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Press release, 23.03.2000
Anatoli Chubais welcomes the declaration of Grigory Yavlinsky

Anatoli Chubais welcomes the declaration of Grigory Yavlinskyabout the creation of a coalition of right-wing liberal forces.

One of the leaders of the Union of Right-Wing Forces, Anatoli Chubais, expressed his satisfaction that Grigory Yavlinsky had accepted the offer to consolidate right-wing liberal forces. However, the head of RAO UES (Unified Energy System of Russia)" recalled that he had already put forward a similar proposal on behalf of the SPS to Grigory Yavlinsky during the Duma electoral campaign at the end of last year. According to the declaration made by Anatoli Chubais on March 22, 2000, he hoped that the position Grigory Yavlinsky announced on March 22, 2000 was not merely an electoral campaign gambit and that it would be implemented by the Yabloko leader in daily political work after the presidential elections.

While he welcomed the declaration of Grigory Yavlinsky, Anatoli Chubais noted that, in accordance with the decision of their parliamentary faction and the co-ordination council of March 14, the SPS would nevertheless continue to support Vladimir Putin and would call on citizens to participate actively in the presidential elections on March 26, 2000.

Based on Interfax reports.

Vladimir Lukin meets representatives of the Chechenian community

The Deputy Speaker of the State Duma, Vladimir Lukin (from the Yabloko faction) held a meeting with representatives of the Chechenian Republic, that included the Head of the Republican Party of Chechnya, Hamid Vitushev, Chairman of the Chechenian Banks Association Usman Yerihanov, representative of the parliament of Chechnya in Moscow Hamid Hatuyev and others.

In an interview on March 21, 2000, Vladimir Lukin noted that the envoys of the Chechenian people expressed their "concern that the actions of the federal troops in liquidating bands in Chechnya are still not accompanied by an active search for a political resolution of the problem."

According to Vladimir Lukin, his interlocutors assessed the recent meeting with acting President Vladimir Putin and other leaders of the country with heads of local administrations of different areas of Chechnya under the control of the federal troops as useful and positive in all aspects. At the same time, Vladimir Lukin noted that the envoys of Chechnya referred to the inadequacy of such episodic contacts.

According to Vladimir Lukin, during this meeting the envoys named a number of authoritative Chechenians who could, from the Chechenian side, head the process of negotiations with Moscow to find a political resolution of the problem. They included among such leaders Ruslan Khasbulatov, Salambek Khadzhiev, Lecha Magomadov and some others. "According to my interlocutors, these people are respected in Chechnya and obviously are ready to confirm in negotiations with Moscow that Chechnya is an integral part of the Russian Federation," said Vladimir Lukin.

All the participants of the meeting realise that the State Duma cannot solve the problem of initiating a political settlement in Chechnya. Therefore, Vladimir Lukin noted, the guests asked him to notify the executive authority of the substance of the meeting. Viktor Zorkaltsev (the CPRF), Chairman of the Duma Committee for Public Relations with Public Associations and Religious Organisations also took part in this meeting.

Based on Interfax reports.

The head-quarters of presidential candidate Grigory Yavlinsky demands investigation into the incident in Noginsk

The head-quarters of presidential candidate Grigory Yavlinsky demanded an immediate investigation into the circumstances surrounding the attack on the Noginsk Region (Moscow region) electoral head-quarters of Yabloko’s presidential candidate.

According to reports to Interfax, the attack on the Noginsk Region electoral head-quarters of Yavlinsky took place on March 22 at 10.40 p.m. This was assessed in the head-quarters as an “act of terror”. “We demand that the Minister of Interior Vladimir Rushailo investigate this incident immediately,” said Sergei Mitrokhin, Political Director of the election campaign, Deputy of the State Duma.

According to the electoral head-quarters, two more incidents occurred yesterday alone, which demonstrates a desire to push pressure on Yavlinsky’s allies. In particular, Yavlinsky’s authorised representatives in Petrozavodsk (Karelia) were arrested twice: representatives in Tula were also arrested. “All this was done under the pretext of violation of propaganda rights”, added the head-quarters. “Political pressure on the allies of presidential candidate Grigory Yavlinsky has been transformed into physical pressure at the final stage of the election campaign, “ stressed Sergei Mitrokhin.

Yavlinsky’s allies think that such actions are doomed to failure and will have the opposite effect. “We think that Grigory Yavlinsky’s chances abruptly grew, as he will reach the second round, and not Zyuganov,” said Sergei Mitrokhin.

Based on Interfax reports