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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

The law on decriminalization of domestic violence will increase the number of victims

logotip_1_2Decision of the YABLOKO Bureau


The State Duma adopted in an urgent order, the Federation Council approved and the President signed the Law on Amendments to the Criminal Code, which excluded even the very concept of domestic violence and a special responsibility for it from the Code. Responsibility for beatings of relatives was excluded from Article 116 of the Criminal Code depriving the most vulnerable groups – children, the elderly and women – of such preventive measures as threat of criminal prosecution for domestic violence.

This means that the abuser will not be held criminally liable, but only will be prosecuted in the administrative order [which envisages fines] if he committed beatings of his family members for the first time. Only in case of repeated violence it will be possible to try and arragin the perpetrator on a criminal charge.

However, the Criminal Code maintains special protection from bullies and those who inflicted blows, even the first time, based on the political, ideological, racial, ethnic or religious hatred or enmity, or by hatred or enmity towards a particular social group.

A catastrophic situation with domestic violence has developed in our country, even according to official statistics (which reflects far from all cases), dozens of thousands of women, children and elderly become victims every year, and 40 per cent of all serious violent crimes are committed within families, and dozens of thousands of victims are killed every year.

The present administrative, criminal and criminal-procedural legislation is inefficient. Cases are instituted only if the injured party applies to court in accordance with the procedure of private prosecution. Neither the police nor the prosecutor’s office participate in such trials. The injured party should independently gather evidence and present it to the court that it is virtually impossible for the victims in situations of domestic violence. Often, the victim and the abuser share the same flat or house, thus it is dangerous for the victim to apply for prosecution and, more than that, collect evidence. Collection of evidence is linked to serious procedural difficulties. Unlike the defendant, the private prosecutor does not get a lawyer free of charge, and not everyone can afford to pay for a lawyer. In addition, cases of private prosecution are terminated in connection with reconciliation of the parties, and there is a danger of pressure on the victim by the perpetrator. Due to this, many victims choose to either not apply to the court at all, or abandon the struggle after applying to court. In case of the award of a penalty, it is paid from the family budget, that is, with the victim is punished together with the abuser.

Often the perpetrator repeatedly manages to avoid punishment. In fact, domestic and family crimes are now legalised. Even before [the adoption of the law] police tried to avoid taking such cases, and now there are even more grounds for this. Deputies and senators consciously acting on orders from the most reactionary representatives of traditional Russian confessions participating in the expert boards under government bodies, adopt laws in the spirit of “patriarchal despotism”. Violence is becoming almost a societal norm under the slogan: “they [the victims] are asking for trouble”, “beating means loving”.

The weak members of the family can not find protection anywhere. Even in Moscow, there are just a few telephone lines, where one can call in case of domestic violence. And there are only a few crisis centres across the country, where one can find shelter from abusers. There are no protective mechanisms for victims (security requirements, psychological and legal assistance, shelter networks, rehabilitation centres, etc.). There are rehabilitation programmes both for victims and abusers.

The world practice in the fight against domestic violence has proven that a special law on the prevention of domestic violence is more effective than individual articles of the criminal, civil and administrative laws. Similar laws have been functioning in many countries in Western and Eastern Europe and the CIS for several years already. The experiences of Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Moldova, Kyrgyzstan, the Czech Republic, Lithuania and other countries have shown that cases of domestic violence fell from 20 to 40 per cent after the adoption of such laws.

The adopted law contradicts the European (Istanbul) Convention of the Council of Europe “On preventing and combating violence against women” from 11.05.2011, signed by all the EU countries. The Russian Orthodox Church that lobbied for decriminalisation of domestic violence was against this Convention, which Russia has not signed yet.

Almost all existing independent women’s organisations, journalists and social activists protested against the adoption of these amendments. The petition against the law on the platform has collected over 250,000 signatures.

On 16 January 2017, the Council of Europe also called on Russia not to adopt this law. Markus Leoning, Vice President of Liberal International, supported the stance and the public campaign against the law calling Russian President not to sign the law.

We are convinced that decriminalisation of family violence will increase the number of victims, leaving the abusers without real punishment. We are urging the legislators to adopt a special law on liability for domestic violence, and create an efficient state mechanism for prevention of domestic violence, aid to the victims and their rehabilitation.

Emilia Slabunova,

Chairman of the YABLOKO Party