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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

Lev Shlosberg: We can hear you. We understand you. We will not give up. We will not betray you.

Lev Shlosberg’s speech at the meeting of Yabloko Federal Council
Press release, 17.12.2018

Dear colleagues, supporters of our party and citizens of Russia!

Millions of people in our country categorically disapprove of what is going on in our Russia now.

Tens of millions of people do not believe that there is a way to change the state of affairs.

Even among those who believe in changes there are few people who think that changes can be achieved in a peaceful way without any bloodshed.

Russia’s gouvernement is treating people like an occupant: cynically, cruelly and very immorally. The government is destroying the country and corrupt society.

There is a lack of justice in our country, and almost everyone can see and realise it. There is a lack of freedom too, but few people realise and see it.

We are among those few people, dear colleagues.

Is it possible to survive and function for a political party that states the necessity of both justice and freedom at the same time as freedom is a precondition for justice. There can be no freedom without justice.

Should we prioritise survival and self-preservation or protection and preservation of the country? The future of our party and the future of our country in many respects depend on the way we answer. These tasks do not contradict each other, they don’t exclude one another. The task of protecting and preserving our country is an internal task. We also need to be brave and patient to achieve it. However, we can only save and preserve the country if we change ourselves. This implies more than self-preservation. This task demands changing ourselves.

The task of changing ourselves very often demands that we make actions that are not simply hard but also painful and controversial.

How should we treat people, millions of people, who have their best intentions in mind but make a wrong choice every year, thus making both their and our existence if not completely impossible than pointless?

This is how how many people feel when they participated in election campaigns, addressed people, talked to them but were not received well and even faced aggression and disrespect. What should we do in a situation like this?

We should love people. We should love people and talk to people. The government does not speak to people, it manipulates them, it uses people for self-preservation.

The government in our country is not simply an occupant and a marauder, it is monstrously egotistic too. The government cares only about themselves. The government is using people – millions of people, as fuel for their crazy locomotive. This locomotive has no future at all, it can only hit the wall and kill everyone. However, the mad locomotive driver insists that we should go at a higher speed. You and I – all of us – are in this locomotive. No one but us can stop it.

As a matter of fact, there is a very simple formula to political success in a country with no freedom: We can hear you. We understand you. We will not give up. We will not betray you.

Consistency, tranquility and resilience are values by people in the first place. Even those people, who think that it is not possible to achieve these goals in our country at all, respect stubbornness and resilience. The reason for this is that deep inside them, in their subconscious, every single person wants to believe that changes are possible. If not for us than for our children and grandchildren.

This is what we have in us, a code of survival. It is something that makes the humankind go on.

In our country right in front of us there are millions of people who realise that what is going on in our country is inhuman, and they are ready to change the state of affairs. We should become the party for these people, for this society. We should form the image of the future of Russia for these people. We should come up with a human Russia as apposed to the inhuman Russia. We need a Russia that has a future as there will be no future in an inhumane system. There will be no place for a discussion on left-wing and right-wing liberals as any free person will not be able to exist there at all.

We should aim for the goals that seem impossible to many people right now. They seem impossible because “we are not strong enough” and “this is the destiny of our country”.

We live in a time when the majority of people what to achieve these goals but consider them unachievable.

I want to name a few of these goals. These goals are not only of a philosophical or human character, they are of an applied political character.

Free people should be represented in the parliament in 2021. We must put the period of democratic hard times to an end. These people have had no representation in the state parliament for 15 years now, there is no one speak on behalf of them in the State Duma podium in front of the country.

We should set a goal that no one has been able to achieve in the post-Soviet Russia: we need to create a party of the democratic majority. This goal has not been brought to live as a result of very dramatic and even tragic developments of the 1980s and 1990s. We have done everything in our power to realise this goal. However, we failed to do it.

Should we acknowledge that this goal is impossible, unachievable and unrealistic? No. We should learn our lessons – the lessons for the whole country, and for the Yabloko party. These lessons should make us stronger.

Nothing can make a person stronger than the hardships they had been through. We have been going through a real hardship for a quarter of a century now, it is a hardship on a national scale. Going through this and overcoming it is making us very strong.

She should not give up on our ideas. We should insist on our values, our ideals, our truth. We should not give up on any word of the truth. This is what helped us survive and preserve ourselves. It is this inner sense of justice, freedom and truth that helped us preserve ourselves in these inhuman conditions.

On 18th March [presidential Election Day], Vladimir Bonaparte concluded the post-Soviet history of Russia. This post-Soviet history ended up in a collapse. All the attempt to modernise and democratise Russia after the dissolution of the Soviet Union turned out to be fruitless because the people who came to power at that time could only think of themselves.

Boris Yeltsin was trying to preserve his power when the Constitution was adopted in 1993. He tried to establish his authority and preserve it with the help of this Constitution 25 years ago.

It was the Constitution for a group of people who came to power by chance at the beginning of the 1990s. It was not a Constitution for the whole Russia, for its ageing development.

This is why they began discussing the possibility of adopting a new Constitution that would fix today’s status quo, the status quo of Putin’s Russia which has no place for freedom, justice or anything humane. They want a Constitution like this.

They have the political means to adopt it, but they are running out of public resources. We need to feel, see and realise this moment, this historical chance.

There is nothing more cruel than history: it loves no one, it has no pity, it is not in debt to anyone. It simply records all our mistakes, defeats, success stories, disappointments, efforts, it is ready for anything.

It is time we realise that now, in these hopeless, as at may seem, years and even days we need to begin talking to people, to all the people of Russia about the image of the future as the foundation is being laid now.

It is not simply about writing a political programme. It is about offering values for a new state. Modern Russia has estranged people, it has nothing to do with people. It is serfdom; a state like this needs slaves, it does not need free people at all.

We are a party of free people. We need to continue struggling for the values of free people in the environment of semi-freedom or no freedom at all.

Toady it is not important how many people like this are in this room or in the whole country. The main thing is that we are ready to do it.

We are in a great debt to the country. All the people who are capable of doing something are in debt. If you are unable to do annoying, you should not. However, if can so something, you must do it.

In the situation when people lost faith, when they are desperate and disappointed we need to learn to inspire them.

Politics is one of the most inspiring activities. Politics is a way to change lives.

Friends, I think that Yabloko can do this in Russia.

Thank you!