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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

On the day of the lifting of the siege of Leningrad in the World War 2, leaders and activists of Yabloko laid flowers at the memorial to the victims of the siege in the Alexander Garden

Press Release, 27.01.2020

On 27 January, the anniversary of the lifting of the siege of Leningrad in the World War 2, Yabloko leaders and activists laid flowers at the memorial in the Alexander Garden, Moscow, and commemorate victims of the war.

Photo: Nikolai Rybakov

Yabloko Chairman Nikolai Rybakov, said that 27 January was of particular importance for both residents of St.Petersburg (Leningrad in the USSR period) and all residents of the country. He noted that the siege of Leningrad was “one of the most terrible crimes against humanity in our history.”

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Public Constitutional Committee on the alternative amendments to the Constitution

Press Release, 24.01.2020

The Public Constitutional Committee has begun work on an alternative package of amendments to the Constitution. This was announced at a briefing in Moscow by its founders – Yegeny Gontmakher, Leonid Nikitinsky, Vladimir Ryzhkov and Grigory Yavlinsky. The Public Advisory Council, which will include Tamara Morshchakova and Mikhail Krasnov, authors of the Constitution, will help the Public Committee in this. When the work on the amendments is completed, they will be sent to the President and to the State Duma. The Committee will seek their consideration by popular vote, which is expected to take place in April. The main goal of the amendments is to offer the public an alternative, the founders of the Committee say.

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Vladimir Medinsky, ex Minister of Culture, and Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin received the Golden Toilet Brush anti-award for embezzlement on public procurement. Yuri Chaika, ex Public Prosecutor General, won the Silver Prize

Press Release, 24.01.2020

Yabloko’s Anti-Corruption Policy Centre drew up the results of a vote by the web-site visitors for awarding the Golden Toilet Brush 2019 anti-award to the most wasteful officials. Vladimir Medinsky, former Minister of Culture of Russia and currently President Putin’s aid, received most of the votes. He will receive the “golden toilet brush” for the purchase of the Ministry of Culture for screening of the documentary “I owe my millions to their work…” in Switzerland. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin got the Regional Golden toilet Brush for the purchase of 941 km of road curb stone borders for 3 billion roubles.

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The Ryazan branch of Yabloko demands to convene an urgent meeting of the City Duma and dismiss the director of the Water and Sewer company due to poisoning of water in the city

Press Release, 24.01.2020

Konstantin Smirnov, Chairman of the Ryazan branch of Yabloko, believes that the health and life of at least tens of thousands of Ryazan residents are in direct danger due to another poisoning of tap water. People have been massively complaining about the unbearable smell of tap water and sickness, but the government and supervisory authorities are keeping silent.

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Yabloko leaders met with Bundestag deputies from the German Free Democratic Party

Press Release, 24.01.2020

On 24 January, leaders of the Yabloko party received deputies of the Bundestag of the Free Democratic Party of Germany (FDP) at the Moscow office of the Yabloko party.

Two Chairmen of the democratic parties – Nikolai Rybakov and Christian Lindner – took part in the meeting.

Photo: Christian Lindner and Nikolai Rybakov

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Deputy Chairman of the Altai branch of Yabloko, who had been beaten by police, held a picket near the walls of the regional Public Prosecutor’s office

Press Release, 22.01.2020

Photo: Alexander Kondrov, Deputy Chairman of the Altai regional branch of Yabloko, “I demand justice”.

Alexander Kondrov, Deputy Chairman of the Altai regional branch of the Yabloko party and head of the research and production laboratory of the Altai Techological University, held a one-person picket (that does not require any permission from the authorities) near the walls of the regional Public Prosecutor’s office. Deputy Chairman of Altai Yabloko sought punishment for police officers who had beaten him. After the beating, a criminal case was instituted against Alexander Kondrov allegedly for his using “violence” against a representative of the authorities.

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Amendments to the Constitution have to be developed by those who will live here

Grigory Yalvinsky’s Facebook page, 22.01.2020

Нужно изменить Конституцию, но не так, как хочет Путин

Предложенная президентом ломка Конституции, обставленная декоративными процедурами, — это не только уже привычное проявление неуважения власти к народу, но и, прежде всего, манифестация политического вектора: не только сохранить нынешнюю систему, но сделать ее еще более авторитарной, закрытой и, как результат, экономически неэффективной. В этих условиях необходимо активное гражданское политическое сопротивление: разработать и внести на суд общества принципиально иные изменения в Конституции в интересах граждан России, а не правящей группировки, внести поправки, создающие условия для улучшения качества жизни и развития страны для нынешнего молодого поколения россиян и нескольких поколений вперед.Например:- избирать президента России не на шесть лет, а на четыре года;- вернуть выборы мэров и губернаторов вместо президентских назначений;- сделать должности сенаторов в Совете Федерации выборными. Цель этой работы — защитить дух Конституции, закрепить ценности ее первых глав в структуре государственного устройства так, чтобы гарантировать и сделать незыблемыми разделение властей, независимое и справедливое правосудие, честную конкуренцию в политике и экономике, свободные выборы, свободу распространения мнений и убеждений, свободу СМИ, свободу мирных публичных акций, неприкосновенность частной собственности, реальное полномочное самоуправление местных сообществ, соблюдение государством международных обязательств (прежде всего — в обеспечении прав и свобод человека).Такие поправки мы разработаем с лучшими юристами России. Мы пригласим лучших политологов, мы будем работать все вместе. Мы сделаем Конституцию основой свободного предпринимательства, основой свободной жизни без страха в России. Мы создадим Конституцию свободных людей и будем добиваться принятия изменений на конституционном референдуме всей страной. Это наша историческая ответственность. Нужно изменить Конституцию, но не так, как хочет Путин.—————————- Полный текст статьи «Конституция свободных людей — работа для будущего» опубликован в «Новой Газете» 20 января 2020 года.От редакции «Новой Газеты»: Присылайте нам на email то, что вы думаете о предложении Григория Явлинского с пометкой: «Новая Конституция». Обсудим!

Posted by Григорий Явлинский on Wednesday, 22 January 2020

The breakdown of the Constitution proposed by the President and furnished with decorative procedures, is not only an already familiar manifestation of disrespect for the people, but also, above all, a manifestation of the political vector: towards not only preserving the current system, but making it even more authoritarian, closed and, as consequently, economically inefficient. In such situation, active civic political resistance is necessary: ​​to develop and introduce to the society fundamentally different amendments to the Constitution in the interests of citizens of Russia, and not the ruling group, make amendments that create conditions for improving the quality of life and development of the country for the current young generation of Russians and several generations ahead.

For example:

– elect the President of Russia for four years, rather than for a six year term;

– return the elections of mayors and governors instead of presidential appointments;

– make the posts of senators in the Federation Council elective.

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President makes a move to g1

Emilia Slabunova on the key amendment to the Constitution

Novaya Gazeta, 22.01.2020

The most intriguing thing in the draft amendments to the Constitution of the Russian Federation, introduced by the President to the State Duma, the most intriguing thing is the paragraph “g.1” proposed by him to Article 83, which defines the powers of the head of state.

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The Ivanovo branch of Yabloko formed its electoral headquarters for elections to the Ivanovo City Duma

Press Release, 22.01.2020

The Ivanovo branch of Yabloko formed its electoral headquarters for elections to the Ivanovo City Duma. Such decision was made by the Bureau of the Ivanovo Regional Branch of the party at its meeting on Tuesday, 21 January.

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Yabloko to form a council on the development of alternative amendments to the Constitution and seek their consideration in a referendum

Statement by Grigory Yavlinsky, Chairman of the Federal Political Committee of Yabloko, 19.01.2020

President Vladimir Putin has decided to make urgent changes to the Constitution. The proposals made by him in his [annual] Address [to the Federal Assembly] are vague and incomprehensible from a legal point of view. It is proposed to isolate Russia from international law and this is called sovereignty, give the President the right to dismiss judges of higher courts, turn the Constitutional Court into a kind of legal department of the State Duma, form a new constitutional bureaucratic body – the State Council -with incomprehensible powers. Speaking of the need for change, the President proposes decorative amendments, such as approval of the government by the State Duma, whereas the President can anytime terminate the powers of the government. For all their incoherence, the political vector of these amendments is obvious: not only to maintain the current system, but to make it even more authoritarian, closed and economically inefficient. This is also demonstrated by the composition of the working group created by the President for preparation of amendments.

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“There are no changes, there is a cementing of power”

Nikolai Rybakov on Radio Free Europe 17.01.2020

On January 16, Yabloko Chairman Nikolai Rybakov took part in the Facing the Event programme hosted by Yelena Rykovtseva. The guests of the studio – Sergey Obukhov, former State Duma deputy from the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, Mikhail Fishman, journalist from the Dozhd television channel, and Mikhail Kasyanov, former Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, – discussed the appointment of Mikhail Mishustin as Prime Minister, what Russians can expect after amendments to the Constitution are adopted and the irremovability of power announced in the President’s Address [to the Federal Assembly].

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The Omsk branch of Yabloko to hold a rally “For the quality of life and a clean city”

Press Release, 20.01.2020

On 26 January, a rally “For the quality of life and a clean city, against air pollution” will be held in Omsk.  The rally is organised by Tatyana Nagibina, Chair of the Omsk branch of Yabloko, and is supported by the Omsk City Public Council. The rally will begin at 12.00.

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Yabloko will take part in the organisational committee of the Boris Nemtsov Memorial March

The application for the march will be submitted for 29 February

Press Release, 20.01.2020

Kirill Goncharov, Deputy Chairman of the Moscow branch of Yabloko, and Galina Mikhaleva, Chair of the Gender Faction, Professor of the Russian State University for Humanities, joined the organizational committee of the Boris Nemtsov Memorial March on behalf of the Yabloko party. The march will take place on 29 February, the closest Saturday to the day of the assassination of Boris Nemtsov – 27 February.

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Yabloko leaders and activists laid flowers in memory of lawyer Stanislav Markelov and journalist Anastasia Baburova killed by neo-Nazis

Press Release, 19.01.2020

Today, leaders, members and supporters of the Yabloko party paid tribute to lawyer Stanislav Markelov and journalist Anastasia Baburova who were murdered by neo-Nazis from the BORN group on the doorstep of Prechistenka Street 3, Moscow, on 19 January, 2009. Yabloko has been holding memorial actions paying tribute to Markelov and Baburova for 11 years, since 2009, when this cynical murder was committed in the centre of Moscow.

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Yelena Izotova went on hunger strike

Earlier, the activist was arrested for five days for participating in a series of one person pickets for the resignation of the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Tatarstan

Press Release, 17.01.2020

Yelena Izotova, Chair of the Tatarstan Green Russia faction of the Yabloko party, went on a hunger strike. Earlier, the activist was arrested for five days for participating in a series of one person pickets (that do not require any permissions from the authorities) demanding resignation of Artyom Khokhorin, Minister of Internal Affairs for Tatarstan, for breaking up (in late December 2019) of the tent camp of opponents of the construction of the waste incineration plant.

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MPs from the ruling United Russia party introduced a bill on the liquidation of the Yabloko party

Press Release, 17.01.2020

State Duma deputies from the ruling United Russia Gadzhemet Safaraliyev, Yevgeny Marchenko and Valentin Subbot introduced amendments to the law on political parties to the lower house of the Russian parliament to liquidate the Yabloko party for “diminishing the authority of the state in the international arena”. The explanatory note to the bill gives only one example of the parties that, according to the authors of the bill, should be dissolved – the Yabloko party.

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Putin’s proposals mean masking of the conservation of the system

Statement by Yabloko Chairman, 16.01.2020

The initiatives contained in the annual Address of President Vladimir Putin to the Federal Assembly do not cause illusions. No significant changes or democratisation of the system is expected. The declared initiatives are targeted at strengthening the political system that has developed over the past 20 years and maintaining Putin in power after 2024. Life in the country will not become better, freer, and more honest.

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The leader of Yabloko’s Green Russia faction in Tatarstan and other opponents of the construction of the waste incineration plant  arrested

Press Release, 16.01.2020

The Vakhitovsky District Court of Kazan (Tatarstan) sentenced the participants of the movement against the construction of a waste incineration plant near Osinovo to arrest and fines. Yelena Izotova, one of the leaders of the movement and Chair of Yabloko’s Green Russia faction in Tatarstan, was arrested for five days for participating in a series of one-person pickets (that do not require any permission from the authorities). During the action, Izotova demanded resignation of Artyom Khokhorin, Minister of Internal Affairs of Tatarstan, for breaking up (in late December 2019) of the tent camp of opponents of the construction of the waste incineration plant. Three more activists ended up in court after they came to the police department to support Elena Izotova. One of them was sentenced to a ten days arrrest, the other were sentenced to fines and compulsory community service.

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“Putin is preparing a new public post for himself.” Yabloko leaders on the President’s Address to the Federal Assembly

Press Release, 15.01.2020

I his annual Address to the Federal Assembly, Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed amending the Russian Constitution, apparently aimed at preserving him at the top of state power even after 2024, when his presidential term expires. Much was said about overcoming poverty in the country, which he has been leading for more than 20 years. Other important topics of the Address, which Yabloko leaders emphasise in their commentaries, are the actual liquidation of supremacy of international law and local self-government in the country.

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Yabloko Chairman Nikolai Rybakov on the Address of Vladimir Putin to the Russian palriament

Nikolai Rybakov’s Facebook page, 15.01.2020

Today’s Presidential Address [to the parliament] has finally returned us to the Leonid Brezhnev [stagnation] period [in the USSR]: slow reading of the text written on paper, silent audience but bursting into applause at the right moments.

Certainly, the directors of the event counted on resounding success of the promises of Vladimir Putin. Otherwise, it is difficult to explain why they broadcasted the Address even on the facades of houses. Many social promises have been made, and someone may find them attractive, but it is obvious that they are not able to defeat poverty as a problem and will not affect the real difficulties of the Russians.

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