YABLOKO begins collecting comments and signatures from the
citizens and experts to its amendments to the draft law on
police with the help of a specially created web-site. The
web-site will be opened for comments until September 15.
YABLOKO has already prepared a package of amendments to the
draft law on police which was loudly announced by the government
as a more democratic law than the present.
The draft was for the first time published in the Internet
for a feed-back from the public. The developers of the law
had stated that one of the key goals of the draft was creation
of police instead of the present УmilitiaФ. However, experts,
journalists and ordinary citizens were shocked by the draft
as it provided unprecedented powers to the police envisaging
virtually no control over it and considerably worsening the
situation for the society. According to many experts, the
law will turn the country into a large concentration camp.
YABLOKO will submit its amendments to the parliament and
hopes to persuade the legislators to substantially change