Congresses and Docs

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

Boris Vishnevsky: For your and our freedom. Fighting for those who are imprisoned means defending yourself. To those who have not been taken to the police van yet

Novaya Gazeta, 26.10.2020

Photo: by dimaberkut / depositphotos

The public activity that has manifested itself in the recent days in protecting Alexei Navalny from political persecution is very high. I would like to hope that this will lead to an increase in public activity in defending other political prisoners, and there are hundreds of them in Russia. “We came out not for Alexei Navalny, we came out for ourselves,” many protesters of 23 January said. There is no reason to doubt their sincerity. When we go out to defend other political prisoners, we also go out for ourselves. Because the repressive machine of the Stalinist type created in Russia – with the “state bodies that do not make mistakes” [in their reprisals, according to Joseph Stalin’s phrase] – can pull almost anyone into its mechanism at any moment. Therefore, the freedom of all Russian political prisoners (to quote a very clear statement by Grigory Yavlinsky) is our freedom. The demand for their release must be repeated every day. And the old slogan “For your and our freedom” is as relevant today as ever.

Why have been political reprisals intensifying in Russia?


On the one hand, because


the authorities consider them to be the only answer to resistance to their policies and plans. Are you dissatisfied? Then we will press, grab and not let go, without giving in or being soft…


On the other hand, because the majority of society is indifferent to this topic.


Rallies and pickets in defence of political prisoners and against political repression attract and interest not very many people (I can reasonably say this – as a person who have been repeatedly organising and taking part in such actions).


The mass media are seriously interested in this, as a rule, only if the repressions concern famous persons, or are mass-scale, or too cruel. If the repressed are not very well-known, or the repressions are not very widespread, then this is not a proper “newsbreak”. Why the interest is not big is not difficult to understand. The majority of citizens either believe that nothing threatens a law-abiding person, or are indifferent to the topic, because they personally or their friends and next of kin were not affected by the reprisals.


This is a fundamental mistake.

Because, as already mentioned, everything can drastically change at any moment.


At any moment, as soon as the “state bodies” want to report on the successful fight against terrorism or extremism, the captains to become majors, and the colonels to turn into generals, your children may become victims of the same provocation as in the New Greatness case [when teenagers and young people discussing politics were charged under trumped up evidence with creation of a terrorist organisation and imprisoned], or be subjected to the same tortures, as [the young people] in the Network case (an organisation banned in Russia).


They will fabricate a case against them, arrest and start torturing them, knocking out the necessary evidence. Children (and their parents) will rush to complain – but the public prosecutor’s office “will not find” evidence of torture, and will announce the traces from an electric shocker as the results of insect bites. If the arrested get sick, they will be denied medical aid and the necessary medicines, being declared completely healthy. And the best lawyer will be helpless, because the judge will habitually literally copy the indictment into the verdict…


At any moment, when they need to expose the “traitors to the Motherland”, anyone who has never even been admitted to state secrets (like [journalist] Ivan Safronov) can be arrested and kept behind bars for many months, without even explaining in what way the “treason” or “disclosure of state secrets” might have taken place…


At any moment, if you are a thorn in the flesh for the “state bodies”, [historian] like Yury Dmitriyev, who wildly annoys them with the fact that he does not get tired of publicisng the names of Stalin’s executioners (whose heirs they consider themselves to be) and the names of victims of their crimes, you can be falsely accused of shameful acts. And the “examinations” ordered from specially trained on-call experts will confirm your “guilt”. And you will be sent to jail for years – and then to a penal colony for a long time…


There may be many other options as well.


For example, when you come out of a metro station (as it was in St. Petersburg on 23 January), you immediately find yourself in a police van, as allegedly a participant in an “unauthorised action”. Although you were not going to go anywhere, you were just going your own way.


After that, you will be driven around the city for several hours, and then brought to the police station and kept there for hours (or even days). And they will not admit the defender you found. You will be taken to court, where your excuses will be regarded as “an attempt to avoid the responsibility established by law” and you will be refused to call witnesses. Or they will say that their testimony is not credible, unlike the testimony of the police, whom the court trusts unquestioningly. And you will receive a large fine, and even arrest for 10-15 days – all this being completely innocent.


It may be that you will go out into the streets, like participants in the Moscow protests [against non-registration of opposition candidates and fraud in the Moscow City Duma election] of 2019, demanding that those candidates to parliament, for whom you signed, be allowed to participate in the elections – and you will see how armour-clad law enforcement officers are beating defenceless people. You try to intercede, or throw a plastic cup at the “guardsman” – and you are sent to jail for several years …


That is why it is necessary to fight for the release of all political prisoners.


Fight for stopping the work of a monstrous police-repressive machine that protects the authorities from citizens.


Fight not only for those who are inorisoned, but also for yourself.


I never tire of saying: don’t ask for whom the bell of political repression tolls.


At any moment it may toll for thee.


And then it will be too late to protest.


Source in Novaya Gazeta



is Deputy Chairman of the Yabloko Party, member of the Yabloko Federal Political Committee and  Bureau. Leader of the Yabloko faction in the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg