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Komsomolskya Pravda, June 14, 2003

Kasyanov Is Staying for the Time Being

By Sergei Andreyev

One of the most important events of the present parliamentary session should take place in the State Duma on the evening on June 18. Deputies of the Duma will discuss the no-confidence motion.

Everybody knows that the YABLOKO and SPRF faction are proposing the no-confidence motion. Throughout the week the "friends" of Grigory Yavlinsky have filled the broadcasting and press by speculating on an alleged union between YABLOKO and the communists. Previously the 'black PR' brigade had hung up billboards on the same topic all over Moscow.

At the same time it is obvious that there is no union at all. Only a temporary coincidence of interests is observed. The communists simply agreed with all YABLOKO's accusations against Kasyanov's Cabinet. For example, they added only one paragraph to the final text of the document prepared by the democrats about the no-confidence vote.

It is already clear today that the Duma is unlikely to vote for the no-confidence motion. The centrist factions will not support this. However, according to YABLOKO's leaders, the no-confidence motion is a good pretext to make the Cabinet answerable and make it report to the deputies for the three years of its performance.

In addition, political scientists think that the results of the voting (according to opinion polls, it is clear what most of the public thinks about Kasyanov's Cabinet) will help the electorate to ascertain who protects their interests in the Duma and who protects the interests of someone else.


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No-Confidence Vote

Komsomolskya Pravda, June 14, 2003

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