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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

Grigory Yavlinsky: “My goal is to change the policies. This will be my victory”

Press Release, 16.11.2017

Yabloko’s presidential candidate spoke about the new budget policy in Tomsk

On 16 November, Yabloko presidential candidate Grigory Yavlinsky came to Tomsk to present a section of his presidential programme devoted to the new budget policy. Speaking at a press conference for the local media, Yavlinsky formulated the criterion for his successful performance in the presidential campaign: if it is not possible to achieve a succession of power, then a change in the state’s policy – economic, external and internal – can be considered a victory, that would take place if millions of Russian citizens vote for the alternative to the present policies.

“If the programme for the change of the policy gets enough votes, then the policy will begin to change,” Grigory Yavlinsky explained in an interview with the popular Tomsk online media TV2. “If there are votes for ending the war with Ukraine, for resolving the problem of Crimea, ending [Russia’s] participation in the civil war in Syria, for lifting of the sanctions, normalisation of relations with the world, taking steps to create a system of justice, steps to reform the economy, then change of the policies will become possible.”

Votes of five million Russian citizens will suffice and ensure for that. “And if twenty million vote, then the person who proposes these changes will become Prime Minister,” the leader of Yabloko said. Yavlinsky did not rule out that he could accept the offer to become the head of the government if he could implement his programme at that post.

According to Grigory Yavlinsky, Russia has “tough times ahead”. This is connected with low oil prices, exhaustion of the country’s economic mechanism, and sanctions that will really affect the economic situation in Russia.

Yavlinsky said that a change of the policy, in particular, the budget policy, would be required so that to amend such situation. According to Yavlinsky, such a weak economy as Russia’s should not spend almost 39 per cent of the budget on weapons, the army and the state apparatus, while only 7 per cent are spent on healthcare and education.

Yavlinsky’s presidential programme proposes to cut the expenditures on the law enforcement and the state machinery by 10 per cent, and increase expenditures on healthcare and education by 7 per cent.

The second point of the new budget policy is a change of the existing “vicious” system of distribution of tax revenues between the federal centre, regions and municipalities. That is also why Tomsk was chosen for the presentation of the programme – the city and the region suffer greatly because two-thirds (66.3 per cent) of the revenues goes to Moscow, the region has only 27.9 per cent of taxes left, and the municipalities – only 5.8 per cent.

“This leads to the fact that only 8 per cent of households in the city have natural gas, despite the fact that it is extracted nearby, and the Power of Siberia gas pipeline which should supply gas to China goes close to the city. Another 15 per cent of the population receives liquefied gas, the rest have their houses heated with wood and coal. And this is in the gas superpower! ” Grigory Yavlinsky noted with indignation.

Yabloko presidential candidate proposes to distribute the tax revenues between the federal centre, the region and the municipalities in equal proportion: 33.33 per cent for each.

Yavlinsky also cited other figures, indicating that budget policy should be changed. Thus, the budget deficit of the Tomsk region is 2.5 billion roubles, while the state debt is almost 25 billion roubles. At the same time, a significant part of state obligations in the social sphere is transferred to the level of the regions. Without the necessary funding, the number of doctors in the Tomsk region fell by 13 per cent in five years, the number of hospitals dropped by 11 per cent, and out patients hospitals by 5 per cent. The number of schools fell by almost 6 per cent. “A quarter of all schoolchildren in the Tomsk region study on the second shift! There is no such indicator anywhere in the country,” Grigory Yavlinsky noted.

At the same time, the state spends a lot of money on such projects as the fountain in Grozny, the capital of Chechnya (60 billion rubles) or the stadium Zenith Arena in St. Petersburg (43 billion), whereas something is constantly malfunctioning in the latter.

Tomsk is a university centre with 900 students per 10,000 inhabitants (in Russia the respective indicator is 500 students per 10,000 of population). Therefore, the visit of Grigory Yavlinsky began with a meeting with first-year students of the Tomsk Business Institute, the only private university in the city. The politician did not lecture the students, but instead offered them a dialogue.

Future designers, economists, managers and psychologists were most interested in how to provide young families with affordable housing, how to defeat corruption and do business without risking losing everything.

Grigory Yavlinsky believes that students who start families should receive free social housing, which they can later purchase from the state. Corruption can not be defeated if the government in Russia does not change for the next 25 years and there are no independent media and an independent judiciary, Yavlinsky noted. The politician stressed that another important aspect of this problem should be the revision of fabricated criminal cases against entrepreneurs and the revocation of sentences passed by judges for bribes. Protection of entrepreneurship and levy of taxes for five years for many types of small businesses are regarded by Yavlinsky as his priority tasks on the post of Russian President. He also added that 80 per cent of the population are involved in small businesses in China, 60 per cent in the United States, and only 16 per cent in Russia.

Yavlinsky urged students to participate in politics and go to the polls, because the policies of the present government course would predetermine the prospects for future generations. “Now such sanctions are imposed [on Russia], that grandchildren of the present young people will have to pay for them. And these sanctions will lead to such braking, that the country will lagging behind [the developed countries] for decades,” Grigory Yavlinsky said. “We will be sitting with our nuclear bombs, like North Korea. Certainly, no one will attack us, well, then what? None of the current government will be alive then, but people will be still paying for what has been done now, for the fact that the country was a target for sanctions.”