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Press release on 12.03.2000


Grigory Yavlinsky proposes creating three safety zones in Chechnya

Presidential candidate and leader of the Yabloko movement Grigory Yavlinsky proposes the creation of three safety zones in Chechnya. "The first zone would lie to the North of the Terek River. The second, the central zone, would be situated to the South of the Terek. The third safety zone includes the mountainous areas of Chechnya", said Grigory Yavlinsky in a live interview with the "Svoboda" radio station on March 12, 2000.

Yavlinsky believes that the economy should be completely restored in the first zone and that civilian rule should be established in the central part. "Special operations should be carried out in the mountainous zone against everybody who refuses to lay down their arms," noted Yavlinsky. Grigory Yavlinsky advocates negotiations in Chechnya with all those who recognise Russian law and the Constitution of the RF and did not participate in the acts of terrorism and crime.

"Dialogue should be carried out with all those who were elected by the Chechen people. In my opinion everything signed by President Yeltsin remains in force," stressed Yavlinsky. Yavlinsky believes that the victory over terrorism can only be achieved, if the federal authorities can draw the people of Chechnya on its side. Yavlinsky also proposed elevating the status of plenipotentiary representative of the government or the President of the RF in Chechnya.

Based on Interfax reports

Grigory Yavlinsky thinks that Vladimir Putin's words about the prospects of cooperation with NATO
will lead to free broadening of the alliance to the East

Presidential candidate and the leader of Yabloko Grigory Yavlinsky thinks that even hypothetical support of the idea that Russia may enter the NATO bloc on behalf of the leadership of Russia may have negative consequences for the RF.

In his recent interview to the BBC the acting President Vladimir Putin answering the question from the in interviewer said that he did not exclude a possibility that Russia my enter the NATO bloc. According to Grigory Yavlinsky, this will result in "free broadening of the alliance to the East ." In addition, as the presidential candidate said in the "Nedelya" programme on the TVC channel on March 11, 2000, "Russia will have to pay by silence for joining of the Baltic states and Ukraine to NATO".

Based on Interfax reports.

Grigory Yavlinsky: “Artyom Borovik tried to make the country more honest and more easy to understand”

On March 11, 2000, speaking at a mourning meeting in the Zentralny Dom Litertora, Grigory Yavlinsky noted that many tragedies had happened over the past 10 years in Russia, and “despite the developments, people perceive them as political tragedies”.

Society never learned what really had happened, said Yavlinsky. According to Grigory Yavlinsky, Atryom Borovik began investigating the reasons for developments, “opening the eyes of people to the truth, trying to make the country cleaner, more honest and more easy to understand”. The Yabloko leader noted that at their last meetings Artyom Borovik told him, that the topic of explosions in Moscow bothered him greatly and that he planned to write about this.” Based on Interfax reports