Yavlinsky Will Go His Own Way
By Bulat Stolyarov, Vitaly Ivanov, Vedomosti, January 27, 2003
Yabloko sponsors have failed to persuade Grigory Yavlinsky that his party and the Union of Right-Wing Forces (SPS) should combine their candidate lists for the parliamentary elections.
YABLOKO* Will Not Roll Towards the SPS
By Vladimir Ignatov, Trud, January 30, 2003
- It is difficult for the leaders of both the parties to find an acceptable coalition formula. YABLOKO's active voters remember only too well Gaidar's "shock therapy" and don't want to hear about the considered culprit Chubais.
Russia: Arctic Cold Leaves Tens Of Thousands Without Heat
By Gregory Feifer, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, January 9, 2003
Tens of thousands of people across Russia have been left without central
heating as temperatures in some regions drop to minus 40 degrees Celsius and
even lower. The cold is also taking lives -- mostly those of homeless people
who freeze to death outside.
YABLOKO Does Not Sell Itself
By Anastasia Matveyeva, Gazeta, January 29, 2003
As Gazeta have already reported before, today the idea of a coalition between the Union of Right-Wing Forces (SPS) and Yabloko can be forgotten.. Yesterday, on January 28, [Yabloko Leaders] Grigory Yavlinsky and Sergei Ivanenko forwarded to [SPS leaders] Boris Nemtsov and Irina Khakamada a letter, saying the SPS's proposals were unacceptable for Yabloko. The long-awaited meeting of the leaders of the two parties, scheduled for Wednesday, will not take place.
SPS and YABLOKO parties are too different to do Duma election deal
Ekho Moskvy, January 29, 2003
YABLOKO will not merge with the Union of Right-Wing Forces (SPS) and will not form a joint list of candidates with the party in the run-up to the December 2003 parliamentary elections, the Deputy Head of YABLOKO faction in the State Duma, Sergey Ivanenko, said on Ekho Moskvy radio.
Liberals see no future for the parties on the right
By Ksenia Solyanskaya, gazeta.ru, January 29, 2003
After evaluating the prospects of the right of centre in the impending elections, liberals from the Yabloko Party announced that their leader Grigory Yavlinsky would not attend a Wednesday meeting with Boris Nemtsov. It looks as if Yabloko politicians believe they will get enough seats in the Duma, while the party of Chubais, Nemtsov and Khakamada will get none.
No Yabloko-SPS Coalition in Polls
The Moscow Times, January 30, 2003
The country's top liberal parties, Yabloko and the Union of Right
Forces, or SPS, will not run together in upcoming parliamentary elections,
an SPS leader said Wednesday.
US Omnipotence: What Lies Ahead?
World Economic Forum, Summary, January 25, 2003
In a frank and lively discussion, a sharply divided panel
debated the merits and scope of American power. While the question of war
clouds over Iraq was on everybody's mind, economic, cultural and political
as well as military aspects of American power were broached.
Davos Fights for Trust
By Igor Deryugin, Vesti, January 24, 2003
The World Economic Forum in Davos launched "Fight for Trust". That is the wording used
to describe the topic of the present meeting. The world political and business
elite perceives the situation around Iraq as the main threat to stability.
There Are Two Political Forces in Russia: the Communists and Putin
An interview with Viktor Militaryov, President of the Development Institute Foundation., Konservator No. 1, January 17, 2003
At present, there are two political forces in Russia: the Communist Party
and Putin. Moreover, people seem not to perceive any fundamental difference between the
two. Most people view them as representing their interests, aimed at improving their
lives as soon as possible. People hope for a better standard of living and are becoming
more indifferent to oligarchs, and believe in a stronger state.
Yabloko and the SPS are of eachother as Maskhadov and Putin
By Anastasiya Matveeva, Gazeta, January 24, 2003
Everybody can forget the idea of a merger between Yabloko and the Union of Right-Wing Forces (SPS).
Yabloko, led by Grigory Yavlinsky, has issued a firm "no" to an offer from the SPS, delivered via some business
leaders. In other words, next week's meeting between Yavlinsky and SPS leader Boris Nemtsov, dedicated to
the merger issue, will probably be pointless.
The Whirlpool of Reforms, Structural reforms have obviously become unpopular with Putin's team
By Kirill Rogov, Vedomosti, December 2002
Today it is possible to say that the major structural reforms
announced by the Putin administration when it came to power would be
postponed until Putin's next term in office.
Davos Is Different Place In 2003
By Lynn Berry, The Moscow Times, January 27, 2003
DAVOS, Switzerland -- A year ago the World Economic Forum, the annual
gathering of the world's business and political elite, had moved to New York
to show solidarity with the United States after the attacks of Sept. 11.
This year, with the WEF back in Davos and the world a different place, the
United States has been the target of attacks.
Yavlinsky Receives an Offer to Compete with the President
By Andrey Savitsky, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, January 24, 2003
Talks on a merger between Yabloko and the Union of Right-Wing Forces (SPS) have reached a crescendo. We have learned the gist of some carefully- concealed proposals for a compromise merger between the SPS and Yabloko. In brief, the unification plan consists of the following. In the Duma elections the two parties would form a single bloc, with a common list of candidates.
Bankruptcy in YABLOKO’s Variant
By Oksana Karpova, Vremya MN, January 24, 2003
YABLOKO’s deputies are fighting against corruption. Russian parliament members propose liquidating one of the "bureaucrats’ pork barrel troughs - the Federal Service for Financial Rehabilitation and Bankruptcy (FSFRB).
Nemtsov Would Like to Unite with Yavlinsky
The National Information Group, January 22, 2003
The leader of the Union of Right-Wing Forces (SPS) Boris Nemtsov confirmed that he had forwarded to the leader of YABLOKO Grigory Yavlinsky his proposals on a possible union between the two parties for participation in parliamentary and presidential elections. "Our proposals were forwarded to Yavlinsky via an influential intermediary," noted Boris Nemtsov in an interview with Interfax on Wednesday.
Person of the Year 2002
Uchitelskaya Gazeta, No 1, 2003
Member of the YABLOKO party Alexander Shishlov headed the State Duma Committee for Education and Science in April 2002. At the time his appointment provoked varying reactions (some people held that this was almost an attack on education), but now we can state for sure: Alexander Vladimirovich is as worthy an advocate of the interests of the sector, as his predecessor Ivan Melnikov.
Kasyanov Gives Duma The Cold Shoulder
By Alla Startseva, The Moscow Times, January 20, 2003
Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov on Friday skipped a State Duma session
where he was supposed to report on government measures to fix heating in the
How Free is the Man of the Year?
By Ludmila Telen, The Moscow News No 51, December 30, 2002
In 2002 the Moscow News opened a new section. Each of its protagonists could have become President of Russia. Vladimir Putin became the President of Russia.
Here are some excerpts from the Moscow News publications on the man of the year.
Duma Gears Up for Spring Session
By Natalia Yefimova, The Moscow Times, January 15, 2003
The State Duma churned into action this week after its winter recess
with lawmakers focusing on a major redistribution of powers among federal,
regional and municipal authorities -- the centerpiece of the last session
before this year's parliamentary race hits full stride.
Russia: A Cold Snap and Snapping Tempers
Russians call for change as heating systems collapse in the coldest winter in years--but the call for reform remains muted
Transitions Online, January 13, 2003
Russia--In the harshest winter in decades, more than 25,000
people across Russia spent the New Year and Orthodox Christmas in a deep
chill after hot water pipes, built in the communist era and left unrepaired
for years, froze up and then burst.
Russian parliament members warn of negative consequences for Russian economy
in the event of war in Iraq
Interfax, January 10, 2003
Moscow, 10 January: State Duma Deputy Chairman Vladimir Lukin (the YABLOKO
faction) and Communist leader Gennadi Zyuganov believe that a possible US
attack on Iraq could have negative consequences for the Russian economy. Lukin said in an interview with Interfax that this military operation might
have "negative, but temporary consequences" for the Russian economy. "Oil
prices could sharply rise, but are then bound to fall again," he said. In
any case, the oil price will stabilize at 22-28 dollars per barrel, which is
acceptable to Russia, he said.
Russia Enters the Year of Parliamentary Elections
By Marina Shakina, Versty No. 149
Russia is holding parliamentary elections in 2003. Like the Olympics
they are held every four years.
The 1993 elections witnessed the collapse of Russia's Choice, the
favourite at the time, and the victory of a "dark horse" - the LDPR. The
authorities were shocked by the 1995 election results owing to the return of
the Communist party as the leading force. The 1999 elections represented a
breakthrough for the Unity party, which overshadowed the traditional success
of the Communists. What will 2003 bring?
Electricity Sector Reforms Postoned Until February
By Ivan Rodin, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, January 15, 2003
The meeting of the Duma Council on January 14 clarified that the Duma would not consider
the electricity sector reform package in the second reading on January 22. No final date for discussion
of the package was set. As First Deputy Speaker Lyubov Sliska explained, this is simply a technical issue.
At the moment, the government is preparing amendments to one of the laws included in the package.
When they are submitted to the Duma, the ordinary council will determine the date for the debate.
This decision is likely to be made on January 21, Sliska said; which means that the second reading
will take place in February.
Liberals Want Chubais Off the Political Scene
By Maria Tsvetkova, gazeta.ru, December 24, 2002
The liberal Yabloko Party leader Grigory Yavlinsky, after consolidating
support from his party activists at a conference held last Saturday, entered
into a decisive battle Monday with the leadership of the Union of Righ-Wing
Forces (SPS), long viewed by many as a potential ally of Yabloko in next
year's parliamentary elections.
Yavlinsky issued an ultimatum to SPS leaders Boris Nemtsov and Irina
Khakamda, saying that to form an election coalition with Yabloko they must
first expel Anatoly Chubais and Sergei Kiriyenko, whose political pasts
undermine the reputation of the parties on the right.
Grigory Yavlinsky has Turned Leftist
By Yuri Chernega, Kommersant, December 24, 2002
Endorsed by the Yabloko General Council last weekend, the charter is to
be discussed by the Russian Democratic Assembly set up at the initiative of
Grigori Yavlinsky's supporters. The charter comments sadly on the "declining
confidence in democratic values and free market reforms" caused by "mistakes
and sometimes crimes committed under the guise of democratic and reformist
slogans by people calling themselves democrats and reformers." The charter
concludes that "trust in the new alliance of democrats will be minimal if
the coalition is headed by the same people who supported the war in
Chechnya, carried out criminal privatization, built state financial
pyramids, and initiated fiscal defaults."
Yavlinsky ready to join the government
By Boris Sapozhnikov, Ilya Zhegulyov, gazeta.ru, December 23, 2002
Speaking at his party's federal council on Saturday, Yabloko leader Grigory
Yavlinsky hinted that if he was offered a post in Vladimir Putin's
government, he would most likely accept it. Furthermore, addressing the
gathering convened to outline the party's election priorities for next
year's parliamentary campaign, Yavlinsky pledged his full support for the
Kremlin in all key areas of national development.
see Putin as political party
By Avtandil Tsuladze, gazeta.ru, December 23, 2002
The Kremlin’s experiment aimed at creating a
strong party system in Russia is doomed to failure.
Ironically, Vladimir Putin’s soaring ratings
are to blame. This also means that the St. Petersburg
liberals and top civil servants, who rose to power
on the back of Putin’s landslide election victory
in 2000, will, sooner or later, have to go through
the rigmarole of registering with the Justice Ministry,
just like all other political parties.
YABLOKO thinks that the draft laws on energy sector reform require serious revision
RIA OREANDA, December 17, 2002
Moscow. "The draft laws on energy sector reforms require serious revision, as they are absolutely unacceptable in their current form, and their adoption would lead to economic, political and social hardships," Deputy Head of the YABLOKO faction in the State Duma Igor Artemyev told journalists on Tuesday, December 17, 2002. (Archives)
YABLOKO supports the proposal to adjourn examination of the package of draft laws on the energy sector reforms
Rosbalt Information Agency, December 17, 2002
Moscow, December 17, 2002. The YABLOKO faction supported the initiative of the centrist factions of the Duma to adjourn examination of the package of draft laws on the energy sector reforms from December 18, 2002, to a later period. (Archives)
Petersburg Remembers Murdered Deputy
By Claire Bigg, St.Petersburg Times, November 22, 2002
Wednesday marked the fourth anniversary of the assassination of State
Duma Deputy Galina Starovoitova, who was gunned down in the stairwell of her
apartment building in St. Petersburg. (Archives)
Russia Is Not Afraid of NATO expansion
Baltic News Service, Vilnius, December 2, 2002
Deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation and the leader of the
opposition party YABLOKO Grigory Yavlinsky forecasts that after
Lithuania enters NATO relationships between Russia and Lithuania will
"A Separate Body for Lobbyists Should Be Created."
By Alexei Melnikov, member of the Duma Committee for Budget and Taxes (YABLOKO), Gazeta.ru, December 2, 2002
Such restrictions should not be abolished, otherwise the State Duma will
be transformed into a banal shop for making money. Going into power a
candidate, moreover a candidate from a one-mandate electoral district,
should make a decision: either business or legislature. The fact that we
in Russia cannot oppose deputies-lobbyists does not mean that we should
eliminate the restrictions on business activity [for parliament
"Deputies do not have to be lawyers, but they should work as
politicians, rather than businessmen."
By Sergei Mitrokhin, Deputy Head of the Duma Committee for
Self-Government (YABLOKO), Gazeta.ru, December 2, 2002
The erratic actions of deputy Semyonov (Ed. on allowing parliament
members to engage in business at the same time) represents a strange and
irresponsible PR action. He proposes a barbarian variant [of the draft
law] that will lead to a complete merger of the authorities and the
oligarchs. The present prohibition on entrepreneurial activity [for
deputies of the State Duma] is feeble, but it is still a prohibition
that blocks oligarchisation of the legislative authority.
YABLOKO's amendment to the Tax Code approved by corresponding State Duma committee.
Rosbalt Information Agency, December 17, 2002
The State Duma Committee for the Budget and Taxes approved the amendment
of the deputies of the YABLOKO faction of the Duma Igor Artemyev, Sergei Ivanenko and Mikhail Zadornov into Chapter
"Simplified Taxation System" of the Second Part of the Tax Code of the
Grigory Yavilnsky: It is up to the President to choose
By Anton Mukhin, "Izvestiya Peterburg", December 6, 2002
On the threashold of the elections to the Legislative Assembly [of
St.Petersburg] a rare guest - the leader of YABLOKO Grigory Yavlinsky -
visited St. Petersburg and answered the questions of Izvestia's
correspondent Anton Mukhin.
Return of the refugees residing in Ingushetia to Chechnya is inadmissible
Aliance Media, December 10, 2002
The leader of the YABLOKO party Grigory Yavlinsky said that the problem
of refugees from Chechnya was discussed at the meeting of the Presidium
of the Federal Council of the YABLOKO party. Earlier some human rights
activists and journalists had informed the public that the Ingush
authorities had made Chechen refugees leave the "Iman" camp. This
information was subsequently refuted by Presidential Aid Sergei
But Yavlinsky Is the Best:
Aliance Media, December 10, 2002
Most of those polled by the Echo Moskvi radio station said that they
would prefer to see Grigory Yavlinsky as a single candidate from the
democratic forces [at presidential elections 2004], rather than Boris
YABLOKO learns to be an environmental party
Aliance Media, December 10, 2002
The meeting between the representatives of environmental organisations
from Tomsk and Chelyabinsk regions, Krasnoyarsk Territory and the
leaders of the YABLOKO party took place in the State Duma on December 3,
2002. YABLOKO was represented by chairman of the party Grigory
Yavlinsky, as well as deputy chairmen, deputies of the State Duma Sergei
Mitrokhin and Igor Artemyev.
Chelyabinsk Region. Representatives from the YABLOKO faction visit the "Mayak" plant
VolgaInform, December 16, 2002
A public inspection at the Zheleznogorsk mining-and-chemical complex in
Krasnoyarsk Territory had positive changes. Let us remind you here that
a commission headed by deputy from the YABLOKO faction Sergei Mitrokhin
visited the complex in February, 2002. Now measures have been
implemented to strengthen the security systems. The uncompleted shell
of the RT-2 plant has been dismantled and a new concrete fence is being
Freedom or Property?
"Svobodni Kurs" (Free Course), Barnaul, December 12, 2002
Interview with Grigory Yavlinsky, by Elena Fyodorinova and Dmitri Negreev
At the request of "Svobodni Kurs" the leader of YABLOKO Grigory
Yavlinsky shared with us his forecasts for the coming year.
Votes With its Feet. Voter Turnout Determines Political
Alignment in Northern Capital
Rossiyskaya Gazeta, By Yuriy Zvyagin, December
So the St Petersburg Legislative Assembly elections
have taken place. By Sunday [8 December] evening it
had been possible to clear the 20-per cent barrier
established by new legislation. Voter turnout amounted
to 29.4 per cent. Contrary to expectations, it was
also possible to obtain the necessary number of voters
in all districts.
MPs offer divided response to NATO expansion
RTR channel, "Parliamentary Hour" programme,
December 14, 2002
Discussion of the impact of NATO expansion to Russia
with Russian parliament members Vladimir Lukin, Konstantin
Kosachev, Gennadi Zyuganov and Lyubov Sliska
Russian journalist Pasko wins reporting prize
Reuters, December 10, 2002
PARIS, Dec 10 (Reuters) - Imprisoned Russian journalist
Grigory Pasko was named by French media watchdog Reporters
Without Borders (RSF) on Tuesday as the winner of
its 11th annual Fondation de France prize.
St Petersburg rival gains from election
Reuters, December 9, 2002
ST PETERSBURG, Russia, Dec 9 (Reuters) -
An old adversary of Russian President Vladimir Putin
appeared to have a good chance of gaining a third
term as St Petersburg's governor after elections for
a city assembly, his opponents conceded on Monday.
No surprises expected?
Moscow Tribune, By Stanislav Menshikov, December
In less than a year Russia will have a new parliament
and soon after, a newly elected president. The election
marathon in this country is usually an exciting time.
Recall Boris Yeltsin's first success in 1991 while
Mikhail Gorbachev was still around and his narrow
victory against Gennady Zyuganov in 1996 after lagging
behind his rival for months. Recall Vladimir Zhirinovsky's
unexpected triumph in the parliamentary elections
of 1993 and the joint Communist-Agrarian victory in
the Duma elections of 1995. Equally dramatic was the
appearance out of nowhere of the Unity (Bear) party
in 1999 which led to Putin's election as president
and his eventual overwhelming control of the parliament.
question if Russia-NATO bonding is little more than
AFP, December 8, 2002
Moscow and NATO have bonded over the past
year, yet their true military relationship still stutters
when the two Cold War foes try to do more than just
talk, NATO-Russia experts here say.
Succumbs to the Government's Version of Housing Sector
gazeta.ru, By Marina Sokolovskaya, Artyom Eiskov,
December 2, 2002
After concerted efforts by the government and the
pro-Kremlin Duma majority, the much-disputed package
of draft laws on reform of the nation's dilapidated
and heavily subsidized housing and municipal utilities
sector has eventually received the approval of the
lower house. On Friday 244 deputies voted for the
draft law, once again pledging unswerving allegiance
to the Kremlin.
The past few years have been relatively
favourable for the Russian economy. Production increased
visibly after seven years of recession from 1991 to
1998. In 2000 and 2001 real GDP increased by about
14% and, in view of the anticipated 4% rise in 2002,
GDP growth will amount to 19% over three years. People's
real incomes and consumer demand increased after a
nosedive during the 1998 crisis. The past two years
have also been marked by greater investor optimism
regarding the export sector and some of the processing
industries that compete with imports on the domestic
market. For the second year running exports exceeded
USD100 billion, yielding a significant trade and balance
of payments surplus, which normalized repayment of
the foreign debt and ensured a relatively stable national
Channel Did Not Like Its Viewers
Moskovski Komsomolets, by Alexander Minkin, December
"Itogi" is repeated on Monday morning. I
wanted to see if the interview had been shortened
[in the Monday broadcast], as Yavlinsky spoke very
sharply about the leaders of the Union of Right-Wing
Forces (SPS), on criminal privatisation and electricity
sector reform. Most importantly Kiselyov (anchor and
author of "Itogi") conducted the poll among
viewers in a live broadcast and obtained a result
, which surprised him, was bad for the SPS and disastrous
Yabloko can't cooperate with Chubais and Kiriyenko
Interfax, December 23, 2002
MOSCOW. Dec 23 (Interfax) - Yabloko leader Grigory
Yavlinsky has named the politicians who, in his opinion,
have no role to play in the democratic coalition.
Tatic Seen in St Pete Vote
Russia Journal, December 9, 2002
ST. PETERSBURG - Voters in St. Petersburg went to
the polls Sunday to elect a new Legislative Assembly
following a campaign marked by trickery and accusations
Vote Delayed Indefinitely
The Moscow Times, Combined Reports, December 24, 2002
Leaders of parliament on Monday refused to set a date
to debate laws on a controversial electricity sector
overhaul, raising concerns that the Kremlin's resolve
to reform the lumbering power monopoly has crumbled.
Puts Off a Key Vote on UES's Future
Moscow Times, By Alla Startseva, December 18, 2002
Efforts to break up the world's largest utility were
dealt a fresh blow Tuesday as political and commercial
interests collided to delay a key vote needed to clear
the way for the government's most controversial restructuring