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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 faction
April 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.

Where has this increase gone? Answering this question, it would be appropriate to cite a well-known expert on the elections, D.Oreshkin: "Between 13 to 15 million bulletins are dropped into the ballot box directly by governors and presidents." The divergence of the voting results for Yavlinsky at the elections on March 26 raises many questions.

The most difficult to explain is a two-fold increase in the number of votes for Yavlinsky in Moscow, compared to the Duma elections. This was observed in a situation where most of the regions demonstrated a contraction in or constant level of Yavlinsky's electorate.

This phenomenon could be attributed to the greater impact on the electorate in Moscow by the central mass media, which was a key factor for Yavlinsky's electoral head-quarters.

However, this assumption disproves the situation in Moscow region, where the central mass media are also represented in full, but Yavlinsky's increased by only 2%. I think that is little sense in investigating which particular words or actions of Grigory Yavlinsky managed to transform the moods of Moscovites to back him. I think that the explanation of “exclusive” voting in Moscow lies in the aforementioned words of D.Oreshkin.

It is unlikely that the governors, or other officials in the regions who provided administrative “support” at the ballot boxes acted on the direct instructions of the Kremlin (although this version cannot be ruled out entirely).

Most likely the decisive factor here was their desire to serve the Kremlin well, by providing a high level of electoral backing for Putin. The parliamentary elections had already demonstrated that this individual is iprone to fall victim to governor toadyism, attacked by the Kremlin mass media. In December 1999 the “Fatherland-All Russia” bloc was such a target, in March 2000, it was Grigory Yavlinsky. (By the way, the communists have never been targets of media attacks).

The absence of significant falsifications in Moscow may be attributed to the solidarity of Yuri Luzhkov, who displayed courage and did not express such equivocal loyalty to the Kremlin. Grigory Yavlinsky is the only Russian politician to have challenged the Kremlin, instead of joining in the laudatory choir of Vladimir Putin’s sycophants and concluding some back-stage deals with him.

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