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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 political situation in Russia at the beginning of 2020 and the need for real change

Statement by the Yabloko Federal Political Committee, 28.01.2020

The 2020 Presidential Address [to the Federal Assembly], amendments to the Constitution hastily introduced [by the government], and formation of a new government of the Russian Federation testify to the policies of the authorities that led the country into a dead end are maintained.

The main thing in the Presidential Address is unwillingness to talk about the situation in the country, give an account for what was done and what was not done, and bear responsibility. The President not only did not try to analyse what happened in Russia during the year, but did not even mention the events that were significant for the country. Speaking about the importance of “national projects”, he did not analyse the reasons for the failure to fulfill these plans, as well as the Strategy 2020, approved in 2008, which completely failed in all respects.

Distribution of money in the form of increasing maternal capital [allotted to women who gave birth to children which can be used for payment of education or covering some part of housing purchase or future pension of the mother], allotting its main part at the birth of the first child and extending the duration of benefits for poor families is just a populist attempt to mitigate the negative effect of the “pension reform”, but not even compensation for the losses incurred by people.


The Address contains neither honest, nor any reaction whatsoever to the growth of public discontent, mass protests in Moscow and the regions, inadequate reaction of the state to them expressed in police brutality, imprisonment sentences [to participants], and propagandistic defamation of the opposition.


Obviously, the failed policies in the field of international relations and security will not be revised, which will lead to almost complete collapse of the global nuclear arms control system, drawing Russia into the Middle East trap, continued bloodshed in Donbass, Russia’s international isolation and sanctions that are hard on the domestic economy.


The virtual lack of assessment of the activities of the previous government and the process of formation of a new cabinet do not give reason to believe that the situation will change qualitatively.


We consider Putin’s sixth government to be incapable of accomplishing tasks that were beyond the power of either Dmitry Medvedev’s last cabinet or all of the previous governments of the Russian Federation. The formation of the new cabinet, as before, was opaque, backstage – in the worst traditions of the Putin system.


The amendments to the Constitution proposed in the Presidential Address and hastily introduced to the State Duma, contrary to the stated intentions, do not expand the powers of the representative branch of power even formally, they are aimed at strengthening authoritarianism and uncontrolledness of the government.


The mechanism for the removal of judges of the Supreme and Constitutional Courts, reduction of the composition of the Constitutional Court to 11 judges, broadening of the President’s powers to remove judges is a big step backward in the independence of the judiciary even in comparison with the current situation.


Introduction of a special provision that international law, relevant treaties and obligations are not obligatory to us, strengthens the self-isolation of Russia.


We also note an obvious movement toward the plebiscite regime inherent in populist dictatorships. This is a prologue to the further reduction of institutions of public representation, their replacement with a fake of “direct democracy”. This trend is not new, the presidential election 2018 was already organised as a plebiscite.


Thus, the initiatives of the authorities, launched at the beginning of 2020, emphasise that a backward and inefficient authoritarian system of power had been established in Russia by the third decade of the 21st century. This system does not respect people, it lacks an idea of ​​the future, and there are no moral and value-based orientations there. Such a system is unable to answer the challenges of the modern world, ensure preservation and development of the country in the coming era.


At the same time, it is obvious that Putin has been trying to exploit the growing demand for change, but in fact he is engaged in authoritarian voluntaristic manipulations. This is the same transit without change, and we warned about the danger of it.


This is the reaction to the present expectations of the bureaucracy and security officials to “restore the order”, increase the managerial efficiency of the authoritarian system, rather than the part of the request for change, which requires freedom, opportunities for creativity and openness to the world.


The preservation and strengthening of the Putin system, combined with its technological modernisation, is a very dangerous trend for society. This is a mix of the mafia state and new technologies.


In general, assessing the situation of the beginning of 2020, there is every reason to believe that Putin’s Address [to the Federal Assembly], and hasty, very dubious from a legal point of view amendments to the Constitution, a sudden change of government represent preparations for further steps along a “path which does not exist” and is very dangerous for the country, towards further isolation, repression and war.


The Federal Political Committee of the Russian United Democratic Party Yabloko


believes that in this situation, the only way to maintain a constructive and creative perspective for our country is appealing to society, including society in politics, and the society’s ganining of its voice.


Only the active part of Russian society, voicing its stance, programme, vision of the future and having its leaders, can provide real changes for the better in economic, social, domestic and foreign policies, making life without fear possible in our country.


Our campaign Make Your Voice Louder proves its relevance, it must be maintained and broadened.


We also support the initiative to create a public Council to draft alternative amendments to the Constitution [that would be alternative to President Putin’s] aimed at securing  guarantees of the rights and freedoms of citizens in the Basic Law, creation of a modern democratic state in Russia based on European values, the best traditions of Russian and European culture.



Grigory Yavlinsky,

Chairman of the Federal Political Committee