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Sergei Mitrokhin demands from Public Prosecutor General to check who is funding the campaign envisaging enlisting YABLOKO as a terrorist organisation

Press Release

July 19, 2011

YABLOKOs leader Sergei Mitrokhin applied to Public Prosecutor General Yury Chaika to determine the sources of financing of a black PR campaign launched against YABLOKO and ecologists fighting against constructing of oil shipment terminals in Novorossiysk and Tuapse, the Black Sea coast.

After loud public protests against construction of hazardous facilities in the resort cities and his meeting with environmentalists President Medvedev ordered (on June 8) the regional authorities to conduct consultations with public organisations and activists.

Such a meeting was held in Krasnodar yesterday, on July 18. However, not all the environmentalists and representatives of public organisations were allowed to be present. Thus, according to a personal order of the anchor of the event, well-known Russian journalists Vladimir Soloviyov, the security did not allow Suren Gazaryan, activist of YABLOKO and North Caucasus Environmental Watch to pass to the premises were the even was held.

However, Gazaryan got hold of a document entitled Action Plan for Creation of Broad Public Resonance in Connection with the First Public Consultations". According to the document, the goal of the PR campaign is "to achieve generally positive reaction from the Internet community on the decision to launch the terminals in Tuapse and Novorossiysk." The unknown PR technologists also set up the task to "discredit environmentalists" fighting against this project endangering the environment in the region.

The document also offers draft open letter to President Medvedev from the workers of the terminals demanding to include the YABLOKO party and North Caucasus Environmental Watch into the "list of terrorist organisations whose activities are prohibited."

The document also indicates the resources which should publish articles against YABLOKO and environmentalists, including a number of federal electronic media, popular blogs and popular regional forums. In addition the campaign organisers plan to engage some "media persons" and well-known bloggers in the campaign.

The budget of the campaign for demonizing YABLOKO and environmentalists, according to the document, totals RUR 424,000, a considerable amount in Russia.


See also:

Human Rights

YABLOKO Against Corruption

Protection of Environment

Environmentalists crash Putins seaside palace. France 24, The Observers
July 5, 2011

Sergei Mitrokhin: tortures in the name of Christ. Sergei Mitrokhins blog at the Echo Moskvi web-site, July 5, 2011

YABLOKOs activists arrested by Putins country cottage at the Black Sea Coast. Press Release, June 25, 2011.

Tuapse printing facility refused to print YABLOKOs bulletin for the rally obeying the order from the authorities. Press Release, June 24, 2011.

YABLOKOs activists get imprisonment verdicts, Press Release, February 28, 2011

Young YABLOKO activists hang a banner Freedom to Political Prisoners! opposite of the Kremlin. Press Release, March 3, 2011.

Friendly Oligarch Buys 'Putin' Palace . The Moscow Times, March 4, 2011.


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