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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’s] Galina Shirshina has accomplished in eight months what no one in Russia could do before her

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Galina Shirshina, aged 34, is head of Petrozavodsk [the capital of the Republic of Karelia, North-West Russia], and for the eight months in office as the City Mayor she has managed to accomplish what male officials could not.

Before taking the post of Mayor Galina Shirshina worked as head of Department of Educational Psychology in the Karelian State Pedagogical Academy and headed a publishing house in Petrozavodsk. She won the election on September 9, 2013, she participated in the campaign as a self-nominated candidate and member of the YABLOKO party. Almost 42 per cent of voters voted for her, and only 28 per cent voted for the incumbent head of the city, Nikolay Levin representing the ruling United Russia party.

Since taking office, the first thing Galina Shirshina did for the reasons of economy was cancelling the inauguration, and a little later a corporate New Year party for [the city] officials. Thus, according to the web-portal Ridus, she saved several million roubles for the deficit-ridden budget of the capital of Karelia. “We have to understand that the inauguration is not a legal act, but simply a tribute to tradition. I do not see any need in gathering several hundred people during their working time so that to celebrate my victory. From my point of view, to spend money and human resources for such activities is inexpedient,” Galina Shirshina said.

In addition, she managed to push through the decision on abolishing “golden parachutes” for city administration officials and members of the Petrozavodsk City Council working on a paid basis. Therefore, ex-mayor Nikolai Levin had to do without 1.2 million roubles he could get.

Also, upon taking office, the Mayor promised to her voters to regularly report on her work publishing her weekly video reports on the official web-page of the head of Petrozavodsk. Yet Shirshina has been keeping her promise. Her video reels are popular with residents getting about 2,000 views. This is not the only solution targeted at increasing the transparency of the city administration. From now on access to the planning meetings of the city administration with participation of the Mayor is now open, anyone can come, ask questions and make proposals. The administration web-site is undergoing upgrading. Also Shirshina spoke in favour of taking Internet votings into account when conducting public hearings, and all meetings of the city authorities be broadcast in the Internet.

One of Shirshina’s greatest achievements was that she managed to reduce the price of a trip in a city trolleybus by over 1.5 times – from 17 to 10 roubles. As a result, trolleybuses transported by 40 per cent more passengers only in the first week after this, while revenues of the municipal carrier rose by 12 per cent. And five additional trolleybuses had to be put in operation. The plans state expansion and modernization of the contact network. It should be noted that under the previous Mayor Nikolai Levin they were going to bankrupt and close the [municipal] trolleybus enterprise, and cut three routes for the past three years.

Certainly, reduction of a passenger fare provoked discontent with private transport companies: they considered such measures be dumping and went on strike. However, the Mayor called a meeting and turned to the Public Prosecutor’s Office, which recognized the strike organized by transport companies’ owners unlawful. Consequently, private transport companies were forced to reduce their fares in shuttle buses from 20 to 15 roubles.

In addition, with the help of volunteers Shirshina cleared the city off from illegal advertisement billboards and resumed work of Public Environmental Council under the Petrozavodsk Mayor’s Office, which plans to conduct an audit of the urban green areas.

Also taking office Shirshina initiated annulment of the decision of the ex-Mayor and the Petrozavodsk City Council on transfer of some urban recreational areas under development. And in spite of the fact that the Petrozavodsk City Council did not support the decision, nevertheless Shirshina gained from this putting deputies under the fire of residents’ criticism. There even emerged a movement for the dissolution of the present Petrozavodsk City Council and appointment of pre-term elections.
The original publication

In 2015 Galina Shirshin won the RBC (RosBusinessConsulting) award in the nomination “The States Person”. The award runs “for openness and transparency in the regional policy, defending self-government principles and courage in decision-making”.