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ITAR-TASS, July 3, 2004

YABLOKO says monetisation of benefits is unjustified.

By Taisia Nikitenko
MOSCOW, July 3 (Itar-Tass) -- YABLOKO leader Grigory Yavlinsky said the government's decision to monetise benefits was unfounded.

He proposed starting the replacement of benefits with cash payments with the government.

"If the government thinks that cash payments are so useful, why don't they begin with themselves?", he asked.

Speaking at a congress of his party on Saturday, Yavlinsky called for the compilation of a single democratic list of candidates for the next Duma elections.

He said this would be one of his priorities for the near future. The party is negotiating this issue with a broad range of organisations and parties, he said. "We are doing everything possible to ensure that we have a list of united democrats in the next elections," Yavlinsky said.

At the same time, he noted that there could be no alliance with the Union of Right-Wing Forces (SPS). In his view, one of YABLOKO's main mistakes was that "the party did not distance itself from SPS energetically and decisively".

However, Yavlinsky named former SPS leaders Boris Nemtsov and Irina Khakamada among potential allies, as well as Vladimir Kara-Murza and Vladimir Fyodotov.

Yavlinsky also noted that YABLOKO could not have anything in common with parties that "have not distanced themselves from the Stalin-Leninist system".


See also:

the 12th Congress of YABLOKO

ITAR-TASS, July 3, 2004

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