The leader of the Yabloko party, Grigory
Yavlinsky, expressed his conviction that the arrest of the
head of the Media-Most holding company, Vladimir Gusinsky,
is "an action of intimidation of society and the mass
media"'. Speaking on the "Ekho Moskvi" radio
station on June 15, 2000 Grigory Yavlinsky stressed that
today people concerned about the future of the country should
unite and begin a tough dialogue with the authorities.
"This union should be transformed into
a real democratic opposition and express support for the
Constitution of the country and its laws", noted Yavlinsky.
According to Yavlinsky, a group of influential
businessmen, who overnight had signed a petition in defence
of Vladimir Gusinsky, "views the events with Gusinsky
through a looking-glass".
Yavlinsky also thinks that it is pointless
to discuss any investments into Russia's economy in the
present circumstances in the country. "
No investor can feel safe when the independent
mass media are subject to such actions. After the arrest
of Vladimir Gusinsky, and after political repressions against
the independent mass media, such a country cannot be partner
either in business or in the military sphere", said
Grigory Yavlinsky also stressed that he
respects Vladimir Gusinsky as a person and thinks that the
latter has brought real good for Russia through his activity.
"If his arrest means a fight with
the oligarchs, then Gusinsky should not be the first oligarch
in the rank", noted Yavlinsky.
He also said that he had reported to the
head of the Federal Security Service (FSB) instances where
representatives of the FSB had called on students in institutes
and forced them to sign letters of co-operation.
Yavlinsky said that he disposed of definite
facts here, adding that the individuals are warned that
they will be sent to Chechnya if they refuse to sign such
promises. Based on Interfax reports.
Ivanenko: ordinary citizens may follow Vladimir Gusinsky-s
Leaders of the Yabloko,
SPS and OVR factions declare that the arrest of Gusinsky
is splitting society and discrediting the country