MOSCOW, RUSSIA - KONSTANTIN BOROVOY, NIKOLAJ KHRAMOV AND VALERIYA NOVODVORSKAYA, MILITANTS OF THE RADICAL PARTY, ARA, THE ECONOMIC FREEDOM PARTY AND THE DEMOCRATIC UNION HELD A NON AUTHORIZED DEMONSTRATED AGAINST THE WAR IN CHECHENYA IN THE RED SQUARE.


Moscow, November 18, 1999 - Today at 2:00 p.m, while the Istanbul OSCE Summit was starting, representatives of the Transnational Radical Party, the Anti-militarist Radical Associatin, the Economic Freedom Party and the Democratic Union convened a non authorized demonstration in the Red Square tro protest against the Russian attack in Checheniya.

12 demonstrators (ARA Secretary and Russian coordinator of the Radical Party Nikolay Khramov, Duma Deputy and President of the Economic Freedom Party Konstantin Borovoy, ARA Treasurer Anna Zaitseva, leader of the Democratic Union Valeriya Novodvorskaya, Democratic Union militants Vadim Tereshchenko and Ljubov' Stolyarova, members of the ARA Secretariat Alyona Asaeva and Sergey Vorontsov, ARA and Radical Party militants Il'ya Malkov, Zinaida Levichek and Susanna Tsaturyan, member of the Economic Freedom Party Maria Karymova) for a quarter of an hour have been standing at the Lobnoe Mesto (historical place of executions) with slogans like "Stop the second Chechen war" in Russian and in English.

Konstantin Borovoy, Valeriya Novodvorskaya and Nikolay Khramov presented their position to journalists on the activities of the Russian Government in Chechenya. An angle completely different form the usual viewpoint all Russian media. Demonstrators read to passersby and asked the to sign a declaration on the issue. The petition was also signed by all the participants in the demonstration in the Red Square. The appeal says "Not on behalf of us, please!".

Only 10 minutes after the beginning of the demonstration, the militia and the Kremlin guards started to drive back the journalists from the Red Square, because of the lack of an official authorization to take pictures or shoot and video of the Red Square. Authorities did not stop the demonstration