YABLOKO prepares protest actions in connection
with withdrawal of YABLOKO’s candidates from regional elections
in Russia that have to take place in March 2011.
YABLOKO’s lists were withdrawn from elections to the Legislative
Assembly of the Tambov region and the Municipal Council of
YABLOKO’s candidates who had to run in single-mandate electoral
districts will not be able to run in seven regions.
However, after YABLOKO’s leader Sergei Mitrokhin spoke about
this during a programme broadcast by the Echo Moskvi radio
station where he criticized the President, the situation has
somewhat improved. Dmitry Medvedev’s statement that the political
system had become more just and there had been less criticism
of the electoral process did not reflect the real situation,
The following day the decision on non-registering YABLOKO
at election to the City Duma of Vladimir was revoked. Several
days earlier the electoral commission labeled 500 signatures
out of total 3,000 as defective, despite YABLOKO’s readiness
to bring the persons who had signed the lists thus proving
that the signatures were authentic.