visa regulations between Russia and EU countries
LDR Group Statement, Strasburg, June 23, 2003
Liberals, Democrats and Reformers' Group of the Parliamentary
the Council of Europe supports the idea of elimination of the visa regime
between the Russian Federation and the European Union member countries
was discussed at the Russia-EU summit in St.Petersburg in May 2003.
By Natalia Rozhkova, Vremya Novostei, June 23, 2003
thinks it is possible to combine conscription with contractors for only
one or two years while the reform is being carried out.
Electoral Commission tried to Reconcile Political Rivals
By Olga Tropkina, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, June 27, 2003
The drafting of a public accord entitled "Elections
2003", which was initiated yesterday by the Central Electoral Commission
(CEC) and involved the leaders of the major political parties, ran the
risk of resulting in a scandal.
Nabbed by Networks. Election Race Begins: Political Parties Seek
Support from Virtual World
By Anna Zakatnova, Rossiyskaya Gazeta, 25 June 2003
Parties' fondness for the Internet has gone so far that Yabloko members
have even proposed using the Net for public supervision of the elections.
Suggests Only Four Parties Will Have Seats in New Parliament
Interfax, June 26, 2003
Grigory Yavlinsky's Yabloko
party would come in third with 8% of the vote. Its position has
not deteriorated since the previous poll.
adoption by the Duma of Act Amnesty for Chechnya
BBC, Broadcast 6 June 2003
Only those Chechens who are not implicated in crimes such as murder,
kidnap, or rape may be pardoned. But first they must surrender and
wait for the outcome of an investigation of their past.
Matviyenko Set to Take St Petersburg by Storm
By Ilya Zhegulev, gazeta.ru, June 25, 2003
Everything is ready for her to assume power in the city: the seat
of the former governor Vladimir Yakovlev has been temporarily assigned
to a loyal person, and yesterday the office of the presidential
envoy snatched control of the city's leading television network,
the Petersburg Channel - a key resource in the forthcoming election
is ready to discuss with Valentina Matviyenko her impending election
Rosbalt, June 24, 2003
Representatives from YABLOKO are ready to meet Valentina Matviyenko
to discuss her impending election campaign, Deputy Chairman of the
YABLOKO party Igor Artemyev
said in an interview with a Rosbalt correspondent.
July St. Petersburg branch of YABLOKO will determine role of party
in gubernatorial election campaign
Rosbalt, June 24, 2003
Commenting on today's statement by Valentina Matviyenko on her intention
to run for governor, Chairman of St.Petersburg branch of YABLOKO noted
that "this was a long expected decision, and came as no surprise
Sets $200M Profit Target
By Alla Startseva, The Moscow Times, June 25, 2003
It didn't officially exist before last month and won't actually
start working until next month, but the nation's newest big-ticket
consortium is already expecting to net a tidy profit of up to $200
million next year.
Ministry Pulls the Plug on TVS
By Anna Dolgov, The Moscow Times, June 23, 2003
TVS was the last private national channel, and its closure gives
the Kremlin a monopoly on the airwaves ahead of December's parliamentary
elections and the March presidential vote.
Go Home With an Eye on Upcoming Elections
By Francesca Mereu, The Moscow Times, June 23, 2003
After pushing through tax bills but failing to elect a
new human rights commissioner, State Duma deputies wrapped up their spring
session Saturday and headed home to woo voters before reconvening in the
fall with the December elections in mind.
of the State Duma Committee on Education and Science is satisfied
with the decision of the State Duma to raise student grants
RIA Oreanda, June 21, 2003
"I am satisfied that we managed to approve an increase in students'
stipends before the end of the spring session [of the Duma], said
Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Education and Science Alexander
Shishlov (the YABLOKO faction).
of the State Duma call on Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov to sign
the Bologna convention
MK-Novosti, June 21, 2003
The main tasks of the Bologna process are to create
in Europe of a system of comparable education cycles, academic degrees
and qualifications, increase the academic mobility of students and university
teachers and finally pool the educational resources of different countries.
Deputies Express Their Opposition Than Had Been Predicted
Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe, June 19, 2003
According to "Vremya novostei" on 19 June, more deputies
voted against the government than had been expected, and that might
have been because no one from the government bothered to show up
for the vote.
And Communist Leaders Lash Out At Government
Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe, June 19, 2003
...the government is staffed with
"temporary people" who are sitting on their bank accounts just
waiting to leave the country.
Expected, Government Survives Vote Of No Confidence...
Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe, June 19, 2003
As was widely predicted, the no-confidence vote held by
the Duma on 18 June failed to gather enough votes to dissolve the government
of Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov, Russian media reported.
of the Lambs
Vremya MN, June 19, 2003
In other words, the majority of the lower house voted to remove
citizens of Russia and the media from the election process. No more
free and democratic elections in Russia.
Set to Ease Cash Sales for Exporters
Reuters, June 18, 2003
The new legislation would allow the Central Bank to vary the rate
under the 30 percent ceiling. It is also expected to ease upward pressure
on the Russian currency.
for Cabinet's Ouster Falls Short
By Francesca Mereu, The Moscow Times, June 19, 2003
The no-confidence motion got 172 votes in the 450-seat Duma,
deputies voting against it and six abstaining. A majority of 226
needed for the motion to pass and pave the way for ousting the
headed by Mikhail Kasyanov.
Motion in the Cabinet: After the Discussion
Commentary by Grigory Yavlinsky, Special for the web-site, June 19, 2003
It was important to
say that a system of serious backwardness and demodernisation had
developed in the country. It was important to say that both economy
and history do not follow the Regulations of the Duma; that today
we had to set the grounds for positive developments in the future.
By Syuzanna Farizova, Kommersant, June 18, 2003
Yesterday the Duma council finally set the schedule: the vote will
be at 5 p.m., so only an hour is available. However, even if the
debate takes longer, the vote of no confidence will not pass. As
leader of the Russian Regions group Oleg Morozov explained, "The
vote of no confidence is nothing but an election move, a farce to
which the response is another farce."
as Nobody's Granny
By Andrei Piontkovsky, Novaya Gazeta, June 16-18, 2003
It took literally years of scandals in the media before the regime
finally sacked odious Yevgeny Adamov and Nikolai Aksyonenko, the
ministers who transformed their departments into private businesses.
Cabinet Wins No-Confidence Vote
By Steve Gutterman, Associated Press, June 18, 2003
President Vladimir Putin's Cabinet
survived a no-confidence
motion Wednesday in a parliamentary vote that drew attention to
dissatisfaction with the government but underlined the Kremlin's
government under fire despite brisk growth
AFP, June 17, 2003
Russia's parliamentary opposition Wednesday will
table a motion of no
confidence in a government it accuses of following a failed economic
even as the country goes through a rare phase of brisk growth.
Is Staying for the Time Being
By Sergei Andreyev, Komsomolskya Pravda, June 14,
It is already clear today that the Duma is unlikely
to vote for the no-confidence motion. The centrist
factions will not support this. However, according
to YABLOKO's leaders, the no-confidence motion is
a good pretext to make the Cabinet answerable and
make it report to the deputies for the three years
of its performance.
Against the "Russian White House" Begins
Interview with Grigory Yavlinsky by Dmitry Chernov, Vremya MN, June 11, 2003
Everybody knows that social
policy is based first of all on economic policy. Government proposals
on the economic policy for next year are clear to us in general,
as their proposals on the budget for 2004 have been submitted
to the Duma. Whatever the Cabinet promises us now, this would
not correspond to the real situation, as the economic base the
Cabinet is going to reflect in the budget for the coming year
is such that many of their promises have already turned into mere
Regime for Media
By Olga Redichkina and Alexei Redichkin, Gazeta, June 16, 2003
...according to the amendments, any media outlet - print
or electronic media - can be shut down during an election campaign
if the court finds it guilty of violating electoral legislation
twice. The draft law contained no list of violations, thereby
leaving it up to the court to decide each case "on the spot"
Yavlinsky explains his stance on the vote of no-confidence
in the Cabinet
Interview with Grigory Yavlinsky by Andrei Shariy, Radio Liberty, June 11, 2003
"...our possibilities are extremely limited.
But it is our duty to realise them to the full."
Ruble amid High Inflation
Interview with Mikhail Zadornov by Sergei Guk, Moskovskiye Novosti, June 11-17, 2003
First of all
you must adopt a monetary policy to limit the money supply. Second,
consumer price growth is also attributable to the continuing increases
in the tariffs of natural monopolies and the housing and public
services. Here we have been struggling within a vicious circle
for several years. Only determined action will bring down inflation.
Gets a Top Post in Moscow
By Vladimir Kovalev, The Moscow Times, June 17, 2003
President Vladimir Putin appointed St. Petersburg
Governor Vladimir Yakovlev as a deputy prime minister
Monday and put him in charge of reforming the country's
housing and utilities sector.
Defends His Cabinet's Record
Combined Reports, The Moscow Times, June 16, 2003
Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov last week defended
his social and economic record before an agitated
State Duma ahead of a no-confidence vote in his government
No Confidence in What?
By Andrei Piontkovsky, The Moscow Times, June 16,
On Wednesday, the State Duma is scheduled to consider
a motion of no confidence in the government of Mikhail
Kasyanov. Raising such a question is entirely natural,
and moreover, is a necessary step to preserve the
political face of our parliamentary system.
Sverdlovsk branch of YABLOKO will donate 20,000 books
Rosbalt, June 7, 2003
Our Rosbalt correspondent was informed by the press
service of the Sverdlovsk regional branch of YABLOKO
that the final stage of the contest for the best village
library, announced by the Ministry of Culture of Sverdlovsk
Region, would take place there.
The Associated Press, June 11, 2003
A no-confidence motion needs a simple majority of 226 votes in
the 450-seat Duma to succeed. That is considered all but impossible
because the Communists, their allies and Yabloko can gather only
about 150 votes. The Duma is dominated by pro-Kremlin centrist
safeguards lunch, Kasyanov's future
By Roman Tushin, gazeta.ru, June 10, 2003
The State Duma has set the date when it plans to
bury the controversial issue of a no-confidence vote in the government.
As was expected, the vote will take place on Wednesday, June 18.
parliament takes up no-confidence motion in government
AFP, June 10, 2003
Russia's lower house of parliament agreed Tuesday
to vote later this month
on a no-confidence motion in the government of Prime Minister Mikhail
The Moscow Times, June 10, 2003
The Communist Party and the liberal Yabloko faction
have gathered 103 lawmakers' signatures -- enough
to put a motion of no-confidence in the Cabinet on
the parliamentary agenda, Yabloko deputy head Sergei
Ivanenko said Monday.
Yavlinsky called for an increase in state ecological
Vesti Programme, RTR channel, June 5, 2003
In particular, in autumn 2003 YABLOKO is going to
submit to the State Duma the Kyoto Protocol for ratification.
collects signatures to eliminate visa regime between
Russia and the EU
Grani.ru, June 8, 2003
The Russian Democratic Party YABLOKO has started
collecting signatures from Russian citizens demanding the elimination
of the visa regime between Russia and EU member states.
Yavlinsky: Peace conference on Chechnya should be
conducted in Moscow
Grani.ru, June 8, 2003
...We think it absolutely necessary to conduct a peace
conference on Chechnya in Moscow, it should be chaired
by the President of Russia and based on the Russian
Constitution and Russian laws.
of the Murder of Larissa Yudina Should Continue
Statement, June 6, 2003
The contract killers and organizers of organised
the murder are still free. At the same time the investigation organised
by YABLOKO and conducted by highly qualified lawyers demonstrated
that the facts and witnesses' evidences are more than enough to
achieve their conviction.
Initiate Vote of No Confidence in Russian Government
pravda.ru, June 7, 2003
On June 10th, the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (CPRF) and the Yabloko faction plan to present 90 signatures to the State Duma council. The signatures are required to include the question of a vote of no confidence on the agenda of the forthcoming session of the Russian parliament's lower house.
parliament approves partial Chechen amnesty
By Jeremy Page, Reuters, June 6, 2003
Russia's parliament gave final approval on Friday
to a limited amnesty for fighters in separatist Chechnya
that the Kremlin says will help end a decade of conflict
in the region.
Patching Things Up at Putin's Picnic
By Grigory Yavlinsky, The Moscow Times, June 6, 2003.
The top-level meetings held in St. Petersburg last weekend produced
positive results for Russia, Europe and the entire world.
To the 50th Anniversary of Radio Free Europe - Radio Liberty
Address by Grigory Yavlinsky to the conference devoted to the 50th Anniversary of Radio Free Europe - Radio Liberty conducted in Prague, on June 6, 2003
It would not be an overstatement to say that RFE/RL is the most reliable source of objective political information about world events and, even more importantly, Russian politics.
Russia needs $2 bln to clean up radiation-contaminated areas
Interfax, June 4, 2003
In Russia, "radio-nuclear contamination has spread over 581 square kilometers. Just 0.5 square kilometers have been cleaned up over five years due to the costliness of the operation"...
The Unity of Opposites
By Natalya Ratiani, Izvestiya, June 4, 2003
Yabloko proposes developing regulations to manage property in the regions which would make it possible to effectively influence regional economic development.
A tactician seeking a strategy
By Andrew Jack, Financial Times (UK), May 30, 2003
And as this weekend's gathering of prime ministers and
presidents, including George W. Bush, bear witness, Mr Putin has emerged
from the crisis over Iraq as a more respected world leader, in Europe at
least, and with strong support at home.
Grigory Yavlinsky on the reform of the armed forces in Russia
KM-Novosti, June 2, 2003
The Russian army should be cut by one third. This statement was made today by Grigory Yavlinsky in Rostov-Don.
YABLOKO: the Cabinet should account for its performance to the State Duma.
KM-Novosti, June 2, 2003
...the Russian government has never accounted for its performance for the past three years.
Grigory Yavlinsky: the Cabinet has never accounted for a single issue for the past three years.
RTR television channel, "Vesti", June 2, 2003
The YABLOKO party insists that the government should account for its performance to the State Duma in June.
Visit of Grigory Yavlinsky to Rostov Region
Yuzhni Region, June 2, 2003
... We are going to introduce a large programme for the development of small cities in autumn. We would like to discuss the possibility for such work in Rostov Region and the South Russia...
YABLOKO Decides to Help to Small Cities
By Sergei Andreyev, Komsomolskaya Pravda, June 4, 2003
After St. Petersburg another Russian city is preparing to celebrate its 300th anniversary. This is a small city, Belaya Kalitva, situated in Rostov region. The city was visited by Chairman of the YABLOKO party Grigory Yavlinsky during his trip to Rostov region, when he promised to help with the preparations of the celebrations.
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'.
YABLOKO forwarded to the Central Electoral Commission and Public Prosecutor General of Moscow a petition demanding that it take to task the promotion company picturing YABLOKO with hammer and sickle
Finmarketnovosti, May 30, 2003
Deputy Chairman of YABLOKO Sergei Mitrokhin forwarded to the Central Electoral Commission and Public Prosecutor General of Moscow a petition demanding that it curb the 'black PR': placards that appeared in the metro picturing YABLOKO with hammer and sickle and a slogan "We Are Together!"
YABLOKO Against 'Black PR'
Komsomolskaya Pravda, May 31, 2003
The YABLOKO party: mass media should put barriers to dirty election technologies.
Putin Losing Momentum on Russian Domestic Reforms
By Peter Baker, Washington Post, May 31, 2003
Even some Putin allies concede his administration has lost steam and
console themselves with the prediction that he will be freer to do more in
his next term should he win reelection in March, as is widely expected.
Editorial, Washington Post, May 30, 2003
while Russia is a far more open society than it used to be, many of the
still controlled, the judicial system is still corrupt and opponents of the
president find it ever harder to maneuver. If the administration believes
this is full democracy, then it has been fooled by a barely plausible
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.
May's Poll by VTsIOM
Interfax, May 30, 2003
If the elections to the State Duma were held this Sunday, the CPRF would be ahead of United Russia: these parties would get 28% and 30% respectively.
President still most popular - poll
Interfax, May 28, 2003
A survey conducted by the All Russian Center For Public Opinion Studies of 1,600 showed that 70% (3% less than in April) of Russians approved of the president's work in May and 27% (3% more than the month before) held the opposite opinion.