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February 27, 2002

Television: Yes-Yes-No-Yes
Grigory Yavlinsky, Novaya Gazeta, February 18, 2002

Recently television has been transformed into a powerful instrument used to manipulate public opinion. This began approximately in 1993, after the unforgettable referendum "Yes-Yes-No-Yes" and the events by the White House (Ed. shooting of parliament). By 1996 television had already been transformed into a weapon exploited by Boris Yeltsin to ensure election for a second term of office.

February 24, 2002

Greenpeace Takes Nuclear Waste Debate to Cour
By Nabi Abdullaev Staff Writer, the Moscow Times, February 21, 2002
State Duma Deputy Sergei Mitrokhin posing at the Krasnoyarsk plant, where a consignment of spent nuclear fuel is being stored.


Member of the Yabloko faction, Deputy Head of the Duma Security Committee and journalist Yuri Schekochikhin is taken under state protection owing to threats
Press Release, February 19, 2002

On Tuesday, February 19, 2002, member of the Yabloko faction, Deputy Head of the Duma Security Committee and well-known journalist Yuri Schekochikhin was taken under state protection


Grigory Yavlinsky proposes the creation of a public television channel financed and controlled by society
Polit.ru, February 19, 2002

The Yabloko faction will soon submit to the State Duma a law on public television. This was announced by the leader of the Yabloko party and its faction in the State Duma Grigory Yavlinsky in an interview with the "Geroi Dnya" (Hero of the Day) programme of NTV channel.


The governmental programme shifts the burden of the housing and communal reform to the population
Rosbalt, February 19, 2002

In accordance with the programme proposed by the Government, the burden of housing and communal reform will be shifted to the population. Such an opinion was expressed by Sergei Mitrokhin, member of the State Duma from the Yabloko faction. According to Mitrokhin, "the burden of the reform should be divided between the budget, population and housing-and-communal services." Now the Government virtually proposes fiscal, rather than structural reform, he noted.


On February 1-2, 2002, the leader of the Russian Democratic Party YABLOKO Grigory Yavlinsky will participate in the World Economic Forum to be held in New York this year
Press Release, January 31, 2002
 Yavlinsky will make speeches at two meetings that will be devoted to Russia: "Can Russia Profit from the Present Situation in the World?" and "Business in Russia".

February 23, 2002

Deputy Head of the Yabloko faction On a New Model of the Federation Council
Vremya Novostei, January 30, 2002

Following the formation of the Federation Council (Ed. the upper chamber of the Russian parliament) in accordance with the new principle it ceased to exist as a political body....


Grigory Yavlinsky on Russian-American Partnership
"The Voice of America" Radio, January 30, 2002

 The leader of the YABLOKO party Grigory Yavlinsky made a speech to the Carnegie Foundation on Wednesday. His speech was devoted to Russia’s domestic and foreign policy, the tasks formulated by his party that wishes to see Russia become an enlightened and liberal state, recognised as a civilised Western state.


Deputies of YABLOKO - members of the Russian delegation in the PACE prepare draft resolution on the Pasko case
Press Release, January 25, 2002
Deputies of YABLOKO - members of the Russian delegation in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe initiated a draft resolution on the Grigory Pasko case.


Draft Resolution of PACE on Grigory Pasko case
January 23, 2002

 The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, bearing in mind the European Convention for Human Rights and the rulings of the European Court for Human Rights, in particular, Articles 6(1), 6(2), 7 and 10 of the Convention and Articles 15(3), 15(4), 29(4), 42, 49 and 50(2) of the Constitution of the Russian Federation;

February 20, 2002

Government and Duma still don't see eye to eye on how PSAs will work
Interview with Sergei Ivanenko. Oil &Capital.Russia & CIS Energy Magazine. No 2, 2002

Progress towards introducing satisfactory production sharing legislation for Russia continues to be painfully slow, but another step along what is becoming a long road has been taken with the State Duma sending to its committees and commissions the government's controversial draft special chapter of Russia's Tax Code, regulating


Break-in Highlights Nuclear Security Problems
By Nabi Abdullaev Staff Writer The Moscow Times Monday, February 18, 2002.
Greenpeace activists protesting against the importing of spent nuclear fuel outside the Nuclear Power Ministry in November.


Third Meeting of Russian Democratic Council Devoted to Protection of Freedom of Speech
RIA "OREANDA", February 17, 2002

Moscow. The third meeting of the All-Russia Democratic Assembly in Moscow is scheduled for February 18. The meeting will be devoted to protection of freedom of speech. The participants will discuss and confirm the programme of activities aimed at ensuring freedom for the mass media. The programme was developed by a working group of the Assembly. According to the press service of the Yabloko faction, the rotation principle concerning a change of chairman implies that the regular meeting will be headed by the Chairman of the Glasnost Protection Fund Alexey Simonov. The main report will be made by the secretary-general to the Union of Journalists Igor Yakovenko.


Gordon M. Hahn No Foes? Think Again
The Russia Journal, February 15, 2002

A consensus has emerged among Russia observers that under Putin and his "managed democracy" there is no opposition to the Kremlin. This chimera has achieved the virtual unanimity of political correctness, but it is factually incorrect.


Interview - Russian Opposition Leader Says No Free Speech

By Neil Chatterjee, Reuters, February 12, 2002

LONDON, Feb 12 (Reuters) - The leader of Russia's liberal opposition, Grigory Yavlinsky, says political freedom of speech in the country is dead following last month's closure of its only independent nationwide television station. "Freedom of speech is finished -- in a political sense," Yavlinsky told Reuters in an interview on Monday

February 5, 2002

Russia's Left-Wing Politicians Retreat From Their Support of U.S.-Led War
By ALAN CULLISON, Wall Street Journal, February 5, 2002

NEW YORK - Russian liberals are sounding alarms over what they call the heavy-handedness of Washington's war on terrorism. But for now, little discontent appears to be emanating from the Kremlin, which instead has stuck to stressing the benefits of a new partnership with a former Cold War foe that will reshape arms-control rules and promote Russia's interests abroad.

February 1, 2002

The Right-Wing and the Left-Wing Find Common Interests. Duma deputies want the Federation Council to be elected.
By Olga Tropkina, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, January 29, 2002
Several factions of the Duma are holding consultations. The idea is to initiate amendments to the Constitution. The centrists are steering clear of the consultations for the time being. As always, they are waiting for a nod from the president.


Domestic and Foreign Policy Challenges in Russia Today Summary of the Remarks of Grigory Yavlinsky Delivered at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Washington DC
January 30, 2001.
Grigory Yavlinsky was elected to the Russian Duma in 1993 and was one of the founders of the Yabloko faction. Yabloko is one of the principal democratic parties in Russia and was established as a formal party in the Russian Duma in December 1998. Mr. Yavlinsky has been a leading liberal voice in Russian politics for the past ten years and a critic of the Russian government's crackdown on independent media, excesses in Chechnya, and corruption. He has twice run for the Russian Presidency, in 1996 and in 2000.


YABLOKO opposes the draft military reform proposed by the Union of Right-Wing Forces
Nezavisimaya Gazeta, January 25, 2002

A big scandal is imminent in relations between the Union of Right-Wing Forces (SPS) and YABLOKO. The military reforms lobbied by the SPS would appear to be the cause of serious contention between the two political structures, which intended to begin drawing up a joint electoral list for the Duma less than a year ago. Grigory Yavlinsky's party officially announced that the military reform proposed by the SPS, providing for the transition to a six-month term of service was "counterproductive politically and generally groundless.”


Yabloko Offers Alternative Conception of Housing and Communal Reform
RIA "OREANDA", January 25, 2002

Moscow. The Russian Democratic Party "Yabloko" and its faction in the State Duma continue advocating a review of the state programme of housing and communal reform.


Temporary Friendship or Eternal Union?
Obschaya Gazeta, January 24, 2002
Our party has from the outset ultimately backed the position expressed by President Vladimir Putin in his television address to the nation on September 11, 2001, - solidarity with the US in the fight against international terrorism, a course towards rapprochement with the West and the establishment of a partnership and preferably an alliance.

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