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Proposed Law Could Eradicate Most Parties

St Peterburg Times , December 15, 2000

MOSCOW - The Central Elections Commission is pushing for a new law on political parties that would slash the number of existing political groups by over 90 percent, leaving only a dozen or so major players and barring the rest from participating in parliamentary elections.


Moskovsky Komsomolets, December 14, 2000

Outraged over the decision to bring back the Soviet national anthem, the Union of Right-Wing Forces Duma faction has raised the issue of burying Lenin's body. An appeal to President Vladimir Putin to create a memorial centre on Red Square in Moscow was proposed at the Duma Council yesterday.

Parliament Restores Soviet Anthem

The Moscow Times, December 9, 2000

The State Duma on Friday overwhelmingly approved President Vladimir Putin's request to reinstate the tune of the Stalin-era anthem and a tsarist flag and eagle as the country's state symbols.


Izvestia, December 9, 2000

State symbols have been adopted, but it doesn't feel like a celebration.On December 8, the Duma passed laws on Russia's national anthem, flag, coat of arms, and symbols for the Armed Forces and the Navy.

Parliament Opens Debate on State Symbols

The Moscow Times, December 8, 2000

Russia's parliament opened debate Friday on President Vladimir Putin's proposal to give the country a mixed bag of state symbols ranging from the tsarist eagle to the Stalin-era Soviet anthem.

Soviet anthem unacceptable for Russia

The Times of India, Sunday, December 3, 2000

Moscow - The old Soviet hymn is unacceptable for today's Russia, a prominent reformist leader and lawmaker has warned, deepening the public controversy over Russia's future anthem.

"Russia is a very different state now, based on different principles and traditions, and it's wrong to repeat another regime's anthem, it will rip the society apart," Grigory Yavlinsky, head of the liberal party Yabloko, said in a radio interview Saturday.


Russia and Europe: Chances and Prospects for European and International Cooperation

Financial Times, November 24-25, 2000

Therefore I would like to request an additional three minutes and twenty seconds for my report about my country, which is so big. I will speak in English, as I would like to reach my European partners here. I want to reach them even more than Russia’s own Minister of Foreign Affairs.

A Marshall plan for post-communist Europe. This is something that the West should seriously consider.

Grigory Yavlinsky,

Obschaya Gazeta No 48, November 30, 2000

Five years ago one of the leading European politicians asked me about the global goal of the Yabloko party. I replied that our goal is to make Russia a European country in 20-25 years. On hearing my reply, he said, lowering his voice: "Never say this to anyone again - the bureaucrats in Brussels would die from horror, if they heard that Russia plans to become part of the EU." This was when I realised that something was wrong with the integration of Europe.

Why are we poor?

Sergei Ivanenko, Deputy Head of the Yabloko faction

“Vechernaya Moskva”, November 13, 2000

There are many people who would welcome a discussion as to why are we clever, but not rich. They would gladly speak about the uniqueness of Russia and its special path of development. I believe that our poverty is attributable above all to society's attitude to business people, who are the engines of economic growth.

Russian Liberal Parties Stumble In Effort to Create an Alliance

Wall Street Journal, By ALAN CULLISON

November 21, 2000

"That will never happen," says Mr. Yavlinsky. "We have differences in economic policy, we have differences in politics, we have differences in



Russia wants change

The Russian Journal, By Otto Latsis

April 03, 2000

Shortly before the presidential elections, on March 23—25, the Agency for Regional Political Studies (ARPI) carried out another routine sociological survey. This gives us a chance to look at how reliable these types of surveys are and ascertain what mood voters were in as they went to the polls.

Anti-war Yavlinsky is Russia's real patriot

The Russian Journal, By Michael Heath

January 17, 2000

To call for a halt to a hugely popular war in the midst of an election campaign, as liberal Yabloko leader Grigory Yavlinsky did late last year, would normally amount to political suicide.

Yavlinsky sees no hope for economy before elections

The Russia Journal

August 23, 1999

Russia's economy is unlikely to improve under new Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and will only pick up after next year's presidential election, leading liberal politician Grigory Yavlinsky said.

Yeltsin to blame for country's backward slide to feudalism

By Grigory Yavlinsky

July 05, 1999

After eight years with Boris Yeltsin at its helm, Russiaremains mired in political and economic crisis. As Yabloko leader Grigory Yavlinsky explains, not only has Russia failed to rebuild from the wreckage of the Soviet Union, it could be in the first stage of its destruction as a sovereign state.

Yabloko bloc gets lift from alliance.

By EKATERINA LARINA , The Russia Journal

Semptember 6, 1999

The recently formed alliance of Sergei Stepashin and Grigory Yavlinsky may be a rare case of a political compromise in which the gains for those involved greatly outweigh the concessions, pollsters, analysts and politicians say.

Yavlinsky, Yabloko Gain Key Support

The St.Petersburg Times,

By Brian Whitmore Staff Writer

February 23, 2000

Liberal economist Grigory Yavlinsky, long the odd man out in Russian politics, suddenly seems to be picking up support among media and financial elites as well as in the country's regions.

Russia Today's exclusive pre-election interview with Grigory Yavlinsky

Russia Today

By Igor Semenenko Staff Writer

July 28, 2000

Five days before the runoff election, Grigory Yavlinsky, chairman of the Yabloko Party, took time to talk to Russia Today correspondent Tracy Dove on July 28 and explain his views on the course of the Russian presidential elections. Yavlinsky, who finished fourth in the first round, is potentially a pivotal figure in the race. He has conditionally endorsed incumbent Boris Yeltsin, but he is scheduled to meet with the president. Speculation favors that he will join Yeltsin's government.

Amended PSA Law Provides Tax Option

The Moscow Times,

By Igor Semenenko, Staff Writer

Tuesday, May 30, 2000

Three major factions in the State Duma have united efforts to pass an amendment to the law on production sharing agreements, or PSAs, giving local companies an option to choose between two tax schemes.

Duma Passes Budget in 2nd Reading

The Moscow Times,

By Igor Semenenko, Staff Writer

Saturday, October 21, 2000

The draft 2001 budget sailed through the State Duma on a second reading Friday powered by government concessions giving the regions a larger share of the tax take.

COMMODITIES & AGRICULTURE: Russia tries to come to terms with West: New production sharing agreements seen as last chance to draw foreign investment to oil and gas sector, says Anna Sherman:

Financial Times, October 4, 2000

Today the European Commission is expected to discuss proposals for developing a long-term strategic energy partnership with Russia following exploratory talks about importing oil and gas.

Last month Mikhail Kasyanov, the Russian prime minister, visited London and tried to encourage Western oil and gas companies to take advantage of new production sharing agreements (PSAs)



By Alexander Romanovsky, Komsomolskaya Pravda, August 22, 2000, p. 5

Observers and commentators cannot complain that nothing has happened on the eve of the forthcoming political autumn, which promises to be hot. How can we assess the regime's relations with the political elite? After all, the success or failure of the reforms depends to a large extent on their support.

Putin's Year

Sergei Ivanenko, Vremya Novostei, No 99, August 9, 2000

The main thing that happened during Putin's year is that Yeltsin's era ended first in actual fact and then legally. A new stage of the country's development was launched. Putin's activity is in public view: he began an anti-terrorist operation in Dagestan which grew into a military conflict, he is trying to implement economic reforms and reform of the federative structure.

JULY 2000

Delayed Revolution

Alexei Mikhailov, Mikhail ZadornovVyedomosti, July 19, 2000

One of the principle changes in the tax system, which will be discussed by the Duma today, concerns the transition in VAT payments with CIS countries to the principle "country of destination". What does this mean for Russia?

Alexandr Makarov (Krasnoyarsk), Viktor Khamrayev, Deputies, Demonstrate Solidarity with Their Former Colleague

"Vremuya Novostei", July 20, 2000, No 85, p.3

Yesterday the Duma supported its former deputy Viktor Gitin (Yabloko), subject to criminal proceedings by the Public Prosecutor of Krasnoyarsk Territory since March 2000 for "accepting a large bribe".

Yabloko is a mission. Yavlinsky's party rehearses its ability to reach agreement on the right

Interview of Sergei Ivanenko by Sergei Miulin,"Segodnya", No 151, July 13, 2000

Deputy Head of the Yabloko faction Sergei Ivanenko expressed Yabloko’s views on the SPS to the correspondent of "Segodnya" Sergei Miulin

Question: Sergei Viktorovich, what was the main conclusion that Yabloko drew at the 8th Congress over its defeat in the parliamentary and presidential elections?

Ivanenko: The most important result can be summed up as follows: we have managed to keep the party intact.

Duma Urges Ustinov to End Gitin Inquiry

The Moscow Times, July 26, 2000

The State Duma has sent an inquiry to Prosecutor General Vladimir Ustinov calling for an end to the criminal investigation against former legislator Viktor Gitin.

Gitin, the former deputy head of the Duma’s budget committee and a member of the Yabloko faction, was arrested in March on charges of getting kickbacks from a Krasnoyarsk bank for arranging transfers of federal funds through its accounts during his term in parliament.

Halfway to Happiness. Yabloko proposes the election of Federation Council members

"Segodnya", July 12, 2000

Deputy Chairman of the Yabloko faction in the State Duma announced that it had started to collect signatures to support the introduction of an amendment to the Constitution of the RF on direct elections to Federation Council members.

Andrei Stepanov Yavlinsky to breed a new type of Yabloko*

"Izvestiya", July 10, 2000, page 3

Grigory Yavlinsky said that his party Yabloko is "ready to provide a credit of trust to the present President".

However, the congress where he made this statement was devoted to another matter. Grigory Alexeevich, using medical jargon, has decided to subject Yabloko to intensive therapy: the whole party should be revived and skilfully added to the party system built by the Kremlin.

JUNE 2000

Alexei Mikhailov (Yabloko). Tax Revolution is Clogged Up

Interview with "Vremya Novostei" newspaper No 56, p.2 June 8, 2000

The tax reform started yesterday. A member of the Duma Committee on Budget Alexei Mikhailov (the Yabloko faction) shared his views on the start of the reform with a correspondent from the "Vremya Novostei" newspaper Viktor Khmaryev.

Sergei Ivanenko: ordinary citizens may follow Vladimir Gusinsky-s way

from the hro.org/actions/gusinsky/ivanenko.htm website "Vladimir Gusinsky's case"

The arrest of the head of the Media-Most holding company, Vladimir Gusinsky, is obviously politically motivated.

MAY 2000

The U.S.-Russian divide

By Vladimir Lukin- vice chairman of the Russian State Duma and former Russian ambassador to the United States. May 31, 2000

Not confrontation but cooperation — that must be the logic of relations between Russia and NATO. Both sides have a stake in a constant, constructive dialogue. Moscow needs it because today NATO is the most powerful military-political organization of the Western world, a reality that cannot be ignored.

APRIL 2000

Sickly Gitin Freed

The Moscow Times, April 25, 2000

KRASNOYARSK , Western Siberia — Former State Duma Deputy Viktor Gitin, who was arrested three weeks ago on charges of bribery, was released from a prison hospital Monday, but had to sign an obligation not to leave Krasnoyarsk.


SPS Looking Weaker Next To Yabloko


Boris Nemtsov declared a victory Wednesday after the State Duma installed him and Yabloko's Vladimir Lukin as deputy speakers. He called it a defeat for the Communists, who had helped block the nominations. "Centrist and center-right factions in the chamber have a chance in the near future to work constructively, without the Communists, on a range of key laws for our country - land and tax codes, passing a responsible and honest budget," Reuters quoted Nemtsov as saying.


Primakov Shared Votes with Yavlinsky

By Ivan Syetochkin The Internet poll of “Nezavisimaya Gazeta” newspaper (NG)

The acting President, according to the readers of our site, would lose the first round of presidential elections to Yabloko’s leader


Although he didn't win, he held his ground. On the results of Grigory Yavlinsky presidential campaign

Yabloko Rossiyi No 14(106)By Sergei Mitrokhin, Deputy of the State Duma, the Yabloko factionApril 8, 2000

Everyone I have talked to about elections noted that this was Yabloko's best electoral campaign since its formation. Such a campaign could not fail to generate a significant increase votes.


Putin will strengthen the criminal nomenclatura system

Yabloko Rossiyi No 14(106)Interview of Grigory Yavlinsky by Francois Bonnet, "Le Monde", April 3, 2000April 8, 2000

Francois Bonnet: Do you share the opinion of the communists that numerous falsifications occurred during the presidential elections on March 26, where Vladimir Putin already won in the first round?

Grigory Yavlinsky: Probably, we have also noted many strange incidents. Our real result differs greatly from the official figures, as everyone agrees. Voting was unfortunately rigged, as was the case in 1993 and 1996.


MARCH 2000

Yavlinsky Campaign Reveals Personal Life

By Sarah Karush

Staff Write

The Moscow Times, March 22, 2000

The voters have known Grigory Yavlinsky for a decade, but certain crucial facts about the Yabloko leader are only being revealed to them now.

Few knew, for instance, that his wife had to help him tie his tie every morning. Or about his aversion to frankfurters (a result of eating too many in his student days, says his wife).

Yabloko Campaigner Flees Bashkortostan After Arrest

The Moscow Times, By Oksana Yablokova, Staff Writer, Thursday, March 30, 2000

A Yabloko party activist has been detained by police and held for a night behind bars in Bashkortostan in connection with Yabloko's opposition to the regional leader, his sister said.

Dmitry Khrustalyov is the second regional Yabloko activist detained in the past week in what appears to be a national campaign against the liberal opposition party.

Former Yabloko Deputy Held On Bribe-Taking Allegations

The Moscow Times, By Oksana Yablokova, Staff Writer, Wednesday, March 29, 2000

Viktor Gitin, a prominent member of the Yabloko party and a former State Duma deputy, has been detained on suspicion of taking bribes and sent to face charges in his native Krasnoyarsk, officials said Tuesday.


Grigory Yavlinsky: Putin is Dangerous for Russia

Corriere della Serra, by Renzo Cianfanelli, March 24, 2000

The presidential election campaign in Russia is coming to an end. Compared to the presidential election campaign in 1996 which ended with the election of Boris Yeltsin as President of the country, and to the exceedingly aggressive and "dirty" State Duma electoral campaign, the competition between the 11 candidates (the 12th candidate, Evgeni Savostyanov, a long-standing liberal, decided not to run and called on his electorate to vote for the reformer Grigory Yavlinsky), it looks as if this campaign will finish emotionlessly - with a more than probable victory for Vladimir Putin.

Yavlinsky's star rises among Russia's middle class

Financial TimesThursday, March 23, 2000

The travel agency Big Tour on Tverskoy Boulevard in the centre of Moscow is selling package holidays to well-to-do Russians. Between handing out glossy booklets and answering calls about sunny resorts in the Aegean, the employees talk politics.


Liberals Line Up Behind Yavlinsky

By Lynn Berry, Staff Writer Moscow TimesThursday, March 23, 2000

In a lightening quick change on the political scene just days before the presidential election, leading liberals from the Union of Right Forces jumped on the bandwagon of candidate Grigory Yavlinsky late Wednesday.



Yavlinsky Presses Putin on Borodin

By Oksana Yablokova,

Staff Write

The Moscow Times, February 5, 2000

Grigory Yavlinsky has called on acting President Vladimir Putin to make his position clear on the situation involving Pavel Borodin, a former top Kremlin official who is wanted in Switzerland on charges of money laundering.

Putin "must finally and clearly indicate his position regarding high-ranking officials accused of corruption," Yabloko's Yavlinsky said Sunday night, Interfax reported.

$10Bln Debt Write-Off Derided as Too Little

The Moscow Times, By Igor Semenenko, Staff Writer

Tuesday, February 15, 2000

A day after the government claimed a major triumph in convincing Western banks to write off $10.6 billion in Soviet-era debt, authoritative voices ranging from former finance ministers to the Yabloko Party came out firmly against the deal.