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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

Criminal case against Pskov Yabloko is a case against the whole party and against the Russian Constitution

Statement, 14.02.2019

The Yabloko party expresses a categorical protest against the search conducted by the Investigation Department of the Investigation Committee of Russia and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Pskov Region in the premises of the Pskov regional branch of the Yabloko party on 13 February.

A politically motivated forceful persecution of opposition political parties, use of a police repressive machine against legal political opposition is an anti-constitutional act. This is another shameful illustration of the unwise policies of Vladimir Putin’s authoritarian regime, which suppresses any civic activism.

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The Pskov office of Yabloko is being searched

Press release, 13.02.2019

The Investigation Committee is conducting a search in the office of the Pskov regional branch of the Yabloko party, as Dmitry Permyakov, Deputy Chair of the Yabloko branch confirmed to the Press Service.

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Yabloko urges the Electoral Commission of the Saratov region to check the information on systematic election fraud

Press Release, 12.02.2019

The Saratov regional branch of the Yabloko party appealed to the Electoral Commission of the Saratov Region with a request to check on the facts given in an interview with Inna Dozorova, the former head of the Saratov Kindergarten N 83, where she told that she had had to participate in the election fraud on the order of the administration of the Leninsky district of Saratov. Dozorova described specific fraud mechanisms and gave the names of the organisers of the crime.

“For the first time it was publicly confirmed what everyone participating in the elections in the region in a particular status knows and which was reflected in our party’s numerous statements on the results of the past election campaigns,” runs the statement of the Saratov branch of Yabloko.

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Emilia Slabunova on the trial over Yuri Dmitriyev, Chair of the Karelian branch of the human rights society Memorial

Emilia Slabunova’s Facebook page, 12.02.2019

While the state propaganda on the Russia-24 TV channel talks about the “so-called human rights activists”, without giving them a word, and the benefits of the expedition of the Russian Military-Historical Society to Sandarmokh [the place of shooting and burial of the victims of Stalin’s reprisals in Karelia], which causes many questions from historians, human rights activists, journalists and relatives of the repressed [as the Society announced that this was a place of burial of Russian soldiers shot by Finns during the WWII rather than Stalin’s victims shot and buried there by the NKVD], regular hearings of the case of Yury Dmitriyev, Chairman of the Karelian branch of the [human rights society] Memorial are taking place.

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What can you do if you are being persecuted for political reasons? Online seminar by Yabloko’s Andrei Babushkin

Press Release, 12.02.2019

On Saturday, February 16, well-known human rights activist Andrei Babushkin will conduct a seminar in the Moscow office of the party on the topic “If you became a suspect, detainee or are accused in an offence”. The seminar will be broadcast on the Internet.

Andrei Babushkin is member of the Federal Bureau of the Yabloko party, Chairman of the Interregional Public Charitable Organisation “Committee for Civil Rights”, member of the Presidential Council for the Development of Civil Society and Human Rights, member of the Expert Council under the Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation, member of the Public Council under the Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation on the problems of the activities of the penitentiary system, and member of the Public Council at the Moscow Main Department of Internal Affairs.

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Chairman of the Saratov branch of Yabloko spoke at a rally against “optimisation” of healthcare

Press Release, 11.02.2019

Alexander Yermishin, Chairman of the Saratov branch of Yabloko, demanded that the authorities should resume functioning of children’s clinic No 10 and children’s infectious diseases hospital No 6 in the Volga district of Saratov. Both medical institutions fell victim to the government’s practices of “optimisation” in the form of merger with other medical institutions resulting in cutting qualified medical personnel  and drop in the quality and availability of medical services for city residents.

In his speech at the rally against the optimisation of health care, Alexander Yermishin stressed that in 2012 the federal budget spending on health care amounted to 613.9 billion roubles, and in 2018 only to 460 billion roubles.

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Chairman of the Yabloko branch in Tatarstan held a picket in support of political prisoners

Press Release, 11.02.2019

Ruslan Zinatullin, Chairman of the branch of the Yabloko party in Tatarstan, held a one-person picket in support of Anastasia Shevchenko and other political prisoners in the center of Kazan on the eve of the “Mothers’ Rage” march (demonstrations against political reprisals held in different cities and demanding freedom for political prisoners after a daughter of activist Anastasia Shevchenko died in hospital while her mother was under house arrest).

Zinatullin stood with a placard “Verdicts for free-thinking are a shame of Russia.”

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Screening of a documentary dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the Yabloko party

Press Release, 8.02.2019

On Tuesday, 12 February, a documentary film “The Optimists”, dedicated to the 25th anniversary of Yabloko, will be shown in the conference hall of the Moscow office of the Yabloko party.

Specially for the documentary, the filmmakers recorded about 60 interviews with the founders, leaders, activists and allies of the party.

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Yabloko Chair Emilia Slabunova asked the government to save the music college from eviction from their premises in the Novgorod Kremlin

Press Release, 11.02.2019

Yabloko Chair Emilia Slabunova sent an appeal to Vladimir Medinsky, Minister of Culture of Russia, calling on the Minister to help the Rachmaninov Novgorod City College of Arts to retain their premises in the territory of the Novgorod Kremlin.

Slabunova also appealed to the Federal Service for Supervision in the Field of Education and Science (Rosobrnadzor) with a request to check the validity of the decision of the Novgorod Minister of Culture to move the college to premises that do not meet the requirements of the educational process. The politician asks Mikhail Katyukov, Minister of Science and Higher Education, to inform Yabloko whether the relocation of the college has been agreed with his Ministry.

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Lev Shlosberg: The case against Svetlana Prokopyeva represents political terror

Press Release, 6.02.2019

The customer, organiser and executor of the criminal case against [journalist] Svetlana Prokopyeva is the Russian state. The goal of this ordered persecution is encroachment on freedom of speech and freedom of mass media in Russia, that is, the basis of the constitutional order. The Russian state has become a terrorist and is leading terror against its citizens.

Svetlana Prokopyeva in her column on the “Echo of Moscow in Pskov” [website] wrote after the tragic event [the act of terror] in Arkhangelsk the following: the state, leading terror against its citizens, the state that destroys human rights and freedoms is dangerous for people and dangerous for itself.

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Grigory Yavlinsky: “The elimination of poverty will be conducted right in the Russian Statistical Service”

Grigory Yavlinsky’s web-site, 6.02.2019

How to increase growth rates of the economy and overcome poverty in Russia? It is very simple. It is necessary to appoint such a head to the Russian Federal Statistical Service (Rosstat) who will draw both economic growth and an increase of income of the population, and unceasingly trumpet about this in the mass media.

So they did. Prime Minister Medvedev, due to the deterioration of macroeconomic statistics for the second half of 2018, decided to “remedy the situation” by replacing the head of Rosstat. Moreover, Minister of Economic Development Mr. Oreshkin constantly demanded from the former head of the statistical agency to give “more optimistic” indicators. At the same time, the biggest accusations set against Rosstat were that the state statistical service showed a drop in real incomes of the population. Therefore, the government decided that reform is due, as Finance Minister Mr. Siluanov said, regarding “the team, principles, methods and works”. The new head of the service should show only such a picture of the developments in the economy, which Putin and propaganda in the media need.

On 24 December, Pavel Malkov, a “big specialist in statistics,” previously the Minister of Economy of the Saratov region, was appointed head of Rosstat instead of Alexander Surinov, who had been heading the statistical agaency since 2009.

And here it comes.

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Reprisals against the opposition mean a path to upheaval

Statement by the Yabloko Bureau, 4.02.2019

Blurring of distinction between peaceful opposition and revolutionaries is dangerous primarily for the state system

The criminal case against Anastasia Shevchenko, activist of Otkrytaya Rossia (Open Russia), is the evidence of cynicism and elementary irrationality of the authorities.

Applying house arrest to a mother of three minor children for social activities is cruel and unacceptable. The court did not take into account that she supported an elderly mother and three minor children, and ignored the fact that she was the only guardian of her disabled daughter (category I of disability). On 31 January, Anastasia’s daughter died in hospital.

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Grigory Yavlinsky about Russia’s withdrawal from the INF Treaty as the defeat of Putin’s foreign and defence policy 

Grigory Yavlinsky’s Facebook page, 3.02.2019

The INF Treaty is no longer valid. Moscow announces the start of creation of new types of missiles. The threat to the security of Russia and Europe surges many-fold. Whether Russia was engaged in the development and testing of the rocket in violation of the INF Treaty, which was the formal reason for the US withdrawal from this treaty, is unknown. Russia denies the charges. However, continuous state lies on every occasion cast serious doubts on the assertions of the Russian authorities.

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Nadezhda Agisheva: Polling numbers of the ruling United Russia party have dropped, and any mention of difficult and important topics is blocked at all levels.

Press Release, 4.02.2019

Oppositional Perm deputies accuse the city parliament leadership of censorship

The leadership of the Perm Duma has banned posting on social networks of the city parliament videos of Nadezhda Agisheva, deputy from the Yabloko party, in particular, those on raising the retirement age, problems of lonely disabled people, as well as changing zoning in the Kirovsky district of Perm.

Надежда Агишева: "Пенсионная реформа должна стать поводом для пересмотра городской социальной политики"

Вот этот ролик руководители Пермской городской Думы запретили размещать на страницах Думы в социальных сетях. В прошлом году депутату от КПРФ Геннадий Сторожев не оплатили телесюжет на одном из телеканалов. В этом сюжете он критиковал пенсионную реформу. Так выглядит цензура. Фактически, нам запрещено выражать публично политическую позицию наших партий через каналы, которые содержатся за счёт налогов наших избирателей. Этот пример хорошо отражает ситуацию – любая дискуссия и критика вызывает панику и противодействие. Рейтинги «Единой России» упали, и любое упоминание сложных и важных тем блокируется на всех уровнях. От муниципалитетов до федеральных структур.Это не первый случай цензуры в Перми. По ссылке подробнее об этом:

Опубликовано Надеждой Агишевой Четверг, 31 января 2019 г.

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“We have never betrayed our principles and have always stood firm”. Interview with Sergei Ivanenko, deputy head of the Yabloko party

Specially for Yabloko website by Svetlana Prokudina, 12.01.2019

Sergei Ivanenko, Yabloko Deputy Chair, has turned 60 on 12th January. Sergei Victorovich is one of Grigory Yavlinsky’s closest colleagues. He was actively involved in the foundation of the Yabloko party. Ivanenko played one of the key roles in the work of Yabloko’s faction in the State Duma. The Yabloko party made an exclusive interview with Sergei Ivanenko shortly before his birthday. We discussed the past and present of the party. Sergei told us about  the high ranking positions he had refused to stay with Yabloko. We also learned how he became a chess master.

-When Grigory Yavlinsky founded Yabloko in 1993, did you have a feeling that this is a very serious project?

You know, there were forecasts that the organisation would collapse right after the State Duma elections of 12th December 1993. When our bloc “Yavlinsky-Boldyrev-Lukin” passed the 5 per cent threshold, almost all newspapers were arguing that this union was unnatural – all the people in there were too ambitions, and sooner or later their union would come to an end. And they expected that that would happen sooner rather than later. However, experience shows that out of all the democratic parties that were founded in the 1980s and 1990s, Yabloko is the only one that is still functioning. As far as I remembers, there were more than 30 parties at that time. Those parties participated in elections and were headed by some rally prominent politicians. Only Yabloko managed to make it to this day despite the hard times. I think the reason for this is that right from the beginning Grigory Yavlinsky and his colleagues designed Yabloko as the party of values, not the party of political technology. This is what makes us stand out. This is why we have our successes and failures. We have never betrayed our principles and have always stood firm. Read more »

Yabloko to participate in all-Russia protest for protection of environment and against the “waste reform” in 32 Russian regions

Press release, 1.02.2019

On Sunday, 3 February, Yabloko will take part in a protest against the “waste reform” and for the solution of other environmental problems throughout the country. Yabloko activists plan to participate in rallies and pickets in 32 regions of the country, in half of these actions the party became the organiser of the protest. In five regions, where the regional governments refused to give permission on rallies, activists intend to hold one-person pickets.

Participants in the campaign for the protection of environment demand from the authorities to revise the extortionate tariffs for the disposal of solid waste, as well as the adoption of real state measures for the implementation of separate waste collection. In addition, each region participating in the action will add its own environmental issues to the common agenda.

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Lev Shlosberg on liquidation of district newspapers in the Pskov region: this is neither legal nor rational

Press Release, 1.02.2019

Lev Shlosberg

Lev Shlosberg, MP from the Yabloko faction in the Pskov Regional Assembly and head of the Yabloko branch in the Pskov region, devoted his speech before the 28th session of the Pskov Regional Assembly of Deputies to the liquidation of the district newspapers of the Pskov region and attempts to stop this process.

In late November – early December 2018, administrations of the municipal districts of the Pskov region received “road maps” for the liquidation of municipal unitary enterprises – publishers of district newspapers. It is planned to create one organisation (instead of municipal enterprises) ensuring publication of all district newspapers in the region.

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Yabloko to join all-Russia protest against waste treatment reform

Press release, 29.01.2019

Yabloko to participate in All-Russia protest agains the waste treatment reform. The action will take place on 3 February. Activists will join take part in protest actions in 32 regions of Russia. What is more, Yabloko will organise the actions in half of these places.
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The party and the LGBT movement: a problem alliance. Lecture by Igor Kochetkov

Press Release, 31.01.2019

An interesting and important discussion is unfolding in Yabloko about attitudes in Russia towards discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity, human rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people, same-sex marriages, etc.

However, we can observe that mainly personal views on human sexuality, nature, history, and religion are confronted. But the political side of the issue is very rarely discussed. Should a liberal party support the demands of the LGBT movement? What is this movement? Where did it come from and where is it going? Why can’t a modern political party avoid the question on its attitude to it?

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St. Petersburg authorities will not evict the Memorial human rights group from their premises

Press release, 29.01.2019

St. Petersburg authorities promise to make a new rent contracts with the Memorial human rights group on 1 March, 2019. St. Petersburg Vice-Governor informed Boris Vishnevsky, Yabloko MP in St.Petersburg Legislative Assembly, about the decision. Read more »