YABLOKO party expresses its categorical protest in connection
with provocations and acts of pressure and mobbing of the
party branches in a number of regions.
On November 8, 2009, there was a fire in the regional branch
of the United Russia party in Penza. According to preliminary
information of the interior, unknown persons threw flame fluid
in the window.
There events became a motive to political mobbing of activists
from oppositional parties and movements by the United Russia
at participation of the interior.
At night on the 8th of October unlawful searches in the homes
of YABLOKO members and allies took place. Seven activists
were victims of lawlessness. Notebooks, party and publicistic
materials, other things having no relation to the arson were
The YABLOKO party considers statements of the United Russia
leaders and actions of the interior, as well as their accusations
in the address of opposition parties in extremism as persecution
of the dissenting and intimidation of politically active citizens.
This is a logical consequence of the campaign against regional
party branches in Krasnodar and Saratov. In the beginning
of 2009, the law enforcement bodies, including services for
counteraction to extremism, demanded from YABLOKO’s activists
complete information on performance of their organisations,
including party’s plans and programmes, the lists of the decision-making
bodies and party members with indication of their places of
residence and work. Such actions mean that the Russian United
Democratic Party YABLOKO is assessed as a potentially extremist
organisation, which is arbitrary rule in itself. Collection
of private information on the citizens by the secret services
without consent of these persons is a grave violation of the
Constitution of the Russian Federation and virtually restores
political secret services.
YABLOKO considers such actions against a registered legally
performing political party as
a prologue to political reprisals.
The YABLOKO party lays full responsibility for incitement
of political extremism against opposition political parties
on the United Russia party and the authorities that allow
making law enforcement bodies an instrument of political pressure.
The YABLOKO party demands from Public Prosecutor General
and the Interior Ministry to stop reprisals against the activists
and launch investigation of unlawful actions of the interior.
We shall use all the possibilities we dispose of for protection
of our activists.
Chair of the YABLOKO party
YABLOKO Against Extremism