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Sergei Mitrokhins book "Russia Needs Changes" was launched at the Moscow Book Fair

Press Release

September 8, 2011

Presentation of the new book by YABLOKOs leader Sergei Mitrokhin was held at the International Book Fair in Moscow on September 8, 2011. The book entitled "Russia Needs Changes" presents his vision of the situation in the country and contains proposals how to change it.

The book consists of three parts: "What is Happening to Russia?", "What kind of Russia We Need?" and "How to Change Russia?".

"Russias assets have been stolen," such an assessment Mitrokhin gives to the current political regime. "While the heads of the state and the ruling party have been trying to show that they care Russia's future and talks about the need to modernize Russia, a large army of bureaucrats and businessmen associated with these bureaucrats have been continuing getting their profit [from the federal assets]," Mitrokhin wrote.

Sergei Mitrokhin proposes to build "a modern state of the European type" in Russia. This state should be governed by law, be socially-oriented, democratic, should eliminate corruption, and protect the environment. People capitalism should replace the present oligarchic capitalism, Mitrokhin wrote. The society in such a state will be able to defend its interests and control the authorities.

In the final part of the book Mitrokhin proposes "a single comprehensive strategy for anti-oligarhic reforms." The book also contains specific measures for separation of government from business and ensuring transparency. A special chapter is devoted to the fight against corruption where the author also applies to the international experience of fighting against corruption.

"Russias leaders are not capable of changes, because they are the servants of the oligarchic system, which should be transformed", Mitrokhin writes in conclusion. He also expresses his hopes that the civil society and the remnants of the "development elite "will be able to join together and make a road to changes." Mitrokhin sees the mission of the party in its facilitation of this process.

The visitors of the Book Fair could get free copies of the books from YABLOKO, Sergei Mitrokhins book inclusive. YABLOKOs leader answered questions from the visitors for half an hour.

On September 7, Grigory Yavlinsky, founder of the party, was a guest of the Book Fair. He presented federal program "Land-Housing-Roads" which had been published in a separate edition.

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Modernisation in Russia

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