New Course. What Yabloko supports and opposes.
Theses by Grigory Yavlinsky
Novosti, June 20, 2001
A law allowing for the import of nuclear waste was
adopted recently. In view of this fact the newspapers
and TV stations have been discussing the issue as
to whether our legislative authorities are completely
subordinate to the executive authorities. But the
issue is far more serious. This is not simply an episode
when the State Duma has completely fulfilled the will
of the government. The adoption of this law provides
a striking example of the nature of relations between
the authorities and the people. They have remained
virtually unchanged for the past 15 years. The government
and the deputies of almost all the factions, except
for Yabloko, openly declared and insisted that the
opinion of 90 per cent of the people was not important.
The people "do not understand where their happiness
Day in the Lower House
By Ivan Rodin, Nezavisimaya Gazeta,
June 22, 2001
The Duma approved the law on political parties at
its third reading; it will now be submitted to the
Federation Council. However, it is not ruled out that
the Federation Council may reject it: then this law
would have to be reconsidered by the lower house.
The Duma would have to continue working on this law
together with the upper house, as only 238 deputies
voted for it, whereas at least 300 votes are required
to override a Federation Council veto.
tells Duma members how to vote?
By Irina Ivanova, Zhizn (Moskovskie Vedomosti),
June 20, 2001, p. 4
There are special people in each Deputy faction who
signal to the rest how to vote in a particular way.
of a Duma faction's coordinator implies organising
a coordinated vote for or against a particular issue.
The existence of this function became especially obvious
during the heated debates over the law on importing
nuclear waste into Russia, when the faction leaders
called on their coordinators to be especially attentive
and give deputies clear instructions on how to vote.
fly as Duma approves land bill
By Yevgenia Borisova,
The Moscow Times, June 18, 2001,
The State Duma passed the Land Code in an emotionally
charged first reading Friday that saw lawmakers chant,
come to blows and whole factions march out en masse.
The Duma voted 251-22 with three abstentions in favor
of the Kremlin-backed code, which would allow the
sale of commercial land and plots in cities and villages
to Russians and foreigners. The sale of agricultural
land is not provided for in the code and will be dealt
with in a separate law. The legislation must pass
two more readings in the Duma and then be approved
by the Federation Council before it can be sent to
President Vladimir Putin to be signed into law.
than just rhetoric
Moscow Times, June 18, 2001, p. 10
The first national Yabloko Party Congress in St. Petersburg
last weekend surprised many who think the only thing
that party does is criticize the present administration.
approves nuclear fuel imports
The Moscow Times, June 7, 2001,
The State Duma gave final approval in 20 minutes Wednesday
to legislation opening Russia to imports of spent
nuclear fuel, a project environmentalists say will
turn the country into a nuclear dump.
Prince Phillipe of Belgium and the Secretary of State
for Foreign Affairs to meet Russian Prime Minister
Mikhail Kasyanov, Deputy Foreign Minister Ivan Ivanov,
Speaker of the State Duma Gennady Seleznyov, as well
as prominent politicians Mikhail Gorbachev, Boris
Nemtsov and Grigory Yavlinsky
RIA "Novosti", June 17, 2001
The Crown Prince Philippe
of Belgium and Secretary of State for Foreign
Affairs Ms. Annemie Neyts-Uytterbroeck begin on Sunday
their visit to Moscow and St. Petersburg at the head
of the Belgian economic mission. The visit is scheduled
to last until June 21.
of Right-Wing Forces is left without force
By Alexander Ivanov
Noviye Izvestia, June 8, 2001, p. 1
The Union of Right-Wing Forces (SPS) has finally become
a political party. Only a week has passed, and the
right is already facing the hard facts of life. Chanting
"You are right!" is not going to suffice
anymore. Voters have to be offered what is called
"real accomplishments" in official terms.
needs new liberal democratic reforms
strana.ru, June 9, 2001
Yabloko advocates the development of a new liberal
democratic course of reforms in Russia, Yabloko party
and parliamentary faction leader Grigory Yavlinsky
told a meeting of party activists representing it
in legislative and executive bodies in St. Petersburg
on June 9.
Energy Ministry Gets the Green Light
By Ivan Rodin, Nezavisimaya
Gazeta, June 7, 2001, p. 3
In yesterday's vote, the Duma approved the Nuclear
Energy Ministry's plans to import spent nuclear fuel
for reprocessing and temporary storage in return for
some money, although no one can say exactly how much.
Advocates of the project say that reprocessing the
heat rods from nuclear reactors could earn Russia
about $20 billion. The money will be made available
to Russia over 20 years, but not all of this amount
will be spent on environmental programmes. Some money
will have to be spent on building the required infrastructure.
Again, no one can say exactly how much money will
be spent on building reprocessing and storage facilities.
to initiate referendum on expended nuclear fuel imports
June 6, 2001
The Yabloko movement is going to initiate a referendum
on the import of expended nuclear fuel to Russia,
Yabloko leader Gregory Yavlinsky announced in an interview
today after the State Duma approved bills on expended
nuclear fuel imports on the third reading...
lower house of parliament passes bills to import nuclear
Associated Press, June 6,
Russia's lower house of parliament on Wednesday quickly
approved a controversial proposal that would permit
the import of other countries' nuclear waste for reprocessing.
MN, June 4, 2001, p. 3
The ongoing war over the amendments to the current
nuclear energy legislation that would permit the import
of spent nuclear fuel into Russia entered another
phase yesterday. Yabloko leader Grigory Yavlinsky
and Nuclear Energy Minister Alexander Rumyantsev answered
questions posed by pedestrians on Novy Arbat Street.
By Elena Afanasyeva, Novaya Gazeta, June
On May 31, 2001, a military helicopter was shot down
off Ingushetia. Deputies of the State Duma, Alexei
Arbatov (Yabloko) and Evgeny Zelyenov (Regions of
Russia Group) on board the helicopter. They were returning
from a working trip to Chechnya.
is a Form of Foolishness
Yavlinsky, Novaya Gazeta,
May 28, 2001
The public gathering in Moscow on the 80th anniversary
of Andrei Dmitrievich Sakharov was marked by nostalgic
and sentimental tunes. This is not surprising, as
it was organised by the people who are still unable
to comprehend why Acad. Sakharov's ideas have not
prevailed in Russian society. They still speculate
on the similarities between Yeltsin and Sakharov.
Only Grigory Yavlinsky spoke about Sakharov as a man
whose moral presence in politics is necessary today.
Specially for Novaya Gazeta - extracts from his speech.
es una democracia de imitacion
Pais, 29 de mayo de 2001
Grigori Yavlinski es el mas europeista de los politicos
rusos y un ardiente defensor de la economia de mercado.
El lider del bloque liberal Yabloko (Manzana) cree
que la democracia rusa es hoy mas formal que real,
y que el presidente Vladimir Putin ha puesto el pais
en manos de un reducido grupo de empresarios, militares
y miembros de los servicios de seguridad. De visita
en Madrid invitado por el Insituto de Empresa, Yavlinski
(Lvov, Ucrania, 1952) se entrevisto ayer con el presidente
del Gobierno, Jose Maria Aznar.