|May 15, 2013
rally in protection of small business
Press Release, May 14, 2013
On May 26, the Russian Entrepreneur’s
Day, YABLOKO will conduct a rally in protection of
small business. The part has already applied for a
permission for the action to the Moscow Mayor’s
Entrepreneurs from Moscow, Samara
and Tver will participate in the action.
Preliminary it is planned that the
rally should take place in the centre of Moscow in
The time of the rally will be announced
after getting a permission from the Moscow authorities.
YABLOKO has been conducting a rally
in protection of small business on May 26 for several
|May 14, 2013
and European democrats discussed the relations between
Russia and the EU and supported Russian NGOs
Press Release, May 8, 2013
The YABLOKO party, the Alliance of
Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), Swedish
People's Party in Finland and the Swedish International
Liberal Centre (SILC) held in Helsinki a seminar entitled
"The Future of EU-Russia Relations: the Liberal
The seminar was attended by 250 people from Russia,
Finland and other European countries - politicians,
civil society activists, political scientists, experts,
journalists and students. Representatives of Russian
non-governmental organisations (GOLOS, the Moscow
Helsinki Group), and independent press ("Novaya
Gazeta") that were subject to increasing pressure
from the authoritarian government were also invited
to the seminar.
The European Union was represented
by Carl Haglund, Minister of Defence of Finland and
leader of the Swidish People’s Party, Kristiina
Ojuland, MEP, and Nils Torvalds, MEP, Astrid Thors,
member of the Finnish Parliament and Vice-President
of ALDE and Martin Angeby, Secretary-General of the
Swedish International Liberal Centre.
Grigory Yavlinsky, founder and one of YABLOKO’s
leaders, delivered a key report "Russia in Ten
Years." Valery Borschev, Chairman of YABLOKO’s
Human Rights Faction and member of the Moscow Helsinki
Group, and Galina Mikhaleva, Secretary of YABLOKO’s
Political Committee, participated in panel discussions
on human rights in Russia, and trade and economic
relations between Russia and the EU.
Grigory Yavlinsky stressed in his
speech that only cooperation and integration of Russia
and the EU will allow both the sides to take a decent
place in the world of the 21st century, and give them
the opportunity to compete with the North American
and Asian world economic growth centers in the nearest
perspective. According to YABLOKO’s leader,
the main obstacles for Russia’s integration
into Europe are Russia’s domestic problems,
such as "primitive authoritarianism", corruption
and "deformation of the principle of freedom
|May 9, 2013
pays tribute to the Second World War soldiers on the
Press Release, May 9, 2013
On the 68th anniversary of the Victory
over fascism YABLOKO leaders and supporters of the
party paid tribute to the heroes of the Second World
War by laying wreaths and flowers at the Eternal Flame
at the mass grave at Preobrazhenskoye Cemetery in
Moscow. Thousands of Muscovites - soldiers and officers
who died during the Second World War - are buried
here. Preobrazhenskoye Cemetery has become a traditional
place for YABLOKO for paying tribute to those fallen
in the war. YABLOKO activists have been coming here
for several years already.
The ceremony was attended by YABLOKO
Chairman Sergei Mitrokhin, members of YABLOKO’s
Political Committee Alexei Arbatov, Sergei Ivanenko
and Grigory Yavlinsky.
|May 8, 2013
leaders laid a wreath and flowers at the Tomb of the
Press Release, May 8, 2013
On the eve of the Victory Day of May
9, activists and leaders of the YABLOKO party paid
tribute to the soldiers and victims of the Second
World War laying a wreath and flowers at the Eternal
Flame at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier by the Kremlin
wall in Moscow.
YABLOKO Chair Sergei Mitrokhin, the
members of YABLOKO’s Political Committee Alexei
Arbatov, Sergei Ivanenko and Grigory Yavlinsky, Bureau
members Anatoly Golov and Valery Goryachev, as well
as members and supporters of the party took part in
the ceremony marking the 68th anniversary of victory
On May 9 YABLOKO will take part in
ceremony at Preobrazhenskoye Cemetery where thousands
of Muscovites - soldiers and officers who died in
the war – are buried.
The ceremony will begin at 12:00.
Gathering of the participants is at 11:30. Address:
Preobrazhenskiy val, dom 17 A (metro station Preobrazhenskaya
leader proposed a strategy for the opposition at the
rally in Bolotnaya Square, Moscow
Press Release, May 6, 2013
Speaking at a mass rally in Bolotnaya
Square, Moscow, YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin urged
democratically minded people to go to polling stations
and make the elections honest, rather than ask the
authorities for fair and honest elections.
"There is nothing to discuss
with these authorities, they resist a dialogue, it
is absolutely hopeless to ask something from the authorities,
to demand something from them, it is even pointless
to scold or criticize them. The only thing that makes
sense is to change the government. It's time to change
the power and take it into our hands," said Sergei
...According to Mitrokhin, a single
from the opposition in the gubernatorial elections
in the Moscow Region should be Gennady Gudkov [ousted
from the Duma and the Just Russia party for his oppositional
Mitrokhin also said that a single
list of candidates from the opposition should be nominated
for the Moscow City Duma elections as well...
branch of YABLOKO at a democratic manifestation and
a rally of May 6
Press Release, May 6, 2013
A traditional May Day Democratic Manifestation
was held along Nevsky Prospekt and ended with a rally
at Konnyushennaya Square. This year the main slogan
of the manifestation was "For Russia Free from
Political Reprisals and Religious Obscurantism!"
The democratic manifestation was prepared and conducted
by an organizational committee formed on the basis
of the Democratic Petersburg coalition. According
to different estimates, the number of participants
of the manifestation amounted to 1.5 - 2 thousand
The rally meeting at at Konnyushennaya Square was
opened by Alexander Kobrinsky, deputy of the Legislative
Assembly from the YABLOKO party...
|April 28, 2013
conducted a picket by the Russian Atomic Energy Agency
against construction of nuclear power stations abroad
on the Russian federal budget money
Press Release, April 26, 2013
Every year on April 26, the anniversary
of the Chernobyl disaster, YABLOKO has been conducting
an action by the Russian Atomic Energy Agency (Rosatom)
to commemorate those who died, express sympathy for
those who got sick in this tragedy and remind everyone
of the consequences of nuclear energy sector.
The danger of explosion has not been the only issue
for the past years, the topic of distribution of budgetary
funds by Rosatom has also been touched. This time
YABLOKO has protested against Rosatom’s plans
to spend billions of dollars of budget money on construction
of nuclear power plants’ abroad.
Rosatom plans to invest USD 20 billion in the economy
of Turkey to construct and operate the Akkuyu nuclear
power plant. Turkey’s economy will receive this
colossal amount of money from Russia’s taxpayers
without any counter profit for Russia. Rosatom also
plans to construct a nuclear power plant in Vietnam
which will cost USD 10 billion. India, China, Belarus,
Kazakhstan, Egypt and even Bangladesh with its unstable
situation and some other countries are next in turn
for Russia’s budgetary funds via Rosatom...
|April 25, 2013
of democratic organisations on the threashold of the
Moscow City Duma elections go on
Press Release, April 25, 2013
Yesterday, representatives of democratic
parties and organisations gathered for their second
meeting in one of Moscow clubs to discuss nomination
of a single list in the Moscow City Duma elections.
Representatives of from the YABLOKO
party and YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin, RPR-Parnas
(Vladimir Ryzhkov), Democratic Choice (Vladimir Milov),
the Civil Initiative (Nikolai Alekseyev), the Solidarity
(Michael Schneider) and the Coordinating Council of
the opposition (Gennady Gudkov) participated in the
meeting. This time new participants joined the meeting:
representatives of the The Party of December 5 (Denis
Bilunov and Sergei Davidis), the Civil Initiative,
the Civil Federation movement and The White Ribbon
joined the consultations.
The participants agreed to conduct
regular meetings so that to coordinate candidates
in single-mandate electoral districts and actions
targeted at the increase of voter turnout, as well
as possible agreements on the general list. A working
group comprising one representative from each organisation
was formed. The tasks of the working group are to
formulate the agenda and possible solutions for the
next meeting in an expanded format. The YABLOKO party
delegated Galina Mikhaleva, First Deputy Chair of
the Moscow branch of the party, to the working group.
The first meeting of the working group will be held
this Saturday, on April 27...
about political prisoners: "As long as at least
one of them is in jail, any one from us can be the
Press Release, April 17, 2013
YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin called
to pay close attention to the Russian regions where
dozens of people had been persecuted for political
reasons. He made such a statement at a rally against
the political reprisals that took place in Moscow
on April 17.
Sergei Mitrokhin recalled journalist
Michael Beketov who was attacked and severely injured
in 2008 and died of severe injuries in April 2013.
The names of those who ordered this crime were known,
but they were not arrested. Also many cases of murdered
journalists and public figures remained unsolved,
"What should be done to make our law enforcement
system work and so that it stopped being so sluggish
and inert, amorphous and unclear? One should simply
start to really fight against corruption, as Alexei
Navalny has begun doing or Maxim Petlin, leader of
the Sverdlovsk branch of YABLOKO, who was imprisoned
for disclosing a corruption scheme of Yekaterinburg
|April 24, 2013
court ordered the Department of Justice to register
YABLOKO’s branch in North Ossetia
Press Release, April 23, 2013
On April 22, the Vladikavkaz Court
declared unlawful the refusal of the Ministry of Justice
Department in North Ossetia-Alania Republic to register
the regional branch of the YABLOKO party in the Republic.
"The refusal of the Ministry of Justice Department
in North Ossetia-Alania Republic to register the regional
branch of the YABLOKO party should be recognised unlawful
and cancelled,” runs the decisions of the court.
The court also ordered the Ministry of Justice of
the Republic to register a YABLOKO’s regional
branch and pass all the documents required for registration
to the fiscal authority...
discussed the Moscow City Duma Elections
Press Release, April 11, 2013
On April 10, the YABLOKO party held
a meeting for representatives of democratic parties
and organizations. The meeting discussed YABLOKO’s
proposal on compiling of a single list of democratic
candidates for the Moscow City Duma elections 2014.
Earlier YABLOKO had proposed to give half of places
on its party list to the candidates from democratic
Members of the Democratic Choice party and their leader
Vladimir Milov, representatives of the Solidarity
movement and RPR-PARNAS, activists from Grazhdanskaya
Initsiativa (Civil Initiative) and their leader Andrei
Nechayev, Gennady Gudkov , member of the opposition's
Coordination Council, and Ilya Ponomaryov, deputy
of the State Duma, took part in the meeting. Opening
the meeting YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin spoke
about YABLOKO’s initiative on creating a broad
democratic and civil coalition for the Moscow City
Duma elections. YABLOKO proposed to conduct primaries,
where all the Muscovites could participate; whereas
the winners in the primaries would be included into
the YABLOKO party list of candidates and in single-mandate
electoral districts. Sergei Mitrokhin emphasized that
if the parties reached an agreement, YABLOKO would
ready to take their representatives on the “party’s”
part of the electoral list...
|April 19, 2013
again attacked by Vladimir Putin’s supporters
Press Release, Video, April
On April 17, another rally organised
by Vladimir Putin’s supporters took place by
the office of the Krasnodar branch of YABLOKO in the
South of Russia. It is already the 15th such rally
held under the slogan “Hands off from Vladimir
Putin!” taking place by YABLOKO’s office...
On the results of the Conference “Migration:
International Experience and Russia’s Problems”
conducted by the Russian United Democratic Party YABLOKO
and the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
(the ALDE party)
Moscow, April 6, 2013
The Russian participants of the conference
– representatives of the Russian United Democratic
Party YABLOKO – basing on the discussions of
the conference state the following:
Migration represents a natural development
in the globalised world of the 21st century. However,
the threat is represented by systemic problems in
the states – the shadow economy and corruption,
lack of the rule of law, encouragement of nationalistic
moods and violation of human rights, - rather than
migration in itself.
We are certain the problems related
to migration can be resolved in compliance with international
conventions, proceeding from such principles as human
rights, tolerance, respect for the individual, responsibility,
free and fair competition and secularism.
We believe that in the short term
Russia must ratify Convention No 143 of the International
Labour Organisation “On Migrations in Abusive
Conditions and the Promotion of Equality of Opportunity
and Treatment of Migrant Workers” (Geneva, June
24, 1975) and International Convention “On the
Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and
Members of Their Families” (New York, December
Mitrokhin: “Putin must make them investigate
the Mikhail Beketov case
Press Release, April 11, 2013
Civil funeral service in memory of
journalist and public activist Mikhail Beketov took
place at the House of Journalists today. Mikhail Beketov
was a Russian journalist who combated against crime
and corruption in the city of Khimki (including defence
of Khimki Forest which had to be cut due the construction
of the Moscow–Saint Petersburg highway). Beketov
was attacked and severely injured by “unidentified
persons” in 2008. As a result his leg and fingers
on the left hand were amputated, he lost speech and
became handicapped. The attackers have not been found.
He died in hospital of complications due to brain
damage at the age of 55 on 8 April 2013...
“Mikhail Beketov struggled face to face against
the crime in Khimki, and there are a few people like
him, however, there are a lot of journalists among
these few. This list [of murdered journalists] coincides
with the list of unsolved murders. The investigators
know the name of the person who ordered this crime,
but there is no will so that to bring this person
to justice. The tragedy of our country is that outright
criminals are in power now. Mikhail stood in their
way and was murdered. President Putin should have
sent not only his condolences, but had to keep up
his promise and take the case under his control. What
else but death can become a reason for this? May the
memory to a great person Mikhail Beketov live forever,”
said Sergei Mitrokhin...
|April 11, 2013
conference on migration problems takes place in Moscow
Press Release, April 6, 2013
The way towards an efficient migration
policy should go through the solution of major Russia’s
problems: separation of business from government,
building of a law-governed and democratic state, said
YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin at the opening of
an international conference on Migration. The conference,
organized by the YABLOKO party and the ALDE party
was held in Moscow on April 6...
Four panel discussions were held within
the framework of the conference: “Migration
dynamics and its political, economic and cultural
consequences”, “Integration of migrants
of the first and further generations: positive and
negative experience”, “Restraining and
regulatory mechanisms: different countries’
experiences and international cooperation” and
“Regulation of migration: the tasks of the state
and the society”. The reports were made by Russian
and foreign experts and politicians...
nominated 1550 candidates to Saint Petersburg electoral
Press Release, April 11, 2013
The St.Petersburg branch of YABLOKO
nominated 1550 candidates to the electoral commissions
in all the districts of the city. The registration
of documents in the electoral commissions is ending
“All of our candidates are well educated and
active citizens and their main goal is to ensure compliance
with the law at their electoral districts. Unfortunately
YABLOKO’s representatives were not welcome at
all the territorial electoral commissions” said
Olga Pokrovskaya, member of the city electoral commission.
In particular, one of the territorial
electoral commissions demanded statements of income
from YABLOKO’s candidates (which is not envisaged
by the law), another commission demanded that the
copies of the work record books should be changed
as allegedly they had not been properly notorised...
|April 4, 2013
authorities in Kemerovo feared Acad. Alexei Yablokov’s
Press Release, April 4, 2013
On April 3 Acad. Alexei Yabloko, Chair
of YABLOKO’s Green Russia faction and member
of YABLOKO’s Political Committee, delivered
a public lecture "Environmental problems of Russia"
in the Kemerovo business center and held an informal
meeting with representatives of public and scientific
organisations during his trip to the Kemerovo region.
Alexei Yablokov’s visit aroused
concern of the local authorities: a formal invitation
to deliver two lectures on environmental issues in
the Kemerovo State University was withdrawn, as the
“lecture halls were occupied”. The second
public lecture by Alexei Yablokov "Ecology and
Health" scheduled at the Business Center for
April 4 was cancelled a few hours before it had to
begin due to the "collapse of the ceiling in
the conference room"...
|March 25, 2013
Maxim Petlin is a political prisoner
Press Release, March 21, 2013
"Maxim Petlin can be considered
a political prisoner," YABLOKO leader Sergei
Mitrokhin commented on the sentence to Maxim Petlin,
leader of the Sverdlovsk Region branch of YABLOKO
and deputy of the Yekaterinburg City Duma.
"We believe that the sentence is based on a case
fabricated by the investigators with gross procedural
violations. Petlin’s activities targeted at
exposing corruption launched his prosecution,"
According to Mitrokhin, the court acts "in the
interest of the clans controlling the city and influencing
not only on the city, but also the regional Federal
Security Service departments, the prosecutor's office
and the court"...
files a lawsuit against the electoral commission members
and the policeman who beat woman observer
Press Release, March 26, 2013
The YABLOKO party is filing a lawsuit
against the electoral commission members and the policeman
woman observer in an attempt to snatch a falsified
final protocol of the voting given to her. The incident
occurred late last night at polling station No 02-13
after the counting of votes in the mayoral election
of Anapa. Alexandra Garkusha, aged 23, an observer
from the YABLOKO party, together with representatives
from other parties and candidates was given a falsified
final protocol of the voting by the commission members.
The document had no legal force and could not form
a basis for filing a case in court.
Alexandra Garkusha drew the attention
of the Commission to this fact and refused to sign
for the receipt of such a protocol. After that, the
commission members expressed their dissatisfaction
in extremely disproportionate aggression and attacked
Alexandra trying to snatch the protocol from her hands.
According to the witnesses, Irina Tropina, Chair of
the Electoral Commission, was the most aggressive
attacker encouraging her subordinates to more violence...
elections in Anapa: YABLOKO leader demands from head
of the Central Electoral Commission to cancel the
results of the elections
Press Release, March 26, 2013
YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin demanded
from Vladimir Churov, head of the Central Election
Commission, to cancel the results of the mayoral elections
in Anapa, the Krasnodar Territory, held on Sunday.
The number of cases of stuffing of fraudulent ballots
does not allow a genuine expression of voters’
will to be determined. Information about all the facts
of fraud was also sent to the Central Electoral Commission...
Gross violations began already on
Friday, when road police detained a coach that had
to transport YABLOKO and independent observers from
Taganrog to Anapa...
However, on the voting day about 20
cars with about a hundred of YABLOKO’s observers
could not get to the polling stations by their opening
time 8 a.m., due to blocking of the road by the police
and a staged “car accident” on the road
“All this was done so that our
observers could not get to the polling station to
their opening and so that to do unhampered stuffing
of ballots in favour of Sergei Sergeyev, United Russia
candidate and ex police head whom Governor Tkachyov
wanted to see as Anapa Mayor,” said Sergei Mitrokhin
who also visited the “accident site”.
Voting demonstrated different violations
– from stuffing of ballots to ousting of observers
from polling stations, ban on filming, as well as
threats and physical violence against observers.
the video of violence against a woman observer Alexandra
An attack was undertaken against Sergei
Mitrokhin. An unidentified person sprayed some green
liquid in the face of YABLOKO’s leader at one
of the polling stations. The liquid got onto his neck
and arms. An emergency doctor wiped the paint from
the skin, but advised Sergei Mitrokhin to go to hospital
for further observation, since "anything could
have been mixed into the liquid"...
|March 22, 2013
inspection: construction of the country cottage of
ex Defence Minsiter Serdyukov in a natural reserve
is almost finished, the second country cottage of
Governor Tkachyov will be built soon
Press Release, March 22, 2013
Today YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin
has held a public inspection of the so-called "Serdyukov
cottage" in the Big Utrish natural reserve area.
The inspection was held within the framework of Mitrokhin’s
visit to the Krasnodar region. Alexei Yegorov, leader
of the Anapa branch of YABLOKO and candidate for the
Mayor of Anapa, and Andrei Rudomakha, leader of the
regional branch of YABLOKO also participated in the
The participants of the inspection have personally
observed that construction of the cottage in a natural
reserve went on despite the resignation of Anatoly
Serdyukov fromk his ministerial post. In 2009, the
site was transferred to the Ministry of Defence for
"placement of a navigation station" there.
However, mysteriously, construction of a luxury villa
instead of a radar began at the site. The contractor
was Serdyukov’s son-in-law Valery Puzikov. Presumably
the villa is being built for him...
YABLOKO also carried out an inspection of another
plot of land: not far from "Serdyukov’
villa" there may soon emerge the second villa
of Governor Tkachyov. According to the activists of
the regional branch of YABLOKO, the site in the natural
reserve Big Utrish was transferred into property of
the Stroibeton company. Most likely the owner of the
cottage will be Governor of the Krasnodar Territory
Alexander Tkachyov. Such a scheme – transfer
of land into property of some firms controlled by
him – Tkachyov had already used in the construction
of his first summer cottage in the Blue Bay.
Sergei Mitrokhin is visiting Anapa to support Alexei
Yegorov, YABLOKO’s candidate for the post of
the city mayor. The elections will be held on March
24. Sergei Mitrokhin appealed to the Central Electoral
Commission so that the Commission ensure lawful voting.
Yavlinsky asks Governor of St. Petersburg to explain
why the city budget has not been implemented
Press Release, March 21, 2013
The St.Petersburg Legislative Assembly
rejected an inquiry from Grigory Yavlinsky, leader
of the YABLOKO faction in the Legislative Assembly,
on non-implementation of the city budget. The Legislative
Assembly referred to its new regulations. The YABLOKO
faction will seek in court to cancel the new procedure
for filing inquiries to officials. Meanwhile Yavlinsky
expressed his concern about the "very unsatisfactory
state of affairs in the budgetary process of St. Petersburg"
and wants to know what measures Governor Georgy Poltavchenko
is going to adopt so that to amend the situation.
In his deputy inquiry Grigory Yavlinsky appeals to
the Governor "in view of an extremely poor state
of affairs in the budgetary process of St. Petersburg"...
|March 21, 2013
and YABLOKO to conduct a conference on migration problems
Press Release, March 20, 2013
International conference on migration
problems will take place in Moscow on April 6. The
organizers are the ALDE Party (Alliance of Liberals
and Democrats for Europe) and YABLOKO’s Political
The conference will discuss the following
- migration dynamics and its political,
economic and cultural consequences;
- integration of migrants of the first and further
generations: positive and negative experience;
- restraining and regulatory mechanisms: different
countries’ experiences and international cooperation;
- regulation of migration: the tasks of the state
and the society...
defence of the MK newspaper. YABLOKO’s view
Press Release, March 20, 2013
The YABLOKO party believes that the
stance of the State Duma deputies in their
conflict with the MK newspaper violates the Russian
law envisaging that it is the court which takes decisions
on all the disputes relating to publications in the
mass media. The MPs actions not only contravene the
procedures established by law, but are also in conflict
with ethical and moral norms governing public life...
The MPs’ demands to [Pavel Gusev],
Editor-in-Chief of the MK to leave his post of Chairman
of the Moscow Journalists’ Union represents
an attempt to interfere into the spheres of public
life that are completely beyond control of the legislative
authority and are governed by internal corporate standards
of professional communities.
The MPS’ idea to "take
away" MK from Pavel Gusev [who is also the owner
of the paper] is a direct attack on the principle
of the inviolability of private property. Proposing
such solutions to disputes with the media MPs undermine
the legal foundations of the state, which again demonstrates
their great incompetence and catastrophic failure
as the legislators...
|March 17, 2013
by the Orthodox fascists against the YABLOKO party
Press Release, March 17, 2013
Orthodox activists from the God's
Will (Bozhya Volya) public movement staged "Orthodox
Inquisition against the YABLOKO party". A group
of young men burst into YABLOKO’s Moscow headquarters
on Friday night, took all the freely available books
and booklets published by the party and burned them
in the square by Novokuznetskaya metro station which
is in 3 minutes walk from YABLOKO’s office.
The video entitled "Confiscation and Burning
of Waste Paper by the Party Satanists and Perverts
YABLOKO" was loaded by the young people on the
|March 4, 2013
for the resignation of Pavel Astakhov, Ombudsman for
Children’s Rights, are sent to Vladimir Putin
Press Release, March 4, 2013
Nikolai Rybakov, member of the Federal
Bureau of the YABLOKO party, has sent to Vladimir
Putin over 11,000 signatures collected in favour of
resignation of Pavel Astakhov, Ombudsman for Children’s
Rights (notoriously known for his support of the “orphans
law” and calls to return all the Russian orphans
adopted abroad back to Russia).
Over 11,000 signatures were collected
in just a week, despite ddos-attacks and Internet
bots attacking the Demokrator.ru website where the
signatures were collected.
"We believe that a man who has
cynically exploited the death of a child [adopted
by a US family] for his political gain, can not hold
the post of Children's Ombudsman," runs Rybakov’s
"I think that the president should not wave away
the appeal of 11,000 citizens. Let us at least make
him think whether his representative Mr. Astakhov
has been acting in an honest and due manner? Our final
goal is still there: Russia should have a decent defender
of children," Nikolai Rybakov said...
Mitrokhin called Muscovites to change the Moscow government
Press Release, March 2, 2013
YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin called
the participants of the Social Manifestation to "change
the authorities at the next elections to the Moscow
City Duma," rather than ask the Mayor of Moscow
team for some "handouts". "We offer
the entire civil society to unite for the Moscow City
Duma elections and agree to provide our party candidates
list for this purpose, and we give half of the list
for civil society activists," Mitrokhin said
at a rally on Sakharov Square...
Mitrokhin also said that the policies of the Moscow
authorities was "authoritarian and incompetent
in many areas, but extremely self-confident and based
on the most profound contempt for the Muscovites".
"The Sobyanin’s team acts as if they came
to some kindergarten rather than Moscow. They know
what is better for us, and we should wait with our
mouths open when they bring happiness to us,"
|March 1, 2013
Alexei Firsov, head of Kolchuginsky District, the
Vladimir region, dismissed from his post
Press Release, February 28,
YABLOKO’s Alexei Firsov, head
of Kolchuginsky District, the Vladimir region, was
dismissed from his post because of a conflict with
the head of the district administration Andrei Mitroshkin.
The decision on dismissal was taken at today's meeting
of the Council of People's Deputies of the district
by 12 votes "for" with three "against."
Most of the deputies of the Council refused to consider
the appeal of Governor Nikolai Vinogradov in support
of Firsov. Several dozens of local residents came
to support Alexei Firsov at the Council meeting, but
only a few were allowed into the assembly hall. After
voting Firsov thanked his supporters after which the
residents together with Firsov left the hall. Now
Firsov will work in the Council as an ordinary member.
His term will expire in two years...
Yavlinsky on the impact of the political system on
Press Release, February 27,
A roundtable "Democracy and Economic
Growth" held within the framework of the second
Russian Economic Congress in Suzdal discussed how
the type of a political system may affect economic
Grigory Yavlinsky, Professor at the
Higher School of Economics and founder of the YABLOKO
party, set the tone of the discussion. He noted that
economic growth has been considered a key indicator
of economic development. However, he stressed that
there has been no direct correlation between the economic
growth and the type of the political system. Economics
can not yet answer the question why the most developed
democratic countries do not show sustainable economic
growth while some authoritarian states may demonstrate
impressive economic growth rates...
it is a lie!
Press Release, February 25,
The Democratic Petersburg coalition
YABLOKO is member of conducted a raid proving that
St.Petersburg authorities did not allow the Democratic
Petersburg to conduct rallies in the city on fictitious
grounds. The city authorities turned down 20 sites
as possible grounds for the coalition rally. "We
have collected evidence of the officials’ lies
and will file a law suit against them," said
the coalition members.
This Sunday, the coalition planned to hold a rally
against the federal law on the "gay propaganda".
The application was submitted to the authorities four
times proposing 20 different locations. However, all
the applications were turned down. The organizers
were ready to hold a rally at any time from 12:00
to 18:00, but the officials said that all proposed
sites were taken by other activities at that time
or some renovation works or repairs were conducted
there. Each time the rally fell under some ban...
on the attempted murder on Cossack chieftain Nesterenko:
shooting of those fighting against criminal authorities
has begun in the Krasnodar Territory
Press Release, February 22,
YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin believes
that the attempted murder on Nikolai Nesterenko, Deputy
Ataman of the Anapa City Cossack Community, demonstrates
a qualitatively new stage of confrontation between
public activists and criminal authorities of the Krasnodar
Attempted murder on Nikolai Nesterenko was committed
in Anapa on February 22. A killer opened fire on the
car of the Cossack. Nesterenko was wounded and his
driver Viktor Zhuk was killed. Nikolay Nesterenko
is one of the leaders of the civil society in Anapa.
For many years he has been fighting against unlawfulness,
violation of citizens’ rights and abuse of power by
businessmen and officials in the city.
"Earlier they have exerted pressure
on public activists in different forms, including
their unlawful conviction on trumped up criminal cases,
but now we can say that, that they begin shooting
the most active public figures who do not let them
to do lawlessness," said YABLOKO’s leader...
the support of the initiative group in creation of
a free trade union of university teachers in Russia
Statement by YABLOKO's Bureau,
February 21, 2013
New laws adopted in the field of education
endanger the future of Russia and arouse fair concerns
not only from the civil society but also for the professionals
working in this sector.
Many teachers decided to actively
participate in the public debate and started looking
for other forms of communication of their position
to the society. One of such forms is creation of a
free trade union of university teachers which was
initiated by a group of high school professors and
teachers. Unfortunately, the voice of this "official"
trade union was virtually unheard in discussion of
the [government’s] bills, and a broad attack
on the rights of workers of the education sector undertaken
by the government, has not got due assessment on behalf
of the trade union.
The Bureau of the Russian United Democratic
Party YABLOKO supports the initiative of creation
of the Free Trade Union of Russian University Teachers
and believes that position of the professional community
should form a basis for a dialogue between the government
Spring 2013: Start of Preparation for the 3rd All-Russian
Press Release, February 20,
The Independent Press Center invites
journalists on February 28 at 12:00 to the press conference
"Women's Spring 2013: Start of Preparation for
the 3rd All-Russian Women’s Congress".
The participants of the conference are as follows:
Dr. Galina Mikhalyova, Chair of YABLOKO’s Gender
Faction and Secretary of YABLOKO’s Political
Committee; Natalia Dmitryeva,
Co-Chair and Coordinator of the Council for Consolidation
of Women's Movement in Russia, Chair of the All-Russian
Public Organization "Business Women of Russia";
Natalia Velikaya, Chair of the Social Democratic Union
of Russian Women, Dean of the Political Sociology
Faculty of the Russian State Humanities University
(RGGU);Irina Gorkova, Adviser to the Moscow Region
Governor; Irina Rukina, leader of the political party
"People Against Corruption," Dean of the
Faculty of Large Cities Management of the International
Russian United Democratic Party YABLOKO - information
YABLOKO’s rally acting Governor of the Moscow
Region sent the General Plan of Balashikha Development
back for revision
Press Release, February 21,
Andrei Vorobyov, acting Moscow Region
Governor, agreed with the demands put forward during
YABLOKO’s manifestation and rally and sent the
General Paln of the Balashikha City Development for
He made such a statement at his meeting with residents
of the city. The manifestation and rally organized
by the YABLOKO party were in the city in the past
weekend. Participants of the rally marched in the
centre of the city. "The new General Plan is
a shame of Balashikha" was written on the banner
carried in front of the column.
"The Plan aroused outrage of the city residents
by its absolute negligence of the needs of citizens
and its cynical approach to the urban policy,"
Vladimir Konnov, the leader of the Balashikha branch
of YABLOKO said at the rally...
of YABLOKO’s candidates for the Moscow City
Duma elections will be determined by Muscovites in
Press Release, February 17,
The Conference of the Moscow branch
of YABLOKO adopted a Manifesto on compiling of a list
candidates for the Moscow City
Duma elections (which are to take place in 2014) from
united democratic opposition. According to the Manifesto,
half of the candidates in the party list will be given
to civil activists and representatives from other
political forces. Muscovites will determine the nominees
in the primaries.
"Moscow has accumulated a critical mass of active
people, they awoke from the “sleep’ during
Putin's 2000s, and they want to act. They do realise
that their children will not have any normal human
prospects in this country without changing of the
political situation in the country, that is why they
want to go into politics. We give them such an opportunity,"
YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin stated at the Conference.
"A year ago we promised at the
rallies that we would propose a definite political
mechanism to address different problems. The adopted
Manifesto is a direct and earnest answer to all the
questions: what people who manifested at Bolotnaya
Square and Sakharov Prospect and participated in other
mass opposition rallies should do now," said
Grigory Yavlinsky, YABLOKO founder and member of the
Political Committee. "The time of general discussions
is over. It's time to act," he stressed...
to call for nomination of candidates from a united
democratic opposition for the Moscow City Duma elections
Press Release, February 14,
On Sunday, February 17, the Conference
of the Moscow branch of the YABLOKO party will adopt
a Manifest on the creation of nomination of a joint
list of candidates from united democratic opposition
for the Moscow City Duma elections of 2014.
The Manifesto will appeal to civil society activists
and representatives of political forces sharing democratic
values to participate in the formation of a joint
list of candidates. YABLOKO will provide to such joint
candidates half of the number of places allotted to
the YABLOKO party nominees, as well as half of places
in single-mandate precincts.
The candidates will be nominated via primaries. YABLOKO
proposes to hold primaries in all the 22 electoral
on the Sochi Olympic Year loudly announced by the
Press Release, February 10,
On February 7, the
day of celebration of the "Year of the Olympic
Games" in Sochi, environmentalists from the Kudepasta
village opposing the construction of the Kudepsta
thermal electric power station in the area and YABLOKO
activists of the Sochi branch of YABLOKO conducted
an action targeted at drawing public attention to
the environmental problems in the region and maintaining
of healthy environment...
collects signatures against destruction of a unique
Press Release, February 6,
The Sochi branch of the YABLOKO party joined
the campaign for collection of signatures under an
appeal to the federal and regional authorities to
preserve the unique park Southern Cultures, as an
asphalt concrete factory is being built by the park.
The construction site is located within
the buffer zone of the park. A walk among 60 rare
trees enlisted in the Red Book which has become a
place interest in Sochi is used now as a road for
trucks. And cutting of trees has been going on.
In 2012, the Federal Property Management
Agency (Rosimuschestvo) transferred the Southern Cultures
Park to the Ministry of Natural Resources. However,
in the process of transfer it turned out that a 250-meter
walkway connecting the park with the sea shore, was
not part of the park any more and was in the disposal
of the city administration...
|February 6, 2013
of the Russian society targets "tightening of
Statement by the YABLOKO Party,
February 6, 2013
...When officials of such a high rank
as Vice-Premier Dmitry Rogozin support the idea of
returning the name of Stalin to the city of Volgograd
and [Chair of the Federation Council] Valentina Matviyenko
and [head of the Central Electoral Commission] Vladimir
Churov say that a referendum should be conducted on
this issue, they think least of all of historical
justice. The Battle of Stalingrad is part of the world
history, as well as the heroic defence of besieged
Leningrad. However, if we speak about returning of
previous names to these cities, then we can speak
only about their original names, as it was in case
with St. Petersburg. And in case of Volgograd this
should be Tsaritsyn. And without any referendum.
After all, if [head of the Central
Electoral Commission] Vladimir Churov counts the votes,
there is no doubt that 146 per cent will vote for
returning Joseph Stalin’s name to Volgograd.
It willl be done in accordance with the saying attributed
to Stalin: "Those who cast the votes decide nothing,
those who count the votes decide everything".
The YABLOKO party demands to put an
end to the Stalinist sabbath around the anniversary
of the victory at Stalingrad. To make it, as President
Putin have said, so that Russia "would always
be victorious", first we must get rid of the
salves complex, which Stalin instilled in the people
and condemn the executioners...
|February 5, 2013
political reprisals against YABLOKO activists
Statement by YABLOKO’s
Bureau, February 5, 2013
The YABLOKO party notes with concern
a new wave of reprisals against YABLOKO members.
The adoption of the Federal Law "On
the Counteraction to the Extremist Activity"
encouraged the law enforcement activities that are
clearly violating the law: gathering information about
the members of the party and their activities, inviting
them for ‘conversations’ [in the police],
detentions, searches, seizure of documents and institution
of criminal proceedings.
According to the Federal Security Bureau Department
(FSB) for the Sverdlovsk region, the YABLOKO party
is a radical oppositional structure sharply criticising
the state authorities and negatively assessing broadening
of the proxies of the FSB of Russia. According to
FSB, it is a party setting such a goals as changing
Putin-Medvedev’s regime, elimination of monopoly
in politics, economy and media and the democratisation
of the country.
Such a political stance of the party
was laid in the basis of the ruling of the Sverdlovsk
Region Court giving a permission to wiretap all the
telephone conversations conducted by Maxim Petlin,
Chair of the Sverdlovsk Region branch of the Russian
United Democratic Party YABLOKO, control all his postal,
telegraph and other messages and information from
technical communication channels, as well as put him
After the decision of the court, further supported
later by a judge of the Supreme Court in response
to a complaint filed by Maxim Petlin [to the Supreme
Court], we can conclude that a political surveillance
regime has been introduced in respect of the YABLOKO
party, as well as other opposition parties claiming
|January 31, 2013
Governor officially responded to deputies of the St.Petersburg
Legislative Assembly on the closure of public hospital
with a unique children oncology department
Press Release, January 29,
Boris Vishnevsky, Alexander Kobrinsky and
other deputies of the Legislative Assembly of St.
Petersburg received an official reponse from Governor
Georgy Poltavchenko on the collective parliamentary
inquiry about the closure
of St.Petersburg public hospital No 31.
The Presidential Administration plan
to turn this hospital specialising in treating children
with cancer into a medical centre for Russia's top
judges arouse public uproar in Russia. YABLOKO deputies
initiated several inquiries about the public hospital
in the St.Peterburg parliament. The St.Petersburg
branch of YABLOKO organised collection of signatures
in its St.Petersburg headquarters against turning
the public hospital into a special medical centre
for the judges. St.Peterburg residents conducted a
special rally in support of the public hospital and
In his letter the Governor stated
that “a decision was taken not to station”
the medical centre for Russia’s top judges in
|January 28, 2013
tasks up to 2018: participation in elections and support
of protest actions
Press Release, January 27,
Participation in elections, as well as the
organisation and support of civil protest actions
are the priorities for the YABLOKO party for the period
2013 – 2018. Such a decision was taken at yesterdays’
meeting of YABLOKO Bureau held in Moscow.
"Our country has been experiencing
a systemic crisis: that of the legitimacy of power,
legitimacy of large-scale private property, public
confidence in the government and the political system
in general," runs a special statement of the
Bureau on the objectives of the party in the long
YABLOKO must respond to the systemic
crisis of the legitimacy with formulation of a clear
political platform of the democratic opposition, which
can base on YABLOKO’s programme that has been
developed during decades on the basis of European
democratic values. "It is clear for us that the
nationalist and the radical left (Stalinist) assessments
and proposals [for the further development] are dangerous
for the country, and therefore unacceptable,"
emphasizes the Bureau.
YABLOKO is going to take part in the next key election
campaigns: to nominate their candidates for the presidential
elections and the mayoral elections in Moscow, and
register lists of candidates for the parliamentary
elections and the Moscow City Duma elections...
|January 25, 2013
Nazarov, leader of the Udmurtian branch of YABLOKO,
to Vladimir Putin: lands intended for families with
many children were given to officials and police officers
Press Release, January 25,
Mikhail Nazarov, leader of the Udmurtian
branch of YABLOKO, forwarded
a letter to President Vladimir Putin wit ha request
to investigate into the distribution of gratuitous
plots of land intended for families with many children.
"Our region demonstrates facts
of corruption in the distribution of free lands to
large families are mass-scale," runs Nazarov’s
letter to the President.
Thus, in 2011, Galina Batolova, head
of Zaviyalovsky District, was convicted for broad-scale
distribution of lands to high ranking officials. However,
the Supreme Court of the Republic of Udmurtia sentences
her such large scale corruption only to a fine amounting
to 200,000 roubles (approximately Euro 5,000). As
of to-day, the Investigative Committee of Udmurtia
has not conducted an investigation on those who due
to fraud with lands received plots of land in the
most prestigious neighborhoods. Mikhail Nazarov gave
a list of such persons in his letter...
picketed the State Duma against two anti-constitutional
Press Release, January 23,
YABLOKO activists held one-person
pickets in front of the State Duma, as the Duma had
to consider two unconstitutional projects: one of
them had to simplify the procedure of requisition
of land title from the residents of the "new
Moscow territories" (ex Moscow Region territories)
like was the case in the Olympic Sochi, and the other
would allow regions to replace election of governors
by their appointment...
|January 23, 2013
candidate to run for the post of the head of Chudovo,
the Novgorod Region
Press Release, January 22,
A conference of the Novgorod regional
branch of the YABLOKO party took place on January
21. Members of the party discussed nomination of a
candidate from YABLOKO for the post of the head of
the city of Chudovo, Novgorod region. According to
the results of the secret ballot, the conference unanimously
supported the nomination of Yelena Skorodumova.
To date, YABLOKO’s candidate has been registered
in the Territorial Electoral Commission of Chudovo
and has begun preparations for the election campaign.
Skorodumova’s competitors in the elections will
be United Russia’s Andrei Alexandrov, Communist
Igor Kovalyov and LDPR member Alexei Maximov...
Yavlinsky led YABLOKO’s column at the anti-fascist
manifestation in Moscow
Press Release, January 19,
Grigory Yavlinsky, YABLOKO founder
and member of its Political Committee, led YABLOKO’s
column at the anti-fascist manifestation in Moscow.
The action was held in memory of lawyer Stanislav
Markelov and journalist Anastasia Baburova killed
by Neo-Nazis in the centre of Moscow...
Party activists held a banner "Fascism
will not go" and photographs of the killed Stanislav
Markelov, Anastasia Baburova, Yury Schekochikhin,
Farid Babayev, Anna Politkovskaya and Larissa Yudina.
"Fascism is very dangerous: it
emerges all of a sudden and embraces a vast mass of
people. This is a huge problem in human history and
probably one of the most tragic and terrible pages
in the political history of mankind. In our country
fascism may be very dangerous especially when linked
with Stalinism, so even the slightest movements towards
it have to be stopped it. And there are lots of such
movements in life and politics now. Therefore, the
more people will consciously, openly and loudly oppose
fascism, the better it is. And this must be done continuously,"
|January 18, 2013
Russia and the LDPR blocked the law on equipping police
stations with video cameras in St.Petersburg
Press Release, January 16,
The Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg
lacked two votes so that to adopt Grigory Yavlinsky’s
bill on equipping police stations and cars with video
cameras. The initiative was supported by the following
factions: YABLOKO, the Communist Party, the majority
of the Just Russia. Even Vyacheslav Makarov, the Speaker
of the Legislative Assembly and leader of the United
Russia faction, voted for the bill. Thus the bill
gathered 24 votes in its favour. However, another
24 deputies present at the plenary session did not
participate in the vote and did not allow to adopt
Speaking to the MPs, Yavlinsky mentioned
the example of Tatarstan, where the tragedy in one
of the police stations where a detained man died of
tortures made the President of Tatarstan promise to
install video cameras in all the police departments
and this promise has almost been fulfilled. "Last
year a young man died in one of St. Petersburg police
stations," said Yavlinsky...
to participate in an anti-fascist manifestation
Press Release, January 18,
The YABLOKO party will take part in
an anti-fascist manifestation in memory of lawyer
Stanislav Markelov and journalist Anastasia Baburova.
The action will be held in Moscow on January 19. Party
activists will hold a banner "Fascism will not
go". YABLOKO’s column will be headed by
Grigory Yavlinsky, YABLOKO founder and member of its
"Nationalism is impermissible in Russia and is
far more dangerous than in other countries. Xenophobia
and demonstration of the extreme nationalist views
is a time bomb for such a multinational country as
Russia. I am urging all who oppose fascism in Russia
and in the world to come to the manifestation on January
19 and honor the memory of the victims of neo-Nazis,"
said YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin. He himself will
be in Kemerovo on that day, as mayoral elections will
be held there in a week.
The manifestation under the slogans "Moscow is
an antifascist city" and "For Freedom! Against
fascism!" will start at 2 p.m. from the crossing
of Tversloy Boulevard and Tverslaya Street (by the
Pushkin Square) along Nikitsky Boulevard.
The activists and supporters of the YABLOKO party
will gather by the office of the Izvestia paper (Tverskaya
metro station) at 1:30 p.m...
Yavlinsky: "Deputies of St.Petersburg Legislative
Assembly were right in refusing to consider the bill
Press Release, January 16,
According to Grigory Yavlinsky, leader
of the YABLOKO faction, adoption of the draft law
on rallies with the restrictions it envisaged could
lead only to a sharp increase in the number of unauthorized
actions and, consequently, increase of tension in
"It will not restoration of order,
but violation of order," said Grigory Yavlinsky.
According to the BaltInfo agency, this morning, the
Governor's bill lacked only one vote so that to be
included into the agenda of the Legislative Assembly.
MPs from YABLOKO, the Communist Party and Just Russia
voted against it".
The bill proposed a ban on rallies,
meetings and other events on Nevsky Prospekt, the
St. Isaac's and the Palace Squares, and also contained
many other prohibitions and restrictions...
|January 15, 2013
Mitrokhin: Moscow Mayor Sobyanin must sack Chief Architect
of Moscow who advocates abolishing of public hearings
Press Release, January 15,
YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin expressed
his satisfaction with the call of Moscow Mayor Sergei
Sobyanin to the deputies of the Moscow City Duma to
preserve the institute of public hearings on different
construction and development projects in Moscow. Earlier,
the Public Advisory Council of Political Parties under
the Moscow City Duma severely criticized the amendments
introduces by the ruling United Russia and targeted
at cancelling of public hearings.
Mitrokhin also noted that the "attempt
to cancel public hearings has clearly revealed the
utter incompetence of the Moscow City Duma which is
ready to obey any orders from the Moscow government,
no matter how senseless and harmful for the Muscovites
it could be"...
|January 11, 2013
calls its supporters to participate in the March against
the Anti-Magnitsky law on January 13
Press Release, January 11,
The YABLOKO party will support the
March against the “Anti-Magnitsky law”
which will take place in Moscow on Sunday, January
13. Activists will gather by the Izvestia paper office
(by Tverskaya metro station) at 13:30. The march along
boulevards to Sakharov Prospect will begin at 14:00.
The action got a permission from the Moscow authorities.
..."We oppose the barbaric so-called
Dima Yakovlev law. We believe that with this law represents
a kind of a human shield of orphans put by the government
around its corrupt officials. That is, our government
has virtually told the world: we will protect our
corrupt officials so that the whole world will tremble
in terror," YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin said
to journalists. According to Mitrokhin, the Anti-Magnitsky
law shows that our government is cannibalistic in
nature, therefore all the forces of our society that
are in favor of a civilized development must unite
so that to say 'no' to the cannibalistic state".
He also stressed that it was important that there
were no Nazis or leftists among the organizers of
|January 10, 2013
Alexander Kobrinsky sends an art reproduction of the
painting "Taking a Snow Town" by Vasily
Surikov to Governor Poltavchenko
Press Release, January 9,
Alexander Kobrinsky, deputy of the
Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg from the YABLOKO
faction, sent a letter to St.Petersburg Governor Georgy
Poltavchenko in connection with dispersing of the
"Snow Battle" flash mob organised by young
people in Marsovo Polye (Champ de Mars), St.Petersburg.
St.Petersburg police dispersed several
hundreds of young people who gathered for a traditional
snowball fights at Marsovo Polye on January 6. Several
people were detained by police.
In his letter YABLOKO’s MP asked
the Governor to give an answer whether he would go
on with "tightening of the screws" and whether
the principle "more than three people make a
crowd" would become fundamental for St.Petersburg
Alexander Kobrinsky urged the Governor
to give an assessment to the actions of the police
and demand from the heads of the St. Petersburg interior
to change their attitude to the city residents who
gathered to play snowballs.
"Such harmless actions are held
without any problems and permissions all over Europe,"
Kobrinsky wrote. In confirmation of his words Kobrinsky
set the Governor a reproduction painting by Vasily
Surikov "Taking a Snow Town" (1891), depicting
ancient Russian fun game, noting that the same game
was banned by St.Petersburg police three days ago...
|January 9, 2013
to support the March against the “Anti-Magnitsky
law” on January 13
Press Release, January 9,
The YABLOKO party will support the
March against the “Anti-Magnitsky law”
which will take place in Moscow on Sunday, January
YABLOKO has consistently opposed the
so-called Dima Yakovlev law prohibiting Americans
to adopt Russian children. YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin
called this law "profoundly anti-human."
"Adopting the Anti-Magnitsky law all the branches
of power demonstrated their willingness to protect
their corrupt officials in such a way that the whole
world was left horrified," Mitrokhin said.
YABLOKO’s MPs in the Legislative
Assemblies of St. Petersburg and the Pskov Region
opposed the bill, but were not supported by the parliamentary
majority. Activists from the Youth Yabloko conducted
a series of one person pickets by the Federation Council
on the day the senators had to examine the law. The
slogan of the action was "Children are frozen
in the Cold War". Four party members were detained
by police and now they face large fines or community
|January 8, 2013
letter to actor Gerard Depardieu from Vladimir Gridin,
leader of the Mordovia branch of YABLOKO
January 8, 2013
Dear Mr. Depardieu,
In connection with your plans to settle in Mordovia,
let me ask you a few questions as so to say your new
1. A few days ago you visited Mordovia and, as you
put it, you were stunned by the hospitality shown
to you there. Vladimir Volkov, President of the Republic
of Mordovia, offered you in a handsome gesture an
apartment or a plot of land under a house. The generosity
of the head of the region struck many people in the
republic, especially the residents of Tambovskaya
street in Saransk...