Congresses and Docs

Memorandum of Political Alternative, an updated version of 1.03.2019

Memorandum of Political Alternative

YABLOKO's Ten Key Programme Issues


YABLOKO's Political Platform Adopted by the 15th Congress, June 21, 2008

The 18th Congress of YABLOKO

RUSSIA DEMANDS CHANGES! Electoral Program for 2011 Parliamentary Elections.

Key resolutions by the Congress:

On Stalinism and Bolshevism
Resolution. December 21, 2009

On Anti-Ecological Policies of Russia’s Authorities. Resolution of the 15th congress of the YABLOKO party No 253, December 24, 2009

On the Situation in the Northern Caucasus. Resolution of the 15th congress of the YABLOKO party No 252, December 24, 2009


YABLOKO’s Political Committee: Russian state acts like an irresponsible business corporation conducting anti-environmental policies


Overcoming bolshevism and stalinism as a key factor for Russia¦µ™s transformation in the 21st century


On Russia's Foreign Policies. Political Committee of hte YABLOKO party. Statement, June 26, 2009


On Iran’s Nuclear Problem Resolution by the Political Committee of the YABLOKO party. October 6, 2009


Anti-Crisis Proposals (Housing-Roads-Land) of the Russian United Democratic Party YABLOKO. Handed to President Medvedev by Sergei Mitrokhin on June 11, 2009

Brief Outline of Sergei Mitrokhin’s Report at the State Council meeting. January 22, 2010


Assessment of Russia’s Present Political System and the Principles of Its Development. Brief note for the State Council meeting (January 22, 2010) by Dr.Grigory Yavlinsky, member of YABLOKO’s Political Committee. January 22, 2010


Address of the YABLOKO party to President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev. Political Committee of the YABLOKO party. October 9, 2009


The 17th Congress of YABLOKO




The 16th Congress of Yabloko

Photo by Sergei Loktionov

The 12th congress of Yabloko

The 11th congress of Yabloko

The 10th congress of Yabloko

Moscow Yabloko
Yabloko for Students
St. Petersburg Yabloko
Khabarovsk Yabloko
Irkutsk Yabloko
Kaliningrad Yabloko(eng)
Novosibirsk Yabloko
Rostov Yabloko
Yekaterinburg Yabloko
(Sverdlovsk Region)

Krasnoyarsk Yabloko
Ulyanovsk Yabloko
Tomsk Yabloko
Tver Yabloko(eng)
Penza Yabloko
Stavropol Yabloko

Action of Support




Programme by candidate for the post of Russian President Grigory Yavlinsky. Brief Overview

My Truth

Grigory Yavlinsky at Forum 2000, Prague, 2014

YABLOKO-ALDE conference 2014

Grigory Yavlinsky : “If you show the white feather, you will get fascism”

Grigory Yavlinsky: a coup is started by idealists and controlled by rascals

The Road to Good Governance

Risks of Transitions. The Russian Experience

Grigory Yavlinsky on the Russian coup of August 1991

A Male’s Face of Russia’s Politics

Black Sea Palaces of the New Russian Nomenklatura


The Hidden Cause of the Great Recession (And How to Avert the Nest One)

by Dr. Grigory Yavlinsky

On the results of the Conference “Migration: International Experience and Russia’s Problems” conducted by the Russian United Democratic Party YABLOKO and the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (the ALDE party)

Moscow, April 6, 2013

International Conference "Youth under Threat of Extremism and Xenophobia. A Liberal Response"
conducted jointly by ELDR and YABLOKO. Moscow, April 21, 2012. Speeches, videos, presentations

What does the opposition want: to win or die heroically?
Moskovsky Komsomolets web-site, July 11, 2012. Interview with Grigory Yavlinsky by Yulia Kalinina.

Building a Liberal Europe - the ALDE Project

By Sir Graham Watson

Lies and legitimacy
The founder of the Yabloko Party analyses the political situation. Article by Grigory Yavlinsky on radio Svoboda. April 6, 2011

Algorithms for Opposing Gender Discrimination: the International and the Russian Experience

YABLOKO and ELDR joint conference

Moscow, March 12, 2011

Reform or Revolution

by Vladimir Kara-Murza

Is Modernisation in Russia Possible? Interview with Grigory Yavlinsky and Boris Titov by Yury Pronko, "The Real Time" programme, Radio Finam, May 12, 2010

Grigory Yavlinsky's interview to Vladimir Pozner. The First Channel, programme "Pozner", April 20, 2010 (video and transcript)

Overcoming the Totalitarian Past: Foreign Experience and Russian Problems by Galina Mikhaleva. Research Centre for the East European Studies, Bremen, February 2010.

Grigory Yavlinsky: Vote for the people you know, people you can turn for help. Grigory Yavlinsky’s interview to the Moskovsky Komsomolets newspaper, October 8, 2009

Grigory Yavlinsky: no discords in the tandem. Grigory Yavlinsky’s interview to the Radio Liberty
September 22, 2009

A Credit for Half a Century. Interview with Grigory Yavlinsky by Natalia Bekhtereva, Radio Russia, June 15, 2009

Sergei Mitrokhin's Speech at the meeting with US Preseident Barack Obama. Key Notes, Moscow, July 7, 2009

Mitrokhin proposed a visa-free regime between Russia and EU at the European liberal leaders meeting
June 18, 2009

by Grigory Yavlinsky

European Union chooses Grigory Yavlinsky!
Your vote counts!

Reforms that corrupted Russia
By Grigory Yavlinsky, Financial Times (UK), September 3, 2003

Grigory Yavlinsky: "It is impossible to create a real opposition in Russia today."
Moskovsky Komsomolets, September 2, 2003

Alexei Arbatov: What Should We Do About Chechnya?
Interview with Alexei Arbatov by Mikhail Falaleev
Komsomolskaya Pravda, November 9, 2002

Grigory Yavlinsky: Our State Does Not Need People
Novaya Gazeta,
No. 54, July 29, 2002

Grigory Yavlinsky: The Door to Europe is in Washington
Obschaya Gazeta, May 16, 2002

Grigory Yavlinsky's speech.
March 11, 2002

Grigory Yavlinsky's Lecture at the Nobel Institute
Oslo, May 30, 2000



Yabloko: Liberals in Russia

By Alexander Shishlov, July 6, 2009

Position on Some Important Strategic Issues of Russian-American Relations

Moscow, July 7, 2009

The Embrace of Stalinism

By Arseny Roginsky, 16 December 2008

Nuclear Umbrellas and the Need for Understanding: IC Interview With Ambassador Lukin
September 25, 1997

Would the West’s Billions Pay Off?
Los Angeles Times
By Grigory Yavlinsky and Graham Allison
June 3, 1991

Five years after Crimea: the Consequences

Grigory Yavlinsky’s web-site, 18.03.2018

Five years ago, Vladimir Putin, with mass support of Russians annexed Crimea. Today, they talk a lot about the “price of Crimea”, give figures, the size of subsidies, allocations, expenses for the construction of a bridge, etc. However, this is not so much about Crimea as about the stagnant Russian economy and inefficiency of governing. By the way, few people believe that with these considerable expenses, people in Crimea began to live much better, freer, safer than before, until 2014, and corruption actually fell for the five years. True, many people there have preserved their Ukrainian passports. In fact, Russia’s payment for Crimea is huge. The price we pay for Crimea is not to be counted in dubious official figures, percentage of the budget share or GDP. The price is different:

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An Unreal Victory and a Real Defeat

Grigory Yavlinsky’s web-site, 19.03.2018

A year has passed since the presidential election. Many then were saying that the voting itself did not matter, that the result was predetermined, that there were more important things… As a result, a year ago Vladimir Putin received a mandate to change nothing in the country, to keep everything as it was before: sanctions, isolation, confrontation with the whole world, support of the war in Ukraine, participation in the war in Syria, corruption in all power structures, suppression of civil liberties and propagandistic lies in the media. Putin did not disappoint the expectations: isolation and wars remained, but the so-called “pension reform”, increased taxes, an arms race, and laws on punishment for insulting the authorities and isolating the Internet added to this.

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Statement by the St.Petersburg branch of Yabloko on dismissal of journalist Maria Karpenko from the Kommersant newspaper for her criticism of the acting St.Petersburg Governor

Statement of the St.Petersburg branch of Yabloko, 20.03.2019

Photo: Maria Karpenko and Boris Vishnevsky, Yabloko MP in the St.Petersburg Legislative Assembly

On Tuesday, 19 March, Maria Karpenko was sacked from her post of correspondent for the Kommersant newspaper. The reason for this outrageous dismissal was [her criticism of Alexander Beglov, acting Governor of St.Petersburg in] the Rotonda channel co-authored by Maria in the Telegram network. According to Vladimir Zhelonkin, head of the [Kommersant] publishing house, the texts published by Maria in the Rotunda did not meet the approved requirements of the Kommersant paper. He stated that the Rotunda channel represented “activism incompatible with journalistic status.”

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The Altai branch of Yabloko will monitor the progress of “garbage reform” in the region

Press Release, 21.03.2019

Alexander Goncharenko, leader of the Altai branch of Yabloko, sent appeals to Ivan Gilev, Minister of Construction and Housing and Communal Services of the Altai Territory, as well as to Vladimir Popryadukhin, regional Minister of Natural Resources and Ecology, asking them to answer a number of questions about the “garbage reform” that worried residents of the region.

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Congratulations to Vasily Popov on his anniversary!

Greetings from Yabloko Chairperson, 21.03.2019

Today Vasily Popov, the leader of the Karelian branch of Yabloko, turns 55. Emily Slabunova, Chair of the Yabloko party, sends Vasily Popov greetings for his jubilee:

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Natalia Tumureyeva: Russia needs a law on environmental education

Press Release, 21.03.2019

Natalya Tumureyeva, Chairperson of the Yabloko in Biryatia, became a participant in the meeting of the heads of the Federation Council, the upper chamber of the Russian parliament, with environmental activists from Russian regions. The meeting was attended by Ivan Valentik, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, and representatives of 80 constituent entities of the Russian Federation.

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The Rostov-Don branch of Yabloko demanded from the authorities to publish information about the volume of garbage accumulated by the region for the past two years

Press Release, 19.03.2019

The Rostov-Don branch of Yabloko sent inquiries to the Federal Service for Supervision of Natural Resource Usage (Rosprirodnadzor) in the Southern Federal District and the Minister of Nature Management and Ecology of the Rostov-Don Region. The regional office of the party demanded to provide information on the volume of municipal solid waste generated in the region for 2017 and 2018, as well as on what is planned to be done with the waste at the landfills.

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Come to the rally “Free Elections for St.Petersburg!”

Press Release, 19.03.2019

On Sunday, 24 March, a rally “Free Elections for St.Petersburg!” will be held. The rally is marking the 30th anniversary of the first free elections to the Supreme Soviet [parliament] of the USSR.

30 years ago, on 26 March, 1989, the first for the entire Soviet history free elections of deputies were held in the USSR: 750 deputies out of total 2,250 were elected from territorial districts, the same number was elected from public organisations and national-territorial districts. Historians call the 1989 election the first democratic election in Soviet history.

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Grigory Yavlinsky: Join Yabloko so that to make your voice heard!

Press Release, 18.03.2019

In his interview to Radio Liberty Grigory Yavlinsky on 12 March, Yabloko founder and Chairman of the Federal Political Committee of the Yabloko party, called on citizens of Russia to join the Yabloko party so that to make their voice heard in defending their rights and making the government change their policies.

“There is no need to wait for Putin or someone else to leave, and a good one taking his place. It will not be like this! In order to save the country from war, poverty and chaos, one must begin creating a powerful political force, a mass movement now,” Yavlinsky said.

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Yabloko Chairperson: Vladimir Putin must change all his plans and visit the village of Tomsino where extreme poverty make people go rogue

Press Release, 18.03.2019

According to Emilia Slabunova, Russian President Vladimir Putin, who announced the Decade of Childhood in Russia, must personally visit the village of Tomsino in Sebezhsky District, the Pskov Region, where fellow villagers harassed and mobbed Tanya Perchikova, 12-year-old girl who wrote a letter to Russian President asking for help. Moreover, the head of the Sebezhsky district, Leonid Kursenkov, said that the Perchikov family is not the only one who is experiencing similar difficulties: “We have around 19,000 people in the area, of which such families are almost all in the same condition.”

In mid-December 2018, 12-year-old Tasia Perchikova from the village of Tomsino, the Pskov Region, wrote a letter to Vladimir Putin. The girl complained about various difficulties – the only school in the village was closed, her mother worked as a nurse in two shifts for a small salary – and asked the President to help.

There was no response from Vladimir Putin, and local officials refused to help. After a publication about the Perchikovs was released on the Radio Liberty website, the family began to receive small donations from people across the country. At the same time, the Perchikovs began facing problems in counteraction with their fellow villagers, many of whom also experienced financial difficulties, but did not receive any help.

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Nikolay Rybakov: The Alexander Korovainy case is another episode of the authoirties’ struggle against people who want to change the life in the country for the better

Press Release, 16.03.2019

In the Krasnodar Territory, a lawsuit was filed against Alexander Korovainy, deputy of the Yeisk District Council from the Yabloko party, for his repost on Facebook of a MBH-Media’s picture on the rise in prices. Alexander Korovainy was accused of “carrying out the activity of an undesirable organisation” (Article 20.33 of the Administrative Code of the RF).

According to the law enforcement agencies, the deputy published a material recognised by the Open Russia Civic Movement which had been recognised an undesirable organisation in Russia. However, Alexander Korovainy stated that he placed a link only to the media web-site, which had not been banned in Russia, and the publication about currencies exchange rates and prices did not violate Russian laws.

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Liquidation of local self-government in cities and rural settlements is unconstitutional

Yabloko party statement, 14.03.2019

On 14 March, the State Duma plans to examine draft federal law No 631751-7 “On Amendments to the Federal Law “On General Principles of Organisation of Local Self-Government in the Russian Federation”(in the Part of Improving the Issues of Territorial Organisation of Local Self-Government)”.

Adoption of this draft law will become a final sentence to the reform of local self-government, which began in 2003. Read more »

Grigory Yavlinsky to meet with the prospective members of Yabloko

Press Release, 14.03.2019

On Friday, 15 March, Grigory Yavlinsky, Yabloko founder and Chairman of the Federal Political Committee of the Yabloko party, will meet with those who have submitted applications for joining the party within the framework of the “Make Your Voice Louder!” campaign launched by Grigory Yavlinsky and calling citizens of Russia to join the Yabloko party so that to make their voice heard in defending their rights and making the government change their policies.

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Acad. Alexei Arbatov: The conflict between India and Pakistan will be local, but will have horrendous consequences for the whole world.


Interview with Acad. Alexei Arbatov by Fyodor Anaschenkov, special for

Photo by Ramil Sitdikov/RIA Novosti

The international community has been discussing with concern a new border incident between India and Pakistan. The two countries have been in a state of a “smoldering” conflict for 70 years. At the same time, both the sides possess nuclear weapons. Acad. Alexey Arbatov, head of the Centre for International Security of the Russian Academy of Sciences and a member of the Federal Political Committee of the Yabloko party, told us why nuclear weapons cannot be used even in a local conflict, and how joint actions of Russia, the USA and China can help in the regulation of the dispute.

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Memorandum of Political Alternative

Decision No 109 of Yabloko’s Federal Political Committee, 12.03.2019

The Federal Political Committee of the party adopted a new version of the “Memorandum of Political Alternative” at its meeting on 1 March. This document is mandatory for signing by party candidates in elections of all levels.

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Sergei Mitrokhin fined 200,000 roubles for participation in the action against infill construction

Press Release, 12.03.2019

The Kuntsevo District Court of Moscow fined Sergei Mitrokhin, member of the Federal Political Committee of the Yabloko party, for 200,000 roubles for his meeting with residents of the Kuntsevo district who oppose the actions of the PIK Group of construction companies.

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Grigory Yavlinsky about a trial over Oyub Titiyev, head of the Chechen branch of the Memorial human rights society

Grigory Yavlinsky’s Facebook page, 12.03.2019

Prosecution of human rights activist Oyub Titiyev has been going on in Chechnya for a year now. Nothing defamatory to Titiyev has been found: all the charges look extremely unconvincing, contrived and politically motivated. Oyub Titiyev, Chairman of the Chechen [branch of human rights society] Memorial, is a very strong and courageous man, he cannot be broken. Yesterday, in his last word in court, Titiyev spoke about my appeals to the President: I twice drew Vladimir Putin’s attention to the need to bring the Titiyev case under control in order to protect an honest and innocent person, and not to allow injustice. But yesterday, the public prosecutor demanded four years of imprisonment [for Titiyev].

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On the preparation of proposals for the reform of the electoral system of the Russian Federation

Decision No 107 of Yabloko’s Federal Political Committee, 6.03.2019

In 2018, the electoral system of modern Russia celebrated its 25th anniversary. At this time political organisations, movements and political parties were born.

However, today confidence of Russians in elections has dropped to almost a zero level, almost like in Soviet times, when elections were not perceived by anyone as a real institution of a possible change of government.

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The Kalmyk branch of Yabloko held pickets for the alternation of power

Press Release, 7.03.2019

One-person pickets for the alternation of power were held in Elista, capital of Kalmykia. Activists of Kalmyk branch of Yabloko demanded that representatives of the pro-government United Russia party should resign from all the bodies of the executive and the legislative power in Kalmykia.

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Happy International Women’s Day!


I am pleased to congratulate all women on the International Women’s Day!

I wish all of us always be in peace and harmony with ourselves and external circumstances.

Wishing you love, beauty and joy! Happy holiday!


Emilia Slabunova,

Yabloko Chairperson