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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 criticized Progress Report of the Russian Federation on Implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women

Press Release, 04.02.2015

On February 3 YABLOKO Gender faction held a meeting where its participants discussed the 8th Progress Report of the Russian Federation on the Implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.

When opening the meeting head of the Gender faction Galina Mikhaleva said that all the participants have the opportunity to participate in the creation of an alternative report.

Olga Radayeva, Galina Mikhaleva, Nadezhda Azhgikhina

“In fact, the report does not display any problems. The most important thing is that the document doesn’t recognize the fact that we don’t have a single institution that would deal with women’s rights. We have neither an ombudsman for women’s right, nor a Commission under the Government of President. We haven’t adopted a law on state guarantees of gender equality, ” emphasized Mikhaleva, noting that the law has been discussed since 1995.

“The report says that the most important thing for Russia is the Russian national traditions, that the word” gender” is alien to the Russians. And all the legislation provisions which has been mentioned are the laws on family or children. There are no examples relating to gender equality, anti-discrimination.

“We have seen that work towards the implementation of Article 19 of the Constitution on equal rights and opportunities for men and women isn’t being managed. Moreover, the situation is deteriorating, ” noted Galina Mikhaleva.

According to head of the Gender faction, it’s connected with the imposition of traditional patriarchal values.

“A woman turns out to be an aggrieved party within the framework of what is called “a conservative turn,” she said.

Olga Radayeva

Deputy Chair of YABLOKO Gender faction Olga Radayeva analysed the report point by point.

Olga Radayeva agreed with Galina Mikhaleva that the law on gender equality must be adopted. The other participants of the meeting supported them.

“Due to lack of legal regulation we have different problems with gender discrimination in various fields. It turns out that we have no subordinate regulatory acts. If in court a woman is trying to prove that her rights have been violated, for example, in a case with an employer, it turns out that it is almost impossible,” she said.

Radayeva reminded that the law on gender equality was trying to introduce such a norm that in case
a competitor appealed to court it is the employer who would have to prove that the employee hadn’t been discriminated.

The document’s authors try to convince us that the rules on prohibition of discrimination is contained in all sectoral laws. But deputy chair of the Gender faction believes that it is not enough.

Olga Radayeva also noted that the authors are trying to assure that all the citizens of Russia are very well aware of gender equality, of the Convention. According to Radayeva, far from true.
Summing up her speech, Olga Radayeva called to conduct a public debate on the law on national mechanisms for gender equality.

Nadezhda Azhgikhina

Executive secretary of the Journalists Union Nadezhda Azhgikhina said that she was member of the Interdepartmental Commission on Advancement of Women at Government.

“In March 2015, in New York there will be a special session of the UN General Assembly on Women, it happens annually, but this year it is dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the largest conference in the world on Women in Beijing and the analysis of what has happened during this time,” she said. Nadezhda Azhgikhina was part of the Russian delegation at the event.

“Then in Russia all that was just beginning to develop, and the Russian movements were ahead of other countries. Today Russia has fallen far behind in terms of legislation,” she said.

Nadezhda Azhgikhina noted that the meeting was very important. “We have a chance to take the opportunity to convey the voice of the democratic public to the world, because it isn’t being heard in mass media or in official documents”, she noted.

According to Azhgikhina, the attitude toward women in society is a litmus test that shows the state of democracy.

“From the fact that our women, equality and democracy will suffer, our future will suffer as well,”she said.

Natalya Bitten

The founder of the For Feminism initiative group Natalia Bitten noted that the report had not shown evidence of discrimination in education. She cited an example with Kazan IT-high school, where there was a blatant case of gender discrimination. Prosecutors acknowledged this, but the situation has not been resolved in favour of the discriminated girls, student girls of the high school.

“If to fight for the adoption of the law on gender equality, it is necessary to edit it, so that the law would effectively confront discrimination and equalize women’s rights. Some versions of the bill have been interpreted in two ways,” she explained.

Bitten also noted that in Russia there was no gender analysis of legislation.

Municipal deputy, Deputy Chairman of the Moscow branch of YABLOKO Grigory Semyonov addressed the issue of the rights of women in small business, absence of outwork regulation, complexities of employment in the pre-retirement age and after a maternity leave.

“Our state has the least care about socially disadvantaged”, – concluded Grigory Semyonov.

Grigory Semyonov

Head of the Active citizen school Tatiana Ovcharenko analyzed gaps in family and housing law regarding women and definitions of family. Now the family, consisting of individuals from different generations, for example, a grandmother and grandson, is not recognized as a family and is deprived of housing benefit. Galina Mikhaleva asked her to prepare an appropriate application to the authorities.

Tatyana Ovcharenko

Member of the Regional council of the Moscow branch of YABLOKO Marina Karavayeva prepared a detailed critical review on the Report which was discussed by the participants of the meeting.

The issue of raising the retirement age was also discussed. Tatiana Ovcharenko and Galina Mikhaleva said that it was inevitable.

“The pension legislation does not welcome the work of pensioners and deprives them of their allowances as soon as they go to work. This impedes the work of women more than the work of men,” said Ovcharenko.

participant of the meeting

Galina Mikhaleva agreed that the retirement age in the current demographic and economic situation must be increased, as it was set in 1934, when women were engaged in heavy physical labor. In European countries, retirement age is 65 years or older. And it is often the same for men and women.

Grigory Semyonov noted that women aged over 45 years have difficulties in getting a job, there are no special state programme for requalification. So, there is no job and no pension.

At the end of the meeting Galina Mikhaleva said that all the comments and suggestions would be sent to a group preparing an alternative report.

Natalia Bitten announced the upcoming traditional awarding “The sexist of the year”.