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Yavlinsky announces that YABLOKO is preparing for the elections

June 15, 2002

The leader of the YABLOKO party Grigory Yavlinsky advocates a change in Russia's political course. "It should be changed," Yavlinsky said at the meeting of the Federal Council of YABLOKO on Saturday, which was broadcasted by the Ekho Moskvi radio station.

The chairman of the party thinks that the change of the course should affect all basic structures, including the ministry of interior, the security services and the military. At the same time, Yavlinsky noted that he did not imply a change of President.

On Saturday Yavlinsky formally announced the beginning of preparations for the parliamentary elections scheduled for 2003. He called on all supporters of YABLOKO to unite their efforts in the development of YABLOKO's electoral programme.

According to Yavlinsky YABLOKO is ready to assume responsibility for the task of resolving the problems facing the country today, as the "country has been gradually dragged into a crisis". Despite relatively good macroeconomic indices, the structural imbalance towards the fuel and energy complex at the expense of high technology production has been on the rise in Russia's economy.

Members of the Federal Council of YABLOKO expressed their support for Russia's foreign policy course, and adopted a special resolution on this issue. The document calls the policy that led to Russia's participation in the coalition of developed democracies "strategically correct" and "useful". At the same time Yavlinsky stressed that this breakthrough has still not been connected with Russia's domestic policies.

Ntv.ru.com, June 15, 2002

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