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The authorities chose to support of oligarchs interests and reprisals against public organisations rather than protection of the Lake Baikal

Statement of the Bureau of the YABLOKO party
February 1, 2010

On January 28, 2010 the police of the Irkutsk region without any rulings of the court or public prosecutor blocked the work of the largest public organisation engaged in protection of the Lake Baikal The Baikal Ecological Wave confiscating their computers under the pretext of a check whether this organisation had been using licensed software. However, the representatives of the interior refused even to look at the certificates of the software submitted to them. The ecologists who tried to disobey confiscation of their computers were threatened with legal persecution in view of attacking the police.

The YABLOKO party expresses its resolute protest in view of such actions of the interior and considers them as a awkward attempt to shut down the wave of public discontent in view of the adoption by the Government of the RF of a resolution allowing to resume functioning of the Baikal Pulp Plant that have been polluting Baikal with its waste, as well as stored, buried and burnt hazardous waste on the banks of the lake. Such governmental decision was adopted in satisfaction of short-term interests of the owner of the plant a definite tycoon, and contradicts Russias interests.

The Russian United Democratic Party YABLOKO supports The Baikal Ecological Wave, all the Russian and international organisations engaged in protection of the Lake Baikal the world pearl and a global storage of fresh water and fighting for cancellation of the Resolution of the RF Government No 1 On Introduction of Changes into the List of Activities Prohibited in the Central Ecological Zone of the Baikal Natural Territory of January 13, 2010.

The Government that has to protect the interests of the citizens and ensure their safety should adopt measures for efficient support of organisations acting for protection of Russias nature and ecological rights of the citizens, prevent and restrain provocations against such organisations and investigate of the police action in Irkutsk against The Baikal Ecological Wave.

Sergei Mitrokhin
Chairman of the party


See also:

YABLOKO for Environmental Safety




Statement of the Bureau of the YABLOKO party
February 1, 2010