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Press release, 04.04.2000


Yavlinsky thinks that the possible refusal by Valentina Matvienko to run in the gubernatorial elections in St Petersburg may be due to play behind the scenes

The leader of Yabloko, Grigory Yavlinsky, has referred to the possible refusal of Valentina Matvienko to run in the governor’s elections in St Petersburg “bizarre and unpleasant”.

“The policies conducted towards the St Petersburg elections have been transformed into a puppet performance,” said Grigory Yavlinsky on the “Geroy Dnya” (“Hero of the Day”) programme on NTV channel on April 4, 2000.

The leader of Yabloko termed the present situation “behind-the-scenes gambling with high political and cash stakes”. He also stressed that Yabloko has its own candidate – Igor Artemyev, and “we held serious talks on how we could co-operate (with Valentina Matvienko)”.

Based on Interfax reports.


Grigory Yavlinsky has not been offered a post in the new Cabinet

Yabloko’s leader Grigory Yavlinsky has not been offered any minesterial position.

At a pressconference in Moscow on April 4, he said that representatives of Yabloko “do not thrust themselves” to the authorities for work, “but at the same time will not refuse work”. However, Yavlinsky noted that he had not received so far any proposal to join the new Cabinet.

He also noted his own readiness and that of his colleagues to work with the executive authorities on the basis of Yabloko’s programme that covers the economic issues, the problems of military reforms, foreign policy, etc.

Speaking about the results of the presidential elections, Grigory Yavlinsky noted that he “did not question the overall results”, however, “there are questions related to the vote-counting”, in particular, in Bashkiria, Kalmykia and a number of other regions of Russia. Yabloko’s leader also informed the press that Yabloko “will definitely analyse the results of the elections” and “will not leave unturned a single vote”. “We shall fight and defend every vote, so that they don't disappear,” stressed Grigory Yavlinsky.

According to Yavlinsky, “there are grounds to look for falsifications” to count the votes. “We do not doubt that Vladimir Putin won in the end. It is important to see how precise the results are for all the other participants in the presidential race. Putin won, but not with such a majority,” said Grigory Yavlinsky. According to Yavlinsky’s assessment, “the work efficiency of the State Duma is extremely poor”. “We hope that the new government will be ready, at least by autumn, to submit a package of draft laws that could be seriously discussed,” said Grigory Yavlinsky.

He also recalled that Yabloko had already submitted 12 draft laws to the Duma.

Based on Interfax reports.