Publications in Russian see at http://www.yabloko.ru/Persons/lukin.htm#ïóáëèêàöèè
Immigrants May Receive Amnesty
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, September 21, 2004
According to Lukin, an amnesty would reduce opportunities for corruption
among bureaucrats and would increase tax revenues from longtime residents.
Who Killed Chechen May Get a Pardon
By Sophia Kishkovsky, The New York Times, September 18, 2004
Vladimir Lukin, Russia's human rights ombudsman, told Interfax by telephone
from Athens that he would recommend that Mr. Putin be cautious about approving
rights commissioner against pardoning Budanov
Interfax, September 17, 2004
"I can say only one thing on this account. Naturally, as human
rights commissioner, I am inclined to humane solutions on any issues.
And if a person repents his wrongdoing and truly changes, he has
to be pardoned..."
Rights Ombudsman Urges Moderation in Response to Beslan Crisis
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, September 13, 2004
Lukin compared the atmosphere in Russia
today with what happened in the United States following the 11 September
2001 terrorist attacks.
Ombudsman Blasts Pretrial Detention Centers
MosNews, August 13, 2004
Russia's ombudsman Vladimir Lukin has denounced the nation’s
pretrial detention system whereby a suspect can spend months —
even years — in a pre-trial detention center before being
convicted, like the former Yukos head, Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
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.
Lukin: "Paragraphs of the Russian laws are completely unequivocal.
The problem is that these paragraphs are poorly enforced"
By Boris Vishnevsky, Novaya Gazeta,
July 15, 2004
Human Rights Ombudsman Vladimir Lukin celebrated his birthday on
Tuesday in St. Petersburg. The main goal of his visit, Lukin said,
was to meet the colleagues of the late Nikolai Girenko. He also
found time to meet Valentina Matvienko and talk to journalists.
of Unsolved Crimes in Russia Rises - HR Ombudsman
MosNews, June 16, 2004
Russian Human Rights Commissioner Vladimir Lukin has expressed concern
over the rising rate of unsolved crimes in Russia and complaints
against the law enforcement agencies' actions in relation to detained
suspects, Interfax news agency reported.
created a Committee for the Protection of Muscovites to defend the interests
of the residents of the city in city construction
Finmarket News, June 16, 2004
The goal of the Committee is to unite over 200 different groups
currently standing for their rights in Moscow into a single powerful
organisation protecting the rights of Muscovites in city construction
and facilitating the creation of favourable living conditions for
the residents of Moscow. Deputy Chairman of the Russian Democratic
Party YABLOKO Sergei Mitrokhin was elected Chairman of the Committee.
Interior Ministry Is the Major Infringer
By Alexander Kolesnichenko, Noviye Izvestia, June 17, 2004
Lukin attributes police brutality to the low level of crime-solving. Around
43% of registered crimes (including 20% of first-degree murders) remained
unsolved across Russia last year. And 42% of murders in Moscow were not
solved. In addition 130,000 cases were closed last year because of the
statute of limitations, but the criminals were never found.
Lukin: "Violations of human rights remain an acute problem for Russia"
RIA Novosti, June 16, 2004
Five criminal cases have been opened over the past few months on
human rights violations committed by policemen and prosecutor's
office officials, Vladimir Lukin, Human Rights Commissioner in Russia
told a press conference at the RIA Novosti news agency on Wednesday.
15 the general assembly of the representatives of the initiative groups
fighting against unlawful building in Moscow adopted a decision to create
a Committee for the Protection of Muscovites.
Press release, June 16, 2004
The goal of the Committee is to unite over 200 different groups currently
standing for their rights in Moscow into a single powerful organisation
protecting the rights of Muscovites in city construction and facilitating
the creation of favourable living conditions for the residents of Moscow.
meeting of the Russian Ombudsman Vladimir Lukin with representatives of
the initiative groups of the Muscovites protesting against unlawful construction
in the capital.
Press release, June 9, 2004
The meeting of the Russian Ombudsman Vladimir Lukin with representatives
of the initiative groups of the Muscovites protesting against unlawful
construction in the capital took place on June 9, 2004
should abide by ruling on Gusinsky - ombudsman
interfax.ru, May 21, 2004
"We should treat the European court's ruling simply: the European
court has issued this ruling and we need to carry it out," Lukin
said at a news conference in the Interfax main office on Friday.
HR Ombudsman Voices Concern Over Protests in Prisons
MosNews.com, April 28, 2004
Russian Human Rights Commissioner, Vladimir Lukin, sent telegrams
to the Prosecutor General, Minister of Justice and Prosecutor of
Chelyabinsk region in Urals, calling on them to investigate the
situation in local prisons.
New Ombudsman Reports More Abuses in Chechnya
MosNews.com, April 26, 2004
"But there is a worry that there are new types of rights abuses
on both sides, and on a third side, by which I mean units under Chechen
President (Akhmad) Kadyrov," Lukin said. "These abuses are more
specific in nature and difficult to verify from Moscow."
Victim Is Right Now
By Vladimir Lukin, Rossiyskaya Gazeta, April 13, 2004
The rights of the victims, including the right to obtain legal aid,
are guaranteed by the Constitution of the Russian Federation and are recognised
under universal principles and norms of the international law.
Does Not Want to Begin with "Horrors"
By Kira Latukhina, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, April 9, 2004
I agree that workers of the interior should
be paid a dignified wage. But this is only one of many factors. They should
also have self-respect and a legal culture. Then the citizens would
look at them differently and follow their example.
Will Help the Novoye Vremya Magazine
Korpunkt.ru, March 25, 2004
"I aim to do all I can to ensure that this magazine which is
the face of Moscow is published again."
Conference with Russian Ombudsman Vladimir Lukin
RIA Novosti, March 25, 2004
My chief impression from one month of work is that in the country a serious
and logical system should be established for out- of-court legal defense.
the Situation in Kosovo
Declaration of the Ombudsman of the Russian Federation Vladimir Lukin, IA Regnum, March 23, 2004
Every time the lofty idea
of protecting the rights of one people becomes the source of the violation
of the rights of another people.
Ombudsman Urges Extrajudicial Protection for Russian Residents
RIA "Novosti", March 25, 2004
Lukin also advocated the establishment of a "single human rights
zone in Russia." He recalled that todate human rights ombudsmen worked
in as few as 27 of the 89 Russian regions. Vladimir Lukin believes that
it is necessary to complete the process.
Society’s Advocate Before the State
Vladimir Lukin: I'm not quarrelling with the authorities, I intend to make them abolish unlawful decisions
Novaya Gazeta, No 19, March, 2004
Interview with Vladimir Lukin by Irina Gordiyenko
Everything depends on your staff. Russia has learned this too well. When the democrats (YABLOKO and SPS) failed to get into the Duma, Vladimir Putin promised that their ideas and staff would be in demand. And really, thanks to Putin’s backing many YABLOKO members began entering different power structures. And Putin proposed one of the founders of the YABLOKO party Vladimir Lukin for the post of ombudsman.
Every Region Should Have Its Ombudsman
Vladimir Lukin promised to fight against the "terrible arbitrary rule of the law and enforcement agencies"
By Kira Latukhina
Nezavisimaya Gazeta, March, 18
Yesterday 25 Russian ombudsmen headed by the new Ombudsman of Russia Vladimir Lukin left for the meeting with the PACE Human Rights Commissioner Alvaro Gil-Robles in Strasbourg. Before the trip Lukin held a working meeting for his colleagues from the regions where press and representatives from the Presidential Administration were invited. This was the first public appearance of the former Deputy Speaker of the State Duma in his new post.
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.
with Ombudsman Vladimir Lukin
Anchor - Natella Boltyanskaya, Ekho Moskvi, February 13, 2004-02-16
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.
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.
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.
Duma will consider the candidacy of Vladimir Lukin as ombudsman
Press release, February 11, 2004
Lukin is one of the founders and prominent figures of our party, and we
think that he will be able to do a great deal in this important constitutional
post," said Ivanenko in an interview with journalists.
President's proposal to appoint Vladimir Lukin as ombudsman in the RF
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.
Speaker of the Duma advises Georgia not to pursue pro-US policy
ITAR-TASS, December 4, 2003
"The situation that
developed in Georgia is such that only Russia can provide
active assistance in uniting the country," stressed Lukin.
Lukin: A merger between Russian and foreign companies during Russia's
integration into the world economy is inevitable
FMBusiness, October 20, 2003
"When a new partner appears the world arena, problems always occur: there
is always some inferiority complex, there are always problems with existing
market proportions, money flows and the system of current personal relations
- this problem should somehow be transformed and changed. I think this
is just a matter of time," said Lukin.
Congress discusses the electoral programme of the party
Press release, September
YABLOKO members voted for the list of candidates for the federal and regional
lists, as well as a list for single-mandate electoral districts proposed
by the party for the parliamentary elections.
YABLOKO: there will be no alliance with the CPRF
Lenta.ru, May 29, 2003
Lukin also called the billboards that appeared in Moscow streets and picture YABLOKO with a sickle and hammer under a slogan "We Are Together" a provocation and 'black PR'.
Vladimir Lukin: "We Are Not Inferior To Others. We Have A
By Nairi Hovsepyan, Novoye Vremya (New Times), May 2003
know that revolution has a dual nature. It is not only a bloody, dramatic and romantic upheaval
linked with symbolic actions, often destructive. It is also a renewal of society when each cell
begins to live in a new way.
Speaker of the State Duma Vladimir Lukin proposes the introduction
of a visa-free regime for Russian and European students
Press release, May 20, 2003.
He also noted that YABLOKO is the European party that has consistently
supported the idea of liberating Russian citizens from visa barriers
on trips to Central and Western Europe.
Lukin: "We have to summon up our strength and win, as you
do in a game of preference."
By Marina Ozerova, Interview with Vladimir Lukin, Deputy Speaker
of the State Duma (YABLOKO), Moskovsky Komsomolets, April 23,
...I like to
be in touch with the electorate that a politician should be close
to and sense their mood and thoughts.
Warn Against Knee-Jerk Anti-Americanism
By Sarah Karush, The Associated Press, April 17, 2003
Moscow was right to oppose Washington over Iraq,
but Russian leaders
must be cautious not to fall into Soviet-style, knee-jerk anti-Americanism
that might not always serve the country's interests, leading politicians
experts said Wednesday.
May Ratify Arms Reduction Treaty in May
Rosbalt, April 16, 2003
The treaty will, above all, limit US forces, which are considerably
stronger than Russia's, explained Lukin. He emphasized that Russia
had insisted on a written form of the form, whereas the US intended
to "confirm the agreement with a handshake."
Russian MPs advocate early ratification of the US arms reduction
ITAR-TASS, April 8, 2003
There is no point in delaying ratification
of the Strategic Offensive Reductions Treaty [SORT], also known
as the Moscow Treaty between Russia and the United States, irrespective
of developments in Iraq, according to prominent members of the State
Duma, or the lower house of Russian parliament.
experts on the situation around Iraq
Anchor - Vladimir Pozner, Channel One TV, "Vremena" programme, March 30, 2003
We need to think and must not become
emotional. It is not Russia's war. We are not particularly interested
in the regime in Iraq after the war. We should not be emotionally
attached to Saddam Hussein's regime, unlike some of our friends
on the Left.
Develops in Russian Policy towards Iraq Crisis
By Igor Torbakov, eurasianet.org, March 18, 2003
most in Moscow believe that a war with Iraq will seriously damage
Russian interests, a split is developing over how Russia should
respond to the imminent outbreak of war. One side appears ready
to continue opposition to US military action, while the other says
that Russia ought to embrace a realpolitik approach, and cooperate
with the inevitable.
Lukin: the President will speed up ratification of the European
MK-Novosti, March 15, 2003
"It is even good that things went this way," commented
Vladimir Lukin (YABLOKO), deputy speaker of the lower chamber
of the Russian parliament, in an interview with MK-Novosti, on
the rejection by the State Duma at its plenary meeting on March
14, 2003, of the draft resolution, calling on the President to
speed up ratification of the European Social Charter.
politicians react to US ambassador's veiled threats over Iraq
Ekho Moskvi, March 12, 2003
But I still hope
that the Americans will define their interests soberly, set emotions
to one side and understand that in this particular situation postponing
the operation is not a defeat but a major victory, which the whole
world will greet with applause.
supported the nation-wide action of trade unions of
Press Release, February 27, 2003
The Russian Democratic
Party YABLOKO supported the nation-wide action of the trade unions
of budget-sector workers against government plans to reform wages
for budget workers.
Senior MP mulls Russian role in light of US-Europe standoff.
Interview with Deputy Speaker of the State Duma Vladimir Lukin (YABLOKO), Interfax, February 10, 2003
Russia today "can and must play the role coordinator for the Euro-Atlantic community, and Russian diplomacy should focus
on putting forward ideas to help find a common position for continental Europe and America, without hurting one another's
dignity," Lukin said in a Monday [10 February] interview with Interfax.
Russian parliament members warn of negative consequences for Russian economy
in the event of war in Iraq
Interfax, January 10, 2003
Moscow, 10 January: State Duma Deputy Chairman Vladimir Lukin (the YABLOKO
faction) and Communist leader Gennadi Zyuganov believe that a possible US
attack on Iraq could have negative consequences for the Russian economy. Lukin said in an interview with Interfax that this military operation might
have "negative, but temporary consequences" for the Russian economy. "Oil
prices could sharply rise, but are then bound to fall again," he said. In
any case, the oil price will stabilize at 22-28 dollars per barrel, which is
acceptable to Russia, he said.