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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

Why should they take money away only from pensioners, when they can squeeze all?

Grigory Yavlinsky on the government’s plans to raise the retirement age.

Grigory Yavlinsky’s web-site, 21.06.2018

Why did the government decide to raise the retirement age so rudely and so radically? Are they so brave that they are ready to go against the whole people? Look, already more than two million Russians have signed a petition against raising the retirement age. Why do you think all this was done?

Correct! So that Putin would cancel everything! Well, at least would pretend to cancel: soften, brake, blurt it out… The government has been struggling hard to prepare a circus act for the head of state – the abolition of the anti-popular reform (well, maybe substituting it for meaningless mitigations and adjustments). The president is such that at the most crucial moment – when all are already to go to rallies and referendums – he will take this wretched pension reform and cancel it. Not only that the guilty will be taken to task, but even pensions will be increased by one hundred roubles [approximately by Euro 1.4). And here you can see a strong president. A defender. And he has kept his word. Well, maybe pretended to keep it. Then his rating will indeed rise to 120 – 140 per cent. And Russians will want so that he stayed not just for the next term, but forever, to the end of time.

As for the money that the government could “raise” on pensions, there are many other ways to take this money away from people. On can do it directly – through taxes on personal income, property, imputed income, on self-employed, through the state duties, through gasoline and gas prices, utility tariffs, fees for anything. And it is possible to it indirectly – through VAT, excise duties, the profit tax, through a rise in prices and inflation, and through a transport tax.

As a result, Putin will become even a “better” defender of the people, but people will be squeezed dry. But how else one should support the oligarchs who got under sanctions? As the expense of what one can fund the arms race and military adventures in Donbass and Syria, implement megaprojects – Olympic Games, bridges [to Crimea] and football [World Cup]? Is not it obvious? Only a few days ago the Federal Customs Service proposed to levy duties on goods that Russians buy in foreign online stores.

Well, what else can be done if the economy has not been functioning for almost five years?

If the Russian industry has just set a record decline in demand for its products for the past nine years, the demand for consumer goods has shrunk since the collapse of population’s incomes and trading networks have already started closing their outlets for urgent “reconstruction”.

If on the eve of the World Cup, which cost the Russian authorities spent hundreds of billions of roubles, real incomes of Russians fall by 9.3 per cent in one month.

If even the Central Bank so much committed to the regime, has been publishing data indicating that the economy was not going to and is not going to grow and accelerate: in the first quarter of 2018, the growth was by only 1.3 – 1.5 per cent, by one third lower than expected by the Ministry of Economic Development, and less than the Central Bank estimated in mid-April.

If in 2015, 30 per cent of Russian enterprises expressed their intention to purchase “import-substituting” domestic equipment, and in 2017 their share dropped to 8 per cent and has been going on to decline.

If all the current economic dynamics does not leave any chance and hope and the head of the Ministry of Economic Development says that “the situation in the economy is not very good”. Indeed, in the first quarter of 2018 the growth slowed down (according to the Ministry of Economic Development) to 1.1 per cent. The slowdown in growth as compared to the previous year began in January (1.4 per cent) and  has intensified since then: in February the indicator fell to 1.3 per cent, and in March to 0.7 per cent.

In such a situation, it is obvious the authorities will somehow squeeze billions of roubles out of people for the maintenance of their system if not through pensions, then through taxes, duties and other charges. Why should they take money away only from pensioners, when they can squeeze all?