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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 task of the state is to create conditions for increasing the birth rate, rather than prohibit abortion

logotip1Statement by YABLOKO Bureau, 02.11.2016

The campaign on banning abortions which started and then subsided in 2011 has resumed with renewed vigor. A group of senators, including Elena Mizulina, Ekaterina Lakhova and Elena Afanasyeva introduced amendments to the law “On Circulation of Pharmaceuticals” prohibiting retail sale of medicinal products intended for medical termination of pregnancy. Collections of signatures for a ban on abortion began on the portal of the Russian Public Initiative. Patriarch [of the Russian Orthodox Church] Kirill who repeatedly advocated the removal of abortion from the Compulsory Medical Insurance has put his signature too. A rally for a ban on abortion in Moscow organised by public movements Pro Life, Orthodox Volunteers, Sorok Sorokov, and Women for Life launched a public campaign for collection of signatures for a ban on abortion. The requirements for a ban on abortion relate even to the cases of rape or incurable diseases of the fetus.

The intensity of emotions does not correlate to the actual situation, showing a drop in the number of abortions. According to Rosstat, the number of abortions fell from 3.222.000 in 1993 to 848.000 in 2015. The ban on abortions looks especially along with Elena Mizulina’s initiative to ban baby boxes. Meanwhile the Ministry of Health gave negative assessments opinion on both the bills.

However, inflaming passions and increased public pressure cause fears that the government will follow the path of further limiting women’s reproductive rights. As in other areas, the state has been trying to solve social problems by means of restrictions and prohibitions.

Yet in case [a woman] turns to public healthcare facilities for termination of pregnancy, she is assigned a week of silence (which makes the operation more painful and dangerous) and mandatory consultations with a psychologist.

Certainly, these issues are thrown into public debate in order to distract the public from the real problems of economic and foreign policy crisis. There is a real danger of adopting such reactionary bills due to the consequences of the conservative turn – growth of influence on public opinion of the reactionary circles from the Russian Orthodox Church and their supporters.

The Russian and the international experience demonstrates that a ban on abortion and, consequently, criminalisation of abortion, leads to increased complications after surgery and mortality in women, and as a result, to a drop of birth rate. A ban on abortions or their removal from the Compulsory Medical Insurance system will lead to special permits required for the operation for medical or other reasons, and will be corruption-prone.

Growth of birth rate in modernised countries is associated with provision of places in kindergartens and nurseries, growth of allowances, redistribution of responsibilities for the care of children in the family (increase of the role of fathers in child rearing). Prevention of unwanted pregnancies is achieved through sexual education, in school inclusive, and availability of contraceptives.

The choice between pregnancy and abortion is more likely to be made in favour of the operation in the conditions of economic crisis, growth of the feminisation of poverty and domestic violence. This applies to the cases of unwanted pregnancy – if a family already has children and can not afford another child, or in the case of loss of a job, or in the case of rape, or in “minor mother” cases. If legal abortion is banned, [the choice will be made] in favor of a criminal abortion. There is also a moral aspect of this issue: a modern secular state does not have a right to grossly interfere in the private affairs, and especially personal and family life of citizens. Derogation from this principle is the way to the Middle Ages, which is now followed by radical Islam.

The YABLOKO party has always advocated protection of reproductive rights. We have repeatedly stated that one should fight against abortion but not women. Improve the living conditions, and the family will decide how many children they will have. Abortion is clearly an evil, a tragedy for the majority of women who chose terminate pregnancy. But the abortion ban is not an option.

Emilia Slabunova,