YABLOKO Against Extremism
International adopted YABLOKO’s resolution on
combating rise of extremism and xenophobia among youth
Press Release, November 1, 2012
The 58th congress of Liberal International
which took place in Abidjan, Cote-d’Ivoire, on October
17-21, adopted YABLOKO’s resolution
"Combating Rise of Extremism Among Youth".
The resolution was submitted to the congress by the
YABLOKO party, LI full member.
The resolution expresses deep concern
of a global rise of extremism and xenophobia among
youth stating that liberals must tackle these challenges
“basing on liberal values of human rights, individual
freedoms, rule of law, respect for the individual,
tolerance and civil and moral responsibility of each
Form now on the resolution prepared
by YABLOKO Bureau members Ivan Bolshakov and Alexander
Gnezdilov and Dmitry Ilyushin, Federal Council member,
will become a guidance for the liberal parties all
over the world.
Earlier the resolution had been approved by a joint
YABLOKO-ELDR conference, which took place in Moscow
on April 21, 2012.
paid tribute to the memory of Moscow theatre hostages
Press Release, October 26,
YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin and
Galina Mikhalyova, Bureau member, paid tribute to
the memory of hostages of a Moscow theatre who came
to watch the Nord-Ost musical (in Dubrovka district,
Moscow). They laid flowers to the memorial plaque
with the names of the victims set by the Theatre Center.
Ten years ago, on October 26, 2002,
security forces stormed into the building where terrorists
held the actors and the audience of the Nord–Ost musical.
According to the official data, 130 hostages were
of Russia must take investigation of the attack against
Muslim leaders in Tatarstan under his personal control
Statement by YABLOKO Chairman,
July 19, 2012.
For and on behalf of the YABLOKO party
I am conveying condolences to the relatives and next
of kin of Valiulla Yakupov, head of Educational Department
of Spiritual Directorate of the Muslims of Tatarstan,
who was murdered by criminals. I am also conveying
condolences to residents of Tatarstan and the entire
Muslim community of our country. I wish speedy recovery
to Ildus Faizov, Mufti of the Republic of Tatarstan,
who was injured during explosion of his car.
We strongly condemn this crime and
demand from the President of the Russian Federation
to take the investigation of the attack under his
We hope that the criminals will not
on the act of terror in Makhachkala, Dagestan
May 4, 2012
The Russian United Democratic Party
YABLOKO expresses condolences to relatives of the
victims of a double bombing in Makhachkala, Dagestan.
We are wishing all the injured a speedy recovery.
Despite repeated assurances by the
Russian leadership that terrorism has been defeated
in Russia, the Caucasus and the armed gangs are not
eliminated and terrorist attacks do not stop.
We demand an immediate investigation
into this crime and punishment of all guilty in this
in this crime in accordance with the law.
We demand that President-elect Vladimir
Putin should take investigation of this act of terror
under his personal control...
Conference "Youth under Threat of Extremism and
Xenophobia. A Liberal Response"
conducted jointly by ELDR and YABLOKO. Moscow, April
21, 2012. Speeches, videos, presentations
Published on May 25, 2012.
Dr. Sergei Mitrokhin, Chair of the
Dr. Marc Guerrero, ELDR Vice President, CDC Catalonia,
Dr. Astrid Thors, ELDR Vice President
Emil Kirjas, Secretary General of Liberal International
Vladimir Lukin, Russia’s Ombudsman.
Extremism and Xenophobia discussed at Moscow Conference
LI News Bulletin, Issue 280, April 27, 2012
The noticeable rise of extremism and
xenophobia among youth across Europe brought prominent
liberals to discuss in Moscow, Russia liberal agenda
for addressing this problem. Prominent speakers included
Sergei Mitrokhin and Grigory Yavlinsky, the leader
and the presidential candidate of Yabloko (LI Full
member), Trine Skei Grande MP, leader of Venstre,
Norway (LI Full member), Astrid Thors MP of SFP, Finland
(LI Full member) and Marc Guerrero, Vice President
of ELDR (LI cooperating organisation), Angelika Mlinar,
leader of Liberales Forum, Austria and Kerstin Lundgren
MP of Center Party, Sweden (LI Full member). In the
welcome speech LI Secretary General Emil Kirjas pledged
for “more opportunities for the young people to participate
in decision making, starting from micro level, including
in families and the local communities. That responsibility
must be based on freedom of expression and dialogue,
discussion, debate.” LI Treasurer Robert W. Browne
spoke on the growth of xenophobia, street protests
and violence in Europe, giving account of the 2011
London riots. A resolution
was adopted that is likely to be further discussed
at the upcoming LI Congress in Abidjan.
bring down VVD-led cabinet over economic recovery
LI President meets with DA Parliamentary leader
LI Deputy President meets Swedish EU Minster Ohlsson
Pechtold calls for action to address Dutch political
NLD boycotts parliament over constitution oath
Ouattara calls for reconciliation in Cote d’Ivoire
FDP calls for a return to its core liberal values
at its annual Congress
Mitrokhin demands from the Investigative Committee
to file a criminal case against the lawyer promising
"to flood Moscow with blood"
Press Release, April 25, 2012.
Leader of the YABLOKO party Sergei
Mitrokhin demands from the Investigative Committee
to file a criminal case against Dagir Khasavov, lawyer
promising "to flood the city [Moscow] with blood"
in the REN TV channel, "unless sharia courts
are created in the capital [of Russia]”.
"Muslims do not want to get involved into the
judicial system. You think that we are coming here
to Russia as to some strange place. And we believe
that we are at home. Maybe you are foreigners here,
but we are at home. And we will establish the rules
that suit us, whether you like it or not. Any attempt
to stop this will lead to bloodshed. The second dead
lake will be here. We will flood the city with blood,"
announced the lawyer and Assistant to Chairman of
the Federation Council Committee on Social Policy
and Healthcare in the federal television channel.
He was quoted by the Russian News Service...
in Russia and Ukraine
ELDR Newsletter March 25, 2012.
From 19 to 22 April, ELDR Vice President
Marc Guerrero was on tour in Ukraine and Russia to
support the activities of the liberal family.
In Kiev, an international ELDR conference
with the local liberal partners from Ukraine, the
Future and the European Youth of Ukraine, was held
which focussed on free market and liberal policies
as the best tools for a democratic and prosperous
society. At the event, the Institute of Democracy
and Liberalism (IdeaL) was launched.
In Moscow, Marc Guerrero and ELDR
Vice President Astrid Thors MP were present at the
conference "Youth under threat of Extremism and
Xenophobia. A liberal response" organised by
ELDR member YABLOKO.
conference "Threats of Extremism and Xenophobia
Among Youth: the Liberal Answer". Resolution
Moscow, April 21, 2012.
...We think that such
liberal response should include the following:
- steady rejection by the society
of all forms of xenophobia and extremism and personality
cult, as well as revival of nazism, Stalinism and
fascism; abolishment of the cult of superiority and
crude force, as well as manipulations with public
opinion by means of pseudo historical myths and conspiracy
- broadening of possibilities for
engaging people in social and political life, provision
of free and fair elections and independence of the
judiciary; development of institutes of democracy
and civil society which allow each citizen to participate
in the social and political life and feel that his
or her beliefs, points of view and interests influence
- protection of human dignity protection,
person immunity and freedom of individual choice;
strengthening of the secular state principles and
freedom of conscience and rejection of all forms of
- conducting policies stimulating
maximum integration and socialisation of people into
economic, political and cultural life of Europe; gradual
liquidation of barriers either in the society or between
the states. Creation of a pan-European visa-free area...
conference "Threats of Extremism and Xenophobia
Among Youth: the Liberal Answer" adopted a resolution
Press Release, April 21, 2012.
Participants of the conference "Threats
of Extremism and Xenophobia Among Youth: the Liberal
Answer" adopted a resolution where they expressed
their deep concern of noticeable rise of extremism
and xenophobia among youth in almost all European
Nevertheless, "liberal and democratic
forces are capable of tackling these challenges basing
their response on human rights, individual freedoms,
respect for the individual, tolerance and civil and
moral responsibility of each person"...
Conference organised by ELDR and YABLOKO "Youth
under Threat of Extremism and Xenophobia. A Liberal
Response" to be held in Moscow on April 21
Press Release, April 17, 2012.
The European Party Liberal Democrat
and Reform Party (ELDR) and the Russian United Democratic
Party YABLOKO will hold an international conference
“Youth under Threat of Extremism and Xenophobia. A
Liberal Response” on Saturday, April 21.
The conference will be opened by Dr.Sergei
Mitrokhin, Chair of the YABLOKO party, Emil Kirjas,
Secretary General of Liberal International, Dr. Marc
Guerrero, ELDR Vice President, Vladimir Lukin, Russia’s
Ombudsman and Dr. Astrid Thors, ELDR Vice President.
The conference will consist of four
attacked YABLOKO’s activist
Press Release, April 16, 2011.
In the evening April
16 neo-Nazis attacked Anatoly Rabinovich, YABLOKO’s
Bureau member and President of the Inter-Regional
Union of those who was brought up in orphanages.
Rabinovich was attacked when he was
going back home from the Moscow Conference of YABLOKO.
Coming out of the Barrikadnaya metro station and walking
to Sadovaya-Kudrinskaya street he walked away from
a group of not sober young men. Several seconds later
one of the men hit Rabinovish from behind. Rabinovich
tried to return to the metro station hoping to get
help from police. However, neo-Nazis were chasing
him striking blows...
Mitrokhin: we will not allow nationalists to destroy
Press Release, January
..."Unfortunately a month ago,
this tragic occasion was used by nationalistic forces
for provocations. I am categorically against the situation
when the memory of Yegor is privatized by nationalists,
who are destroying our country," Mitrokhin added.
"I pay tribute to all the victims
of nationalistic crimes. Nationalism is one of the
reasons behind such crimes. Unfortunately, the state
does nothing to stop the spiral of ethnic conflicts
that can not only lead to new tragedies, but also
to the destruction of Russia. If inter-ethnic peace
is ruined in Russia, the country will cease to exist
as a state ", said YABLOKO’s leader. "The
people who are shouting anti-Caucasian slogans have
apparently parted with the Caucasus, and along with
it, with the Volga region, where people of different
nationalities live. But we will not allow the nationalists
to destroy Russia. Nationalism will not work ",
said Sergei Mitrokhin.
Mitrokhin: a mourning rally in memory of Yegor Sviridov
should not turn into a nationalistic action
Press Release, January 13,
YABLOKO’s leader Sergei Mitrokhin
calls all the Russian citizens who are going to participate
in the mourning rally in memory of the Yegor Sviridov
[whose murder and the following release of the murderers
from the police station provoked mass-scale disorders
with nationalistic slogans in the centre of Moscow
on December 11] not to allow for turning of this mourning
event into a nationalistic action. “The fans
should not support nationalists who turn murders into
a political capital,” he said...
conducted an action for peace between nations and
Press Release, December 20,
Picket for peace between nations and
ethnic groups was conducted in the centre of Moscow
on December 20. The action was organised by the YABLOKO
party in protest against multiethnic clashes in Moscow.
The participants of the actions held placards “Let’s
Preserve Peace between Nations!”, “Russia
is a Homeland for 182 Ethnic Groups!”, “Let’s
Stop Violence!”, “Feebleness of the Government
[in opposing ethnic hatred] Leads to Public Violence!”,
“Feud between Nations Leads to Russia’s
Collapse!” The activists were joined by passer-bys.
Despite of their true ethnic background, the activists
held signs with the names of the Northern Caucasus
nationalities and ethnic groups: “I am an Ossetian”,
“I am a Darginian”, “I am a Lezginian”,
etc. Police attempted to stop the action...
will not work!
Statement by the Regional Council of the Moscow branch
of YABLOKO, December 16, 2010
The regional branch of the YABLOKO
party in Moscow states that large-scale nationalist
clashes in the capital be a serious threat to the
country's existence. We consider the authorities'
actions against the organisers and the participants
of the clashes be inadequate to threat they pose...
An explanation lies either in extremely
low professionalism of the police heads or their sympathy
for the nationalists and their slogans, or even in
both the reasons. If the authorities do not file criminal
cases on "inciting of ethnic hatred" and
"organisation of mass disorders", then there
are grounds to speak about the collusion of the authorities
and the nationalists. The authorities
often see the nationalists as their allies. We are
confident that among those who were engaged in the
clashes in the center of Moscow there were representatives
of nationalistically minded groups of football fans
who attacked the defenders of Khimki forest. We know
about the connection between these groups with pro-Kremlin
youth movements, their creators and tutors...
leaves the rally protesting against participation
Press Release, November 21,
The YABLOKO party left the rally against
arbitrary rule during trails against journalists and
human rights activists protesting against participation
in the rally of the ultra-right Russkiy Obraz (The
Russian Image) organisation that came to the rally
bearing their flags. YABLOKO’s leader Sergei Mitrokhin
proposed to the representative of nationalists a compromise
– to participate in the rally without their nationalistic
symbols but the latter refused. After this YABLOKO
including activists from the Tula branch of YABLOKO,
the Moscow YABLOKO and Sergei Mitrokhin, left the
The activists of the Tula branch of
YABLOKO specially came to Moscow so that to tell about
criminal persecutions against Vladimir Timakov, deputy
of the Tula Regional Duma (regional parliament) from
the YABLOKO faction , for alleged “libel” against
Governor of the Tula Region Vuacheslav Dudka. In accordance
with Article 129 of the Criminal Code Timakov faces
three years of imprisonment for his criticism of the
Russian authorities should take up responsibility
for prevention of violence in Kyrgyzstan
Statement by YABLOKO's Chairman, April 19, 2010
The Russian United Democratic Party
YABLOKO expresses its extreme concern by the growth
of havoc and violence in Kyrgyzstan, which also led
to the acts of violence and robbery against Russian
citizens and ethnic Russians living in Kyrgyzstan.
In the situation of abrupt weakening
of the power and virtual negligence by the law enforcement,
nationalistic bashing can end in multiple victims.
The duty of the Russian authorities is to prevent
murders of our compatriots, as well as the citizens
of Kyrgyzstan and all other nations that are left
We are calling President of Russia
and Prime Minister of Russia to take under their personal
control the issue of preventing mass killings in Kyrgyzstan,
make corresponding public statements and use all the
leverages so that to influence the situation...
YABLOKO pickets Public Prosecutor General's office
demanding to release YABLOKO’s activist
Press release, November 18,
Youth YABLOKO is now picketing Public
Prosecutor General's office in Moscow (at the address
Bolshaya Dmitrovka, 15a) demanding to release 26 year-old
Vladimir Volkov, activist of the Penza branch of the
party, detained for 48 hours on suspicion of an arson
of United Russia’s office in Penza.
Youth YABLOKO activists hold a placard
“Free activist of the Penza branch of YABLOKO
Vladimir Volkov”. The police have been checking
the activists’ documents, however, have not
obstructed the picket yet.
activist detained for 48 hours on suspicion of arson
of the United Russia office in Penza
Press release, November 17,
Activist of the Youth YABLOKO Vladimir
Volkov was detained for 48 hours of arson of the United
Russia office in Penza. Earlier his flat had been
Today on November 17, 2009, at 9.00
a.m. several persons who told that they were interior
officers came to Volkov’s flat where he lives
with his parents. They asked Volkov to come with them,
explaining that his lawyer could come to the interior
department where they all would “talk”.
However, until 2 p.m. neither his
parents, nor the lawyer, nor even investigator Ye.Pluzhnikova
had no information where Volkov was.
provocation of the United Russia against YABLOKO’s
Statement of the YABLOKO party,
November 10, 2009
The YABLOKO party expresses its categorical
protest in connection with provocations and acts of
pressure and mobbing of the party branches in a number
On November 8, 2009, there was a fire
in the regional branch of the United Russia party.
According to preliminary information of the interior,
unknown persons threw flame fluid in the window.
There events became a motive to political
mobbing of activists from oppositional parties and
movements by the United Russia at participation of
At night on the 8th of October unlawful
searches in the homes of YABLOKO members and allies
took place. Seven activists were victims of lawlessness.
Notebooks, party and publicistic materials, other
things having no relation to the arson were confiscated.
The YABLOKO party considers statements
of the United Russia leaders and actions of the interior,
as well as their accusations in the address of opposition
parties in extremism as persecution of the dissenting
and intimidation of politically active citizens.
nationalism endangers Russia
Statement by the Russian United
Democratic Party YABLOKO, November 4, 2009
The 4th of November is officially
announced the Day of National Unity in Russia. However,
it is this day when the streets of Russian cities
turn into arena for skin-heads, Nazis and racists
provoking ethnic hatred. “Russian Marches”
conducted on permission of local authorities and multiple
unsanctioned nationalists’ actions will take
place in 16 Russian cities.
According to the analytical centre
SOVA, 50 people died and 280 people were wounded due
to xenophobia since January 2009.
The YABLOKO party states that provoking
of ethnic hatred, as well as assistance in the organisation
of nationalists’ actions, is prone of very serious
consequences, including shedding of blood and disintegration
of the country.
Sixth Anti-Hatred March took place in St.Petersburg
Press release, November 2,
The Sixth Anti-Hatred March in memory
of Nikolai Giryenko took place in St.Petersburg
on October 31, 2009.
Representatives from the YABLOKO and
the Right Cause party, Solidarity and Oborona (Defence)
movements, Soldiers’ Mothers (St.Petersburg branch),
Memorial, the Social-Democratic Youth Union, St.Petersburg
Council for Protection of Human Rights, activists
of the Vikhod (the Way Out) organisation, anarchists
and ordinary citizens concerned by the growth of xenophobia
in the society participated in the march. The march
joined together over 500 people.
Sixth Anti-Hatred March to take place in St.Petersburg
Press release, October 22,
The Sixth Anti-Hatred March will take
place in St.Petersburg on October 31. Its route lies
from Sportivnaya metro station to the Sakharov Square.
Initially the March was planned as
tribute to academic and human rights activist Nikolai
Giryenko shot by right-wing nationalists on June 19,
2004. Gradually the Anti-Hatred March has been turning
into the solidarity day for all people resisting social
order based on fear and hatred. Inequality of the
rights and discrimination as of social, cultural,
national, ethnic, race, religious, gender factors
or sexual orientation should be eliminated as contradicting
the interests of building a welfare state in the multicultural,
multinational and multiconfessional Russia.
proceedings for inciting inter-ethnic hatred started
after deputy Mitrokhin inquiry
Press release, May 16, 2003
Three criminal proceedings for inciting inter-ethnic
hatred were opened by the Public Prosecutor's Office
after the inquiry of deputy of the State Duma from
the YABLOKO faction Sergei
of the democratic forces created a Coordination Committee
to oppose fascism, extremism, xenophobia and nationalism
Press Release, July 4, 2002
Representatives of democratic forces created a Coordination
Committee to organise and coordinate a mass-scale
campaign of non-violence to oppose fascism, extremism,
xenophobia and nationalism.
Yabloko faction succeeded in passing a number of principle
amendments to the draft law "On Combating the
Press Release. June 20, 2002
The Yabloko faction succeeded in passing
a number of principle amendments to the draft law
"On Combating Extremism" which was adopted by the
State Duma in the second reading on June 20, 2002.
Yabloko faction will support the draft law "On
Combating Extremism" in the second reading if
Yabloko's amendments to the draft law are adopted
Press Release. June 19, 2002
The Yabloko faction in the State Duma thinks it necessary
to adopt a law "On Combating Extremism"
"in view of the outbreak of extremism and signs
pointing to the formation of an extremist underground
in Russia." This statement for journalists was
made by Sergei Mitrokhin, a member of the Yabloko
Russian judge killed in Moscow
LI News Issue 179, April 15,
A senior Russian judge who presided
over the high-profile trial of a gang of racist killers
was assassinated in Moscow on April 12 2010. Eduard
Chuvashov, who was shot on the way to work on Monday
morning is suspected to have been killed by ultranationalists
as revenge, after he jailed three skinheads last week
for racially-motivated murders. The Moscow City Court
judge has previously sentenced a gang of skinhead
youths for similar crimes and also worked on cases
involving Russian officials accused of corruption
and embezzlement. Sergei Mitrokhin, leader of LI Full
Member YABLOKO, commented on the murder that took
place in broad daylight in Moscow: “We think
that this blatant murder of a federal judge who has
been conducting the most resonant cases against nationalists
and chauvinists represents a challenge both to the
judiciary and the civil society… [it is an attempt]
on behalf of nationalistic and fascist forces to frighten
and split our multiethnic society over nationalistic
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Happened to Anna Politkovskaya
By Sergey Sokolov and Dmitry Muratov, NovayaGazeta.Ru,
September 4, 2004
At time of these tragic days hundreds of our colleagues,
state officials and readers expressed their concern
about the fate of our observer Anna Politkovskaya.
They believed that her presence at Beslan could have
proved useful. However, Politkovskaya did not reach
Case of Racially Motivated Murder Goes to Court
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, August 12, 2004
Three local men aged 16 to 22 are charged with the
21 February murder of Amar Lima, an African student.
Two of the three are believed to be members of the
nationalist organization Russian National Unity, which
has long been particularly active in Voronezh Oblast.
By Valery Vyzhutovich, The Moscow News, No 28, 2004
In late June, Vladimir Lukin, the RF plenipotentiary
on human rights, visited Voronezh. The ombudsman's
interest in the region that has recently seen a marked
rise in nationalism sentiments is quite natural.
Moscow Times, June 25, 2004
The web site of the group, Russian Republic, posted
Wednesday a "verdict" issued by its self-styled
government to "execute" Nikolai Girenko,
64. The statement described Girenko as "an enemy
of the Russian people" and said he was guilty
of helping to jail "patriots."
Expert Shot Dead in St. Pete
By Oksana Yablokova, Moscow Times, June 22, 2004
"They (nationalistic-minded extremists) were
able to carry out this vendetta largely because city
authorities have long ignored the existence of skinheads
and extremists in the city by portraying their activities
as hooliganism," Yury Vdovin, representative
of the St. Petersburg office of the Citizens Watch
human rights group said.
is a villainy which knows no boundaries
Statement, The Russian Democratic Party YABLOKO, February
There is no justification for terrorism - neither
political or religious or any other. There is no justification
for murder or murder threats of innocent and defenseless
The St.Petersburg Times, January 20, 2004
The City Prosecutor's Office has initiated a criminal
case against Yury Belyayev, head of the Party of Liberty
and editor of newspaper Express Khronika for allegedly
publishing an article inciting attacks on ethnic Caucasians,
Interfax reported Monday.
the act of vandalism in the Muslim part of the Gradsk
cemetery in Chelyabinsk
Statement of the Russian Democratic Party YABLOKO,
September 10, 2003
YABLOKO states that every individual, regardless of
his religious beliefs or nationality has a right to
respect and a deserving memory.
Petersburg Youth Union YABLOKO proposes that the leadership
of Oktyabrskya Rail Road conduct a joint action "Railroad
Without Insulting Graffiti"
ABN (North-Western federal district, St.Petersburg),
July 15, 2002
St. Petersburg. Chairman of St.Petersburg Youth Union
YABLOKO V. Drugov forwarded an open letter to the
head of the Oktyabrskaya Rail Road G. Komarov. The
press service of the Youth Union YABLOKO informed
about the increasing frequency of manifestations of
everyday nationalism and their impact on the work
of the department...
Duma Votes Through 'Anti-Skinhead' Bill
Reuters, June 23, 2002
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian lawmakers gave their final
backing on Thursday to a Kremlin-sponsored bill aiming
to clamp down on extremist activity, despite liberal
concerns that the law lacked safeguards to prevent
Passes the Law "On Combating Extrimism"
by Mikhail Vinogradov
The second reading of the law on extremism
took up half of the State Duma deputies' plenary session
on June 20. Opponents kept warning: the notion of
extremism was not clearly defined and this vagueness
untied the hands of the Prosecutor General's Office
and the Justice Ministry in their search for internal
enemies. However, the State Duma supported the draft
law initiated by the president as usual. The voting
went as follows: 272 deputies (against a required
number of 226) supported the law, whereas 126 rejected
it. Consideration of the draft law started haphazardly
before discussion of the first item - the notion of
extremism - was closed. However, the deputies cleared
everything out within two hours.
Yabloko faction of the State Duma: we do need to pass
a law against extremism
RIA "Novosti". June 20, 2002
MOSCOW, June 20, 2002. /RIA Novosti correspondent
Galina Filippova/-- The Yabloko faction in the State
Duma believes it is necessary to pass a Law on Combating
Extremism "in view of the outbreak of extremism
and signs pointing to the formation of an extremist
underground in Russia." Sergei Mitrokhin, a member
of the Yabloko faction, told reporters before the
beginning of the State Duma's plenary session on Thursday
where the parliamentarians were planning to consider
in the second reading the presidential draft Law against
of the State Duma Sergei Mitrokhin: the adoption of
the draft law on combating extremism will make it
possible to fight both certain individuals and corresponding
Rosbalt. June 19, 2002
Five out of ten prefectures of Moscow administrative
districts banned the YABLOKO party from organising
pickets near metro stations on the occasion of the
16th anniversary of the disaster Chernobyl nuclear
power station. However, according to the YABLOKO press
service, on April 25 and April 26 the party will distribute
leaflets to about 100 metro stations, Deputy of the
State Duma Sergei Mitrokhin: the adoption of the draft
law on combating extremism will make it possible to
fight both certain individuals and corresponding organisational
Gives Nod to Bill on Extremism
By Nabi Abdullaev, The
Moscow Times, June 7, 2002
A controversial presidential
bill on combating extremism was pushed through the
State Duma by pro-Kremlin factions Thursday, despite
criticism from the Communists, liberal lawmakers and
human rights advocates, who say the measure will give
the government too much power to suppress public protest.