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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 Yekaterinburg

Yabloko’s candidate for the presidency of Russia continues his campaign presenting his programme in different Russian regions

Press Release, 12.12.2017

Grigory Yavlinsky’s visit to Ekaterinburg began with a meeting with the oppositional Mayor of the city Yevgeny Roizman. The two politicians discussed the development of the city, the city budget, restructuring of the budget and the principle of federalism. “From my point of view, Yevgeny Roizman is one of the most qualified and professional politicians in Russia,” Grigory Yavlinsky said after the meeting.

After the meeting Yevgeny Roizman held a tour for Grigory Yavlinsky on the Museum of Naive Art. Roizman became the ideological inspirer of this museum, he has been collecting works of Ural artists throughout the region for many years.

Photo: Grigory Yavlinsky and Yevgeny Roizman

At a press conference in Interfax, Grigory Yavlinsky presented the economic section of his presidential programme to local journalists. Yavlinsky said that if Russia had a strong economy, there would be respect in the world, and most importantly, there would be no poverty. “Today, Russia is a poor country, with large-scale poverty,” he noted.

Grigory Yavlinsky also cited official statistics. In 2017, expenditures on medicine in the region dropped almost twofold: from 39.8 to 20.4 billion rubles. Since May 2012, the number of hospitals decreased by 14 per cent, and the number of hospital beds by 11 per cent. The situation with kindergartens and schools is similar: 74,000 schoolchildren are studying on the second shift, Grigory Yavlinsky noted. “If the economy of the region and the country is not corrected, these trends will intensify and continue,” he stressed.

The situation can be amended by changing the system of distribution of tax revenues between the federal centre, the regions and the municipalities. Each of the levels should receive 33 per cent of the tax revenue. Now most of the revenues go to the centre. “This is a senseless system, as it does not allow the regions to develop,” Yavlinsky said.

In addition, Yavlinsky proposed to change the priorities of the federal budget. Reduce the expenditure on the army, the law enforcement and state administration from 38 to 28 per cent, while the expenditure on healthcare and education should be raised from 7 to 14 per cent. Also, the presidential candidate proposed to optimise expenditures, as the state budget annually spends about 600 bln roubles on non-profile spendings of ministries and state corporations. According to Yavlinsky, the state budget annually lacks 300-400 bln roubles from state-owned companies that do not pay dividends to the state. There are also megaprojects in the regions, such as a stadium in St. Petersburg or a fountain in Grozny (Chechnya), which cost dozens of billions roubles.

Grigory Yavlinsky proposes a “tax revolution”, in particular a different distribution of the profit tax, VAT and personal income tax, between the centre, the regions and the municipalities (10 – 30 – 60, not 15 – 85 – 0, as it is now). Such a change is the fiscal policies may bring 50 bln rubles to Ekaterinburg’s city budget, Grigory Yavlinsky promised.

Answering journalists’ questions, Yavlinsky again explained why he decided to participate in the presidential campaign: “The goal of participation in the elections is to show an alternative and thus influence politics. Look, in summer we launched a large federal campaign “Time to Return Home” for Russia’s withdrawal from the war in Syria. Certainly, Putin can not withdraw troops, but yesterday he went there and said “it’s time to return home.” Certainly, the authorities can not change the budget system, as we propose, but yesterday [Chair of the upper chamber of the parliament] Valentina Matviyenko said that it was necessary to leave tax revenues in the regions. If dozens of millions of voters support changes in the country, they will happen. And also the truth and professionalism are not measured by the percentage announced by the Central Electoral Commission. ”

Yavlinsky also took part in the round table “The new budget policy and the Constitution of the Russian Federation”, as on 12 December the country celebrates the Day of the Constitution of Russia.

Grigory Yavlinsky noted that the key task was to make the Constitution function so that it would ensure federalism and democracy, and that Russia would become a truly socially oriented state where human rights and freedoms are strictly observed.

At the same time, Yavlinsky noted that changing of the Constitution might become “one of the major events” in the [Vladimir Putin] presidential campaign. Such ideas were discussed and, among other things, there were very radical proposals made, suggesting elimination of the federal system and creation of a mechanism for the irremovability of power (i.e. the State Council with a lifetime chairman). “The extreme point of view is to declare the denunciation of the Belovezh agreements [on the dissolution of the USSR],” said Grigory Yavlinsky. “I am very, very negative about these agreements, but this way will quickly lead to war.”