Memorandum of Political Alternative
Memorandum of Political Alternative of the candidate nominated by a regional branch of the YABLOKO party at the elections to _____________________________________________________________
in _________________________________________ in 2015.
Herewith support the key programme principles of the Coalition of the Political Alternative:
1. The European vector of development based on the values of democracy, human rights, the rule of law and inviolability of private property has no alternative in Russia. The so-called Vladimir Putin’s “Eurasian political course” towards Russia’s international isolation, conflict with the West and destabilisation of the former Soviet states is against the national interests of our country and poses a threat to its integrity.
2. Bolshevism and Stalinism are misanthropic ideologies and practices as well as Fascism and National Socialism. As long as the state does not officially condemn the coup of 1917 -1918 (the seizure of power and the dissolution of the Constituent Assembly) and the crimes of Bolshevism and Stalinism, it will not be possible to build a state based on the rule of law in Russia.
3. Nationalism and religious fundamentalism in all their forms and manifestations are unacceptable both from the moral point of view and undermine the foundations of Russia’s statehood. Any manifestations, such as the “Russian Marches” focusing primary on the rights of a certain nation or an ethnic group only or attaching ethnic features to some problem, create the danger of escalation of ethnic and religious conflicts.
4. The transition from the authoritarian to the democratic regime must not be conducted by force, it should be implemented in a constitutional way. Revolutionary upheavals are fraught with bloodshed and collapse of the country.
5. The country needs urgent political reforms targeted at transfer from the authoritarian system to the true separation of powers, real local self-governing, transparency of the legislative and the executive authorities and their accountability before people. Only honest elections of all levels without any “filters” or restrictions can provide all this. Depolitisation of the law-enforcement is needed, these bodies should be put under parliamentary and public control. All political prisoners must be released, criminal cases raised against them abolished and the decisions adopted on such cases earlier revised.
6. All the repressive laws limiting human rights and liberties guaranteed by Chapter 2 of the Russian Constitution (including the Dima Yakovlev’s law [or the “orphans law”], restriction of the freedom of assembly, assigning the “foreign agents” status to NGOs and the law on unwanted foreign organisations), and censorship in the mass media, social networks and in the field of culture (including that conducted allegedly “so that not to hurt the religious sesitivities” and many other contrived pretexts) must be abolished.
7. Russia needs reforms aimed at complete separation of business and government (that merged in Russia due to the erroneous policies of 1990 – 2000s), support of large businesses from the state budget must be abolished.
8. Militarisation of the country and its economy at the expense of the budgetary support of education and health care must be rejected. Bureaucratic “reforming” of science and research Transfer from the resource-based to the high-tech economy is needed.
9. Russia must recognize Ukraine’s sovereignty in the borders of 2013, give up its support of separatists. Annexation of Crimea is unlawful, contradicts to the norms of the international and Russia law, agreements signed by Russia are sets a precedent for similar actions against Russia in the future. The solution of the Crimea’s problem can be only through a legitimate referendum and under the observation of OSCE which should be recognized by the UNO.
10. A large-scope investigation in the activities of the officials suspected in corruption and holding positions in the Government, Presidential Administration, law enforcement agencies, state-owned companies and state corporations is needed.
The political alternative includes pursuing these objectives by supporting candidates of the YABLOKO party and their Coalition allies in the elections of all levels, including at the State Duma elections in 2016 and the party candidate for the post of President of the Russian Federation Grigory Yavlinsky at the elections in 2018.
Chair of the regional branch Candidate