MOSCOW, June 20, 2002. /RIA Novosti correspondent
Galina Filippova/-- The
Yabloko faction in the State Duma believes it is necessary to
pass a Law on
Combating Extremism "in view of the outbreak of extremism
and signs pointing
to the formation of an extremist underground in Russia."
Mitrokhin, a member of the Yabloko faction, told reporters before
beginning of the State Duma's plenary session on Thursday where
parliamentarians were planning to consider in the second reading
presidential draft Law against Extremism.
Mitrokhin said that "it is very important that the adoption
of the new law
will make it possible to fight not only individuals who profess
ideas and popularise them, but also against organisational structures
this kind." The Yabloko faction, said Mitrokhin, has proposed
amendments to the second reading of the draft law: to exclude
definition of extremism words about declaring
illegal actions aimed at hindering "the legal activity of
executive authorities, the executive authorities of subjects of
Federation and local government." The Yabloko faction also
the suspension of public organisations, suspected of extremism,
validated by a corresponding decision of the Supreme Court only.
addition, Yabloko advocates removing from the
text of the draft law any mention of "another state body"
other than the
Ministry of Justice which would be called upon to check the appearance
In the opinion of the Yabloko faction, these amendments to the
would make it impossible to use this law as an instrument of political
pressure, but would preserve all the possibilities for an active
against any manifestations of extremism.
See also: YABLOKO