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Manifesto from the Russian Opposition in English

A few days ago Boris Nemtzov in his blog published a document called “Manifest of Free Russia” where he discussed how to get rid of Vladimir Putin and, in particular, Putinism system and what could be done after Putin era. The Manifesto will be presented and discussed during another oppositional protest on 12 June – a national holiday of the Russian Federation, celebrated since 1992.

Putin has just signed a severe anti-protests law that could easily weaken the opposition movement. People participating in protests where public order is violated, will be fined up to 300.000 rubles (about 9.000 $) and the organizers of such protests could end up with a fine of 600.000 up to 1 million rubles. Before the new law, the maximum fine was 5.000 rubles.


“Protests in Russia on June 12 will be an important event in anti-crime peaceful revolution started in December 2011.

The current supreme power in Russia is illegal. Putin and his team have usurped it on false and fraudulent elections. Being cynical usurpers, they are not able to solve any social or economic problems of the country: the extinction of the nation continues, there is no security of citizens, the gap between the rich and the  poor grows, as grows the difference in living standards between Moscow and Russia. Keeping in the power Putin’s group is fatal for the country. Degradation of the state, merging of business and government, illicit enrichment close to the ruling group of persons, the transformation of the country’s raw materials  as appendage of the West and China is a fact. Continuation of Putin’s policies threaten civil confrontation, the collapse of the state  and  chaos.

According to the Constitution, the source of power in Russia lies in the people. The people have a legitimate right to peaceful mass protest to put pressure on the government and its shifts.

Our actions

Protection of political freedom is, without doubt, linked with the fight  for social and economic rights. The election fraud helps Putin’s dictatorship to implement policies that are aimed against the interests of the majority. Therefore, we seek to change it at all levels – political, cultural, social, economic – changes in the interest of all citizens.

All forms of peaceful civil protest should be used: marches, rallies, strikes, civil disobedience campaign and peaceful pressure on the authorities. Building a peaceful protest, its mass will lead to permanent loss of confidence in the government and many people, now loyal to the regime of social groups, representatives of law enforcement, deputies, businessmen, experts and intellectuals will take sides with the people.

The responsibility for preparing and carrying out protest actions will be on the Coordinating Council, composed of representatives of various political forces and civil society, and elected by a transparent procedure of open voting. We call on all responsible citizens to take part in the vote.

The presence of our allies in elected bodies is important. And although, we can not change the power during Putin’s election, elective procedures can play a significant role in the dismantling of the current flawed system.

Dialogue between the most important part of the ruling class and the masses must ensure a bloodless nature of the transition from dictatorship of thieves to democracy (including, as well, the mechanism of the Round Table). The current government and  its elite must realize that the responsibility for another, inevitably catastrophic scenario for the country will fall on them.

After Putin

Necessary reconstruction of the destroyed state institutions, the mechanisms of democracy, including the real parliament, controlled by the community executive power, which only obeys to the laws of courts, prosecutors and law enforcement agencies. We strive to make the transition to a new state power smoothly and to avoid social upheaval. We believe it is necessary to dismantle the political system within the Constitution.

The following are the main measures to be taken to create the basic, fundamental political, legal and moral foundations of society and the state:

1. Resignation of Vladimir Putin as a symbol of the current system.

2. Draft of a new law on elections to Parliament, ensuring the election of the parliament in a fair, transparent, competitive elections. These projects must take into account the demands, made during the mass protests.

3. The adoption of this law by the Parliament. This will be its last and only function.

4. Under new legislation, new elections to Parliament.

5. The newly elected Parliament shall consider and submit to a referendum a draft of the new Russian Constitution, substantially limiting the powers and stay in the power of the President (one term of six years or two to four years) and broaden Parliament’s powers in the formation of the government and the parliamentary investigations.

6. The newly elected Parliament passes new presidential election law and fixes the date of the elections. Laws passed to ensure local government and direct elections of governors.

7. The newly elected Parliament shall consider and adopt the law on the transformation of the court, prosecution, investigation and the police, involving purification of them from persons who committed crimes. It also adopts a new law on the referendum, significantly facilitating its procedure.

We hundreds of thousands of people, going to streets, turn to you, millions of people who are still silent. We – one nation, we are 99% – against  1 % of usurped power and property. We can only change our lives together.

For an honest government! For a free Russia!”

You can check the original text of the Manifesto here.

Corruption in Russia since 1996

According to Transparency International, corruption in Russia has become much worse since Vladimir Putin became the president of Russia. According to their Report in 2010, Russia took 154 place out of 178 countries. The myth that Putin has done a lot to fight the corruption in the country remains a myth and the situation is deteriorating every year. Putin and his government often speak of corruption as a syndrome of the 90ies but the Transparency International Reports show the opposite.

Below is a graph that shows Russia’s place according to the Corruption Index of Transparency International starting from 1996 (second presidential term of Eltsin).

Vladimir Putin’s inauguration speech back in May 2000

7 of May Vladimir Putin will pronounce his inauguration speech and will take back his place at the Kremlin for a six-year term. Before his new inauguration speech next Monday, I have translated the speech he made in May 2000 into English. The idea will be to analyze and compare the two inauguration speeches of Vladimir Putin, identifying the similarities and differences if there will be any by using discourse analysis and at a later stage, applying several of my favorite visualization tools.

For the speech in Russian language please check here.

Dear citizens of Russia, dear friends!
Today, I appeal to you, yes to all of  you, because you have entrusted me the highest position in the country. I understand that I took an enormous responsibility, and I know the head of the state in Russia has always been and will be a person who is responsible for everything what happens in the country. The first Russian President, Boris Yeltsin, leaving the Kremlin, today reminded this, uttered the words that many remember. Today in this room, he repeated: “Take care of Russia.” It is exactly in this that I see the main duty of the president. I will also require the fulfillment of this duty from my colleagues at work. I also expect to find support from the citizens of Russia, from all who cares for the destiny of our country, in this patriotic case.

Today I want to thank my supporters and all those who voted for me in the election. You supported those first steps that have already been made. You believe that together we can change our lives for  better. I am deeply grateful to you for that. But I understand that your support is only the advance of power in general and, of course, to me, who today enters the office of President of the country.

I appeal to those who voted for other candidates. I am sure that you voted for our common future, for our common goals for a better life, a prosperous and strong Russia. Each of us has our own experiences, own point of  views, but we should be together, we have much to do together.

Today is truly a historic day, and I want  to focus on it one more time. In fact, for the first time in the history of our country, the history of Russia, the supreme power in the country is given in the most democratic, easiest way, according to the will of the people, legally and peacefully. The change of power – is always a control of the constitutional system, testing its strength. Yes, it is not the first test and, obviously, not the last, but we have managed to overcome it. We have proved that Russia is becoming a modern democratic state. The peaceful succession of power is an essential element of political stability  we are dreaming of and  seeking for.

The path to a free society was not simple and easy, there have been both tragic and bright pages in our history. Building a democratic state is far from complete, but a lot has been done already. We must cherish the achievements, preserve and develop democracy, we must  make the government, elected by the people, work in their interests, to protect Russian citizens everywhere, in our country and abroad, in order to serve the community. This is a principled, hardline position, I defended and intends to defend in the future.

For the sake of today’s grand event, we have gathered here today in the Kremlin, in a holy place for our people. Here in the Kremlin lies the center of our national memory. Here, in the walls of the Kremlin, the centuries of history of our country was made, and we have no right to be “Ivan the Fool, forgetting his roots.” We must not forget anything, we need to know our history, know it for what it is, to extract lessons from it, always remembering those who formed the Russian state, defended its dignity, made it a great, respected, powerful state. We will keep this memory, and we will keep the connection between times; and all the best of our history, we will pass on to our descendants.

Dear citizens of Russia!

We believe in ourselves,we believe that we can truly  transform our country for better. We have common goals, we want our Russia to be free, prosperous, rich, strong, civilized country; a country that is proud of its citizens and that  is respected in the world. In recent months, both in Moscow and at meetings in the Russian regions, I felt your understanding and your support, and very often, from the most ordinary people in the squares and streets of our cities, I have heard  very simple but very important for me words. I was told: “We believe you, we have hopes in you, just do not deceive us.”

I can assure you that my actions will be guided only in the national interest. I may not be able to avoid mistakes, but I can promise and do promise, that I am going to work openly and honestly.

I think it is my  sacred duty to unite the Russian people, to gather people around clear goals and objectives, and every day and every minute to remember that we have one Motherland, one nation; we have a common future together.

Thank you!

Moscow, Kremlin, 07.05.2000″

Articles by Vladimir Putin seen by Wordle

This post is probably more interesting for my Russian readers. As many of you might know, Vladimir Putin had not participated in a single debate with his opponents for the post of the President of the Russian Federation. He, instead, has written a set of articles about my country, that are published on his the official site. I used the tag cloud software Wordle to run the full texts of his articles to analyse the most frequent words.

“Democracy and the quality of the government”

“Russia and Changing world”

“Economic Tasks”

“Russia muscles up – the challenges we must rise to face”

“Russia: The ethnicity issue”