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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Yavlinsky Back With Blasts at Kremlin Blocs

After months of silence, Grigory Yavlinsky stepped back into the media spotlight Tuesday, lashing out at the country's political leadership, while offering qualified support for national security tsar Alexander Lebed.


"There are now three governments in the country: those of [Prime MInister Viktor] Chernomyrdin, [presidential chief of staff Anatoly] Chubais and something of the same sort led by Lebed," Yavlinsky told reporters. "They are constantly in conflict with each other and constantly try to redistribute power among themselves."


Leader of the reformist Yabloko movement, Yavlinsky mounted an unsuccessful bid for the presidency in the recent elections. At Tuesday's press conference, he showed no inclination to be charitable to the victor.


"Today's government as it has been organized by President [Boris] Yeltsin is unable to resolve any substantive problem in the country," he said.


Despite Yeltsin's decisive victory in July, Yavlinsky said Russia was back at square one -- mired in power struggles, with ministers throwing compromising materials at one another and operating according to "mafia rules."


The current jockeying, he added, was not a result of Yeltsin's health problems, but of the president's governing style, which could turn Russia into a "criminal, monopolistic, oligarchical state."


The 44-year-old economist offered qualified support for Lebed, now under fierce attack for the peace agreements he signed with Chechen separatists in August. Yavlinsky stopped short of offering more direct assistance, however.


Yabloko supported the Khasavyurt agreements, said Yavlinsky, but added that his movement had "not yet studied" the possibility of "personal cooperation" with Lebed.


The peace accords, and Lebed himself, have been criticized in varying degrees by top officials, including Interior Minister Anatoly Kulikov, Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov and Chernomyrdin.


"The same people who campaigned for Alexander Ivanovich [Lebed], who advanced him, who gave him television time during the campaign, who supported him, today these people have changed their policy with re percent of the vote in the first round of voting for the presidential elections in June, placing fourth behind Yeltsin, Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov and Lebed.


He was widely criticized for having run a poor campaign, and following his rather weak showing, the Yabloko leader all but dropped out of sight.


Asked about his absence from the Moscow political scene, Yavlinsky said he spent 40 days at his mother's home in Lvov, Ukraine.


"I believed that the elections were over and that time was needed for the situation to shape up, that time was needed to understand actually what will happen after the presidential elections," he said.


But despite hopes for improvement, he said, the situation was no better.


Yavlinsky credited the government with achieving low inflation, but said that in the absence of structural economic reforms "the country will remain in a state of stagnation."


He also criticized the government for its inability to collect and disburse funds.


"The government regularly fails to collect taxes," he said. "But what it collects, it regularly cannot spend, because everything vanishes somewhere. What kind of government is this? How can this entity be called a government?


"Our government manages to listen in on telephone calls, to find out something about the personal lives of citizens, to keep an eye on them. It has enough money for this. But when it comes to the direct functions of government -- that is the end of it. It does not manage to collect taxes and spend them."