Congress of Yabloko will discuss the program of the party on elections in the state Duma


MOSCOW, February 27. The Congress of the “Yabloko”, which opens in the suburbs, plans to discuss the campaign strategy and concept of the programme with which the party will go on elections to the state Duma in September of this year.

The Memory Of Nemtsov

On the first day of the Congress the delegates will honor the memory of politician Boris Nemtsov killed in Moscow on 27 February 2015. “The opening of the Congress coincides with the tragic anniversary of the murder of Boris Nemtsov. The delegates will speak (the Chairman of the Federal political Committee of the party), Grigory Yavlinsky, a video about the event and announced a minute of silence,” – said the press Secretary of Grigory Yavlinsky Igor Yakovlev.

According to him, after that Yavlinsky, the party Chairman Emilia Slabunov, head of the Moscow branch Sergey Mitrokhin and the majority of Congress delegates will participate in an agreed with the authorities of the March to the memory of Nemtsov in Central Moscow.

Discussion of the election program

The discussion of the key issues of the agenda scheduled for the second day of the Congress.

As expected, 28 of February to the delegates with a keynote speech turn Grigory Yavlinsky. “The party believes that even the broadest possible faction in the Duma will not be able to exert sufficient influence to change the situation in the country. In this regard the Congress will be the proposed change in election strategy, which consists in direct reference to the upcoming parliamentary elections followed presidential nomination and personal alternative to the prevailing political system”, – said Yakovlev.

Earlier, the party had already decided on the nomination for the presidential elections in 2018 as a candidate of the founder of the party Grigory Yavlinsky. It is a condition of nomination of candidates for election to the state Duma from “Yabloko”.

Yakovlev also said that the concept of election program, which plans to discuss the Congress will be formed taking into account the socio-economic crisis. “It will be addressed not only to people of democratic convictions, but to every citizen of Russia”, – he noted.

The concept is based on several theses, such as, inter alia, as “the European vector of development based on the values of democracy, human rights, rule of law and the inviolability of private property”, “condemnation of Bolshevism and Stalinism”, “the rejection of any form of nationalism.”

The movement on the right flank

On the eve of Congress “the Apple” was again raised question about the possibility of unification of political forces on the right flank. The leader of Parnas Mikhail Kasyanov first offered “the Apple” to conclude an Alliance, and then remotely via the social network Facebook, is to unite the party. In addition, the “Novaya Gazeta” a petition signed by writers, actors, human rights activists, who called for “Parnassus” and “the Apple” “to go on elections one cohesive unit”.

In the “Apple” on such proposals while reacting cautiously. “There’s a lot unclear in the proposal (Kasyanov). The procedure for creating a new legal entity for six months before the Duma elections in doubt. This could jeopardize the participation in the elections”, – said the Deputy Chairman of the Yabloko party Sergey Ivanenko. He also drew attention to the fact that “it is difficult to conduct such negotiations via Facebook”.

However, it should be noted that the parties push and sometimes mutually exclusive conditions. So, Apple support candidates for elections to the state Duma announced support Yavlinsky in the presidential elections of 2018. On this the Vice-chair of “Parnas” Ilya Yashin suggested that “the Apple” – in exchange for support for Yavlinsky to remove the list in the Duma elections in favor of “Parnassus.”

In itself, the formation of a single list of candidates is impossible because of the nature of the legislation – it does not allow the creation of electoral blocs. Thus, a hypothetical “single list” can be formed only by one party, and candidates from another party will be officially out of her. That is, in fact, one of the parties may be deprived of the most active and popular activists, which is tantamount to dissolution.

Another possible identified variants of cooperation of the parties proposed the “Apple” breeding candidates in single-mandate constituencies. Negotiations, according to available information, “Parnassus” is the representative of “Apple”, ex-the Deputy of the Pskov legislative Assembly Leo schlo├čberg. He stated that “any comments will be possible after the approval of the outcome of the negotiations collegial bodies Parnas and Yabloko.

“Apple” is one of the 14 parties who have the right to nominate candidates to the state Duma without collecting signatures. In the last parliamentary elections in December 2011, the party gained 3.43% of the vote. It did not allow her to pass the barrier (5 percent) and pass in the Duma, but gave the opportunity to receive funding from the state.