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Press release, 25.04.2000


Grigory Yavlinsky is receives a prize for his contribution to implementation of the ideas of freedom, private property, competition and the rule of law

The leader of the Yabloko faction Grigory Yavlinsky received an award from the Liberal Institution of the Czech Republic "For contributing to the dissemination of liberal ideas and implementation of the ideas of freedom, private property, competition and the rule of law".

The award will be handed over in Prague on May 2, 2000. This award is granted annually. Previously it had been granted to Nobel Prize winners in the economy Harry Becker and Milton Friedman, the Finance Minister of New Zealand Roger Douglas (architect of one of the most successful economic reform programmes in the world) and President of the Federal Bank of Germany Hanz Tietmeier. At the ceremony Grigory Yavlinsky will deliver a speech.

Earlier, on April 25, 2000, at the invitation of the Russian-French Friendship Society, Grigory Yavlinsky will deliver a speech to members of the French Senate (the upper chamber of the French parliament), representatives of French scientific and business circles, as well as the leaders of a number of socialist parties of European countries.

The speech will focus on the situation in Russia after the elections, the role of Yabloko in the country's politics and the significance of the democratic coalition. This speech will take place as part of the conference "National Consciousness and Democracy in Russia" to be held in the French capital. In addition, meetings between the Yabloko leader and the Prime Minister, the French Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Mayor of Paris and the General Secretary of the Socialist Party of France are scheduled for April 26-27.

On May 3 Grigory Yavlinsky will deliver a speech to the political, scientific and business circles in Bratislava and Slovakia.

On May 4-5 Grigory Yavlinsky will participate in the work of the 33th World Congress of the International Chamber for Trade to be held in Budapest, Hungary, under the slogan "The Geopolitical Kaleidoscope: the Next Configuration".

Speeches at the Congress and meetings with the political leaders and the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation Mike Moore are scheduled for this visit.

On May 6 Grigory Yavlinsky will return to Moscow.

Igor Artemyev: The issue of proposing a single democratic candidate for the gubernatorial elections in St Petersburg has been resolved

The issue of proposing a single democratic candidate for the gubernatorial elections in St Petersburg has been resolved.

Deputy of the State Duma and a candidate for the post of St Petersburg governor, Igor Artemyev (the Yabloko faction)made this statement at the opening of his reception office on April 25, 2000.

Answering questions from journalists, he noted that here (in St Petersburg) we are taking an important step forward towards a real union of democratic forces, providing an example to the democratic movement all over Russia. Igor Artemyev said that in his opinion it is absolutely obvious that if Governor Vladimir Yakovlev and his team will stay in power, the city will face serious problems. Artemyev added: any declarations of the state power in support of the present Governor merely demonstrate his dependency on Moscow and his readiness to sell the native city to remain in the good graces of the centre. He is sure that if Yakovlev stays in power for a second term, the situation in the city will change to the benefit of the Moscow oligarchs.

According to I Artemyev, at present negotiations are continuing with different political organisations, including the Unity movement continue. He thinks that after the official proposal of a single democratic candidate, provided the dynamics of the struggle is high, they (the Unity) can join us. In addition Artemyev said that negotiations are being held with a number of other candidates for St Petersburg governor and depending on their results the democratic coalition may be expanded . According to Artemyev-s sources, this may happen after May 10. The elections of St.Petersburg governor will be held on May 14.

On April 24 Yabloko and the Union of Right-Wing Forces signed an agreement, whereby they will name a single candidate on May 6.

Based on Interfax reports.

Sergei Stepashin does not believe that his Deputy in the Audit Chamber of the Russian Federation Yuri Boldyrev should be running for governor in St Petersburg

The Chairman of the Audit Chamber of the RF and former Deputy of the State Duma from the Yabloko faction, Sergei Stepashin, does not approve the decision of his deputy in the Audit Chamber of the Russian Federation, Yuri Boldyrev, to run for the post of governor in St Petersburg.

He made this statement during a press conference in St Petersburg on April 25, 2000. As a citizen he is entitled to do this (participate in the elections), said Sergei Stepashin.

But I think that if you occupy such a high post and decide to participate actively in politics in the Duma elections, and elections to the St Petersburg Legislative Assembly earlier, and than gubernatorial elections, - then you have only one option. According to Stepashin, on April 21 at the first meeting of the board he told the auditors of the Audit Chamber that one of the main tasks of the Chamber is to be, from the viewpoint of political preferences a politically neutral body.

Stepashin also said that an amendment to the law on the Audit Chamber will probably be introduced, which will prohibit the workers of this supervisory body from engaging in politics. Commenting on the Audit Chamber's audit of the State Hermitage Museum and alleged multiple violations, Stepashin said that he had already requested the necessary documents in order to be able to get to the bottom of the matter. At the same time, Stepashin believes that auditing materials should not be published in such a rush.

The Chairman of the Audit Chamber also informed the press that he was going to meet Yuri Boldyrev on April 27, and them the Director of the Hermitage Mikhail Piotrovsky and the Minister of Culture Mikhail Shvydkoi. After that I will ask the auditor Pyotr Chernomord, who conducted the audit, to make his own observations, said Sergei Stepashin. He will do all he can so to make sure that none of the materials of the Audit Chamber of the RF are used for political purposes. Otherwise we will discredit the idea of the independence of this supervisory body. Stepashin also noted that, of all the candidates in the gubernatorial election in St Petersburg he knows very well the one man who can work well Igor Artemyev. Sergei Stepashin also stressed that he would be pleased if the whole potential of this man, not only as a Deputy of the State Duma, could be used, irrespective of politics".

Based on Interfax reports


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The State Duma appointed Sergei Stepashin Chairman of the Audit Chamber