If I want to change something in the country,
I look for allies. Who should I work with? With the people
you know, respect and trust. I have got to know many people
from Yabloko during my work in the government. I respect
them as good experts and professionals: only Yabloko has
the best prepared team of professionals in different fields.
Mikhail Zadornov, who was excellent as Finance Minister,
may be a good example here. He could not do much, because
he was there alone, rather than as a team member.
I trust them as honest people, people of principle, who
consistently stand up for their views, even if such a
stance doesn't win them any favours. This is a stable
and serious party with its own programme and views on
the development of the country. It is not a temporary
party created simply to achieve victory at the elections
and then disappear, as has been the case with many other
This is not a party of bosses striving for power, in
order to remain in power. It has been created by people
for the people. I would call it the most democratic party
in Russia. But, most importantly our political principles
coincide: we both advocate honesty and responsibility
in politics and in the executive authorities, the precedence
of law, order in the economy and the country, that will
improve everybody's living standards, rather than that
of a few.
Yabloko is capable of becoming a leading party ready
to implement its own programme and assume responsibility
for the results. Grigory Yavlinsky and I agreed that it
was time to switch to more decisive and definite work.
We know what needs to be done, we can and will do everything
we can to improve peoples' lives. Together we are a party
of real action that knows how to change the situation
in the country.