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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 Chair Emilia Slabunova participated in the 70th Congress of Liberal International and signed the new Liberal Manifesto on behalf of the party

Press Release, 21.05.2017

YABLOKO Chair Emilia Slabunova participated in the Congress of Liberal International (LI) marking the 70th anniversary of the world federation of liberals. The Congress of the world federation of over 100 liberal and progressive democratic political parties was by over 200 liberal politicians – representatives of 65 parties from 56 countries, was held from 18 through to 21 May in Andorra. The YABLOKO party represents Russia in LI. Emilia Slabunova signed the new edition of the Liberal Manifesto on behalf of the party and hosted a session on the situation in Russia. The Congress elected Grigory Yavlinsky, Chairman of the Federal Political Committee of the party, honorary Vice-President of the LI.

Speaking at the session devoted to the situation in our country, Slabunova noted that what had been happening in Russia represented a systemic crisis affecting all spheres of life: economy, politics, social sphere, culture, management and psychology. It could be overcome only through the improvement of the political system and the change of power in elections, Emilia Slabunova noted.

She also stressed that YABLOKO considered giving honest assessments of the developments, bringing them to the public attention and offering an alternative be its task. This was reflected in the Party’s programme documents, statements, YABLOKO’s programme for the parliamentary elections 2016 Respect for an Individual. Following this goal the party nominated its candidate for the country’s presidency, and managed to form a large team with non-party candidates for parliamentary elections in 2016.image

According to Slabunova, it was not easy to work as the opposition. “I came to the post of the party chair from regional politics. Eight of my colleagues were prosecuted for political reasons. The next day after returning from the congress, I should leave for Karelia to participate in the court hearings where the defendants are YABLOKO activists including Olga Zaletskaya, MP of the Karelian parliament. I would like to thank everyone who helped to rescue her from prison in the spring of 2015,” Slabonova said.

imagePhoto from left to right: Emil Kirjas, LI Secretary General, Emilia Slabonova, YABLOKO Chair, Olga Radayeva, head of YABLOKO International Relations Department and Dr. Juli Minoves Triquell, LI President

Speaking about the possibility of improving the situation in Russia, the politician stressed that democracy could not be implanted, it should be nurtured and it should make its historical way. However, this process could be and should be influenced. To make the improvement come sooner, it would be necessary to get as much information as possible about how the countries of democracy live, how their political and democratic institutions work, how citizens’ rights are protected, as well as information on their living standards, Emilia Slabunova noted.

Abolishing of the visa regime between Russia and the EU could become an important measure here. If Russian citizens have an opportunity to see all the aforementioned with their own eyes, then they could make conclusions proceeding from such personal experience. YABLOKO raised this issue before the Russian authorities, she said.

According to Slabunova, if the EU could solve such problems as migration, the crisis of integration, expansion of the zone of terrorism, unemployment, and growth of influence of right-wing radical forces, this would be great importance for Russia too. “Our authorities have been actively exploiting the topic of the EU problems, trying to throw a scare into Russians “look, that’s where democracy leads to”. “As we are a democratic party defending the European path of development, it is important for us to show our voters that your problems are being resolved. Your democracies are several centuries old, and we are only at the beginning of the road. I am sure that we can do a lot with joint efforts,” Emilia Slabunova stressed.

imagePhoto: Emilia Slabunova and Hans van Baalen, President of the ALDE party

Slabunova also participated in the work of the LI Executive Committee, which develops the organisation’s strategy for the near future, as well as the General Assembly of Liberal Women (INLW). YABLOKO’s leader also held meetings with the leaders of the LI and the ALDE party (the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats of Europe), of which YABLOKO is a full member.

The Congress adopted a new version of the LI key programme document – the Liberal Manifesto. Together with the other leaders of the member-parties who participated in the congress, Emilia Slabunova signed a new version of the document.

imagePhoto: Emilia Slabunova signs the Liberal Manifesto

“I am proud that Russia is participating in this important process represented by the YABLOKO party,” Slabunova said signing the Liberal Manifesto. “All the liberal values discussed in the Manifesto are important for Russia, however, protection of human rights, developing of democratic institutions and ensuring freedom of information are particularly relevant for Russia at this stage. I am sure that the time will come when the Russian authorities will rely on liberal values and principles. We will spare no effort for this,” she said.

YABLOKO has been member of Liberal International since 1998 and participates in the development of joint liberal answers on the key issues of the international politics and facilitates the spread of objectibe information on Russia.

In 2004 Grigory Yavlinsky, the first Chairman of YABLOKO and one of the party founders, became a laureate of the Prize For Freedom established by Liberal International and awarded for outstanding contribution to the protection of human rights and freedoms. The present LI Congress elected Grigory Yavlinsky an honorary Vice-President of Liberal International. In 2005-2008, Alexander Shishlov, YABLOKO Bureau member, was member of the Bureau of the Liberal International.

Liberal International was founded in 1947 to strengthen liberal protection from totalitarianism and communism. The founding “Oxford Manifesto” (1947) is widely considered as one of the most important political documents of the 20th century. It has since become the pre-eminent network for promoting liberalism, individual freedom, human rights, the rule of law, tolerance, equality of opportunity, social justice, free trade and a market economy. The LI Manifesto in force until the Andorra Congress – Oxford Manifesto 1997: The Liberal Agenda for the 21st Century – was adopted in Oxford in 1997.