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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

Grigory Yavlinsky: Powerlessness in politics and indifference of society gives rise to despair, a feeling of complete deadlock and it… kills

Grigory Yavlinsky’s web-site, 4.10.2020​​

On 16 January, 1969, Jan Palach, a 20-year-old student of the Faculty of Philosophy, set himself on fire in the very center of Prague, in Wenceslas Square. He took this step in protest against the indifference of society, which resigned itself to the end of democratic reforms, known as the Prague Spring, abandoned the struggle for freedom, independence, a new economy and submitted to the political regime established after the occupation of Czechoslovakia by Soviet troops. Letters were found in Palach’s briefcase explaining his act.

The authorities of Czechoslovakia lied about the reasons of his self-immolation, they said that he was not going to commit suicide, that initially it was supposedly planned to use liquid for “cold fire”, which was replaced with gasoline secretly from Palach.


Within three months after Palach’s death, 26 more citizens of Czechoslovakia attempted self-immolation, seven of them died. Jan Zajic, 18-year-old student, like Palach, set himself on fire in Wenceslas Square.


Until the very fall of the regime, the authorities of communist Czechoslovakia were overtaken with fear of Jan Palach. In 1973, secret services secretly exhumed and removed his remains from Prague. In January 1989, on the twentieth anniversary of Palach’s death, a series of civil protests took place in Prague. The authorities violently dispersed the demonstrations, arresting about 1,400 protesters, including Vaclav Havel, future Czech president. Now there is a memorial in honor of Jan Palach and Jan Zajic in Wenceslas Square – a cross scorched by fire, embedded in a stone pavement.


On 2 October, 2020, Irina Slavina, 47-year-old journalist from Nizhny Novgorod, set herself on fire outside the building of the regional department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. “Blame the Russian Federation for my death,” she wrote before the self-immolation.


This terrible act is an extreme protest against endless state lies, against lawlessness and lack of freedom, against persecution, humiliation and unreasonable searches, against election fraud and the destruction of the Constitution, that is, against everything in which we live in and about which the overwhelming majority prefers to remain silent.


The state had been persecuting and tormenting Irina Slavina for years. According to the denunciations of the Stalinists and communists, the court fined her for “disrespect for the authorities” (but in fact for criticism of admiration for Stalin). “Unidentified persons” repeatedly punctured the wheels of her car. On the eve of Irina’s death, the security forces carried out a humiliating search at her house with confiscation of personal belongings. But the authorities, represented by the Investigative Committee, have already rushed to declare that they had nothing to do with the journalist’s persecution, and, mocking the deceased, announced a “posthumous psychological and psychiatric examination”. However, those who say that “something is wrong” with the state and society, rather than Slavina, are right.


In Nizhny Novgorod, not only the authorities are responsible for the terrible death of an honest professional journalist, but also Russia’s society, which is largely indifferent to the fate of fellow citizens persecuted for their fight against lies and falsifications. Historian Yuri Dmitriyev, who exposed the crimes of Stalinism, has been just sentenced to 13 years in a fabricated case. Participants of the Moscow protests who fought for our rights in the elections have been in prison for a year now. There are persons involved in other fabricated political cases. Hundreds or even thousands of falsely accused and innocent citizens of Russia are imprisoned.


Powerlessness in politics and indifference of society gives rise to despair, a feeling of complete deadlock and it… kills.


This killed Jan Palach in 1969. This killed Irina Slavina in 2020.


Years, and perhaps decades, will pass – and films will be made about Irina Slavina, as well as about Jan Palach, squares and streets in Russian cities will be named after her. It will definitely happen.


Deep condolences to the family of Irina Slavina.


Let her memory last forever.




Grigory Yavlinsky

is Chairman of the Federal Political Committee of the Russian United Democratic Party YABLOKO, Vice President of Liberal International, PhD in Economics, Professor of the National Research University Higher School of Economics.