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A governor can have only two terms of office, said YABLOKO's leader to the electorate in the Sverdlovsk region.

April 2, 2002

Ekaterinburg, April 2, 2002. Today the leader of the YABLOKO party Grigory Yavlinsky will hold a number of meetings with the electorate in Nizhni Tagil and Novouralsk. According to information from the press service of the regional branch of the party, at a press conference Yavlinsky declared yesterday that YABLOKO had still not learned how to work with its potential electorate and therefore received insufficient support during elections. Yavlinsky also noted that he was not granted any access to television channels, and that it was very difficult to raise the party ratings without television. Therefore, one of the goals of YABLOKO is to create public television in Russia, which will be financed from independent sources and a nation-wide YABLOKO newspaper.

According to Yavlinsky, in Moscow the federal authorities have established silent censorship on all the basic web-based and print media. The leader of YABLOKO also thinks that Sverdlovsk region enjoys a greater degree of freedom of speech, explaining: "This is attributable to the struggle between the governor of Sverdlovsk region Eduard Rossel and the mayor of Ekaterinburg Arkady Chernetsky in the Central Urals. That is why the media market in this region has not been monopolised by any of the political forces."

Yavlinsky also opposed the decision of Eduard Rossel to run for a third term at the forthcoming gubernatorial elections. "I am against a third term of office for all governors", said Yavlinsky. "Even if the person occupying such a post does not steal himself, the structures subordinate to him "stagnate". The Constitution stipulated only for two terms of office for governors."

The leader of YABLOKO arrived to the Urals on the threshold of the elections to the regional duma scheduled for April 14. However, Yavlinsky said that the main goal of the visit is to prepare for the 2003 elections to the State Duma of the Russian Federation.

See also:

API (Ekaterinburg). YABLOKO's leader against a third term of office for governors in Russia. April 2, 2002

Freedom of Speech and Media Law in Russia


Rosbalt, April 2, 2002

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