Trud, July 19, 2002
The Union of Right-Wing Forces (SPS) is prone to sudden
new ideas. Petr Kutcherenko, a member of the SPS national
political council and leader of the SPS youth wing,
has proposed asking Boris Yeltsin to head the democratic
bloc during the parliamentary elections scheduled
for December 2003.
Will Not Manage to Become a Lebed
Nezavisimaya Gazeta, by Anatoli
Kostyukov. July 19, 2002
Yesterday the Duma delegation of the YABLOKO faction
handed Andrei Sharonov, RF Former friends make the
worst enemies. Obviously, following this reasoning,
it has been predicted that the party being launched
by Duma speaker Gennady Seleznev will be a dangerous
competitor for the Communist Party (CPRF).
Sets Up Chubais His opponents reject his plan for
reforming RAO UES even after revisions
Nezavisimaya Gazeta, by Anatoli Kostyukov. July 19,
Yesterday the Duma delegation of the YABLOKO faction
handed Andrei Sharonov, RF Deputy Minister of Economic
Development and Trade, an alternative draft for reforming
the electricity sector of Russia. Before this ceremony
Deputy Head of the YABLOKO faction Igor Artemyev confirmed
the willingness of the faction to vote jointly against
the concept proposed by the government and recommended
recalling the whole package of draft laws on restructuring
RAO UES, which had already been sent by the Cabinet
to the State Duma.
extension in the electoral potential of governors
represents a manifestation of the political weakness
of President Putin
Pskov News Line (Pskov Region), by Lev Shlosberg,
leader of Pskov YABLOKO. July 15, 2002
Petersburg Youth Union YABLOKO proposes that the leadership
of Oktyabrskya Rail Road conduct a joint action "Railroad
Without Insulting Graffiti"
ABN (North-Western federal district, St.Petersburg),
July 15, 2002
St. Petersburg. Chairman of St.Petersburg Youth Union
YABLOKO V. Drugov forwarded an open letter to the
head of the Oktyabrskaya Rail Road G. Komarov. The
press service of the Youth Union YABLOKO informed
about the increasing frequency of manifestations of
everyday nationalism and their impact on the work
of the department...
AND THE VACUUM
No merger or alliance for the Union of Right-Wing
Forces and Yabloko
Vek No. 22, by Andrei Ryabov. July 12, 2002
The latest round of talks about campaign cooperation
between the Union of Right-Wing Forces (SPS) and Yabloko
has led to much discussion about the form of this
cooperation - from joint support for candidates in
single-mandate districts to all the democratic parties
uniting behind one presidential candidate. As in previous
years, there is a marked level of scepticism about
the possibility of a pre-election alliance between
and Kirienko to Oust Putin
Gazeta.ru, by Elena Rudneva. June 27, 2002.
The leader of YABLOKO, Grigory Yavlinsky, issued this
statement. According to Yavlinsky, he planned to have
a meeting on Monday with the President to "discuss
Energy Ministry Has Been Cheating Interview by Natalya
Moscow News #27, July 17, 2002
Atomic Energy Ministry Has Been Cheating Interview
by Natalya Fridman Sergei Mitrokhin (Yabloko faction),
deputy chairman of the State Duma Committee on Local
Government, comments on the situation.
Appeal Pasko Conviction
The Associated Press. July 11, 2002.
Prominent lawmakers and activists appealed to the
Supreme Court chairman Wednesday to reconsider a treason
conviction against Grigory Pasko, a military journalist
whose case has angered international media freedom
Has Lost Its Way Small Businesses and Lorries Will
be Hardest Hit
Moskovskiye Novosti, By Dmitri Dokuchayev, June 10,
A number of important fiscal draft laws were examined
by the Duma during the spring-summer session that
has just ended. We asked Deputy Chairman of the Duma
Committee on Budget and Taxes Mikhail Zadornov to
lawmakers appeal to Supreme Court chairman to reconsider
treason verdict against journalist
Associated Press, July 10, 2002
MOSCOW - Prominent Russian lawmakers and activists
appealed Wednesday to Russia's Supreme Court chairman
to reconsider a treason conviction against a military
journalist whose case has angered international media
and the Union of Right-Wing Forces to Agree in Autumn
Kommersant, July 6, 2002. By Syuzanna Farizova
On July 5, a meeting of the united political council
of the Union of Right-Wing Forces (SPS) and Yabloko
was held in the Duma. After a debate that lasted two
hours, the two democratic parties decided to run in
the 2003 parliamentary election separately but coordinate
their lists of candidates in single-mandate districts.
The main issue forthe parties - the nomination of
a single candidate in the 2004 presidential election
- was not decided.
Duma Puts Business on Hold
The Moscow Times, July 2, 2002. By
Putin shaking hands with Duma leaders
after parliament adjourned for the summer Monday.
From right are Duma Speaker Gennady Seleznyov, People's
Deputy head Gennady Raikov, Fatherland-All Russia
head Vyacheslav Volodin, Unity head Vladimir Pekhtin,
Russia's Regions head Oleg Morozov and Yabloko head
to Team Up With SPS For Vote
The Moscow Times, July 8, 2002. By
Yabloko and the Union of Right Forces, the country's
two main liberal parties, announced Friday that they
will work out a joint political platform for backing
a single "democratic" candidate in the next
presidential election, in 2004.
Bills Win Far Less Praise
The Moscow Times, July 2, 2002. By
In contrast to the economic legislation passed in
the State Duma's spring session, the political and
social legislation gave deputies less reason to crow
as they headed out for the summer Monday.
The most notable bills, all controversial,
were those to fight political extremism, allow a limited
alternative service to the military draft and make
it more difficult to become a Russian citizen.
The Moscow Times, July 2, 2002
MOSCOW (MT) -- Yabloko has introduced a bill to the
State Duma that provides for direct elections of members
to the Federation Council.
Present A Liberal Media Bill
The Moscow Times, July 5, 2002. By
Andrei Zolotov Jr.
A group of influential lawmakers announced Thursday
that it has drafted a new mass media law that aims
to discourage the government from owning media outlets
and introduce a European-style concept of public media.
Budget Will Ripe by Autumn
Vremya Novostei, July 4, 2002. By Viktor Khamrayev
By autumn the Yabloko faction of the State
Duma will prepare its own variant of the state budget
for 2003 as an alternative to the government’s
draft budget. Grigory Yavlinsky’s colleagues
have still not decided what their budget will focus
on in 2003. Priorities here may be education, military
reform or demographic problems. In the end, the choice
of priorities is not a financial task, it is only
“a problem of the political will of the authorities,”
explained deputy of the Duma Igor Artemyev who heads
Yabloko’s group for the development of the budget,
to Vremya Novostei. For example, when the authorities
set last year the task of conducting army reform as
soon as possible, according to Artemyev, an additional
1% of the revenue part of the budget for 2002 had
to be spent on defence.
faction to initiate an address to the Constitutional
Court of the Russian Federation on repealing the law
on Russian citizenship
Rosbalt, July 1, 2002
The Yabloko faction of the State Duma is going to
initiate an address to the Constitutional Court of
the Russian Federation on repealing the law “On
Citizenship in the RF”. Such a statement, according
to our Rosbalt correspondent, was made by Deputy Head
of the Yabloko faction in the State Duma Igor Artemyev
at a press conference on Monday. According to Artemyev
this law infringes human rights.
Parliament members pleased with the meeting with the
RIA Novosti. July 1, 2002
Moscow, July 1, 2002 (from RIA Novosti correspondent
Leaders of the Duma factions and associations
are pleased with the results of their meeting with
the Russian president in the Kremlin.
wants to change the procedure for forming the Federation
Commersant, June 28, 2002
Members of the Yabloko faction of the Russian parliament
submitted to the State Duma the draft law on the procedure
for forming the Federation Council. According to the
Press Service of the Yabloko faction, the draft envisages
the formation of the Federation Council on the basis
of universal, equal and direct franchise.
adoption of the law on alternative civilian service
by the State Duma
Ekho Moskvi Radio Station. June 28, 2002
Moderator - Varfolameyv
Today the State Duma has finally (in the third reading)
adopted the law on alternative civilian service; according
to our correspondent Inessa Zemler 237 deputies voted
for the law.
Duma as a Screen
Vremya MN, by Sergei Guk, June 28, 2002
These days, the fate
of every draft law is considered by the "Politburo"
(Ed. allusion to the Communist Party of the USSR),
consisting of the leaders of four centrist factions.
Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Kudrin admits that the
Cabinet's version of a law is forwarded to the four,
receives their approval, and that is that. More and
more often, the Kremlin and the Cabinet find it too
much effort to obtain advice from the leaders of the
remaining five factions and groups. Only draft laws
blessed by the executive branch of the government
pass the lower house. In its present form, the Duma
is anything but a house of parliament. Do you think
that is an exaggeration?