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Eugenia Dillendorf, member of the YABLOKO party,
Press Secretary of Grigory Yavlinsky

They did not understand and failed to learn anything

Special for the web-site, May 4, 2004

The elections are over, as is the flow of black PR, lies and dirt. The author of an article published in Moskovskiye Novosti Elena Dikun, until recently the Press Secretary of the Union of Right-Wing Forces (SPS) has revived this issue again. As is typical in this genre her tale (Moskovskiye Novosti No 14, 2004) is based on anonymous sources.

The title of the article (YABLOKO Is Packing its Suitcases) obviously mirrors the wishes of the author, instead of reality. The author could have easily obtained information about what the party has been doing, say, over the past two months.

The position of the party on the presidential elections was broadly discussed and was finally supported by most democratic forces.

YABLOKO’s representatives continue participating in regional elections. At the recent municipal elections on March 14, 2004, 37 YABLOKO members were elected (St.Petersburg, Sverdlovsk region, Minusinsk and Neftekamsk).

YABLOKO created a precedent of mass-scale protection of the franchise: lawsuits on the falsification of the results of the parliamentary elections were filed in 44 federation subjects. At present the courts in 16 regions have already accepted such appeals, which will now go to trial. On YABLOKO’s initiative, a coalition was created to monitor the elections from the representatives of different public organisations.

YABLOKO has been working with its representatives in the State Duma, the government and the Plenipotentiary for the Human Rights of the Russian Federation (Ed. Ombudsman). YABLOKO has also prepared the creation of public reception rooms on the basis of its regional organisations to cooperate with the ombudsman. The Expert Council of the party is still operational and not a single expert left.

And YABLOKO initiated and organised the protest action against the law prohibiting public meetings, drew attention to these developments and led to a change in the legal statu. On YABLOKO’s initiative amendments to the Forestry Code of the RF were collected, summarised and agreed with the ecologists and handed over to the Minster of Natural Resources. Consequently, the adoption of the Forestry Code was postponed due to YABLOKO’s arguments. On May 1 a democratic march was held, entitled “Civil Society Against a Police State”: the idea was backed by many civil organisations and individual politicians.

YABLOKO negotiated and prepared a regular YABLOKO’s leaflet, which was attached to one of the federal newspapers. The first such publication will take place at the end of April.

That is all there is to say about the party. Now let us turn separately to Grigory Yavlinsky’s private life, a topic which was of such great interest to the SPS during the elections. In her article, consisting of three abstracts, Dikun managed to write lies about Yavlinsky’s foreign trips, his alleged new appointment and bodyguards allegedly paid for from party finances, etc.

This means that neither Moskovskiye Novosti, nor Dikun realised that one of the reasons for the failure of the SPS at the elections (in all parameters it lost against YABLOKO) was this disgusting dirt: the Yabloko without Yavlinsky campaign, intrusion into his private life, attacks against his relatives, provocations, etc.

The newspaper sheds crocodile tears on the fate of democracy in Russia. Through such publications it split, quarreled and marginalised everything [the democratic forces]. However, the prospects of the forces behind the implementation of such policies are very poor, as we can see.


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