Rally in Moscow on Sunday!

June 23rd, 2011   Articles | Russia

On June 23, 2011 Mikhail Kasyanov, Vladimir Milov, Boris Nemtsov and Vladimir Ryzhkov commented on the refusal of registration of the Russian political party PARNAS. The party will hold a conference on July 2, and discuss its political future. In addition they invited invite all Russians to take part in the rally “Against tyranny! Against corruption! For Free and Fair Elections!” to be held at 1pm on June 25, in Moscow at the Pushkinskaya Square.

STATEMENT

by the Co-Chairmen of the People’s Freedom Party

The refusal of state registration of the People’s Freedom Party is a logical extension of the desire of the ruling group to remain in power by any means. This decision is not a unique case of political oppression. The refusal to register opposition political parties contradicts the Russian Constitution and international commitments of our country, directly limits the active and passive suffrage of millions of Russian citizens who were deprived of the right to delegate their representatives to the government at both the federal and regional levels. (more…)

The Russian Ministry of Justice declined an application to register the People’s Freedom Party (PARNAS). The application was backed by four opposition politicians: Mikhail Kasyanov (Russian People’s Democratic Union), Boris Nemtsov (Solidarity), Vladimir Milov (Democratic Choice) and Vladimir Ryzjkov (Republican Party of Russia).

The original intention was to register the party and to run in the Duma election in November, 2011. The party would then have brought forward a joint candidate for Presidential election in the Spring of 2012.

The formal application was submitted a month ago. Mikhail Kasyanov says that he regrets “Putin has made the decision to block us from running in the election”. He is convinced that Putin fears PARNAS since it is a real threat to him and the power structure surrounding him. “The election will not be considered free as Russia continues to violate the constitution and its international commitment.”

The two Russian most popular sites such as LiveJournal and independent opposition newspaper Novaya Gazeta’s webpage have been inaccessible for most of the past week, as hackers continue to attack their servers. LiveJournal.ru, Russia’s major online debate forum with about 4 million users, is frequently a venue for open and political discussions.

Many security experts have speculated that the initial target of the cyber attack on the LiveJournal was likely Alexei Navalny, who has a very popular anti-corruption blog on the LiveJournal-site. Alexei Navalny has come under recent increased international attention, as he was featured in the American newspapers New York Times, and New Yorker Magazine within the last several weeks. (more…)

Russia’s judiciary appears increasingly politicised and lacking in impartiality, says the European Parliament in a resolution passed on Thursday 17 February, citing the questionable verdict on the Khodorkovsky case and violations of human rights, including the right to peaceful assembly.

Read the declaration

Four Russian opposition parties have recently initiated a political cooperation. It is expected to have a common presidential candidate in the 2012 elections. Two of the party leaders participated in the annual round table conference on developments in Eastern Europe organized by the Hjalmarson Foundation. In addition the upcoming elections in Belarus were discussed. As developments in Ukraine.

Each autumn, a number of top politicians and analysts from countries in Eastern Europe gathered over the weekend in Visby on Gotland. The discussions at these conferences is always informal, and should not be quoted elsewhere. This creates an open and constructive debate climate, which is appreciated by the participants. (more…)

The Russian economist and reform politician Yegor Gaidar suddenly passed away on December 16, at the age of 53. The son of an admiral entered Russian history and world politics in the early nineties, as the brief prime minister of the Yeltsin government that was about to get the post Soviet economy back on its feet after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

 This granted him the admiration of the world but hardly the love of the people. The so called shock therapy, associated with the visiting economist and colleagues Anders Åslund and Jeffrey Sachs, implied a necessary but brutal transition from the waste of the planned economy to market economic principles. However, contrary to the common belief among senior Soviet officials and the aims of Mikhail Gorbachev, it soon turned out that the Soviet economy was so dysfunctional that reform was beyond reach. 

The break from the old was crucial to the rescue team. However, the immediate positive effects were scarce. In addition, the liberalization was further restrained by the still communistically dominated political establishment around Yeltsin. Due to the long dictatorship there was an imminent lack of entrepreneurs who could have been able to shoulder a renewal. Instead, Oligarchs and corruption flourished. (more…)