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Grigory Yavlinsky: "The outcome of the presidential elections is not foredoomed"

Press Release

December 19, 2011

Grigory Yavlinsky submitted to the Central Election Commission (CEC) the documents on his nomination to run in presidential elections in Russia in March 2012. The decision on nomination of Grigory Yavlinsky, the founder of the YABLOKO party, was adopted by the party congress on December 18.

Now, the CEC must within five days register authorized representatives of the party and its candidate and give them a permission to open the electoral account. Printing of lists for collection of 2 mln of signatures in favour of Grigory Yavlinsky required for his registration of a candidate in presidential campaign will be paid from this account.

Responding to questions from journalists Grigory Yavlinsky stressed that election the result of which is "not predetermined" will be held for the first time in Russia for many years. "There is something to fight for at these elections, because the situation in the country has been changing", Yavlinsky said.

Presidential candidate Grigory Yavlinsky is going to present to the society a programme which will be a "political, economic, and moral alternative to the present developments in Russia."

"The campaign will be very difficult and tough, because of the social tension due to the fact that Russia demands changes," Yavlinsky added. "The society has been living with the same political system and the same persons for 12 years already. Profound and serious changes are needed," he said.

The YABLOKO party has received no mandates in the State Duma and, therefore, as a non-parliamentary party must collect over 2 million signatures until January 18 for registration of its candidate in the campaign. Grigory Yavlinsky called this "a measure bordering on reprisals." According to Yavlinsky, the party obtained over 2 million votes in the parliamentary elections and thus could be entitled to registration of its candidate without collection of signatures.

"Collection of signatures is a method where you can weed out any undesirable candidate," Yavlinsky noted.

"It is an ill-conceived measure as it destabilizes the society," he said. Yavlinsky also advised the authorities to "prevent such bad errors: "The legitimacy of presidential elections will have a colossal significance for the future of the country."

Grigory Yavlinsky also expressed regret at the removal of writer Eduard Limonov from the presidential race on formal grounds. "If the authorities go on perusing this way, the tension in the society will only increase," he said.

See also:

Elections to the State Duma 2011

Presidential Elections 2012



Press Release

December 19, 2011

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