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Press release, 02.02.2000


Yabloko successfully collects signatures to support the presidential candidacy of Grigory Yavlinsky

Yabloko is successfully collecting signatures to support Grigory Yavlinsky's candidacy for president.

About 400,000 signatures from the required 500,000 have already been collected so far. Local organisations of the Yabloko party have been collecting signatures for Grigory Yavlinsky.

According to the Deputy Chairman for the Issues of Party Building, Vyacheslav Igrunov, the candidates that do not have party structures and lack administrative resources have virtually no chances to collect the required number of signatures.

Such an opinion is confirmed by the fact that this procedure has been most successful in the regions with the most developed local organisations of Yabloko, in particular in Moscow, St Petersburg, Chelyabinsk, Penza and Omsk Regions, Bashkortastan and Chuvashia.

Yabloko is ready to offer its economic programme to Boris Gromov, Governor of Moscow Region

The Yabloko party is ready to offer its economic programme to Boris Gromov, the new Governor of Moscow Region, and help, if required, in its implementation.

This information was released to journalists by Grigory Yavlinsky, the Yabloko leader, in an interview on February 2, 2000, when Boris Gromov was inaugurated.

On January 9, 2000, in the second round of the elections, Boris Gromov managed to secure victory over his rival Gennady Seleznyov, the Speaker of the Duma of the second convocation. Yabloko supported Boris Gromov.

"Yabloko opposed the communists in St Petersburg, and Seleznyov fled us. Boris Gromov secured a victory over Seleznyov in Moscow Region. And together we have demonstrated that the communists can be defeated, even when they join forces with the Kremlin", noted Grigory Yavlinsky.

He went on: "And now I would like to congratulate Boris Gromov with all my heart on this difficult victory, as well as the people living in Moscow Region, for electing a Governor who combines the best attributes of a Russian officer with those of a strong political fighter." Yavlinsky also wished Boris Gromov "success in this new field, above all in resolving the most complicated economic problems of the region".

Yabloko's leader added: "Here our party is always ready to offer a helping hand, or, more precisely, to offer its economic programme and, if such a need arises, to help with its implementation."

Based on Interfax reports.

The leader of Yabloko Grigory Yavlinsky meets the US State Secretary Madelene Albright

Economic problems, issues related to the anti-missile defence system and the situation in Chechnya were among the problems discussed at a meeting between Yabloko leader Grigory Yavlinsky and the US State Secretary Madelene Albright.

After the meeting Grigory Yavlinsky told journalists: "We did not talk about the presidential elections or discuss the issue of presidential candidates". When they discussed the situation in Chechnya, Grigory Yavlinsky noted that they "touched on the part of this issue connected tothe activity of real terrorist groups in Chechnya that present danger not only to Russia, but also to the whole region".

Grigory Yavlinsky also noted during discussion of the problem of Chechnya that "possible forms of co-operation to provide information on the terrorist groups operating in Chechnya, Kirgyziya and Tadjikistan" were explored.

Grigory Yavlinsky said that they also discussed at the meeting the creation of the European anti-missile defence system, in which all the member-countries of the security system in Europe, - virtually the NATO countries, and Russia could participate".

In Yavlinky's opinion, such a system could be based on "Russian technologies and involve Russian technological and military participation". "In conditions of growing terrorism in the world, this would be the right decision for Russia", added Grigory Yavlinsky. Yavlinsky added that such a system would protect Russia from terrorist nuclear missiles. "We think that the USA is not the only country to face this problem today. So does Europe."

Based on Interfax reports.