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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

“They are convicted for creativity. For not toeing the line. For making people think.” Yabloko leaders on the sentence to theatre director Yevgenia Berkovich and playwright Svetlana Petriychuk

Press Release, 8.07.2024

Photo: Playwright Svetlana Petriychuk and theatre director Yevgenia Berkovich in court / Photo by Ilya Pitalev, RIA Novosti

On 8 July, the Second Western District Military Court of Moscow sentenced theatre director Yevgenia (Zhenya) Berkovich and playwright Svetlana Petriychuk to six years in a general regime penal colony each in the case of “justifying terrorism”.

It should be noted that a criminal case was opened against the two young women because of the play they staged, “Finist the Bright Falcon”. The play tells the stories of women who met followers of radical Islam on social media and then left for Syria, the authors try to understand why Russian women converted to radical Islam. However, the investigation saw “signs of justification of terrorism” in the production.

This play was written by Petriychuk and staged by Berkovich in 2020. The performance was awarded the most prestigious theatre award in Russia, the Golden Mask. Yabloko leaders comment on the court’s decision.




I am convinced that the sentence is not imposed for a crime. They are convicted for creativity. For the free expression of their opinion. For not toeing the line. For making people think.


People in power have an idea – they need to fight something (in this case, terrorism) head-on – by means of some old yellowed posters on an information stand near a local utilities administrator office. And if one expresses himself/herself in a different and complicated way (a book, a play) – this is already incomprehensible and, accordingly, bad, vicious and even criminal.


I would like to wish the girls’ accusers – the formal, official ones, and their ideologists – to read more and understand that good cannot be brought with an axe. And also remember that sooner or later they will have to answer for the unlawful persecution. At least to themselves.


I would like to wish to the girls and their families – strength, patience, endurance, health and freedom and not to lose hope that even in such conditions they will be able to prove their innocence in the near future.




[The authors were convicted] despite the fact that the accusation was based on a false “expertise”, and despite the fact that almost all the witnesses confirmed that there was no “justification for terrorism” in the performance, which received two “Golden Masks”.


First, the court kept the innocent people in pre-trial detention centre for more than a year, cold-bloodedly extending the “preventive measure”, then the public prosecutor just as cold-bloodedly demanded six years in prison for the innocent people. And here comes the verdict. The Russian authorities invite terrorists from Hamas for a visit, and representatives of the Taliban, banned in Russia, just come to St. Petersburg forums.


What is happening to Berkovich and Petriychuk is not called justice. Because there is no guilt, no law, no justice, and, especially, no humanism (I remind you of the principles of criminal justice). This is called reprisal. Strength and endurance to Zhenya, Svetlana, their family and friends.




The verdict in the theatre case is a cruel, but, unfortunately, not an exceptional example of the work of the repressive state machine grinding everyone indiscriminately.


The tragedy [act of terror] in the Crocus City Hall, the taking of hostages in the Rostov-on-Don pre-trial detention centre, the murders in Dagestan [when terrorists attacked Orthodox churches and synagogues] – not only did they fail to prevent these crimes. They did not draw proper conclusions from them. And instead of fighting real crimes, our state deprives the freedom and creativity of people of art who are sensitive to the problems of society.


I wish freedom to Svetlana Petriychuk and Yevgenia Berkovich! I wish strength to the relatives and friends of the girls.



The court sentenced Yevgenia Berkovich and Svetlana Petriychuk to six years in prison for a play, for creativity, for art. Shocking!


The most severe sentence without a hope of a re-examination of the case. After its announcement, the lawyer made a speech, saying that the girls were absolutely innocent. I hope that Yevgenia and Svetlana will have the strength to survive the dark time, withstand and defeat the evil.




This criminal case destroyed theatre in Russia as a public art of free people and turned it into a servile booth without spiritual content. The Golden Mask, which was turned into dust by this verdict, and the entire Russian theatre with its great sources of conscience and human dignity received six years in prison.


From now on every performance in any theatre in Russia will now be a reminder of “Finist the Bright Falcon” and its unfortunate creators. A reminder of the complete defencelessness of art in the state of lawlessness.


The criminal case against Yevgenia Berkovich and Svetlana Petriychuk will make it into Russian history as one of the most shameful and disgraceful cases, any involvement in which will mean a lifelong loss of reputation.


We still don’t know who needed this case and why. Whether it was stupidity, revenge, jealousy or something else. But first of all, this case is vile, absolutely inhuman and inhumane.


I hope that Yevgenia and Svetlana, their family and friends will have enough strength to survive these dark times, preserve themselves and live to freedom. We all need to live to see justice happen, when an impartial court will establish the extent of responsibility of all those who invented, ordered, organised and executed this case.




Six years for a performance. For a play. For creativity. For poetry. Not surprising. If, exactly according to George Orwell, “war is peace, freedom is slavery, and ignorance is strength”.


If the Taliban, officially recognised as terrorists, are “allies in the fight against terrorism,” then the play, which warns against falling into the snare of jihadists, is, certainly, a justification of terrorism. What to do? Read the texts by Zhenya and Svetlana, do not forget about them, make sure that their names, their voices, their words sound both clearly and loudly, as they deserve.




This is not just shocking, although quite expected, news, because if a person was arrested on political matters, then with a 99.8% probability, the court will pronounce a guilty verdict.


Neither [the fact the Yevgenia Berkovich has] children, nor the absence of victims, nor moral or physical harm, nothing, but six years in prison, which are often not given even for serious crimes against life and health.


– This is the verdict on our time.


– This is the verdict on our creativity.