YABLOKO’s Federal Council meeting took place
on November 5-6, 2010. The Federal Council is YABLOKO’s representative
body and comprises about 170 people.
The Federal Council examined YABLOKO’s tactics
and strategies for 2011-2012. The meeting was opened by Boris
Misnik, Coordinator of the Political Committee. Then party
leader Sergei Mitrokhin made a report “The Party’s policies
for 2011-2012: the Strategy and the Tactics”. Founder of the
party and member of Political Committee Grigory Yavlinsky
made a report on the political situation in the country and
the world and the prospects of development. Other reports
were made by Alexei Yablokov, member of Political Committee
and head of YABLOKO’s Green Russia faction, Alexei Arbatov,
head of the International Security Centre of the Academy of
Sciences and member of Political Committee, Andrei Akopyan,
Director of Inter-Republican Centre for Human Reproduction
and Family Planning and member of Moscow YABLOKO’s Regional
Council and other.
After two-days debates the Federal Council adopted
the document entitled “The New Course” which YABLOKO will
offer to the society as the “grounds for political evolution”
at the forthcoming regional elections (March 2011) and parliamentary
elections (December 2011). The Bureau of the party and its
regional branches were assigned to develop specific measures.
In the document entitled “On the New Political
Course” the Federal Council states the YABLOKO “considers
qualitative evolutionary changes in Russia’s political and
economic system by the key political task”. “We are reaffirming
our the commitment to the principles and objectives stated
in the Programme of the YABLOKO party - the Democratic manifesto.
Construction of a modern democratic welfare state of the European
type which would expresses the interests of the civil society
and be controlled by it is the only possible way of Russia’s
development. There is no other strategy for preservation and
development of Russia,” runs the document.
YABLOKO also stresses that the present seeming
prosperity conceals the inhibition factors and further increase
the gap between Russian and the developed countries. “The
key specifics of the present Russian political system is the
lack of the fundamental element of a modern democratic state
– the equality of citizens before law,” is stressed in the
Federal Council’s statement.
The anti-democratic distortions in the reforms
of 1990s and Putin-Medvedev’s policies led to deep demodernisation
of the society giving to rise to an outdated periphery capitalism
serving the oligarchy.
The authorities proved to be unable to solve any of Russia’s
political, economic or social problems. The country does not
develop, its economy has been stagnating, dependence on the
raw exports has been growing, social protection, education,
science and culture collapsing. Income inequality has been
growing, most of the population has been living on the verge
of poverty, feminization of poverty is rising, environmental
problems are not solved and brain drain has been going on.
Tensions in the Northern Caucasus which has been balancing
on the verge of a new war do not reduce.
The oligarchic regime has been increasing the
gap between the power and the society and deprives the citizens
of any opportunity not only to influence on the authorities’
decision-making but even to express the opinion. Together
with dissatisfaction accumulating in different social groups
this can harm the state and even lead to its collapse. However,
the “alternative” – e return to the totalitarian past - proposed
by communists and Stalinists can only aggravate the problem.
YABLOKO proposes the following fundamental
- unconditional provision of inviolability of a person;
- strengthening of the governance of law;
- ensuring of inviolability of property, creation of a modern
market economy – people’s capitalism;
- real separation of authorities;
- separation of business from the government;
- state support of the middle class, elimination of arbitrary
rule towards small and medium-owners;
- comprehensive anti-corruption measures;
- socially-oriented state policies;
- maximum reduction of taxes for small and medium businesses;
- ensuring of real competition and fair elections;
- decentralisation of power, development of federalism and
- environmentally friendly state policies;
- broadest Russia’s in international organisations and conventions;
- rotation of elites, anti-corruption measures;
- de-Stalinization and desovietisation of the society and
- liberation of the civil society.
The Federal Council also adopted decisions on
participation in the parliamentary elections in 2011, on ensuring
barristers safety in Dagestan and on ensuring nuclear safety
of agricultural products.
In view of recent violent attacks on journalist
Oleg Kashin and civil activist and ecologist Alexander Fetisov
YABLOKO’s Federal Council adopted
statements calling the Russian President to stop the violence
and take investigation of these cases under his control.
the attack against journalist Oleg Kashin. Statement by the
Federal Council of the YABLOKO party. November 6, 2010