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Politburo, December 22, 2003

Grigory Yavlinsky: "He should do it, by he won't."

There are no signs that Vladimir Putin, if elected for a second term, will start forming and strengthening the underlying framework of democratic society in Russia. Such an opinion was expressed to Politburo by the leader of the YABLOKO party Grigory Yavlinsky.

Question: What should President Putin do if elected for a second term?

Grigory Yavlinsky: The President should create over the next four years an independent court, independent mass media and, first and foremost, public television, stop the interference of his administration in elections and adopt decisive measures to reduce admnistrative pressure at elections at all levels. He should also create the requisite conditions for the election of an independent parliament, facilitate the establishment of public and parliamentary control over the secret services and law enforcement agencies. Lastly he should begin separating business from the authorities. Certainly it is impossible to do all this in four years, but he should start doing it.

Question: Will President Putin be able to implement such a programme?

Grigory Yavlinsky: He has not been doing this so far and there have been no signs that he will do it.

Question: Should the second term be the last for Vladimir Putin?

Grigory Yavlinsky: Definitely.


See also:

Presidential elections 2004

Politburo, December 22, 2003

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