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On the situation in the Northern Caucasus

Resolution of the 15th congress of the YABLOKO party №252
December 24, 2009

The Russian United Democratic Party YABLOKO once again expresses its deep concern on the political and economic situation in the Northern Caucasus.

Despite victorious reports on stabilisation of the situation in the Northern Caucasus the policies of the Russian authorities completely failed. Escalation of armed conflicts has been going on, clan-authoritarian developments and corruption has continued to grow in this region.

Mass-scale violations of human rights by the interior and law-enforcement agencies do not cease, Russian laws are not observed and high level of unemployment and economic retardness has been still preserved. Kidnapping and murders, first of all of human rights activists, in the Northern Caucasus have already become a norm. Farid Babayev, Natalya Estemirova, the spouses Sadulayev, Magomed Yevloyev and other renown human rights activists and descendants were murdered in the recent years.

We are greatly concerned that the killers and those who ordered these loud political murders have not been found yet, or, like in the case with Magomed Yevloyev, they manage to avoid just punishment.

Despite a moratorium on capital punishment, extrajudicial executions have been implemented in Russia, Ingushetia, Chechnya, Dagestan, Kabardino-Balkaria and Karachayevo-Cherkessia.

The situation becomes even more dangerous as the regions neighbouring on the Northern Caucasus have been gradually grasped by the aforementi8oned negative developments.

We demand from the President and the Government of the RF the following:

- stop arbitrary rule by the interior, the military and law-enforcement bodies in the Northern Caucasus and bring to justice those guilty of criminal acts;
- stop criminal practices of extrajudicial executions;
- restore operation of the Russian laws to the full extent and de-facto;
- fully use the potential of the civil society for peaceful resolution of the situation in the Northern Caucasus.

The YABLOKO party is ready to offer its comprehensive support in the solution of these problems.



Sergei Mitrokhin
Chairman of the party




Resolution of the 15th congress of the YABLOKO party №252
December 24, 2009