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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

My Truth

Grigory Yavlinsky on the goal and costs of his participation in the “elections”

Novaya Gazeta, 25.12.2017

I am absolutely certain that the truth and rightness are on my side.

Considerations about the percentage and the opinion of the “political scene” stand in the way [of my campaign].

But the percentage is a weapon of the regime.

And the “political scene” is largely a voluntary or involuntary author and the product of the regime.

The regime will be pressing, humiliating and annihilating me with the percentage and its information policy. Because my truth is deadly dangerous for the regime. Donbass with dozens of thousands of victims, Boeing flight MH17 crash, crime, poverty, broken lives…; the second war in Chechnya; [act of terror in the] Dubrovka theatre; [act of terror with in the] Beslan school; [the murder of regime critic] Boris Nemtsov; [head of Chechnya] Ramzan Kadyrov; Crimea, Syria, sanctions; destruction of the economy; total failure [of the government] to fulfill the promises… My truth is dangerous mainly because there is another way, because I am different and there are other people, and all this represents an alternative. The regime will be humiliating and annihilating me for the truth because the truth has its own strength, and it is not contained in mob scenes and percentages. The truth, when voiced publicly, penetrates into the minds, first of a few people only, but then it spreads…

But my truth is not only and not so much in exposing and enumerating the actual or the alleged crimes. My truth is special. It is about the future and the perspective.

My truth is that this regime and its future political course are deadly dangerous for the country in the nearest perspective (in a year all will see it) and Putin does not want and can not (with a probability of 95 per cent) offer anything else.

That is, I will be pressured and humiliated for the truth about the future and for offering a different future. A Future, where there is no place for Putin and a group of his favorites. A Future, where the “political scene” will finally lose its media-privileged position and the halo of the “intellectual elite”, and will take exactly the place the nation rather than the Kremlin’s manipulators put them on. As it was written in the memoirs of the young reformers of the 1990s: “We did not support Yavlinsky in [the presidential elections of] 1996, because we knew that if he is there, then there will be no us…”.


My participation in the “elections” at all their specifics:

– that these are not elections, rather an “electoral Halloween” (a compound from the words “hell”, “hello”, “in” as “inside” which means “welcome to hell”, but it will be not a joke);

– that the regime will humiliate me by the percentage [of a low vote allegedly given for me];

– that the “political scene” will be mocking and mobbing me;

– that I will have to be in company with freaks, idiots and jesters, and almost all the participants will be such;

– that as a result, I may have to lose some of my comrades;

– that my formal (by standards of the regime – humiliating) defeat will lead to a difficult situation for the party, that will be very difficult to overcome,

– that this is a struggle for truth in the face of lies, Bolshevism and obscurantism, the fight against a real and dangerous political mafia that leads my country into an abyss.

The struggle for truth is not comfortable – you have to pay for it. Formal humiliation with a [low] percentage [of the vote], insults, brute pressure, sticky chatter of the hangouts – this is my fee. To whom it seems that my truth is incomplete or is put not in a proper way, join us, let us work together.

And if it is not a fight for truth, but merely a carnival, a show, a television hype, then it is not my cup of tea, and I have nothing to do there. If it is the struggle for truth and the future, then payment is inevitable. This is the nature of this phenomenon. And the price that I am talking about is not the highest. One can pay for it with life, and this is also possible. This is not heroism – it is just such a life, such a place and time, and such a profession.

In other words, participation in this “electoral Halloween” is such a form of modern dissidence in the conditions of a modern rigid authoritarian / hybrid totalitarian regime, and also in the conditions of a very deep and serious crisis of the European West.

Now, a few words about understanding the “truth” in this context. The truth is what I think about and can professionally justify. This is how I see the Future. Maybe I am wrong.

However, I was not mistaken in large before: in [the eve of Russian faulty reforms of] 1991-92, in 1995-96 [the First War in Chechnya and the first fraudulent presidential elections], in 1998 [of an economic crisis in Russian and announcement of a default of the state on its domestic debt], in [the Second War in Chechnya in] 1999, 2000 [when Vladimir Putin became President of Russia]…

I was not mistaken with the forecast of the reforms of the 1990s, with privatisation according to the “loans-for-shares” scheme, assessment of the prospects of Putin’s rule, a vision of the political course after [Putin’s] return [to the post of Russian President for the third term] in 2012.

I think I am not mistaken now.

And how can one be mistaken in the fact that the country needs peace, equality of opportunity, that the law should be the same for all, an independent and merciful court, freedom from fear and arbitrariness, protection of human life and respect for the individual, inviolability of private property, a modern growing economy… Otherwise, there will be poverty, isolation, [the country’s] irreversible backwardness, and, most likely, a war…

My human and professional responsibility is to warn about it and propose a way to ward off the disaster. If the regime will “reward” me with 2 per cent [of the vote] for all this, and the “political scene” will throw mud at me – well, I am ready. History will put everything in its place someday.

If I’m wrong and everything will be fine in the next six years of Putin’s term, I will be only glad.

* * *

Do not ask me what will happen to me. Ask yourself what will happen to you.

Grigory Yavlinsky

13 December, 2017