Everything to do with Media-Most can be assessed as an attempt
to prohibit the freedom of speech
"Developments today may be assessed as a use of the law-enforcement
agencies as an instrument to settle political scores, an
attempt to inhibit the freedom of speech,” stated the leader
of Yabloko, Grigory Yavlinsky in an interview with journalists
on May 11, 2000, in response to a question about the actions
of the law-enforcement agencies against the Media-Most holding.
The Yabloko leader also stressed that Media-Most is the
“only large-scale information company at a federal level
that conducts an information policy independently of the
authorities, and often goes against the officially-sanctioned
point of view”.
He pointed out that journalist investigations, conducted
by the mass media of the Media-Most holding into the explosions
of houses in Moscow and prevented explosions in Ryzan had
drawn public attention to these facts and that their materials
represented the only source of information that was not
thrust at the public by the “court” on the actions of the
acting President, including those during the presidential
At the same time Grigory Yavlinsky said that the actions
against the holding may represent “simply unlawful actions
of corresponding structures that are used to work in this
style.” In this case, said Grigory Yavlinsky, the President
should provide an immediate reaction to the unlawful actions
of the law-enforcement agencies.
of the leaders of the Yabloko faction in the State Duma
expressed his astonishment at the actions of the authorities
taken against the Media-Most holding
“The actions of the authorities against the Media-Most
holding and the NTV television company astonish me,” said
Deputy Head of the Yabloko faction Sergei Ivanenko in an
interview with journalists.
He also noted that so far very little information had
been released on developments. However, “there is always
a possibility to resolve problems through civilised methods
and not by force using people in masks and machine-guns,”
stressed Sergei Ivanenko.
Sergei Ivanenko also drew the attention of the journalists
to the fact that this action of the tax police had been
undertaken against a holding which has adhere to an independent
“Still we would like to believe that the present situation
is not politically motivated grounds and that the conflict
will be solved in the very near future.”
“We will watch developments concerning this federally-based
mass media company very closely in the State Duma, as this
is of national importance”.
meeting of Grigory Yavlinsky and Vladimir Putin
A meeting of the leader of the Yabloko faction Grigory
Yavlinsky and President Vladimir Putin was held on May 11,
The issues discussed at the meeting were related to the
prospects of the Duma’s approval of Mikhail Kasyanov as
Prime Minister and the economic programme of the Cabinet.
Vladimir Putin and Grigory Yavlinsky agreed to meet again
to continue their discussion of the economic policy.
The meeting lasted for 1 hour 40 minutes instead of the
projected one hour.
The Yabloko faction will take a decision on the candidacy
of Mikhail Kasyanov on May 15.