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YABLOKO's Congress. Sergei Mitrokhin about priorities for the YABLOKO faction in the State Duma

Press Release

September 10, 2011

The 16th Congress of the YABLOKO party began its work in the Moscow region.

YABLOKOs congress started with a minute of silence in view of air accident taking the lives of the players of the Locomotive team.

YABLOKOs Chairman Sergei Mitrokhin opened the congress. In his report Mitrokhin gave assessment to the present Russias political and economic system and marked the priorities of the work of the faction in the State Duma. According to Mitrokhin, Russia had become a hostage of inefficient state and inefficient economic system.

YABLOKO is a responsible political force, that is why it will participate in the coming elections to the Russian parliament, he said.

According to Mitrokhin YABLOKOs goal at the coming elections is formation of its faction in the State Duma.

Only YABLOKO due to the specifics of its ideology and programme can challenge the monopoly of corrupted bureaucracy merged with business, Mitrokhin stressed. He also noted that this monopoly is supported not only by the ruling United Russia, but also by other factions of the parliament proclaiming themselves as the opposition.

According to Mitrokhin, YABLOKO is going to stop total theft and corruption which have penetrated the entire state and dismantle the present oligarchic system.

Mitrokhin said that economic policy should become one of the priorities for YABLOKOs faction in the State Duma. He specially marked YABLOKOs programme Land-Housing-Roads as a programme which creating unprecedented domestic demand could get the country out of stagnation and prevent another leap of economic crisis in Russia. This envisages gratuitous and mass-scale transfer of federal lands to the citizens under their housing construction and development of infrastructure (water, gas and electricity supply), as well as construction of roads at the expense of the federal budget, i.e. the reserves accumulated for the recent years due to high oil and gas prices.

The second goal of the party mentioned by Mitrokhin was creation of a powerful middle class which should form a basis for democracy as in developed democracies. YABLOKOs leader also stated that another goal would be establishing a feed-back between the authorities and the society, restoration of democratic institutes and real federalism, YABLOKO would demand return of gubernatorial and mayor elections, introduction of direct elections to the Federation Council, strengthening of local self-governing and putting an end to pursuing of civil society activists and the dissenting by the state.

Mitrokhin noted that YABLOKO was ready to take up responsibility for the Russian parliament, turn it to the people and make it serve the society, rather than oligarchs.

Russia demands changes and we will make them, Mitrokhin concluded.

At present discussion of different variants of electoral programmes has been launched. Sergei Mitorkhin and Grigory Yavlinsky also introduced their variant of the programme electoral platform Russia Needs Changes! This platform was introduced by Grigory Yavlinsky. He stressed that in his view the Land-Housing-Roads project should be a consistent part of YABLOKOs platform as it will let to virtually change the situation in Russia.

The Pensioners and the Youth faction also introduced their visions of the programme and the items it should reflect.

See also:


Modernisation in Russia

Elections to the State Duma 2011

The Moscow Times. Yavlinsky to Run for Duma With Yabloko. September 12, 2011

Grigory Yavlinsky's manifesto: Elections versus a Revolution. Press Release, Video, September 11, 2011

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