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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

Dismissed Petrozavodsk Mayor brings a law suit against deputies who sacked her

image// RBC, by Elizaveta Antonova, 11.01.2016

Photo: ex head of Petrozavodsk Galina Shirshina. Photo by Igor Podgorny / TASS

Former head of Petrozavodsk Galina Shirshina appealed in court against the decision of the city council on her dismissal. She argues that the [deputies’] thesis on her failure to implement the powers of the mayor are false. In parallel with the law suit she will help YABLOKO in the [parliamentary] election campaign.

Relevance of the claims

On Monday the lawyer of Mayor Galina Shirshina, dismissed by deputies of the Petrozavodsk City Council brought a suit to the Petrozavodsk court appealing against the dismissal, Shirshina told to RBC.

Earlier the lawyers of Galina Shirshina had sent the appeal to court by mail. The ex-mayor filed two categories of claims against Petrozavodsk deputies. In her opinion, the City Council had made procedural and considerable substantive violations in her dismissal.

“The reason for my dismissal was ‘non-fulfilment of the powers [of the Mayor]’. But I fulfilled my powers and it is wrong to say that I have shied away from work,” Shirshina said. To prove this, her lawyers intend to request information from different authorities, including interviews with employees of the city administration.

However, Shirshina is not sure that the court will enter into details of the evidence provided by her lawyers. “It will become clear at the first meeting, when we present motions and the court either accepts or dismisses them,” the ex head of Petrozavodsk said.

She recalled that during the trial over her deputy Evvgeniya Sukhorukova, who was found guilty of abuse of power and sentenced to three years of probation, the court of the first instance refused to consider and admit as evidence a number of defense motions.

Emlia Slabunova, new YABLOKO party Chair who also comes from Karelia, told to RBC that YABLOKO would support Shirshina in this lawsuit and provide any assistance if necessary. She also stressed that the claims of the Petrozavodsk City Council were absolutely groundless.

“Who can boast of another mayor, who for the first year in office could reduce the deficit of the city budget by two times”, Slabunova said adding that the question was not how well Shirshina worked, but rather whether a representative of the opposition should be allowed to work in the executive power of the city.

According to YABLOKO Chair, the outcome of the case would depend on the mindset of the regional leader [the Governor].

Preparations for the elections

On Sunday Slabunova had a meeting with Shirshina where they agreed that in addition to the preparation to a trial Shirshina would help YABLOKO to prepare for elections. “We will engage her to work in YABLOKO in preparing for the elections. She is an experienced psychologist,” Slabunova said. She also drew attention to the fact that Shirshina was not a party member, but has been cooperating with YABLOKO for many years and won the mayoral election with the support of YABLOKO.

If the ex-mayor of Petrozavodsk decides to run for the State Duma, YABLOKO would support her candidacy, YABLOKO Chair emphasized.

Shirshina has not voiced her election plans yet. She stresses that while she plans to focus on the trial.

Shirshina won the elections for the post of Mayor of Petrozavodsk as a self-nominated candidate in 2013, when Emilia Slabunova was prevented to run for the post, as she was ousted from the election two weeks before the voting day. Then YABLOKO supported the candidacy of Shirshina.

Since then, the administration of the Governor of Karelia has been in conflict with oppositional Mayor and the local United Russia branch has repeatedly criticized Shirshina’s performance. In particular, she was accused of lowering tariffs on public transport.

On 25 December, deputies of the Petrozavodsk City Council voted for the dismissal of the Mayor on the basis of “non-fulfillment of the powers [of the Mayor]” during three months.

Galina Shirshina became the winner of the RBC prize in 2015 in the category “The Statesperson of the Year”.