| MOSCOW, July 3 (Itar-Tass) -- YABLOKO leader Grigory
Yavlinsky said the government's decision to monetise benefits was unfounded.
He proposed starting the replacement of benefits with cash payments
with the government.
"If the government thinks that cash payments are so useful, why
don't they begin with themselves?", he asked.
Speaking at a congress of his party on Saturday, Yavlinsky called for
the compilation of a single democratic list of candidates for the next
He said this would be one of his priorities for the near future. The
party is negotiating this issue with a broad range of organisations and
parties, he said. "We are doing everything possible to ensure that
we have a list of united democrats in the next elections," Yavlinsky
At the same time, he noted that there could be no alliance with the
Union of Right-Wing Forces (SPS). In his view, one of YABLOKO's main mistakes
was that "the party did not distance itself from SPS energetically
However, Yavlinsky named former SPS leaders Boris Nemtsov and Irina Khakamada
among potential allies, as well as Vladimir Kara-Murza and Vladimir Fyodotov.
Yavlinsky also noted that YABLOKO could not have anything in common
with parties that "have not distanced themselves from the Stalin-Leninist
Congress of YABLOKO