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Press release, 27.03.2000
Preliminary results of the presidential elections: Grigory Yavlinsky v 5.85%

According to the Central Electoral Commission of the Russian Federation after counting 94.27% of the votes in the presidential elections, at 10 a.m. on March 27, the votes could be broken down as follows:

Vladimir Putin v 52.52%

Gennadi Zyuganov v 29.44%

Grigory Yavlinsky v 5.85%

Aman Tuleyev v 3.04%

Vladimir Zhirinovsky v 2.72%

Ella Pamfilova v 1.02%

Konstantin Titov v 1.5%

Yuri Skuratov v 0.43%

Stanislav Govorukhin v 0.45%

Alexei Podberyozkin v 0.14%

Umar Jabrailov v 0.08%

Against all v 1.9%

Number of voters- 68.86% of the total electorate; voting against all v 1.9%.

Based on Interfax reports.

Grigory Yavlinsky: Now it will be easier to hold negotiations on a broader right-wing liberal coalition

Presidential candidate Grigory Yavlinsky thinks that the preliminary results of the elections allow for the "holding of more accurate and deeper negotiations" on the creation of a "broader than Yabloko only right-wing liberal coalition".

In the evening of March 27, 2000 Grigory Yavlinsky told journalists that "it has now become clear which democratic forces support Putin and which ones don't." According to Yavlinsky, "this will facilitate the holding of more detailed negotiations on the creation of a coalition". "We have achieved what we wanted: we have indicated that millions of people backed us and supported what we talked about," stressed Grigory Yavlinsky.

He also noted that "even in those places where only state television channels function and it is consequently impossible to bring information to the electorate, in those places where life is very difficult, in spite of all this, millions of people support us." "This support is a fact," said Yabloko's leader.

Asked whether he will accept a proposal to join the new government that will probably be formed by Vladimir Putin after the elections, Grigory Yavlinsky answered, "The policy that has been conducted over the past nine months does not allow one even to imagine what democratic market parties or politicians can do within the framework of this policy."

Grigory Yavlinsky also noted that the millions of people who voted for him "indicate the direction in which we should move".

Based on Interfax reports See also Press Release of March 24, 2000