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YABLOKO forwarded its proposals to the Strategic Initiatives Agency

Press Release, June 29, 2011

The YABLOKO party forwarded to the Russian Government its proposals and initiatives via the Strategic Initiatives Agency. The Strategic Initiatives Agency was created by the Russian Government in May 2011. It is targeted at support of socially important projects and initiatives.

The proposals are connected with the new strategy of Russian economic polices, local self-government reform and reduction of tariffs in the housing and utilities sector. The drafts were submitted by Valery Goryachev, Executive Secretary of YABLOKO’s Bureau. “We are going to use all the possibilities for implementation of our projects,” Goryachev said...

YABLOKO conducted an action “A Happy New Year – a Year of a Fat Cat”

Press Release, December 23, 2010

On December 23 YABLOKO conducted an action against raising of tariffs in the monopolized housing and utilities sector. The action took place in the center of Moscow and was conducted in a form of children’s Christmas matinee under a slogan “A Happy New Year – a Year of a Fat
Cat” (2011 is a year of the Cat according to the oriental calendar which is popular in Russia).
“We would like to draw attention to the fact that our people once again received a new year “present” from the Russian Government, the
parliament and all the monopolists from Gazprom an energy sector companies to regional municipal monopolies. They raised tariffs by 20 per cent almost on all the services: on utilities, electricity, gas, water and transportation,” Sergei Mitrokhin told to journalists.

Sergei Mitrokhin proposed to begin introduction of a visa-free regime between Russia and EU from Russia’s exclave - the Kaliningrad region

Press Release, November 20, 2010

Chair of the YABLOKO party Sergei Mitrokhin and leader of YABLOKO’s Pensioners of Russia faction Alexei Borschenko visited the conference of the Kaliningrad branch of YABLOKO. The conference discussed the regional list for elections to the regional parliament (regional Duma), that will take place in March 2011. In his speech at the conference Mitrokhin told about the activities of the party targeted at solving the problems of the residents of the Kaliningrad region. According to Mitrokhin, one of the key directions here would be introduction a visa-free regime with the EU member countries...

Grigory Yavlinsky visited Vladimir

TV-6 channel, Vladimir, September 23, 2010.

Grigory Yavlinsky, economist and politician of 1990s with the highest reputation arrived to the Vladimir region. Yavlinsky was Vice-Premier of the Soviet government, deputy of the State Duma of three convocations and former leader of the democratic YABLOKO party. The programme of Yavlinsky’s official visit Yavlinsky is very tense: a meeting with the Governor of the region, negotiations with the heads of the Electrocable plant in Kolchugino, a lecture in the Vladimir branch of the Academy of the State Service, press conferences and numerous interviews. Such high interest to Yavlinsky is very easy to explain considering Russia’s monotonous political landscape. Any alternative professional view is in demand now by the thinking part of the Russian society. Does the opposition have chances to destroy the political monopoly of the [progovernmental] United Russia party? Why do food-stuff prices fell in the developed countries but rise in Russia? And why does the Kremlin once again issue licences for mobbing of governors? An independent evaluation by an authoritative expert on the key political and economic issues leaves no comment...

YABLOKO proposes to reduce food-stuffs prices in Russia via grain exchanges and interventions

Press Release, September 2, 2010.

“To prevent growth of prices on bread, cereals and some other basic food-stuffs it is necessary to urgently create grain exchanges, where only grain and grain products producers will get the right to register,” such a statement was made by YABLOKO’s leader Sergei Mitrokhin to journalists earlier today. “This will prevent boosting of prices by a chain of intermediaries, speculators and one-day firms, that have been parasiting on the agrarian sector,” Mitrokhin noted. According to YABLOKO’s leader, creation of grain exchanges will not involve any expenditures from the federal budget, as “trades can take place at electronic trading platforms organised by the Federal Anti-Monopoly Agency”.

“Also today the state has a possibility to restrain price growth by means of grain interventions from the Grain Fund reserves, whereas part of these reserves can be sold via exchanges.” “Application of these two methods will lead to reduction of the growth of prices on agricultural products in a very short term,” Mitrokhin said...

Sergei Mitrokhin: “The democratic project of the country’s development is closed”

Press Release, November 30, 2009

On Saturday, November 29, 2009, a meeting of YABLOKO’s Bureau took place in Moscow. The Bureau adopted decisions on working over persuading the government not to abolish indexation of unemployment benefits, return gratuitous public transport tickets for pensioners of the Moscow Region and creation of nature reserve Utrish. The Bureau also heard the reports of the Human Rights and the Gender factions of the party.

The meeting was opened by party Chair Sergei Mitrokhin who made a report on the political situation in Russia. “It has become clear after voting on October 11 that elections as a legitimate institution that could be trusted by the society is completely ruined in Russia. This means that the democratic project of the country’s development initiated in the late 1980s has been completely closed now – and not only by the ruling elite, but by the society as well,” Mitrokhin said. According to Mitrokhin, the forthcoming YABLOKO’s congress (that will take place in December 2009) has to formulate the basis of a new democratic project for Russia.

The meeting against growth of tariffs in Gelendzhik took place despite prohibitions (photo)
Press Release, May 24, 2009

Over 400 signatures against the raise of tariffs by natural monopolies were gathered at YABLOKO’s picket by the Economic Ministry building conducted under the slogan “[Minister] Nabiullina, blowing of tariffs provokes population’s patience!”.

YABLOKO gathered 400 signatures against growth of tariffs by the Economic Ministry building
Press Release, May 20, 2009

Over 400 signatures against the raise of tariffs by natural monopolies were gathered at YABLOKO’s picket by the Economic Ministry building conducted under the slogan “[Minister] Nabiullina, blowing of tariffs provokes population’s patience!”.

YABLOKO’s leader will be in Krasnodar Area on a formal visit
Press Release, May 22, 2009

YABLOKO’s leader Sergei Mitrokhin will arrive to the Krasnodar Area for a two-day visit.

YABLOKO criticizes Economic Minister Elvira Nabiullina

Press Release May 15, 2009

YABLOKO’s leader Sergei Mitrokhin expressed protest in connection with the plans of the Economic Ministry to raise gas prices by 15 per cent for companies and by 5 per cent for the population.

Will Monopolies’ Tariffs Be Transparent?

Press Release, May 12, 2009

Sergei Mitrokhin, the leader of the YABLOKO party and the Yabloko faction in the Moscow City Duma, submitted for examination of the Moscow City Duma a draft law obliging natural monopolies and companies on budget funding applying regulated tariffs and extra charges to disclose and publish in the Internet their financial information.


A Moscow fraud: the Federal Antimonopoly Service accuses the Moscow government in violating the law

By Uliyana Ivanova
kasparov.ru, May 18, 2009

The Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) stated that the Moscow government violated the law neglecting tenders in choosing managing companies for condominiums.

Igor Artemyev proposes a competition-based mechanism for state purchases of oil products
Rosbalt, June 9, 2004

Moreover, the head of the Antimonopoly Service also noted that introduction of competition-based procedures would make it possible to cut the costs of such purchases. Practical introduction of this mechanism requires insignificant amendments into 17 current laws. "However, the return will be colossal," said Artemyev.

The Antimonopoly Service prepared a concept of a draft law "On Protection of Competition in the RF"
Rosbalt, June 9, 2004

The Antimonopoly Service developed a concept of a draft law "On Protection of Competition in the RF". According to Rosbalt correspondent, such a statement was made on Wednesday by the head of the Antimonopoly Service Igor Artemyev

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