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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

Yabloko: A responsible politician can risk only his own life

An interview with Nikolai Rybakov, 06.04.2017

A correspondent of the RBC Novosibirsk Media Agency interviewed Yabloko Deputy Chair Nikolai Rybakov

– Nikolai Igorevich, you were present at the rally against the construction of the landfill site. What do you think about the action?

– One can see that people realise what they are fighting for. They were caught on the raw. The situation is typical for many regions of Russia. There are examples of small victories. They take place when initiative groups do not retreat for the line of resistance. If you relax for a moment, the fight is lost.

– What solution do you see in this situation? 

– It is evident to me that this concessionary agreement has a corruption element because it makes no sense as far as economy is concerned. Yabloko suggests an alternative. They should find another spot for a temporary recycling point. In the long view, they should introduce the separate waste collection and recycling system. Such technologies exist in Russia, the procedures were tested all over the world. I cannot believe that we still pile waste about the cities.

– It is difficult to teach people in Russia to sort garbage.

– You are mistaken. For instance, the Narva River flows in the Leningrad Region. It separates Russia’s Ivangorod and Estonia’s city of Narva. But 95 per cent of population are Russians. The residents of Narva sort their garbage, three is no problem with that. But people in Ivangorod dump their waste into one bin.

It is possible to organise waste sorting. There was an experiment in St. Petersburg: waste containers were installed outside the door steps, so the residents began sorting their garbage. Then a waste disposal vehicle arrived and damped the sorted garbage into one bin. People felt studied and the experiment was considered a failure.

– They say that waste incineration is an appropriate way of waste disposal.

– It is false, waste incineration is a dangerous, hazardous and ineffective technology. Only the waste which is not subject to recycling is incinerated in Europe. In Russia all types of garbage are incinerated. There are filters at the plants in Europe which cost up to 80 per cent of the plant value. In Russia they either do not install such filters or do not change them until the date of expiry.

On the spring protests

– About 8000 people went to the streets of Novosibirsk in March? How do you estimate it?

– I find it inspiring. The reason for it is, in the first place, that the rallies were organised, there were no fights and arrests. The authorities must take the civilized way the people express their stance into consideration.

– Must?

– The main thing is what is going to happen next. It is time the authorities realise that there is no point in creating the illusion of a public discussion and multiply pro-government civic organisations which will hang upon the words of a governor or a mayor.

If we have strong and independent civic organisations, people will be able to carry out a dialogue through them, not only by means of protest actions.

– Why did not Yabloko participate in the anti-corruption rallies in all the regions of the country?

– It was clear right from the start that violent confrontation will take place in Moscow. There is a reason why Yabloko’s programme is called “Respect for a Person”. We do not support Alexei Navalny, who called people to participate in an authorized rally, in this respect. We put a person’s life first. A responsible politician can risk only his own life.

– A lot of young people participated in the protest actions. Why?

– They are tired of the situation. They are tired of the president who has been in office during their whole life. They are tired of the lack of perspectives in the country. The danger of a permanent regime is that the authorities cannot see that is is growing old. The system still runs, the TV set says that everything is great. But young people can see that it is a lie, this is not about them or their future. This is dangerous.

– You mean a revolution, right?

– Of course. Very often I hear that a revolution will not take place since the government will crack down on the protest.

The government does not realise that if a revolution takes place in Russia, nobody is going to ask their opinion – they will be slept away and the country will face dire consequences. Russia will be pushed out into the unknown in case of a revolution.

We want to open up a public dialogue in Russia. We want to change the government without crashing it. There is an interesting Internet resource called “Project 2017”. There you can find what people wrote about the revolution one hundred years ago. A lot of people were inspired. But they had no idea that soon they would victims of the revolution.

On the situation in the party

– It has been recently reported that Yabloko has financial problems. 

– Our budget declined when the state financing was cut off. We used to rely on financial contributions a lot, now we are going to fully rely on them. It will allow us to make our work more open, transparent, search for new opportunities and free resources.

Nikolai Rybakov is a Russian politician and public figure, Deputy Chair of the Yabloko party; Executive Director of the Bellona environmental NGO (2008-2015), Transparency International Board member (2011-2015).