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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 visited Rostov-on-Don, South Russia

The presidential candidate passed an “exam” in the local university and spoke to residents of the region

Press Release, 09.02.2018

On 8 February, presidential candidate Grigory Yavlinsky visited Rostov-on-Don. In the afternoon he addressed the students of the Southern Federal University, and in the evening he held a large meeting with residence of the region.

Speaking before the students of the Institute of Philosophy and Political Science of the Southern Federal University Grigory Yavlinsky told that “In the next month and a half, it will be decided in which country you and your children will live”.

According to Yavlinsky, the Russian economy is in a deplorable situation, its growth stopped a few years ago. “If the economic mechanism stops functioning and there is no growth, then there is growth of poverty and there develop processes leading to a systematic and frontal lag from other countries, and the rival countries,” explained Yavlinsky.

The sanctions imposed on Russia are painfully hitting our economy, the country annually loses 3 trillion roubles from sanctions, which is comparable to the budget of the whole sector of education or the healthcare sector. Yavlinsky called on those who rejoice at the sanctions, naively believing that the sanctions could contribute to the development of Russia, not to have fun “in a childlike way.” “Our economy is a part of the world and can not exist without it,” he said.


Yavlinsky stressed that in order the change the situation millions of people should come to the polls. Only freedom, creativity and equal opportunities for all people can ensure Russia perspectives, and this is precisely what Grigory Yavlinsky presidential programme is targeted at.

Students prepared a surprise for Grigory Yavlinsky, an improvised exam. The politician had to pull tickets, and answer the examiner’s question – a question for a student who had prepared the “ticket”.

Does Russia have its special way of development? Do we need an “against all” line in the ballots? Why are there no new faces in Russian politics? Why are political blocs and coalitions forbidden? What should be the foreign policy of our country? What Yavlinsky can do as a legislator? Also Yavlinsky had to speak about political advertising, public relations and the image of the Yabloko party so that to “pass the exam”.

Grigory Yavlinsky said that Russia is a European country, and Putin’s “special way of development” leads the country to the Developing rather than the Developed World. He expressed confidence that the line “against all” should be on the ballot, but he urged students to always vote “for” what they find close to them, rather than simply vote “against”, and never choose the lesser of evil of the two, since on getting the power the lesser evil always grows in to a big one. The reason for the lack of new persons in politics is that there is no political competition in Russia. At the same time, Yabloko plans to “raise” 50 young politicians for the next parliamentary elections.

While there is no political competition in the country, there is no full-fledged profession of a political consultant or political technologist, Yavlinsky said, answering questions from students of the Faculty of Political Science.


Blocs and coalitions were banned by the United Russia party at the dawn of Putin’s presidency to ensure political monopoly. The Yabloko party was created as a coalition of different political forces, and even in the conditions of repressive laws it continues to unite allies around Yabloko, and even has the words “unified democratic” in the party’s official name – the Russian United Democratic Party Yabloko.

Foreign policy should also aim at creating a powerful economy in Russia, Yavlinsky stressed. Without this, Russia would never be among the world leaders. “To behave like a superpower, it is necessary to become a super power,” Grigory Yavlinsky reiterated.

According to Yavlinsky, one of his most important legislative initiatives would be equipping all police stations and police cars with video fixing. And no court decision should be taken without mandatory inspection of these records. This will protect citizens from police arbitrariness, and the police from provocation, Yavlinsky said. This bill lacked just one vote for its adoption by the city parliament of St.Petersburg.  Another important initiative is a block of laws relating to implementation of the Land-Housing-Roads programme which should create domestic demand in Russia and lead the country out of the crisis.

Yavlinsky answered all the questions from the students and got an “excellent mark” from his “examiners”. At the end of the meeting the students presented Grigory Yavlinsky with his portrait.


In the afternoon Grigory Yavlinsky gave an interview to the Don TR television channel and answered the questions of the local press. In the evening he spoke to voters at a big open meeting.

The conference hall of one of the hotels could not accommodate everyone who wanted to listen to Yavlinsky and ask him questions, so the team of the presidential candidate had to quickly find a new larger site.

Speaking to the audience, Grigory Yavlinsky called Rostov-on-Don a city with a powerful entrepreneurial energy. At the same time, the living standards in the region leave much to be desired: the average wage does not exceed 28,000 roubles (approx. USD 466), while about 20% of Rostov residents receive less than the subsistence level. An average doctor’s salary is 56% less than it should be according to the May decrees of Vladimir Putin. Rostov-on-Don is ranked 128th in a rating of 250 largest Russian cities as of quality of a life.


Grigory Yavlinsky once again stressed that his main goal was creation of a powerful economic mechanism in Russia.

He said that the forthcoming elections were a referendum, where dozens of millions of people should clearly show what other policy they support. “These are elections about how to get anyone who becomes President to implement another programme,” Grigory Yavlinsky said. “Only the people can do this, neither demonstrations or riots can.”

Many questions referred to the situation with Crimea and the war in the Donbass region on which the Rostov region borders. Voters supported Grigory Yavlinsky’s proposal on holding an international conference on the status of Crimea and his plan for settling the situation in Donbass. These proposals were greeted with applause.


The Rostov region has become the fourth region that Grigory Yavlinsky visited in 2018 as part of his presidential campaign. Before that, he visited Samara, Pskov, Novgorod, and last year Yavlinsky met with voters in Ryazan, Vladimir, Tomsk, Kazan and Yekaterinburg. Next week, Yabloko’s presidential candidate intends to visit Saratov and St. Petersburg.