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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

Ex-Mayor of Petrozavodsk: I made the system change and was deprived of the post for this

Deutsche Welle, 03.02.2016

By Nikita Batalov

Galina Shirshina, ex-Mayor of Petrozavodsk, gave DW an interview about threats to take her to court, participation in elections to the State Duma and her fight against the system.

After a loud dismissal of Galina Shirshina, Mayor of Petrozavodsk, the interest of the media has been once again focused on Karelia. In late January, Russian authorities expelled Finnish journalist after an interview with the ex-Mayor and annulled his Russian visa. Later the Federal Migration Service reported that journalists need to have a special working visa. Galina Shirshina said she did not rule out her participation in the autumn parliamentary elections. Shirshina also said that a criminal case could be filed against her, and also explained why the Karelian branch of YABLOKO had had problems with the law, and how businessmen did not let her to change the city governing system.image

DW: After your dismissal, Petrozavodsk city councilors said they would seek filing criminal cases against you. Are these threats well founded?

Galina Shirshina: These threats represent the councilors’ attempt to justify my dismissal, to show that I was an “inefficient” Mayor. Public Prosecutor’s Office had previously tried to raise a case against me, but failed to find grounds for it. However, there are concerns that real criminal cases may emerge now. The matter is that there has been [criminal] investigation launched against my closest associates. In fact, all the top people of Karelian YABLOKO are currently defendants in criminal cases.

DW: What kind of criminal cases?

Galina Shirshina: The most loud case is the so-called Petropit case. The investigation accuses the defendants, my colleagues, of participation in the sale of a municipal building for an allegedly low price. It was a typical transaction, when a tenant buys a municipal building. There had been a valuation of the property, there had been an auction. There are many deals like this, but the investigators saw fraud in this very deal. I personally examined all of the circumstances of the sale of the building and can confirm that there had been no violations.

In fact, until my dismissal, there was no corpus delicti, because I as Mayor did not recognise that the city had suffered any damage. This case would have just fallen to pieces in court. And immediately after my dismissal, the city administration announced an allegedly caused damage, and the case was sent to court. I do not rule out that the next criminal case may be raised against me. For two and a half years that I worked as Mayor, I knew that the work was rather dangerous. So what now? Everyone takes his own way.

DW: Alexander Bekhov, who claims he is a representative of the City Council, has been speaking much about criminal cases where you are involved. What is this man?

Galina Shirshina: This is a very peculiar person. He was hired specifically so that to “oust me” (Ed.: from office) by legal means. He has no relation to the city. I assume that this person was hired directly by Governor Alexander Khudilainen.

DW: Why did they decide to dismiss you at the end of 2015? In fact, the councilors could have done this before, could not they?

Galina Shirshina: Several factors coincided here. First, they had to close that story with Petropit and thus strike a blow on YABLOKO in Karelia. Second, in my performance as Mayor I created problems for [personal] business interests of many of the councilors.

For example, Chairman of the City Council has direct links with the business of transportation carriers. I fought for preservation of public transport, did not allow to raise the price of travel, because it was unprofitable to [city] residents. The councilors who just wanted to make money on residents regarded us a bone in the throat.

DW: Your opponents have been saying that the city did not change much when you were in office. What can you tell them?

Galina Shirshina: The economic situation in the city was quite difficult, as everywhere in Russia. The budget had not been increased for two years. But we managed to accomplish several things: we opened five new kindergartens, social centers for the elderly, centers for children with disabilities. The concept of urban development was changed. We began to focus on historical and cultural preservation of the city, on requests of people, rather than businessmen.

We managed to conduct urban policies basing on the opinion of the expert community. We returned to the people the right to decide how the city should function. Those who used to live in the old way did not like the changes. Now everything has returned back to how it was two years ago. I forced the system to change and lost my post.

DW: Earlier you have said that you could not rule out the possibility of participation in the elections to the State Duma this Fall. Can you confirm these plans?

Galina Shirshina: It will be possible to solve this problem only after I will go through all the judicial instances seeking cancellation [of the councilors’ decision] on my dismissal from the post of Petrozavodsk Mayor. We lost one trial and now are actively preparing for the appeal. The hearings of the Supreme Court of Karelia on my case should take place by mid-February.

I do not vest much hope in the Supreme Court of the Republic of Karelia. However, there are chances of a positive decision in the Supreme Court of Russia. If the courts are not on my side, I will participate in the elections to the State Duma.

DW: Would it be better for you to get elected in a single-mandate constituency in Karelia?

Galina Shirshina: It does not necessarily have to be a single-mandate constituency. This may be a nomination from YABLOKO in their list of candidates. But I will not take an independent decision on this, the decision will be developed together with the leadership of the party. Now I have frequent discussions with Grigory Yavlinsky, but we do not focus on this issue. You have to understand that participation of Karelian YABLOKO in the elections could be much hampered because of the previously mentioned criminal cases.