experts on the situation around Iraq
Anchor - Vladimir Pozner, Channel One TV, "Vremena" programme, March 30, 2003
We need to think and must not become
emotional. It is not Russia's war. We are not particularly interested
in the regime in Iraq after the war. We should not be emotionally
attached to Saddam Hussein's regime, unlike some of our friends
on the Left.
campaign against YABLOKO and Yavlinsky
Special for the YABLOKO web-site, March 28, 2003
In January-March 2003 the media conducted a campaign
to defame and discredit an alternative plan for reforming the housing
and communal services sector developed by YABLOKO. The television
channel, Ren-TV, newspapers such as Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Tribuna,
Noviye Izvestiya and 30 regional newspapers were employed in the
Yavlinsky: the Iraqi war will not spoil US-Russian
BBC Monitoring, Radio Mayak, March 29, 2003
"The USA committed a major political mistake,
which is leading to numerous casualties among civilian
population and troops. TheYabloko party believes that
there was no direct threat from Iraq at the time.
Although it was not easy to carry out inspections
and disarm Iraq, there was no direct cause for starting
Nightmare for Journalists
By Marina Ozerova and Liuba Shariy, Moskovsky Komsomolets,
March 28, 2003
Sure, one may say: don't break the rules, and everything
will be okay. Yet our laws are written to permit two
or three possible interpretation of their meaning.
Meanwhile, unfortunately, one cannot rely on the Russian
courts as the most humane and independent courts in
Putin a Secret Member of YABLOKO?
By Tzyren Damdinov, Zabaikalskii Rabochii, March 19, 2003
is nothing bad in that. But I don't set myself such a task, I
only ask that the reader to be more attentive to the political
gabbling , and try to look at the roots, and remember the promises
of our candidates to elections at all levels.
Yavlinsky: "The President Alone Cannot Control
Interview with Grigory
Yavlinsky, Gazeta, March 25, 2003
Society needs an independent Duma. If we have an imitation
Duma instead of a real Duma, and the court and elections,
parties and politics are also an imitation, then we
may end up with an imitation of presidential power.
We should not forget about this.
Runs into the Moscow Fronde for the First Time
By Yulia Petrovskaya, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, March 25, 2003
What is the real source
of this most recent tension in Russian-US relations, and what
are the implications of the military equipment story for Moscow?
We asked some experts.
Eyes Election Violations
By Nabi Abdullaev, The Moscow Times, March 26, 2003
With parliamentary and presidential elections looming,
the State Duma
passed in the first reading Friday a raft of amendments that toughen
penalties for electoral violations by individuals and the media.
Fires Back at Bush
By Simon Saradzhyan and Oksana Yablokova, The Moscow Times, March 26, 2003
The Kremlin fired a new salvo in the battle of words
between Moscow and Washington over Iraq on Tuesday, insisting that
it was President Vladimir Putin rather than his U.S. counterpart
who had initiated the discussion of alleged sales of Russian defense
equipment to Iraq during their last phone conversation.
Arbatov: Politically the USA is losing the war in
RIA Novosti, March 25, 2003
campaign of the anti-Iraqi coalition is proceeding more or less
according to plan in purely military aspects. Politically, however,
the US has already begun to lose the war.
Arbatov: The CIS states supporting the US war against
Iraq are stating their reputation
RIA Novosti, March 25, 2003
Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Defence Committee,
stated at a press conference that the decision taken
by Georgia, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan and Ukraine to
support the US in their war against Iraq "besmirches
the Iraqi War Lead to Deterioration in Russia-US Relations?
RIA Novosti, March 25, 2003
The politician said that the United States
would demand the support of Russia and European countries, and
then when this was denied, would make accusations against other
Special for YABLOKO web-site, By Grigory Yavlinsky, March 24, 2003
Real progress towards an improvement in the situation can be
expected, if the authorities adhere to their promises on guaranteeing
social support for the citizens of Chechnya and there is an end
to the mop-ups, torture, violence and kidnapping of people.
Parties as They Are
By Dmitry Olshansky, Prof. Director of the Centre
for Strategic Analysis and Forecasts, Vremya Novostei, No. 46, March 2003
Six months ago sociologists concluded that the "undecided"
proportion of respondents (the floating votes unable to make up
their mind, as they don’t like any of the options) amounted to 20-25%
of the total. This was only natural a year before the elections.
However, six months later, the situation has changed, with the number
of floating voters growing to 40% of the electorate. Who will they
choose at the last possible moment? Who will they vote for? What
negative element could come from this block? These are disturbing
to silence mass media before elections
By Marina Sokolovskaya, Natalia Rostova, gazeta.ru, March 24, 2003
The State Duma has given initial approval to a presidential
draft law that makes amendments to legislation governing the activity
of media outlets during election campaigns. The deputies, however,
have ignored the concerns expressed by the media over the draft
opposes the election campaign repressions introduced
by the Central Electoral Commission
The Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, The State Duma of the Russian Federation, The YABLOKO faction, March 21, 2003
Honest elections are threatened by arbitrary rule of the authorities
rather than the work of journalists. Mass media reports on election
campaign outside of propaganda materials represent the most important
tool ensuring public control over the actions of bureaucracy.
YAvlinsky's statement on the military operation against
RIA Oreanda, March 20, 2003
Moscow. Such developments could have been avoided.
However, we failed in this task. Unfortunately, it
is highly likely that the military operation will
lead to a considerable number of victims on both sides.
Call for Peace in Chechnya
Smena, St.Petersburg, March 20, 2003
An open letter to all the citizens of Russia on an
end to the war in Chechnya was signed by 60 prominent
figures of arts and science in Russia.
all the Democrats Agreed
By Ekaterina Blatova, Novaya Gazeta, March 20, 2003
Explaining at a press conference the position of the
YABLOKO party, Deputy Head of the Party Igor
Artemyev said that: "In general we support
the adopted statement, but we think that a peaceful
conference must be chaired by the President of Russia,
as this is the only way to guarantee that the decisions
adopted at the conference are real and will be implemented".
Calls the Attack a Big Political Mistake
By Simon Saradzhyan and Oksana Yablokova, The Moscow Times, March 21, 2003
President Vladimir Putin on Thursday demanded an
immediate end to the U.S.-led military action against Iraq, denouncing
it as a "big political mistake" that threatens the existing
international security system and could lead to a humanitarian catastrophe
in the region.
Silent as Deadline Passes
By Simon Saradzhyan and Nabi Abdullaev, The Moscow Times, March 20, 2003
Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov made an 11th-hour appeal
against war at the UN Security Council on Wednesday, while the Kremlin
was conspicuously silent in a clear signal that Russia didn't want
to burn any bridges with U.S. or European partners.
of the Russian Democratic Party YABLOKO Grigory Yavlinsky
on the military operation against Iraq
Special statement for YABLOKO's web-site, March 20, 2003
...Russia must seek to achieve
First of all: to reduce the number of victims, by trying to ensure
a termination of the war as soon as possible. Secondly the conflict
will end and the situation will revert to a legal framework. This
happened several times after the Second World War and the formation
of the UN. Our country should preserve its strategic partnership
with Europe and the USA.
Finally the third objective...
Arbatov: United States Will Ask Russia, Europe and
the UN for Help
Interview with Alexei
Arbatov, Vremya Novostei, March 20, 2003
It's too late to change anything now. We should
have understood last autumn that Saddam Hussein's regime would
not survive, and started looking for other solutions to the problem
of weapons of mass destruction and replacing the regime, without
Us Join Together to Stop the War in Chechnya
Novaya Gazeta, March 20, 2003
We call on our compatriots to do away with passivity
and indifference. We represent the state! The country
is what we make of it.
Develops in Russian Policy towards Iraq Crisis
By Igor Torbakov, eurasianet.org, March 18, 2003
most in Moscow believe that a war with Iraq will seriously damage
Russian interests, a split is developing over how Russia should
respond to the imminent outbreak of war. One side appears ready
to continue opposition to US military action, while the other says
that Russia ought to embrace a realpolitik approach, and cooperate
with the inevitable.
Yavlinsky: "Russia should not send a single soldier
to the war."
Ekho Moskvi radio station, March 19, 2003
Speaking in an interview with Russian Ekho Moskvy
radio on 19 March, Grigory
Yavlinsky said a large international contingent
should be amassed to bring political and military
pressure to bear on Iraq, but that action should stop
short of a large-scale military operation. In the
same interview, the Yabloko leader also cast doubts
on the value of the Chechen referendum, arguing that
only a peace conference chaired by the Russian President
could alter the situation in the republic.
Yavlinsky: "Mop-ups, robberies and violence should
Interview with Grigory Yavlinsky, "Politbureau"
journal, March 17, 2003
The consequences of an unprepared referendum can also
bring dangers: they can aggravate contradictions inside
the Chechen community: they can play into the hands
of the forces interested in civil war.
the attitude towards holding a referendum on Constitution
in Chechnya and the necessity to convoke a peace conference."
Statement, The All-Russia Democratic Assembly, Moscow, March 17, 2003
The situation in Chechnya can only be resolved through a wide-ranging
political process, involving all the interested parties.
proposes applying military-political pressure against
Baghdad instead of force
Interfax, March 18, 2003
The leader of YABLOKO Grigory
Yavlinsky proposes applying military-political
pressure against Saddam Hussein's regime to resolve
the Iraqi crisis, instead of sheer force.
Lukin: the President will speed up ratification of
the European Social Charter
MK-Novosti, March 15, 2003
"It is even good that things went this way,"
Lukin (YABLOKO), deputy speaker of the lower chamber
of the Russian parliament, in an interview with MK-Novosti,
on the rejection by the State Duma at its plenary
meeting on March 14, 2003, of the draft resolution,
calling on the President to speed up ratification
of the European Social Charter.
COMES A-COURTING, AND YABLOKO KEEPS ITS DISTANCE
By David White, RFE/RL Russian Political Weekly, Volume 3, Number 11, March 13, 2003
With parliamentary elections a matter of months
away, it can have come as no great surprise to followers of Russian
party politics when, at the end of January, moves toward closer
cooperation between Yabloko and the Union of Rightist Forces (SPS)
came to an end.
State of the Parties, Positioning of the Russian political forces
By Dmitry Olshansky, Vremya Novostei, March 17, 2003
When determining the public's preferences six months
ago, pollsters assumed that the proportion of the "undecided"
(i.e. the floating voters who don't know whom to support, as nobody
seems to be worthy of support) was around 20-25%. This was normal,
with over a year before the elections. However, six months ago the
situation changed: the number of floating voters has increased to
some 40% of the electorate. Whom they may like and support at the
very last moment is a disturbing question.
offers Chechens sweeping autonomy under new constitution
AFP, March 17, 2003
The constitution would "give Chechnya a chance to reconstruct
its life and obtain sweeping autonomy within Russia's borders," Putin
said in a televised address broadcast late Sunday to the few Chechen households
that still have access to television.
Fares Badly in Press Freedom Rankings
Rosbalt, March 17, 2003
Finland, Iceland, Norway and the
Netherlands are the countries with the highest levels of press freedom.
This conclusion was reached by the Reporters sans Frontieres (Reporters
without Frontiers) charity, which today published a press freedom
index on its website.
lost their minds and their protection!
By Yuri Schekochikhin,
Novaya Gazeta, March 13 ,2003
The creation of multiple security agencies (twelve
at present) with search and investigative rights,
i.e. phone-tapping, surveillance, etc. led to the
criminalization of these agencies.
of international aid hampers destruction of Russia's
RIA Novosti, March 14, 2003
Moscow, March 14, 2003 (RIA Novosti correspondent
Eduard Puziryiv). Instead of the required USD2 billion required
to build a plant to destroy weapons-grade plutonium in Russia, the
international community has gathered only USD800 million, a RIA
Novosti correspondent quoted minister Alexander Rumyantsev, the
Ministry for Nuclear Power, as reporting on Friday.
Yavlinsky: Russia will not veto US resolution on Iraq
Rosbalt, March 14, 2003
In the next few days Russia will take "unexpected
steps" regarding the situation in Iraq, claims
the leader of the YABLOKO party.
predict social optimism at next federal elections.
ITAR-TASS, March 13, 2003
Russian sociology experts believe that the parliamentary
and presidential elections scheduled for the end of 2003 and the
first half of 2004 will be marked by high levels of social optimism,
as society has adapted to changes in the country, a high-ranking
expert said Thursday.
Reporters Without Borders, September 2001 (archive)
Those who ordered the June 1998 kidnapping and murder
of journalist Larissa
Yudina, editor the opposition newspaper Sovietskaya
Kalmykia Sevodnia, are still free.
Territory. The Legislative Assembly approves the initiative
to restrict the transfer of forestry areas to other
categories of fields
Regions.Ru, March 3, 2003
According to RIA Press-Line information agency today,
on March 3, 3003 members of the permanent Commission
on Natural Resources, Ecology and Protection of Nature
of the Legislative Assembly of Krasnoyarsk Territory
supported the draft law of the State Duma deputy Sergei
politicians react to US ambassador's veiled threats
over Iraq veto
Ekho Moskvi, March 12, 2003
But I still hope
that the Americans will define their interests soberly, set emotions
to one side and understand that in this particular situation postponing
the operation is not a defeat but a major victory, which the whole
world will greet with applause.
Yavlinsky on the reforms in the security agencies
and staff reshuffles by the President
TVS channel, News, 11 March 2003
It would be important
to understand the problems of these ministries, what was unsatisfactory
in their work, what the difficulties were and where they did not
Delicate Balancing Game
By Catherine Belton,The Moscow Times, March 13, 2003
A vote on a new UN Security Council resolution, which
the United States insists will come this week, could
be one of Putin's biggest tests. The question on everyone's
lips is how far he is willing to stick his neck out
in opposing a U.S. war in Iraq.
Yavlinsky on the president's reshuffles in the security
agencies and the appointment of Deputy Prime Minister
Valentina Matviyenko as Presidential Plenipotentiary
in the North-Western Federal district, March 11,
I think that the appointments made today by the President clearly demonstrate
how the President is establishing his priorities.
Party opposes an unprepared referendum in Chechnya
Interfax, March 12, 2003
MOSCOW. March 12 (Interfax) - Yabloko Party leader
Grigory Yavlinsky believes that the Chechen referendum has not been
fully prepared and that a peace conference with all the warring
parties should be held instead.
Russia Sign Reactor Shutdown Deal
By Charles J. Hanley , Associated Press, March 12, 2003
VIENNA, Austria (AP) - The United States and Russia
signed agreements on
Wednesday reviving an on-again, off-again deal to shut down the
Russian reactors producing nuclear weapons-grade plutonium.
Reshuffles the Security Agencies
By Andrei Zolotov , The Moscow Times, March 12, 2003
President Vladimir Putin announced a sweeping reshuffle
of security posts Tuesday, putting his ally Viktor Cherkesov in
charge of a new federal anti-drug agency and strengthening the Federal
Security Service by giving it the border guards and communication
Enough Money to Protect the Nuclear Sector
By Dmitri Chernov, Vremya MN, March 6, 2003
There is at present no danger of another disaster like Chernobyl at the functioning reactors of nuclear power stations in Russia.
Russia: Heroes and Lawyers.
By Vladimir Kovalev, Transitions Online, March 10, 2003
Secret awards given to FSB top brass in the wake of the Nord-Ost
crisis cause consternation, while former hostages pursue additional compensation.
should join a cold war on Iraq
By Grigory Yavlinsky, Financial Times (UK), March
In the manner of Andrei Gromyko, his Soviet predecessor, Igor
Russia's foreign minister, now repeatedly suggests that Moscow
might veto a
second United Nations resolution on Iraq. Meanwhile, President
Putin has maintained a protracted silence. According to today's
Kremlinologists, this role-play can mean only two things...
Visa barriers separating Russia and Europe need to
be eliminated as soon as possible
Aliance Media, March 4, 2003
The first real step has been taken to the elimination
of the visa barriers separating the single European
space, including Russia. That is how Chairman of the
Russian Democratic Party YABLOKO Grigory Yavlinsky
assessed the decision to form a working group to implement
the proposal to switch to a visa-free regime for trips
by Russian citizens to EU countries.
Is Marching Left? An interview with political
Golov, YABLOKO party By Vladimir Ignatov,
Trud, March 5, 2003
Which of Russia's political forces can actually be
described as "really left wing"? We asked
Anatoly Golov, St. Petersburg political analyst and
organisational committee member of the Civic Forum
of Voters, for his views.
and Russia Ready to Use Veto Against Iraq War
By John Tagliabue, The New York Times, March 6, 2003
PARIS, March 5 — France and Russia made clear today that they
were ready to use their veto power to block passage of a new Security
Council resolution authorizing force against Iraq, but Secretary
of State Colin L. Powell said the United States would go to war
without United Nations backing if necessary.
Iraqi Crisis: the Moment of Truth.
By Alexei Arbatov, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, No. 40, March
The situation around Iraq has entered a final pre-war
stage. For the whole world, the moment of truth is
at hand. The outcome of the crisis is set to determine
both regional and global politics for years to come,
with repercussions ranging from relationships among
the leading powers to the prospects of global law
and order, to the non-proliferation of weapons of
mass destruction and fighting international terrorism.
betrays right-wing parties in election committee vote
By Boris Sapozhnikov, gazeta.ru, February 13, 2003
On Wednesday the lower house voted to elect its representatives
to the Central Election Committee. The routine procedure
of electing new members led to a completely unexpected
alliance between the liberal Yabloko leader Grigory
Yavlinsky and the head of the ultra-nationalist
LDPR Vladimir Zhirinovsky, which helped Yabloko's
candidate keep her post in the CEC. The support of
the pro-presidential factions also made Yabloko's
victory possible, and was a slap in the face for the
becomes aide to parliamentarian Yushenkov
Interfax, March 3, 2003
MOSCOW. March 3 (Interfax) - Grigory Pasko, a military
journalist who was sentenced for spying and then released on parole,
on Monday became an aide to State Duma deputy and co-chairman of
the Liberal Russia party Sergei Yushenkov.
or After the War
By Viktor Sheinis, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, March 3, 2003
The war of the US-led coalition against Saddam Hussein's regime
seems to be inevitable. How is Russia supposed to behave in a
situation which it hadn't provoked and in which, let's be frank,
hardly depends on it?
Babkin does not consider himself guilty
Prima News, February 21, 2003
"I was officially given money from the
funds officially obtained from the Pennsylvania University by
Bauman University in roubles," said Prof. Babkin.
Internet-press to be closed in Karelia
"Web-planeta", February 27, 2003
Head of the Centre for Political and Social Studies
of Karelia Anatoli Tzigankov said that the closing on February 12,
2002, of the web-site Politika.Karelia.Ru represents "fight
against independent opinions".
freedom of speech in Russia's media is shrinking like
Rosbalt, February 25, 2003
The Russian Democratic Party YABLOKO considers protection of
freedom of speech a political priority and a key task for all
democratic forces and therefore calls on all democratic forces
in the country to unite, in order to oppose further attacks on
freedom of speech.