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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

Congratulations to Dmitry Muratov, Editor-in-Chief of Russian opposition paper Novaya Gazeta, on being awarded the Golden Pen Freedom Prize!

imageYABLOKO congratulate Dmitry Muratov, Editor-in-Chief of Russian opposition paper Novaya Gazeta, on being awarded the Golden Pen Freedom Prize!

The Golden Pen of Freedom, the annual press freedom award of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), has been awarded to Dmitry Muratov, Editor-in-Chief of independent Russian newspaper, Novaya Gazeta.

Cartagena, Colombia, 12 June 2016

The award, made in Cartagena, Colombia during the opening ceremony of the 68th World News Media Congress, 23rd World Editors Forum and 26th World Advertising Forum, recognised Mr Muratov’s leadership and outstanding perseverance in safeguarding Novaya Gazeta’s independent editorial line, as well as the great sacrifices made by its staff, over the paper’s many years of service in the cause of press freedom.

“I would like to express my appreciation to WAN-IFRA for this award, coming as it does 10 years after your Moscow conference where Mr Gorbachev announced he would assist the development of our newspaper,” said Mr Muratov, speaking in a pre-recorded video address from Moscow. “Only 5 per-cent of the population in this country understand the freedom of media as a prime, core value, while about 80% believe the main problem in Russia is poverty. Very few associate the two. Without freedom of speech, there is no way out of poverty. Freedom means that there is control over corruption and the state, which means that it impedes poverty. I believe your award will help us to further follow this way.”

Mr Muratov was unable to travel to collect his award in person due to his on-going recovery from a recent illness. Accepting the Golden Pen of Freedom on his behalf, Sergei Sokolov, Deputy Editor of Novaya Gazeta, said “In the last 16 years, Russia has been sliding, corrupted and oligarchic but still a democratic society, into a darkness of rigid autocracy, which has surely affected the freedom of speech and media,” he said. “Journalists are constantly attacked and the reason is the system of impunity that has developed: businessmen, corrupt law enforcement officers and officials know that if they order the death of a journalist, they will get away with it. Independent journalists are living this way in Russia now, but I can only be proud of the fact that I am working with them and am honored to be a friend to them.”

“In recognition of Dmitry Muratov’s vision and leadership, and in acknowledgement of the courage, determination, and professionalism of those who – at great personal sacrifice – keep the flame of freedom burning and the independence of the press alive in Russia, we stand in appreciation of the work of Novaya Gazeta,” said World Editors Forum President, Marcelo Rech, in making the award in front of an audience of more than 700 publishers, chief editors and other senior newspaper executives from around the world. “Despite the Kremlin’s success in marginalising independent reporting and the levels of violence and impunity media professionals face in Russia, Novaya Gazeta continues to wield considerable influence with its uniquely uncompromising editorial line.”

WAN-IFRA has presented the Golden Pen of Freedom since 1961 to recognise the outstanding action, in writing or deed, of an individual, group or institution in the cause of press freedom.

Novaya Gazeta has been described as the only truly critical voice with national influence in today’s Russia, known for its in-depth investigations on sensitive issues such as high-level corruption, human rights violations and abuse of power. With such notoriety comes the ‘reward’ of rarely escaping the invasive eye of the authorities and their all-powerful board of censors.

Founded in 1993, Dmitry Muratov and some 50 colleagues embarked upon Novaya Gazeta with the goal of creating “an honest, independent, and rich” publication that would influence national policy. Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev donated part of his 1990 Nobel Peace Prize award to pay for the early expenses. While Mr Gorbachev remains a shareholder today, the majority stake in the company now belongs to the editorial board of the paper.

Tragically, Novaya Gazeta has paid the heaviest price for its investigative and pioneering work worldwide; six of its journalists have been killed in retaliation for their work or have died under suspicious circumstances, and many of its staff receive regular threats.

The most prominent casualty was investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya, who gained international recognition for her independent coverage of Chechnya and the North Caucasus. On 7 October 2006, she was shot and killed in the elevator of her block of flats. Those responsible for ordering her killing have never been identified.

WAN-IFRA remains deeply concerned by the deterioration of media freedoms in Russia over the past decade-and-a-half. State ownership of the airwaves and close ties between government officials and pro-government media ensure significant uniformity with the official version of events. Censorship and self-censorship is reportedly common amongst state media employees, while independent media face heavy restrictions on what they can cover. Access to official information is, in practice, extremely difficult to obtain and independent critics are increasingly harassed and persecuted – many of these are journalists. Violent attacks have steadily increased, while tragically, 56 journalists have been reported killed in Russia since 1992. Impunity for the killers in these cases stands at nearly 90%.

“Despite the challenges, despite the worsening situation for the independent press and the unimaginable pressures facing the paper at every turn, thankfully Novaya Gazeta remains with us,” said Mr Rech. “Today, the global media industry stands in recognition of its crucial work.”

The World News Media Congress continues through Tuesday 14th June. Follow the sessions and live updates on the conference blog at or via Twitter: curated updates @NewspaperWorld and via the hashtags #WNC16 and #Editors16.

For Dmitry Muratov’s complete biography, visit

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