The Russian United Democratic Party YABLOKO expresses its
support to The New Times magazine in connection with an attempt
of the law enforcement to conduct unlawful inspection of documents
in the editing house. We think that these actions represent
an act of punitive censorship which has to produce a chilling
effect on Russian journalists in case they wish to publish
articles inconvenient to top military and police officials.
We hope that this event will not interfere with functioning
of the editorial house and conducting of serious journalist
investigations by the magazine.
Chairman of the YABLOKO party