Posing as «opposition» Russian party «the Apple» have supported the Russian President Vladimir Putin in the annexation of Crimea. The corresponding statement on air of radio station «Russian news service» (RSN), personally owned «family» of Putin, on Monday, 29 February 2016, announced a new Chairman of the party, 57-year-old Emilia Slabunov.
Radio owns «national media group», Chairman of the Board of Directors is Alina Kabaeva.
«We will not give up Crimea. We say that we need a civilized way to resolve the situation,» said Slobounov.
She stressed that Yabloko will be able to «resolve» the conflict with Ukraine, «without giving» the Crimea and Sevastopol.
Before the party was headed by Slabunov, «Apple» one of the few legally operating in the Russian Federation political parties had strongly opposed the annexation of Crimea. «We consider that Crimea belongs to Ukraine and its annexation is illegal and must be cancelled, — said in a statement, the political Committee of «Yabloko» called «Russia and Ukraine», the text of which is still available on the official party website. — We do not consider legitimate referendum on 16 March 2014, quickly and without rules, laws and regulations held under the «protection» of the Russian armed forces.»
Slabunov elected head of the «Yabloko» during the scandalous eighteenth Congress of the 19 December 2015, held, according to the independent Moscow political analysts, in the conditions of active interference by the first Deputy head of presidential administration of the Russian Federation Vyacheslav Volodin. She gained more number of votes than the member of the legislative Assembly of the Pskov region Lev Shlosberg, known for his uncompromising positions on many issues. In particular, he was the author of the sensational investigation of the victims in an armed invasion of the Russian Federation to the East Ukraine with paratroopers of Pskov.
The new head of the Russian party «the Apple» has refused an unequivocal position «Crimea is Ukraine» 01.03.2016