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Press release, 08.02.2000


The Yabloko faction will propose raising the issue of the journalist Andrei Babitsky in the Duma

The Yabloko faction plans to propose to the State Duma that it consider as part of the parliamentary hour on February 9, 2000 the additional issue of the fate of Andrei Babitsky, a journalist from the “Svoboda” radio station, who was arrested in Chechnya and then exchanged for Russian military captives.

According to Eugeniya Dillendorf, Head of the Press Service of the Yabloko faction, such a decision was taken by the faction at a meeting on February 8, 2000.

On February 11, 2000 as part of the parliamentary hour the deputies are going to listen to speeches from Igor Sergeev, the Minister of Defence, Vladimir Rushailo, the Minister of the Interior and Nikolai Koshman, a Plenipotentiary Representative of the President of the RF in the Chechen Republic.

The speeches will evolve around the fight with the terrorists and measures to resolve the socio-economic problems in Chechnya. A special issue on Andrei Babitsky had to be included in the agenda, as the officials invited to the Duma have the right not to answer any questions beyond the topic of the parliamentary hour.

At a meeting of the Yabloko faction, its members reiterated once again their indignation over the developments surrounding Andrei Babitsky.