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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

Raise of the retirement age is a pay-off for the results of presidential elections

Statement by Yabloko’s Bureau

Press Release, 21.06.2018


The Federal Bureau of the Yabloko party adopted a statement on the government’s initiative to raise the retirement age. The statement runs that President Putin is really responsible for the consequences of the reform. As an alternative, Yabloko proposes to implement the proposals outlined in the presidential programme of Grigory Yavlinsky, in particular, to replenish the Pension Fund through contributions of corporations with state participation engaged in the extraction and sale of natural resources. The statement runs that under the present situation Yabloko supports the protest actions against the government’s reform, and recommends its regional and local branches to organise such actions and support independent trade unions. Yabloko became the first political party that held street actions against raising the retirement age, despite the current ban on pickets and rallies.



The President and the Government have once again engaged in raising the retirement age and pension reform. This time, it is obvious that the percentage drawn to Putin in the [presidential] election gives him the opportunity to implement any unpopular actions and the people will endure it all: raising the retirement age, and raising the VAT, and rise of the fuel prices. And then once again another performance will be played [for the people] about a bad government offering a terrible reform, and a kind President who will take off a couple of years from the raised [retirement] age.


The Russian United Democratic Party Yabloko formulated its position eight years ago: “We are categorically against the raise of the retirement age until the minimum wage in the country is raised by 2 – 3 times, until mechanisms are introduced so that to increase the employee’s interest in receiving officially declared salaries, until unemployment is significantly reduced, and the average life expectancy is raised to the European level.”


We believe that it is immoral to raise one’s pensions by means of deprivation of the right to retire for others.


Low pensions are a consequence of the failure of the economic policy of the President and the Government. Wages in Russia are several times less than wages in the developed countries at the same, and sometimes even higher, level of prices. A significant part of wages is paid in envelopes “under the table”, and the employee and the employer are interested in deceiving, as they think, the state that has been repeatedly deceived them. But in reality an employee who, when retiring, receives a pittance, turns out to be the one who was deceived.


We believe that raising the retirement age will not solve the problem that the authorities would like to solve: the replenishment of the Pension Fund’s budget and saving it from bankruptcy without the state aid. A temporary increase in the contributions to the Pension Fund in a stagnant economy will be eaten up by an increase in payments in the future and a change in the structure of employment. In the situation of low labour productivity, predatory taxes and an non-transparent pension system, when the employee does not understand what kind of pension he/she can receive, if he/she survives to the raised retirement age, the state can not rely on the honesty of employers and employees.


The increase in the retirement age under the present situation will entail the following consequences:


  • drop in living standards of the population and increase in the gap between the poorest and the richest part of the population;
  • growth of unemployment, slowdown in economic development and decline in labour productivity;
  • increase in the number of accidents, man-made disasters, injuries caused by high-risk sources, since persons serving high-risk sources whose attention and perception have been weakened due to age, will be forced to continue their work;
  • increase in the immigration of persons of the working age to other countries with a higher level of wages, pensions and longer life expectancy;
  • increase in mortality and increase in applications for a disability pension by people suffering from chronic diseases or the consequences of injuries, but who did not apply for a disability pension counting on the pension in view of retirement by age;


The Bureau of the Russian United Democratic Party Yabloko is confident that the solution for the pension problem was set out in the presidential programme of Grigory Yavlinsky. This is a significant acceleration of the economy and introduction of a guaranteed basic income for pensioners, which must be paid to them from the federal budget, while the latter gets incomes from the sale of natural resources, in addition to the pension paid from the Pension Fund. At present such a basic income can amount to 8,000 – 9,000 roubles.


Emilia Slabunova,

Chair, Yabloko