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YABLOKO leaves the rally protesting against participation of nationalists

Press Release
November 21, 2010

The YABLOKO party left the rally against arbitrary rule during trails against journalists and human rights activists protesting against participation in the rally of the ultra-right Russkiy Obraz (The Russian Image) organisation that came to the rally bearing their flags. YABLOKOs leader Sergei Mitrokhin proposed to the representative of nationalists a compromise to participate in the rally without their nationalistic symbols but the latter refused.

After this YABLOKO including activists from the Tula branch of YABLOKO, the Moscow YABLOKO and Sergei Mitrokhin, left the Pushkin Square.

The activists of the Tula branch of YABLOKO specially came to Moscow so that to tell about criminal persecutions against Vladimir Timakov, deputy of the Tula Regional Duma (regional parliament) from the YABLOKO faction , for alleged libel against Governor of the Tula Region Vuacheslav Dudka. In accordance with Article 129 of the Criminal Code Timakov faces three years of imprisonment for his criticism of the Governor.

According to the Anticompromat Internet Library, Russkiy Obraz is an ultra-right nationalistic organisation combining radical slogans with support of Vladimir Putin and cooperation with power bodies.

Russkiy Obraz was one of the organizers of the notorious nationalistic Russian March in Moscow

It is absurd to fight against arbitrary rule together with such organisations, as they dream of an order with even greater arbitrary rule, said YABLOKOs leader Sergei Mitrokhin.

See also:

YABLOKO conducted a picket in support of deputy of the Tula City Duma. Press Release
September 7, 2010.

Tula City Duma deputy persecuted for his criticism of the Governors work. Statement by the Tula branch of YABLOKO. July 15, 2010

Freedom of Speech

YABLOKO Against Extremism




Press Release
November 21, 2010