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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 Politics of the Emperors With No Clothes

Grigory Yavlinsky about Vladimir Putin’s meeting with Donald Trump and the difficulties of translation

Grigory Yavlinsky’s web-site, 20.07.2018

The next day, after the meeting with Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump arriving in Washington denied what he had said in Helsinki. It turns out that he was “misunderstood”, he simply had a slip of the tongue, “misspoke”, but in fact he, “let him speak from his heart” ([as] Vitaly Mutko [Vice Prime Minister, ex President of the Russian Football Union and ex Minister of Sports, said in his speech before FIFA in English with the heaviest Russian accent]), he wanted to say the opposite: he believed the American intelligence, which believed that Putin interfered into the [presidential] elections in the United States. Simply English is a complicated language, and the American president made a mistake with double negation, and “fake news” (“the deceitful American press”) distorted it even more.

And Vladimir Putin, returning to Moscow, also denied his words. Through the Public Prosecutor General’s Office (?!) he asked to consider his Helsinki statement on the withdrawal of USD 400 million by Bill Browder from Russia [and transferring it] directly to Hillary Clinton’s election campaign invalid. It turns out that it was about USD 400,000. The Russian President simply made a mistake … by a thousand times. And Putin’s speech was slightly “edited” in the Kremlin: the pronoun “we” was deleted in the published transcript in the sentence about the annexation of Crimea “we held a referendum in strict accordance with international law, with the charter of the United Nations”. A guilty mind is never at ease, as they say.

Not only that the meeting between the presidents of Russia and the United States was fruitless and meaningless, so the next day both refused their words. Politicians, observers and world mass media were discussing [their speeches] the whole day, making conclusions, giving assessments and quoting, and then the presidents came out and said: well, all right, that’s enough, we did not say so, but you misunderstood us. This caused a new wave of discussions and “analysis”. All this resembles the “effect of the emperor with no clothes”. Two emperors with no clothes.


Well, how can you rely on the words of Putin and Trump after all this? What to expect? What to think about the prospects and about security? Putin has already responded to Trump’s refusal of his words: on the morning of 19 July, Russian news agencies started pouring reports on the testing of the Burevestnik cruise missile, the Poseidon nuclear submarine, the Peresvet combat laser complex, and the plans for the transition to the creation of a strategic nuclear weapons complex with a missile equipped with a nuclear power plant…


Putin and Trump have failed and will not be able to reach any agreements, since the official positions of the sides on all the key issues for discussion (oil prices, Iran, Syria, Ukraine), as well as the objective interests of US and Russian administrations, radically diverge. The only thing that makes possible mutual understanding between the two presidents is their mutual distrust of the established international order, the principled rejection and misunderstanding of the modern world. If Trump and Putin continue their journey into the past (paraphrasing the American president, “to make the world great again”), they can themselves become victims of the “collapse of globalism.” The trade war unleashed by Trump will have many consequences, and in combination with his policy of breaking the world order and international structures, it can shake not only the world economy and lead it to a serious crisis, but also significantly destabilise the world military-political situation.


During the years of the Cold War, when a clash between capitalist and socialist systems threatened the whole world with nuclear war, any face-to-face meeting of the leaders of the United States and the USSR became an important political event itself. The meeting of the leaders of the “superpowers” representing the two systems was a certain guarantee of peace and detente. The summit held this week in Helsinki does not relieve any concerns about a possible direct military clash between Russia and the United States in Syria, or in the case of aggravation of the situation in Ukraine. The same prerequisites for escalation, which were there before Putin’s meeting with Trump, are maintained after it. In addition, the US president does not act as a leader of the Western world, expressing a consolidated position. The meeting with Kim Jong-un could still be perceived like this under some point of view, but Trump’s actions before the Helsinki summit created a completely different context: the American leader’s tour of Europe became a tour of a solo egoist (see my article “A Trump Show” Needless to say, what kind of system Putin represented at this meeting. Modern Russia (as, incidentally, and personally in the case of Trump) has neither ideology, nor allies. There is only a stagnant economy and, consequently, less than 2 per cent of world GDP.


As a result, no agreements were reached in Helsinki between the parties, no decisions were made, no documents were signed, no formal joint declaration was even announced. A widely publicised meeting between the presidents of Russia and the US turned out to be nothing more than a PR-action for both the sides.


However, the parties did not interfere with each other PR. Trump did not even object to Putin when the latter suggested interrogating 12 Russians suspected of interfering in the American elections. In exchange, Putin asked for “very little”: to interrogate William Browder, the head of the Hermitage Capital Management fund in the United States. But Browder is not just an American, whom Russian law enforcement agencies have questions to. The “Browder case” means the “Magnitsky case”. This is one of the largest corruption schemes in Russia, where high-ranking officials were involved, and the Fund’s lawyer Sergei Magnitsky was killed in prison. The attitude of the American establishment and the United States in general to this case is quite definite. But Trump did not say anything, because Putin said that “Browder gave Clinton USD 400 million for the election campaign”. Trump’s personal hatred to Hillary Clinton is so great that he seems to agree to any illegal actions and to any interference of anyone into anything so that to annoy his former rival. This US president, if he does not want to, may not represent the position of the American state. Trump’s personal complexes determine the position of the president.


In general, if there was something a little bit interesting and lively in Helsinki, these were the answers to questions about Russia’s interference in the elections in the US. It was funny to see the US president justifying himself and the Russian president calling to the American justice – and this is perhaps the best illustration for a meaningless meeting. Putin appeals to the US court as the only authority that inspires confidence in the case of interference in the elections! We are, certainly, well aware that Russian oligarchs, not trusting the domestic judicial system, prefer to sort things out in the High Court of London. But the Russian president appealing to the American court is, certainly, something new.


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The World Cup ended, the “historic” summit in Helsinki ended, Trump flew home to fight the Democrats, the American press, the Special Counsel Mueller and the shadow Hillary Clinton. Putin, too, returns to his, Russian workdays. These workdays did not change at all after the meeting with Trump: there are sanctions, confrontation with the West in general and the United States in particular, the arms race in full swing – everything is in force, everything is as it was, nothing will change.


The Helsinki summit did not yield any results, but the bad taste from the meeting lingered: those who today call themselves the “world leaders” are hardly such. They even do not always represent their own states, representing, rather, a threat for the world. Today the emperors with no clothes are such.