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mine. would be soon much brighter than if you knew me by the sun from sun stuporous you can see. these stones on t.v. don't come. to half past the hour now thank you for joining us here's a quick recap of your headlines we have live pictures straight from egypt thousands defiantly remain on to her in a square for a seventh day of protests egypt's military rulers say they're sorry for the deaths of almost forty demonstrators killed in the worst clashes since february is revolt public anger shows no sign of depressing. arab foreign ministers are also in cairo but it's syria and not egypt that's all marriage and as they threaten damascus with
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further sanctions meanwhile france proposes to establish so-called humanitarian corridors in syria to get aid to areas under attack from state forces a strong echo of the pretext under which the no fly zone was established over libya . plus russia stresses it's not going to stop the reset of our ties with the us but will halt nuclear disarmament and deploy rockets on its borders if washington establishes its missile shield in europe moscow is seeking written legal guarantees that the shield will not be directed against it but washington refuses to put its verbal assurances and writing. as russia gears up for parliamentary elections on the fourth of december archies all gordon has been sitting down with the leaders of the campaigning parties in his interview show spotlight this time his guest to sit again and throw him leader of the democratic party.
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hello again a welcome to sprout like the very show our treat for an hour we're all granted a way to continue introducing you to the latest in russian politics the parliamentary election russia will take place on december fourth seven political parties are campaigning for the program of the fifteen seats of the parliament slower chamber the state to the fight is way more intriguing this year and it's the first time these are elected for five years instead of. as the campaign goes on you have an opportunity to hear from all of the contestants and say my guest is surrogate to talk to the leader of the outlook for the. russians i was not just a meet the tech company it's all suddenly public political party yardwork and just
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like the candidates used to play prefixed as a positions itself as a party but to actually follow but it cannot full stop the same popularity it stick knowledge of producing namesake enjoys four years ago in lost its representation of the state to. one of the only state parties in post soviet russia young local was founded in the open in one nine hundred ninety s. for many years it was headed by one of russia's most well known politicians grigori influence in one thousand nine hundred ninety eight and some of the widely discussed five hundred days program a plan for the transition of the human society to a free market economy a lot of the program was never implemented you know when ski ran for the presidency twice he finished fourth in the ninety nine to six election won my young son and he was not in two thousand when. when was elected over the years
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a young party so was so on point popularity in the one nine hundred ninety five stay do my election it gained as many as forty five seats in two thousand and three its representation in the duma was a town feel that the party made several attempts at forming coalitions with the other with brown movements but could never overcome differences with their potential. in two thousand and eight soon gave me trouble he became the uncle course leader and his biggest challenge now is to get young back into the state duma. hello mr mitrokhin welcome to spotlight there are first of all your party one of the oldest in russia sometimes called liberal sometimes social democratic sometimes something else what about you how do you define it. our official position says that is a social liberal policy to govern the party social liberal yes which of the
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world's prominent parties would you compare yourself to. there was a famous man living heart and made post-war germany one of the world's economic leaders. he called himself a social liberal if you and i may know him but i'm afraid that most of our viewers are more familiar with the democrats the republicans the conservatives in the labor party and so on are you somewhere to any of those. in many ways with similar to the liberals but we also have much in common with the labor party threats by the way the liberals and the labor policy in britain everybody where originally one party would tell you they were together for some time and share the same views and then they cannot agree on some points what are ideology is a social markets a social oriented market economy where anyone can make money if it goes except for
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those. so you can't work financial reasons which of the european systems of governance do you like the most. are perhaps since you are clearly social market you know you have a social market same germany and in france to some extent for your line european experience we're a party of european values is. openly say that. we believe the trasher should go with europe. but if you see that russia should go with your or do you think the asian part of russia whatever is beyond the urals like say beery in the far east will people veer a ball for you and do they want to go with europe of course they do. voters who live in the far east you know i was there just recently they ones there are entire country. including the far east europeans to take the europeans way.
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china closer to them that's just one hour away from the area first of all china has a north or a terry in the gene china's a totally different civilization and culture. there is no way no china can be a model for russia but it's still all right china is only contrary as a potential threat for usha not a partner by the way in order to prevent significant threats on the part of aggressive regimes in the east because it's not just china it's very important for russia to stand developing close cooperation with the e.u. and the u.s. . in such a powerful alliance of three centers of power that we will be able to face any threats from the east or from the south so you must be happy then literature is joining the w t l with the w c always a slightly different matter. the trash maybe joining the. w z o prematurely
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our economy's commodity driven noncom order to industries are not developing. some industries are just beginning to develop but by joining the w c o in haste we can kill all that progress. before we join the w c o we should prepare our economy for it he has a special program it's called land homes and roads we suggest creating an internal source of economic growth and development that presently our source is located externally i mean prices for hydrocarbons this is ration is very dangerous when the economic crisis breaks out in the west these prices will drop which means our revenues will drop to our economy isn't secure. but the implementation of these land terms roads program would get this domestic process
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started generating demand. today demand for housing is immense we should take advantage of this in our economic policy is for instance in the u.s. there is no demand for housing and it would be useless to develop a major housing construction program like the one you're looking suggests under this program people would receive plots strictly for this purpose for the purpose of building their houses and their. what i mean they will be able to sell these plots the governments will provide infrastructure like roads utilities and so on. and part of our reserve funds could be used for that since we have touched upon other countries in their experience i'd like to ask you about foreign policy this is one subject i asked all the parties and since artsy has an international audience is there anything you don't like about russia's foreign policy either a meter changes you'd like to make. russia's current foreign
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policy sometimes. stern's from teenage childish complex's we often take offense right now we aren't happy we've done so we're going to workers from russia back to egypt is done but when the president says this is merely coincidence no one believes. this is immature behavior. you do have a point there however we have already mentioned that populist policies so real well in the run up to now election a lot of people in russia are actually welcoming what they see is the kremlin finally standing up for russian citizens who have been unlawfully convicted the way we see it it's a form of pressure on to take a stand well you know so that they would release the russian pilots. but look if we take the little neko case for example they have employed a somewhat different approach in dealing with that standoff one of the foreign
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minister needs diplomats handle the case because it is much easier for russia to put pressure on to keep the stand and indeed we have to resort to such. childish and ridiculous gestures where making a loving stock of ourselves for the whole world russia is often dominated by emotions and is foreign policy which is unacceptable our foreign policies are meant for domestic consumption not in the sense that it serves the interests of russian people but in the sense that it is intended to appease the people of russia. that we flexed their muscles sending our warships to the coast of south america which is a pointless waste of money. we often like to show how tough we are at this kind of behavior has little or no effect on others at times it even has a negative impact. is a way for us as leaders to improve their popularity and score some political points
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for the election this is not the way foreign policy should be handled only other hand nancy greeted a new soviet times before nepal's it was ideology be whoever said they were for socialism were our friends. the foreign policy has become more pragmatic deliver a putin trouble free country would always sign a package of trade or investment agreements. indeed our country's current policy has become more pragmatic in fact if we compare today's russia with a so it's times some people would say and even we would have mates in some aspects our situation today's worse but in some ways it is definitely better we have more freedom now including economic freedom which has effect. and our foreign policy making it more pragmatic of a certain conflict sees persist sometimes russia still tends to act like
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a great empire with again the twee are no longer a sixth part of the world and of the new nations that have emerged around us are independent now sometimes we try talking to these nations as if they were still part of the russian empire sometimes we become angry like children. those a small nations in russia should be a source of fission strong nation but does not react to the slightest provocation from georgia or ukraine. your party has gone through all the election campaigns i think it's one of the oldest ortiz perhaps in the oldest we are eighteen years old we are young just turned of age a month ago i guess only the liberal democrats or alter the pricing the communist party's older two is there anything special about the current campaign. there are more opportunities to use the media. sometimes that costs a lot but as a whole we have much much more air time than during the past year election
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campaigns which is very good this gives us a real chance says. leader of the russian democratic party. will be back shortly after a great sale will continue this in for the day. ah . that's it's become normal and bloom is to me oh creation of the global food system the global food system is not created to feed the people of the was is created to mass amounts of the profits. which are not trading the actual physical grain or trading promises for grain to be delivered
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a month or six months or twelve months or eighteen months in the future. for using modern regulators silver or gold they can be negotiated and afforded some degree in . place. yet or. possibly it's not traded now. but it could be in the future. welcome back to spotlight. my guest on the show today is. who is the leader of the russia party yabloko. mr mitt romney you just said it nearing forty
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thing you said that the elections in russia have become more liberal and democratic as a member of an opposition party you're saying that now you have more opportunities for campaigning. well actually i only mentioned one aspect of the complain which is of course important yes but the president gave us a promise he gave a promise to all the leaders of the russian parties when we met in sort of that meeting we demanded broader access to media and also demanded equal conditions for non-parliamentary parties because parliamentary parties have a special longer in seeing them equal access to the media but this law does not apply to us so the president made this promise and this is actually happening today even though of course united russia is dominating all news programs all the two biggest television channels but at least we have an opportunity to take part in the debates and united russia is not taking part in debates. by the way to listen looks
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rather strange studio side of world when a ruling party refuses to take part in the us which i personally think that if the ruling party in france or britain or germany kharif used to participate in to be steering it contain it would be doomed but in russia they're better off without debate because i think they know what they're doing yes they're better off why is the russian mentality different. can you imagine what it's like to hear all the parties criticize united russia for what they've done over the past ten years. not a single person would stand that this would straightaway make them look bad so i understand why they refused to take part in debates of world. all right you three all to get into this to do ninety thousand and three and two thousand and seven. what lessons have you learned and what makes you think this time will be different
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. with one lesson we learned was that we really have to monitor the voting process more closely prior to the day of vote curing the vote and especially the counting process on the night following the votes that is why we're joining efforts with other parties and coaching our monitors. cause we need to monitor everything more thoroughly and i will give you just one example i think it has become internationally known when not a single ballot was cast for the part of the polling station where i voted together with my family. so you mean that there should have been at least four votes or so many more votes were discovered after the court had ordered a recount of that station and united russia had ninety percent of the votes and zero or more but the polling stations where medvedev putin louche golf and other united russia party leaders voted the picture was very different the united russia
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had thirty five percent of the vote had fifteen to seventeen percent sure that this is because of those polling stations they simply didn't dare to touch the ballots so the lesson we learned is that monitoring is crucial. because if we give him more votes but it's not easy. he's an internationally known figure and he's the founder of yahoo has been your leader for many years he left all except to the party's elections of two thousand and seven and now he's back why. personally i asked him if we could put his name of the top of our ballot but i travel a lot and meet a lot of people and people often ask me a way of linsky isn't what has happened to him what is he doing. we're missing him they say that's why decided to make such a move us part of the election campaign which many people see that russian politics need some new faces there is a lot of talk about that we want to see young faeces where are the people see this
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is on the on and on the other hand there's the party need a person like you leans because political career is already in decline before and naturally the party needs a person like you've linsky is one of the leading economists in russia he was appointed the leading cause of the council for economic reform reform and this way they showed their highs theme for him when. the reason to single economist among our politicians. and the fact that our party is such a strong economist is our obvious advantage with all of the for example it was he who prepared this land homes roads program which i mentioned earlier just many parties bring new faces from the outside inviting famous artists and athletes are not likely to be involved in actual lawmaking in this day doom are. different and we want to make use of the advantage we have. means something
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different i don't know mystery linsky very well maybe longer than you can i just think that many people view your lynn spears a person who simply can't. remember how many times he tried he field so people think somebody else should get a chance. know why the party has won several elections with the helm just the elections are different now. there was a well known situation in two thousand and three when on the night after the election mr putin called misty of linsky to congratulate him on the fact that his party passed the five percent threshold i knew you would because that person. the morning it turns out. that nothing of the kind had happened. in your party's golden age. intelligentsia was the bulk of your electorate.
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any do something to eight year old was supposed to vote for ya block are. those for you today. first of all liberal minded intelligence is still there i travel a lot and i have recently been in will do a stock right on the street people approach me and say we have always voted for you why is your party not in the media now we can see that you are still there and will vote for you again when these people are exactly from liberal minded intelligentsia the time goes on of course and we have new supporters those are activists people whom we help by protecting them from being abused by bureaucrats who are also supported by businesses particularly smaller companies what's your take on today's young people i don't mean us of course although we may seem younger selves but those who are really young they've become more conformist as they have grown women couldn't was in power putin is part of their life most of them seem to be happy
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with the current situation for our young people have been conformist for the past twenty years including the yeltsin era not so much and to yell sam now it's more time to think well most of them are conformist there appear bright young people if we recall the controversy with the recent visit of the president to the department of journalism and of the moscow state university and other cases when students begin to speak out for their rights these are emerging elements of healthy noncom firm as well as give us hope. so you mean there are about ten percent among the young people take for instance the youth branch of yabloko where do they come from their students who came to us as they like our stance and they want to protest and to realize themselves on the streets and we let them do that so you see the right people. some very popular in three intervals have left your party. advance and mitri away yasha why is it because your party is no longer in the duma. you know we
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have an ideology of our own. all those departures should be assessed accordingly. and have on scale left because they felt they had to make it into the parliament well yeah it was an opposition party. on the left due to our differences in ethnic problems. he declared he supported the nationalist policy which is unacceptable for yabloko in any form of nationalism is like a time bomb under a country. boy asked for yes yes he left for radicals to whom we have many claims. among other things due to what was going on in the ninety's all the departures just mean yeah because it is things ideology still those who are popular figures and it's a loss for your party but yes a loss if it comes to choose between persons and principles which is the latter you
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find a standard technicalities of the russian electoral system correctly in case your party doesn't get into the duma hole the votes that were cast for it will be proportional and distributed among those who have qualified tribes as a result when i vote for you i'm risking that my vote will be passed over to united russia right. that's not quite so if according to the new rules we get five percent then one person will become a member of parliament well it's a loss of course to a certain extent you see when united russia has a constitutional majority or a simple majority it does not matter whether other parties get more a few of. they will all together not be able to influence anything and in your position a faction will have more ways to influence things that many people in russia think
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their opposition parties should unite and when naive voters ask why can't you all unite people usually. they say it's because of your look is position. not quite so we did welcome everybody to join your. cricket but some of them have different views than the one thousand nine hundred for instance. we might not have agreed with that and sprog we think that the country when the wrong way ever we are ready to get united with you you're welcome to the party defend your position to part in the election of a chairman and other officials in the party bring your supporters to van they replied first introduced for chairman posts. and after that will talk. would mean she was sides and schizophrenia for a party. so it's not a proper complaint against us we chose
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a way towards unification of civic and political forces by creating factions inside our party where the only party to do this as a result we have green russia who came to us a party or feel to get registered and then we have the former pensioners party we have a women's faction a faction of interpret young people human rights and champions we know the whole civil society around us for any democratic forces there is a convenient way of interacting both with. and with each other based on your burka . they have their own ambitions and refused to do that it's possible thank you very much and good luck thank you thank you very much for being with us in just a reminder that my guest today was city leaders of the russian democratic party. and their separate output. will get back to more common thug in the
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