The Yabloko association sent deputies
of the State Duma Sergei Ivanenko and Alexander Shishlov
to the regular meeting of PACE and financed this trip.
Such a decision was taken by the leadership
of the Association on June 22, 2000, after the delegation
of the Federation Assembly of Russia refused to participate
in its regular session, due to open on June 26.
Yabloko considers it important to conduct
constructive dialogue with PACE, bearing in mind that
the discriminatory decision to revoke the voting rights
of the Russian delegation had finally been cancelled.
Under PACE rules, the Yabloko delegates
will be fully entitled to the proxies granted by PACE
to the members of the Russian delegation, i.e., work in
committees and commissions, and participate in PACE meetings,
Yabloko thinks that the years of so-called
“independent Itchkeria” rule demonstrated to the world
the danger of such a type of state building by the Chechen
authorities in the Caucasus. Every day reveals that Russia
is aware of the difficulties of resolving the problem
Yabloko is sure that Russia can reach
understanding of the Chechen problem from the West, if
it conducts sensible and balanced policies in the Northern
Caucasus. Yabloko thinks that the absence of the Russian
delegation in the work of PACE is not only senseless,
but also harmful. The meeting of the Yabloko faction noted
that the main goal of PACE is to protect human rights
(in this case those of civilians, refugees and Russian
soldiers and not bandits or terrorists), which from the
point of view of Yabloko and its electorate should be
the main focus of Russia’s policies.
criticises the refusal of the Russian delegation to participate
in the PACE session