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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 lies of Navalny, Volkov, Yashin

Sergei Mitrokhin’s blog, 01.09.2015

The activists of our party are gradually getting annoyed with the campaign of lies which has been started against us by the representatives of PARNAS, the Progress Party and the coalition founded by them together.image

1. The lies of Navalny

The Kostroma branch of YABLOKO were the first to run out of patience. Last week they demanded Navalny to apologize for his statement.


“The local branch of YABLOKO was bought by an oligarch who has just left United Russia. YABLOKO’s whole campaign will be devoted to lashing out at us with the money of this oligarch”.

Navalny neither apologized nor represented any proof of the “buying up”. Therefore head of the Kostroma branch of YABLOKO Valentina Yamshchikova filed a suit against Navalny to defend the reputation of the party.


Vladimir Mikhailov left United Russia in the end of 2011 on policial grounds. He is financing the campaign only in the electoral district where he is running as a candidate. The campaign of YABLOKO list is financed by the party. The information can be easily checked by any party’s appeal, including PARNAS, to Kostroma Election Commission.

And what kind of an oligarch, in fact a businessman, being of sound mind and memory, who is shaping his business with the help of the authorites will confront United Russia? That’s why I invited Mikhailov to join our list, he is a unique representative of that very non-oligarchic business in Russia, the fair business for which YABLOKO struggles.

Mikhailov who left United Russia on political grounds makes a real difference from Navalny’s partner Kasyanov who didn’t willingly leave Putin’s team but was thrown out and later became an opposition member. With his statement Mikhailov admitted that Putin’s policy is a mistake but Kasyanov calls the epoch of “early Putin” (when he mopped up NTV and imprisoned Khodorkovsky) “the progressive reforms”. So, apart from lying Navalny also has double standards.

As for “lashing out at us”, as you can see the things are vice versa: it is the coalition who can’t leave YABLOKO alone with their “crackdown”.

2. The lies of Volkov

They particularly can’t calm down because of the situation in Kostroma and the figure of Mikhailov as well.

This is what Volkov stated on air of the Ekho Moskvi radio station on August 25:


“Mikhailov made an agreement with Yerin and took YABLOKO’s franchising, we are really of good opinion of him, he truly is a person with good reputation, but this is pure political technology which allows Mikhailov to run as candidate without signature collection in the electoral district where the residents really like and respect him. YABLOKO is one of the parties whose candidates don’t have to collect signatures [to be registered].

So, he is holding the campaign in his electoral district”. He repurchased YABLOKO’s license from a local Volodin [Vechyaslav Volodin is Deputy head of Presidential Administration] to be registered in his electoral district. Since he has bad relations with the governor he was afraid of being removed from the elections if he decided to collect signatures.

On the whole, as a federal subject, YABLOKO plays the role of a department in the Presidential Administration, at the same time many nice and respectable people are members of this party. The same thing for the regional level, though they have such respectable people as Lev Shlosberg, in this particular case YABLOKO plays the role of the gubernatorial administration department, they solve the task of electing a good person and successful businessman Vladimir Mikhailov.


Imagine the “department” of [Presidential] Administration disapproving of the annexation of Crimea. When in Novosibirsk I told Volkov about this contradiction within his anti-YABLOKO propaganda. This is what I said:

“Our stance on Crimea is a lot more known and clear than the one of the coalition”. He couldn’t object to it. And who is the “department” then?

We eliminated the ex Chair of the Kostroma branch of YABLOKO Novosyelov for betraying this stance. We suspected that it was him who had relations with the Administration.

If we also lied we would write that Volkov and Navalny are the department of the Administration for softening the protest actions agenda and removing them from the centre of Moscow to the Maryino district [outskirts of Moscow]. And Kasyanov and Yashin robbed Ryzhkov’s “franchising” [Vladimir Ryzhkov, the founder of the RPR, allowed Boris Nemtsov and Mikhail Kasyanov’s PARNAS join his party. In 2014 Ryzhkov had to leave RPR-PARNAS because he disapproved of the support for nationalist Navalny on behalf of Nemtsov and Kasyanov. In 2015 Kasyanov suggested renaming RPR-PARNAS into PARNAS]. That would sound more realistic. But we don’t go down to such dirt even answering to their lies.

But there is little logic in Volkov’s lies as well. Have a look at his “logic”. Mikhailov made an agreement with “a local Volodin” – Yerin, “repurchased” his franchising, the license, but at the same time he is “a good person”. So, what is “good” about this? But Mikhailov is really a good person because he didn’t do all these things. And Volkov lied. But in a clumsy way, he said an obvious stupidity. If Mikhailov has bad relations with the governor, how can the governor’s clerk “sell him a license”? Either the governor is a dork or the clerk is a monster. No, the thing is that Volkov is a liar.

Of course he didn’t provide any proof of his conspiracy theory.

It was me who invited Mikailov to join our list. Yerin has nothing to do with this.

Volkov on air of Radio Liberty:

“YABLOKO is just one of the department of the Presidential Administration, they are not allowed to join any of our coalitions”


As for the mean “department”, please see above. Now about the coalitions. Yesterday I returned from Voronezh. The second on the list runs Sypryonok, member of PARNAS, the third is Khodakovsky from the Democratic Choice party. The Progress Party member Malakhovsky is also on the list. There are also coalitions in the other regions of Russia.

In Udmurtia we struggled a lot to nominate Timofey Klabukov, the Progress Party member, in the single-mandate district. I personally went to the Minister for International Affairs together with Klabukov to dispute the lawlessness of the police. Navalny didn’t even find time to retweet Klabukov’s massage on being removed from elections.

Member of the Central Election Commission and our party member Elena Dubrovina really tried hard to achieve the registration of PARNAS in the Kostroma region. It was her who was ordered to sort out whether the signatures collected by PARNAS were authentic. And she won, as we know.

That’s how we “are not allowed to join any coalitions”.

We do not join your coalitions not because it is forbidden but because you are lying all the time.

3. The lies of Yashin

Where there are liars there are little liars.

The first person on the list saved by YABLOKO remembers Moscow City Duma elections on Radio Liberty, August 6:

YABLOKO is the only democratic party, conditionally opposition, which was freed from signature collection. Tens of opposition candidates came to YABLOKO with a request to nominate them in the single-mandate districts.


Nearly everyone was refused. Katz was refused, the owner of Dozhd TV channel Vinokurov, Olga Romanova, [Maria] Gaidar. It’s obvious that I didn’t go there, I was eliminated from YABLOKO”.


Actually, we proposed Katz to run in the other electoral district since another YABLOKO candidate was running in Katz’s favorite district. He refused. Gaidar and Romonaova also received the opportunity to choose from other districts, not those they wanted. Galyamina which is also an opposition candidate agreed to run in the district she was given and no problem occurred. Vinokurov agreed to run in the district which we proposed but then he found out that he could not support the candidates who compete with YABLOKO in the other districts. That’s why he refused. But nobody had any pretensions to YABLOKO. Nobody but Yashin who even wasn’t there.


Yashin: “Milov was refused though Milov supported Yavlinsky at the presidential elections , he was the only opposition leader who supported Yavlinsky during the presidential elections. Everyone was refused.”


Milov refused himself when he learned that he had to sign the Memorandum where the annexation of Crimea is judged. His colleague from the Democratic Choice party Peskov sign the Memorandum and had no problems with nomination as a YABLOKO candidate. It’s about “everyone was refused”.


A large number of YABLOKO supporters persuaded me that I shouldn’t react to all these lies. They reminded me of this proverb: don’t compete with a pig, both will end up in dirt but the pig enjoys it.

I don’t agree. The lies must be revealed in any case no matter who tells them. Even if they are the most popular and glamorous representatives of the opposition.

If you don’t compete with the pig who is attacking you, it will come to your house covered with dirt, sit down to your table and put its legs on the table.