Intends to Take Electoral Commissions to Courts The Party continues
its parallel count of the votes
By Ksenia Veretennikova, Vremya Novostei, February 27, 2004
is obvious already now that the results of the elections were distorted,
and that YABLOKO was deprived of votes, while votes were added to United
Russia’s total," said Mitrokhin.
Prepared to Fight
Interview with Vladimir Lukin by Valery Vyzhutovich, Moscow News, February 25, 2004
An ombudsman that is unduly admired
by the ruling authorities is a bad ombudsman: This means that instead
of defending citizens' rights, he simply goes through the motions. This
is definitely what I am not going to do. The ombudsman is duty bound to
tread on the authorities' pet corns.
Arbatov Becomes Member of the Commission on WMD Problems
RIA "OREANDA", February 25, 2004
The decision to form the Commission was taken by the Swedish government
at the end of 2003 at the initiative of former Foreign Minister of Sweden
Anna Lind. Hans Blix is at the head of the Commission, - according to
the YABLOKO press service.
Central Electoral Commission: No Grounds for Doubting the Elections
RIA "Novosti", February 25, 2004
Veshnyakov told journalists that the heads and members of the local
electoral commissions who neglected their duties and were careless
during the vote counting, "are no longer working there."
may be called a boycott"
By Anastasiya Matveyeva, Gazeta, February 25, 2004
...We proceed from the premise that people see the growing lack
of freedom in the country, lack of equality of participants in pseudo-democratic
elections, the bankruptcy and even comic nature of the candidacies.
Calls Cabinet Dismissal a Purge of Boris Yeltsin's Legacy
Rosbalt, February 25, 2004
By dismissing Kasyanov from his duties as prime minister, Putin
is demonstrating his independence and preparedness for a new economic
course,' said Mitrokhin.
Shrug Off Sudden Shakeup
By Catherine Belton, The Moscow Times, February 25, 2004
Most market watchers and business people had predicted Putin would
fire Kasyanov after his widely expected reelection on March 14.
So the dismissal ahead of time, they said, just caught them unawares.
Yavlinsky: Russia Lacks the Underlying Framework required for a
Rosbalt, February 20, 2004
'We especially supported
the president during that most difficult time and specifically in the
struggle against international terrorism. It was extremely important that
Russia take the right decision and not end up left out,' Yavlinsky insisted.
However, he said, 'as time went on, the area for compromise began to narrow
and, in the last analysis, this led us to choose not to accept the presidential
Your Vote Away
By Viktor Khamrayev, Kommersant, February 21, 2004
YABLOKO said its supporters should not cast their votes in the March
14 presidential elections, as the campaign is being conducted "dishonestly".
However, the party said that YABLOKO's supporters should vote in
regional and municipal elections, which are also being held in several
regions also on March 14.
liberal oddballs unite
By Alia Samigullina, Gazeta.ru, February 19, 2004
After weeks of consultations, the handful of liberals, who won single-mandate
seats to the lower house in December's parliamentary elections,
have formed a league of their own.
of 5 Deputies Tries to Find Its Voice
By Caroline McGregor, The Moscow Times, February 19, 2004
Zadornov, together with Vladimir Ryzhkov, Sergei Popov, Viktor Pokhmelkin,
and Galina Khovanskaya, were left to fend for themselves when their
obvious allies, leading liberal-democratic parties Yabloko and the
Union of Right Forces, failed to win seats in December's parliamentary
Affair Is No Laughing Matter
By Matt Bivens, Moscow Times, February 16, 2004
As I was chuckling at my wit, Yavlinsky was quoted sternly warning
that jokes were inappropriate: A candidate for president had gone
missing. Rybkin resurfaced, with his hair-raisingly erratic explanations,
and I couldn't help agreeing with Yavlinsky -- and remembering he
spoke from harsh experience.
Back in 1994, Grigory Yavlinsky's older son, Mikhail, was a piano
player in his early 20s. Unknown assailants mangled Mikhail's hands.
They also stuffed a note in his pocket warning his father to get
out of politics.
Center vs. St. Petersburg
By Boris Vishnevsky, Moscow News, February 13, 2004
The RF Finance Ministry is suing St. Petersburg in an attempt to
get the northern capital to admit its responsibility for the enormous
debts incurred by High Speed Rail Co.
Says Rouble to Gain Another 10-15% on US Dollar in mid term
Rosbalt, January 16, 2004
'The rouble’s appreciation against the US dollar is not happening
by chance. It is the result of a mid-term trend in the Russian economy,'
said State Duma Deputy and economist Mikhail Zadornov at a press
the 'Currency Triangle'
By Vlad Fadeyev, Translated by Nick Chesters, Rosbalt, February 11, 2004
Russians are trying to adjust to fluctuating exchange
rates involving the
ruble, the US dollar and the euro.
Reuters, February 16, 2004
Two prominent liberals, whose parties
in December parliamentary polls, won senior state posts on Friday in a
from the Kremlin it did not want to marginalize the political opposition.
Vladimir Lukin Advocates the Creation of a Strong Institute of Human
Rights Activists in the Regions
RIA "Novosti", February 13, 2004
In addition the ombudsman said that he would focus his efforts on
the fight against "the terrible trade in human beings".
Lukin Pledges as Ombudsman to Focus on the Rights of Children, the
Disabled, Pensioners and Women
RIA "Novosti", February 13, 2004
Lukin, one of the founders of the Yabloko party and Russia's former
ambassador to the US, remarked that the 21st century belongs to those
countries that "are set not on power itself, but on concern for the
welfare of their citizens."
with Ombudsman Vladimir Lukin
Anchor - Natella Boltyanskaya, Ekho Moskvi, February 13, 2004
You know, Bismark said: "A Russian muzhik harnesses his horse
slowly, but rides fast." It may be bad but it is better than
the other way round, I mean the prospect of riding fast without
harnessing the horse.
Human for Rights. Vladimir Lukin will become the new ombudsman
By Viktor Khamrayev, Kommersant, February 12, 2004
Lukin himself, the Kremlin's candidate, who had a personal audience
with the president a week ago, has declined to comment. Other Yabloko
functionaries were not so reticent.
HR ombudsman recruited form liberals
By Ksenia Solyanskaya, Gazeta.ru, February 11, 2004
Earlier Putin pledged that the authorities
would not ignore the potential of liberals who failed to win seats to the
State Duma in December’s parliamentary polls. Lukin is the first
Yabloko member to be given a job by the president.
and Its Discontents
By Alexander Lukin, Moscow Times, February 12, 2004
Polls conducted both before and after the election revealed that voters
grown tired of big talk and bigger upheavals, and that they were prepared
to partially sacrifice the right to choose their leaders to whomever held
out the promise of stability.
The Presidential Elections. The Political Regime: Regional Variations
By Galina Michalyova, Head of the Yabloko Party's Analytical Center, Russian Election Watch, February 2004
Political control is beginning to expand into spheres other than politics:
nonprofit organizations, education, science, and culture.
Take Jobs Outside Politics
By Oksana Yablokova, The Moscow Times, February 12, 2004
Two months after their painful defeat in the State Duma elections,
most of the country's leading liberals have put their political
ambitions on hold, with many saying they have found other jobs outside
President's proposal to appoint Vladimir Lukin as ombudsman in the
Comment by Grigory Yavlinsky, www.yavlinsky.ru, February 11, 2004
"Vladimir Petrovich Lukin is a deserving man and a well-known
politician. It is highly likely that he will be elected human rights
ombudsman," said YABLOKO's leader Grigory Yalinsky, commenting
on the President's submission of a proposal to the State Duma to
appoint Vladimir Lukin as ombudsman in the RF.
Right-Wing Struck Down by the Sverdlovsk Election Commttee
RIA "OREANDA", February 10, 2004
The bloc came into conflict with the Sverdlovsk regional election committee
which made it impossible for the right-wing party to participate in the
elections to the local legislative assembly through the protracted registration
of the political union "SPS and Yabloko".
Warns of 'Gosklan'
By Caroline McGregor, The Moscow Times, February 11, 2004
Less than 150 people make all key decisions in the country, and
ultimately "all businesses, parliament, the media and the courts
are controlled by one person," he said, in reference to President
is a villainy which knows no boundaries
Statement, The Russian Democratic Party YABLOKO, February 6, 2004
There is no justification for terrorism - neither political or religious
any other. There is no justification for murder or murder threats of
innocent and defenseless people.
Lets Nameless Sit in Mariinsky
By Vladimir Kovalev, St Peterburg Times, February 6, 2004
Half of the Legislative Assembly deputies at the next
election will come
from party lists closed to the public,
according to a law passed by the city parliament on Wednesday.
to boycott March 14, presidential election in Russia
Russia Journal, February 6, 2004
Making the announcing on Feb. 5, party leader Grigory Yavlinsky
said, "the decision supported by all party members nationwide
was made at a party conference."
Yavlinsky: There is no crisis in the YABLOKO party.
By Natalia Mikhalchenko, ITAR-TASS, February 5, 2004
Yavlinsky said that party membership had increased by 10,000 over
the past two months, and that many distinguished Russian citizens
had expressed their desire to join YABLOKO.
members accept positions in government
Russia Journal, February 4, 2004
Announcing the decision today, YABLOKO Deputy Chairman Sergei Mitrokhin
noted that some members are ready to go to the executive authorities
to influence it and implement the party's programme, as working
in government today provides a much more effective means to influence
policies than in the Duma.
Interest, Plus Roubles. Taxes come down, but prices go up. Why?
By Boris Vishnevsky, The Moscow News, January 23, 2004
Incredibly, taxpayers and legislators wholeheartedly believe
that scrapping the sales tax will make life easier for customers.
Opposition to Post in Government
By Boris Vishnevsky, The Moscow News, January 30, 2004
seems that Vladimir Putin’s comment about the need to tap the intellectual
capacity of parties that did not make it into the Duma, which he made in
the wake of the recent parliamentary election, was not made in vain.
Sees Risk of Terror
The Associated Press, February 4, 2004
A prominent Russian liberal politician said Tuesday that a white
powder found in the U.S. Senate that appears to be the deadly poison
ricin was a grim reminder of the lurking danger of terrorists getting
hold of weapons of mass destruction.
2003: Dead Souls Overcame the Five Per Cent Barrier. Over 3.5 million
false ballot papers were added
By Orkhan Dzhemal, Novaya Gazeta, January 29, 2004
On January 26, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council
of Europe (PACE) delivered its verdict on Russia's parliamentary elections.
The verdict was as follows: "Free, but not fair."... It's not entirely clear what the PACE meant by saying the elections
Yavlinsky: The country is slipping away and there is nothing that
can be done about it
Interview with Grigory Yavlinsky by Natalya Gromova, Moskovsky Komsomolets, January 30, 2004
For the past ten years my critics have been
saying that I'm unwilling to compromise; now they are criticizing me for
seeking a compromise. Last spring, the papers praised YABLOKO for finding
a common language with Putin to get into the Duma. Now they're asking
why we tried to find common language with Putin - saying that's why we
failed to get into the Duma. In such a situation, there's only one option:
pay no attention, and do what you believe needs to be done.