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MARCH 2001

Russian Lawmakers Likely to Approve Nuclear-Fuel Bill

Jeanne Whalen, Staff Reporter

The Wall Street Journal via Dow Jones

Russia reprocesses its own spent nuclear fuel and has a special agreement that allows the import of some spent fuel from the former Soviet republic of Ukraine, scene of the world's worst nuclear accident in 1986 at the Chernobyl power plant. The new bill would allow about 20,000 metric tons to be imported over the next decade, which would give Russia about 10% of the world market, according to the ministry.

Russia Debates Proposals to Profit From Nuclear Waste

Jeanne Whalen and Neil King Jr., Staff Reporters of The Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal via Dow Jones

A law to allow nuclear-waste imports would be good news for two competing plans to bring spent fuel into Russia. One plan is backed by the Non-Proliferation Trust, a U.S. organization looking to send as much as 10,000 tons of nuclear waste to Russia for storage. NPT is run by a number of former U.S. intelligence and military officials, including former Central Intelligence Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation director William Webster.

The other competitor is Russia's own Ministry of Atomic Energy, known as Minatom, which has aggressively lobbied legislators to pass the measure with promises of big budget revenues and stringent safety controls. Unlike the NPT plan, Minatom wants the right to reprocess the fuel so it can be used again in nuclear reactors.

Activists Win Reprieve in Nuclear Fight

Yevgenia Borisova, Staff Writer

Moscow Times, Friday, Mar. 23, 2001. Page 1

Opponents who have been fiercely protesting a plan to import 20,000 tons of spent nuclear fuel to Russia won a reprieve Thursday when the State Duma decided to delay a vote on the bill until at least early April.

Interview of Grigory Yavlinsky for the “Geroi Dnya”

(“Hero of the Day”) programme, the NTV

December 21, 2000

Svetlana Sorokina: You say that establishing control over the mass media is part of the plan to create a strong vertical power structure. Do you think that they will draw a line there? Is it possible to create a controlled democracy in our country, as some political technologists say?

Yavlinsky: A controlled democracy brings you along a road that leads to a dead end. A 21st century economy can only be created by free people, people who have all available information about developments in their country and in the world, people who independently analyse their own lives and develop the policies of their country.

HARD TALK with Tim Sebastian and Grigory Yavlinsky, Leader of Russia’s Yabloko Party

The BBC, March 8, 2001

Tim Sebastian: What about now? What should the West be doing? We have a new administration in the White House which is not so keen on dropping huge sums of money into Russia. What should the West be doing? How can the West influence developments in Russia?

Grigory Yavlinsky: I think that the task that the West faces in this sense is very difficult. You must have a transparent, clear and honest policy towards Russia. I am not sure that you are able to establish such a policy.

Russia’s First Political Crisis of the 21st Century is Over

Dmitry Kamyshev, Konstantin Smirnov

Kommersant-VLAST, March 2001, No. 11, pp. 14-16

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov did not attend the Duma debate on the no confidence motion last week, despite a personal invitation from Duma Speaker Gennadi Seleznev. On March 14, he attributed his actions to his belief that only one faction was out to get him – rather than the whole Duma. The prime minister was referring to the Communist faction, which initiated the no-confidence motion...

Kremlin interested in a Duma Reshuffle

Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Ivan Rodin, March 17, 2001, p. 3

Some Duma sources claim that Primakov is insisting that any changes should not alter the present political balance in the Duma, or at least alter it proportionally. In other words, Primakov is demanding that "minor factions," i.e. the Union of Right Forces (URF), Fatherland-All Russia (FAR), Yabloko, Russian Regions, and the Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR), should gain control of some committees – not only those which have been controlled by the Communists until now, but also those belonging to Unity.

Nuclear Bill Debate Heats Up

The Moscow Times, Yevgenia Borisova, Mar. 21, 2001, 1:07 AM Moscow Time

"Some cash will be paid as taxes, some to build new transportation systems, some to build new [reprocessing] facilities and some to maintain them and pay the staff. There will be no cash to spent on ecological programs," he told the "Itogi" program on NTV. But the Nuclear Power Ministry will never be held accountable if it gets its way in opening a special fund in which to place cash from the nuclear program, said Kuznetsov and Deputy Mitrokhin.

Mixed views on Russia's business climate

Reuters, Daniel Bases, March 20

Grigory Yavlinsky, leader of Russia's liberal Yabloko party and member of the lower house of parliament, or Duma, told the conference that the stable business environment doesn't outweigh concerns about Putin's "very strong tendencies in creating some kind of corporate system" that could impinge on individual freedoms.

"There is a very clear feeling that the authorities are absolutely not prepared for any kind of internal criticism in the country," he said.

Conference Debates Putin's Vision

Associated Press, Steve Gutterman, March 19, 2001

Grigory Yavlinsky, leader of the liberal Yabloko party and a lawmaker in the lower parliament house, the State Duma, said there are signs Russia may be moving toward a system restricting democracy.

"There is a very clear feeling that the authorities are absolutely not prepared to accept any internal criticism," Yavlinsky said. "They are very rigid to criticism."

Party Building is Postponed

Alexandre Sadchikov, Izvestiya, March 19, 2001

This week the Duma Committee on Public Associations should formally finish preparations of the draft law on political parties for its second reading. However, predictions that the document will not be adopted before the end of the session are frequently heard in the Duma.

First, all the interested parties - the President, the Central Electoral Committee and deputies of the Duma – were full of enthusiasm, writing plans for party building in the Russian state...

Speech in the State Duma by the First Deputy Head of the Yabloko faction Sergei Ivanenko during the discussion of the draft resolution of the Duma “On No-Confidence Vote to the Government”

Moscow, the State Duma, March 14, 2001

Today the debate about the Cabinet’s performance has been replaced totally completely replaced by back-and-white game and intrigues. That is why once again we call on the deputies of the Duma not to participate in this farce.

Mikhail Amosov (the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg, leader of the Yabloko faction): the adoption of the law on parties represents a positive trend in Russia’s politics

Rosbalt Information Agency, March 12, 2001

St. Petersburg. The adoption of the law on parties represents a positive trend in Russia’s politics, said Mikhail Amosov, leader of the Yabloko faction in the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg. According to Amosov, “until present the parties served on one the hand as an instrument for attaining personal goals during election campaigns and disappeared immediately after the election campaigns and, on the other hand, were objects to criticism as conductors of somebody’s ideas.”

Russian Duma Rejects Government No-Confidence Motion

By Ron Popeski, Reuters, March 14, 2001

Boris Nemtsov of the Union of Right-Wing Forces said the government was a ''ship standing still'' failing to provide heat and electricity to vast regions. Sergei Ivanenko of the liberal Yabloko party spoke of ``colossal instability'' in the Kremlin.

Bush Says Russia Not Enemy But Could Be Threat

Reuters, March 13, 2001

President George W. Bush said on Tuesday that his administration planned to make it clear to Russian President Vladimir Putin that it did not see Russia as an enemy, although it may be a threat.

Make Russia a Better Neighbor

By Anatol Lieven and Celeste Wallander
The New York Times
March 14, 2001

American economic and security interests in the former Soviet Union are fundamentally linked. An economically stable Russia, integrated into the Western economy, would be far less likely to want to damage Western interests or dominate its neighbors, like Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova. Stable and prosperous neighbors would in turn support Russia's new generation of political and business leaders who seek success in the global market through domestic economic reform.

Inessa Slavutinskaya: An Administrative Trick

Profile, March 12, 2001

Alexander Voloshin, Head of the Presidential Administration, has decided to prevent President Vladimir Putin from dismissing the Cabinet on his own. For this purpose, he has launched a campaign for a vote of no-confidence in the Cabinet.

Felix Filippovsky: Language May Lead Russia and NATO into an Alliance

Vremya MN, March 6, 2001, p. 3

Yavlinsky’s proposals on the Russian-European non-strategic anti-ballistic missile defence system were formulated three years ago. Today, they virtually formed the basis of Russia's official doctrine.

Grigory Yavlinsky: Umbrella for Europe, Money for Russia, Death to Bin Laden

Argumenty i Fakty, No. 10, 2001

In 1998, Grigory Yavlinsky was the first Russian politician to raise the question of a Russia-Europe non-strategic missile-defence system. At that time many people considered the Yabloko leader's initiative to be too revolutionary. Things have changed only now Vladimir Putin proposes that Europe create such a system. In the following article Yavlinsky provides his own assessment of the meaning of the Russian President's initiative.

Russia objects to NATO approaching its borders

RIA Novosti, March 11, 2001

Grigory Yavlinsky, leader of the Russian right-wing movement Yabloko, has proposed that the process of NATO expansion should not be encouraged now that many important international problems remain unsettled. In his view, the alliance's approach to Russian borders runs counter to "our interests." Just one reason for Russia's growing concern is NATO's recent aggression against Yugoslavia, which proved "politically dubious," Yavlinsky noted.

Putin Faces Cabinet Upheaval

By Sarah Karush, The Associated Press

St Petersburg Times, #650, Tuesday, March 6, 2001

Deputy Duma speaker Vladimir Lukin of the liberal Yabloko party suggested Putin wanted Unity to support the no-confidence vote to get rid of Kasyanov. The prime minister has ties to ex-president Boris Yeltsin's former team, which has been plagued by corruption allegations.

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