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YABLOKOs Political Committee determined the tasks of the responsible opposition in modern Russia

Press Release
September 26, 2009

A meeting of YABLOKOs Political Committee took place on September 26. The Committee developed the goals of the party in modern Russia.

YABLOKOs leader Sergei Mitrokhin indicated in his report to the Committee that a system of bureaucratic cronyism developed in modern Russia. Its goal is to maintain in power one and the same ruling group for an unlimited period of time.

Supporting a number of President Medvedevs recent statements on the need of modernisation in Russia YABLOKO states that their realisation is incompatible with the real goals of this system, Mitrokhin said.

Mitrokhin expressed his certainty that this system can lead Russia to stagnation reminiscent of the stagnation of the Brezhnev period in the USSR, when the political elite lost the chance to conduct modernisation of the USSR, thus dooming it to disintegration.

According to Mitrokhin, the task of the opposition is to offer an alternative to the political course of the country present leaders, such as building of a modern state based on democratic institutes and procedures.

At the same time he stressed that such an alternative must not be implemented through public disturbances and human victims. We can not adopt the worse-is-better principle, as well as any other methods of political activity provoking violence, YABLOKOs leader said.

Grigory Yavlinsky, member of the Political Committee, in his speech stressed the significance of Sergei Mitrokhins message that the present system of relations of power can lead to disintegration of the country.

If the opposition fails to propose both the programme and the personal alternative to the present policies, it will only act as a valve for releasing excess steam, Grigory Yavlinsky said.

Sergei Ivanenko added during discussion that YABLOKO should never forget that it is a responsible democratic position. Governmental policies led to the increase of nationalistic, Stalinist and even fascist moods in the society, he said.

The Political Committee adopted statement On the Political Course of the Authorities and the Tasks of Responsible Opposition in general and decided to further develop it incorporating the amendments and proposals made during discussion.

Also on the initiative of Alexei Arbatov, the Political Committee adopted in general statement Anti-Ballistic Missile Defence and Mutual Security.

The decision of the Administration of the US democrats on abolishing stationing of strategic ABM system in Europe and its replacement by operational and tactical systems (BRD of the combat theatre) demonstrates that the new US administration in fact and not in word has been trying to channel the relations with Russia towards cooperation, runs the statement. The Political Committee also called the leaders and the people of Russia and the USA and their allying countries to maximally use the window of opportunity which has just opened and to demonstrate a clear-sighted, flexible and constructive approach towards development of cooperation in the field of international security.

See also:

Overcoming Stalin's Legacy

YABLOKO against Corruption

Russia's ABM Initiatives

Russia-US Relations




Press Release
September 26, 2009