Press-archive, October 2000
|October 30, 2000
Yabloko association re-elects its governing bodies
The Central Council of the Yabloko association has
elected the Bureau of the Central Council, a permanent
political body comprising 15 people, in particular,
the Chairman of the Yabloko association Grigory Yavlinsky,
Deputy Chairman Vladimir Lukin, the heads of the regional
organisations of Rostov, Chelyabinsk and Murmansk
regions, the Republic of Karelia, the representatives
of St. Petersburg, Moscow and Moscow region.
of the mourning meeting in Moscow pay tribute to the
memory of the victims of Stalin’s repressions
The leader of the Yabloko association and the Yabloko
faction in the State Duma Grigory Yavlinsky thinks
that “the threat of Stalinism has not perished” and
that “there are many other people ready to repeat
He made this statement on October 30, 2000 at the
mourning meeting in Moscow by the Solovetskiy Stone
at Lubyanka Square.
|October 27, 2000
from the Yabloko and Union of Right-Wing Forces (SPS)
factions in the State Duma ask the Supreme Court to
consider Rutskoi’s complaint before the second round
of the election
Head of the SPS faction in the State Duma Boris Nemtsov
and Deputy Head of the Yabloko faction Sergei Ivanenko
forwarded, together with a number of
other deputies a collective application to the Chairman
of the Supreme Court Vyacheslav Lebedev, requesting
that he consider the complaint of the present governor
of Kursk Region, Alexander Rutskoi, by November 5
(the date of the second round of the gubernatorial
election in the region).
|October 25, 2000
Yabloko Association establishes a system of observers
at electoral districts
The Bureau of the Central Council of the Yabloko
association approved during its meeting on October
24, 2000, another list of Yabloko’s observers with
the right of a decisive vote (93 people) for the electoral
districts of the city of Voronezh. At previous meetings,
the Bureau approved the appointment of observers of
the territorial commissions of the Voronezh region.
|October 24, 2000
results of the Larissa Yudina contest of regional
Two newspapers and 15 journalists were the prize-winners
of the nation-wide contest of regional journalists
“Against all Odds” who on October 24 were awarded
diplomas and prizes “for honesty and high principles
in asserting their citizen’s positions.”
Yavlinsky concerned about negative situation with
the press in Russia
The leader of the Yabloko association Grigory Yavlinsky
thinks that an unfavourable situation has developed
for the press in Russia. In an interview with journalists
on October 24 he called this situation “the most unfavourable
for the past ten years”.
Yavlinsky criticizes the decision of the Kursk regional
court to annul the registration of Rutskoi for the
The leader of Yabloko association and its faction
in the State Duma Grigory Yavlinsky thinks that the
“actions undertaken by the authorities against
Alexander Rutskoi cannot be justified”.
Ivanenko speaks out in favour of the development of
One of the Yabloko leaders, Deputy Head of the Yabloko
faction in the Duma, Sergei Ivanenko, believes that
the present head of Kursk Region Alexander Rutskoi
would have lost the gubernatorial elections. However,
now he has a chance to contest these results in court.
|October 20, 2000
responsible for improvements to the budget at second
The deputies of the Yabloko faction think that they
have managed to improve the draft federal budget for
the second reading. Consequently most of the faction
will vote for the draft at the second reading.
The faction is satisfied that during negotiations
with the government before a review of the budget
at the second reading they managed to “legalise” 30%
of additional non-oil revenues (from a total of 88
bln roubles) that had
been detected by the faction.
|October 18, 2000
Ivanenko: Yabloko and the Union of Right-Wing Forces
to pool their forces in discussions of amendments
to the budget-2001 in the State Duma
The State Duma factions Yabloko and the Union of
the Right-Wing Forces (SPS) are going to “combine
their efforts when discussing and lobbying issues
with the government and the State Duma” during the
adoption of the federal budget-2001. This information
was provided by the First Deputy Head of the Yabloko
faction Sergei Ivanenko.
proposes the march “Farewell of a Slavic woman” as
a new hymn of Russia
The Bureau of the Central Council of the Yabloko
association has supported the idea of the leader of
the party Grigory Yavlinsky to propose the march of
1914 “Farewell of a Slavic woman” as the new hymn
of Russia. This decision was adopted at a meeting
of the Bureau of the Central Council on October 17,
Yavlinsky: state mass media should not serve as a
According to Yabloko leader, Grigory Yavlinsky “the
state mass media should not serve either as a channel
or an instrument of propaganda”.
“The state mass media do not belong to any bureaucrat
of any level up to the President,” stressed Grigory
Yavlinsky during a press-conference in Moscow on October
leader discusses with Prime Minister revenues in the
2001 federal budget
On October 16, 2000, the leader of the Yabloko faction
in the State Duma
Grigory Yavlinsky discussed with the head of the
Russian government Mikhail Kasyanov the revenue component
of the federal budget for 2001.
In an interview with the ORT television channel,
Grigory Yavlinsky said that they had discussed during
the meeting, in particular, the possibility of additional
federal budget revenues, estimated by Yavlinsky at
“about 88 bln roubles” in 2001.
|October 17, 2000
faction completed collection of signatures required
for their petition to the Accounting Chamber of the
RF on an audit into the use of federal budget funds
by the government of the Kalmykia Republic in 1998-2000
The Yabloko faction finished collecting the signatures
it required for the petition filed with the Audit
Chamber of the RF to audit for the third time since
1998 the use of federal budget funds by the government
of Kalmykia Republic in 1998-2000. The petition of
the deputies will be sent to the Audit Chamber on
October 17, 2000.
|October 16, 2000
Mitrokhin: Klebanov and Kiriyenko broke the law
Ilya Klebanov and Sergei Kiriyenko broke the law
– this was the conclusion of the deputy from the Yabloko
faction Sergei Mitrokhin, after his return from Udmurtia,
where he was sent by the State Duma to observe the
elections of the President of the Republic on October
deputies of the Yabloko faction concerned about mass-scale
redundancies of Vesti news programme
On October 4, 2000 the Chairman of the
GUP VGTRK (Ed. the RTR channel – the State Unitary
Enterprise All-Russian State Television and Radio
Company”) Oleg Dobrodeyev issued directive No 746
«On the Liquidation of GUP «Vesti», and as part of
the implementation of this directive, corresponding
orders on the dismissal of the staff of «Vesti» (Ed.
“Vesti” is a popular news programme at RTR channel).
|October 11, 2000
commission for the observation of presidential elections
in Udmurtia is created on Yabloko’s proposal
A parliamentary commission to monitor compliance
with the law during the
presidential elections in Udmurtia (to be held
on October 15, 2000) has been created on the proposal
of the deputy from the Yabloko faction Sergei Mitrokhin.
This decision was adopted on October 11 at a meeting
of the State Duma Commission for the Study of the
Practices of the Electoral Legislation of the RF
in the Preparation and Holding of Elections and
Referenda. All the factions of the State Duma were
grant the opportunity to include representatives
in the Commission.
|October 10, 2000
Speaker of the State Duma Vladimir Lukin thinks that
the deteriorating situation in the Middle East was
provoked by opponents of the peace treaty between
Israel and the Palestinians
Deputy Speaker of the State Duma Vladimir Lukin (Yabloko
faction) accused the USA of being partially responsible
for the escalation of the Middle East conflict, saying
that the USA made the process of peaceful regulation
of the situation there one factor of their domestic
policy. Lukin added, in an
interview on October 9, 2000: The present administration
of the United States decided to time a peaceful settlement
of the conflict with their presidential elections
and exerted somewhat excessive pressure here.
Speaking about the main reason for the escalation
of the crisis inthe Middle East, Lukin noted that
it was provoked by opponents of the peace treaty.
Lukin favours consolidation of the position of the
UN Security Council to prevent war in the Middle East
Deputy Speaker of the State Duma, Vladimir Lukin,
thinks that owing to another deterioration in the
situation in the Middle East , the Security Council
of the United Nations Organisation should immediately
hold a session and pool the efforts of all the super
powers to “impose” its will on the parties involved
in the conflict to alleviate the situation.
|October 06, 2000
budget has the money to start tackling the main issues
in the country: military reform, a qualitative improvement
in education and judicial reform.
Most of the Yabloko faction will support the draft
budget for 2001. However, it will be a free vote.
The faction appreciates the government’s consideration
of many of Yabloko’s proposals for the budget-2000.
The faction supports the reduction in personal income
tax and the introduction of a regressive scale for
the social tax, the trend to curb external debts and
other proposals reflected in the budget-2001.
Arbatov: developments in Yugoslavia depend on the
position of the military
The developments in Yugoslavia depend on the position
of the military and the side that the Yugoslavian
army takes in the political conflict, said
Deputy Head of the Defence Committee of the State
Duma and deputy from the Yabloko faction Alexei Arbatov
in an interview with journalists on October 6, 2000.
Zadornov forecasts continued economic growth in Russia
Economic growth will increase in Russia in 2001,
stated the Head of the Sub-committee on Central Bank
Activities (the Banking Committee of the State Duma)
Mikhail Zadornov at an international conference in
“The Debt and Stock Markets of Russia”.
|October 05, 2000
Head of the Yabloko faction expresses concern that
a civil war may break out in Yugoslavia
Deputy Head of the Yabloko faction in the State Duma
Sergei Ivanenko expressed his concern that a conflict
between the supporters of the authorities and the
opposition in Yugoslavia might lead to a civil war
in this country.
faction to take final decision on voting on the draft
budget on Friday
The Yabloko faction will take its final decision
on voting on the draft budget for 2001 on Friday October
6. This statement was made by Deputy Head of the faction
Sergei Ivanenko after a meeting of the faction on
|October 04, 2000
Yabloko faction discovers additional 88 bln roubles
in non-oil revenues in the budget
The Yabloko faction is conducting negotiations with
the government to support the draft budget for 2001.
The faction has proposed a number of conditions in
the “Basic Proposals of the Yabloko Association” for
the Draft Federal Budget for 2001”, forwarded to the
Government of the RF on October 2.
|October 02, 2000
Yavlinsky thinks that the state should cease its
attacks on NTV
The leader of the Yabloko faction, Grigory Yavlinsky,
thinks that the state should refrain from pressurising
“The pogrom of the NTV television company is an
anti-state and anti-social deed,” said Grigory Yavlinsky
at a press conference on October 2, 2000.
“The use of the law-enforcement agencies in this
pogrom as a bludgeon merely serves to demonstrate
that this was a conscientious political action,”
plans to submit own budget draft to the Finance
At a press conference on October 2. 2000, the leader
of the Yabloko faction, Grigory Yavlinsky, said
that Yabloko planned to submit its alternative to
the budget for 2001 to Deputy Prime Minister and
Finance Minister Alexei
leader explains his proposals on the draft budget
The leader of the Yabloko faction Grigory Yavlinsky
believes that attracting 73 billion roubles in additional
proceeds to the budget for 2001 is a realistic goal.
Yavlinsky: budget for 2001 should envisage about
$1 bln of payments on IMF loans
The federal budget for 2001 should stipulate about
$1 bln of payments on loans from the International
Monetary Fund (IMF), said the leader of the Yabloko
faction Grigory Yavlinsky on October 2, 2000, during
a press conference in Moscow.