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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

Launch of new books by Grigory Yavlinsky

Press release, 29.11.2015

Politician and economist Grigory Yavlinsky presented his new books at the Book Fair of Intellectual Literature Non / Fiction. This year two news books by Grigory Yavlinsky were published: “Peripheral Authoritarianism What Russia Has Achieved and Why”and “Notes on History and Politics: the People, the Country, and the Reforms” written together with Andrei Kosmynin.image

There was not enough room in the conference hall for all those who came to listen to Grigory Yavlinsky and ask him a question. All the seats were occupied, as well as passages, and the corridor leading to the exit, and even window sills.

Grigory Yavlinsky began the meeting by expressing his gratitude to the people who helped him in the writing of the books – Andrei Kosmynin, co-author of “Notes on History and Politics”, his long-term publisher and editor Yuri Zdorovov and his interlocutors – well-known Russian intellectuals Vitaly Shvydko and Victor Kogan-Yasny.

“Who could have thought that this would happen?! We wanted completely different development! ” – Grigory Yavlinsky had to answer this question many times when talking about reforms in the new Russia, so the first question he answered in the books was what Russia achieved. The second question was “Can we achieve anything with such people?”

Peripheral Authoritarianism. What Russia Has Achieved and Why

Grigory Yavlinsky does not say who is to blame, because he sees the solution in changing the system rather than replace one person on the top by another. He compares the existing system to a minefield: “To move forward, we have to clear it of mines, otherwise we will be exploded by mines that have been laid there over the past 25 years. How can we carefully, without humiliating anyone, without prejudice, violence and bloodshed to demine this very dangerous mechanism?”

The first section of the book is devoted to the foundation of this mechanism: the events of the early 1990s (the hyperinflation of 1992, criminal privatisation, the 1996 presidential elections launching elimination of free media).

In addition, Yavlinsky draws attention to other important circumstances which people do not speak about. First, refusal from the assessment of everything that happened after the coup in 1917. Second, the Bolshevik style of the post-Soviet reforms – the reforms were carried out according to the principle “the end justifies the means”. As people used to say at that time, “no population – no inflation”. It was the style despising those for whom everything was done, the Bolshevik way of doing business.

Further Yavlinsky considers how a political system without competition was built on this foundation, a merger of property and power, business and government, an ideology built as an absurd puzzle demonstrating a combination of the imperial coat of arms, the Soviet anthem and post-Soviet flag.

The book also shows how corruption in Russia works: “You can do anything and “we close the eyes on anything”, but only if you behave properly, if you misbehave, the “eyes will open” and then blame yourself. This is also a reproduction of the Stalinist system”.

Another topic covered in the book is the institutions. Yavlinsky says that it is incorrect to say that there are no institutions in Russia, they are simply different: the system includes the repeated and sustainable practices of corruption, construction of the ‘vertical of power’ and fraud at elections.

This results in giving rise to new developments. For example, the system has to see the outside world as an enemy and strives to constantly expanding itself.

The final part of the book is devoted to Russia’s prospects. Yavlinsky believes that such a system can not exist for a long time, it constantly makes mistakes, which brings it to collapse. However, it is difficult to determine the time limits of the period before the collapse.

Notes on History and Politics: the People, the Country, and the Reforms

The Russian people is not worse than any other people, say the authors of the book, the blame for the failure of reforms lies on those who implement them, that is, the elite: “Maybe we should not say that Russia has a very special people? It is impossible to do something good with such an elite, because those who became the elite, exchanged their position of independent, professional people who love their country for money, power and their posts,” Grigory Yavlinsky said.

The topic of retreat of people from politics and public life is the most important topic in the book.

“We believe that there is such specifics in our country, in contrast to many other countries: as a rule, people do not struggle against the government but try to avoid it, they do not want to fight against it, they do not want to transform it. The British had nowhere to go from the islands, and they long ago began to demand their rights from their very dangerous and at that time of autocratic ruler. In Russia it worked differently: people retreated from the conflict with the authorities both geographically and into their own life”.

For the state, this is a very dangerous thing, because when the gap between the authorities and citizens becomes too deep, the state collapses. This happened to Russia twice in the 20th century: in 1917 and in 1991

Grigory Yavlinsky also answered the questions from the audience and signed his books for the readers.