergei Mitrokhin: the adoption of the draft law on combating extremism will make it possible to fight both certain individuals and corresponding organisational structures


Duma Gives Nod to Bill on Extremism
By Nabi Abdullaev, The Moscow Times, June 7, 2002
A controversial presidential bill on combating extremism was pushed through the State Duma by pro-Kremlin factions Thursday, despite criticism from the Communists, liberal lawmakers and human rights advocates, who say the measure will give the government too much power to suppress public protest.

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