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Yabloko modernizes program aiming to unite all democratic forces

June 18, 2012, 1:32 UTC+3

The Democratic Manifest was also changed

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MOSCOW, June 18 (Itar-Tass) —— A congress of the United Russia Party ended in the Moscow Region on Sunday. The party’s congress approved a new reading of the program documents of the party, namely “the Democratic Manifest” and the program “Russia demands changes!”, with which the party was running at the latest State Duma elections. Both documents did not undergo any major changes and actually are only “modernized and adapted to the present moment,” a source in the party said.

The Yabloko Party named among new tasks the struggle for “the abolishment of the tough amendments in the legislation on rallies,” and the real electability of governors without any artificial restricting filters. The range of initiatives for a reform in the court system was also put on the list of priorities for the party.

The Democratic Manifest was also changed. This document contains the basic values and the tasks of the party. In the variant of 2006 the manifest contained the chapter titled “Authoritarian temptation – the way to the third world,” in which Yabloko warned that “the attempts to build an authoritarian system in Russia lead our country to a bureaucratic stagnation.” In the new variant of the manifest this chapter was replaced for another one “The last decade – an authoritarian deadlock.”

“We are saying that the authoritarian temptation is absolutely obvious for us and warned about this. Today we realized that this is not a temptation, but unfortunately it is a forecast of our party that came true,” the Yabloko leader Sergei Mitrokhin affirmed in his speech on the amendment.

For his part, the Yabloko founder and an incumbent member of the Yabloko Political Committee Grigory Yavlinsky noted that in the current conditions the party sees the task to put forward a full-fledged alternative of an alternative leader, the team, a political and economic program and a moral alternative.

Meanwhile, he noted that “only the criticism of the authorities is not politics, but just journalism.” The politician noted again that Yabloko will seek for new elections in the State Duma, the Moscow City Duma and probably the St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly.

He also urged “to fill with sense the whole protesting potential and protesting moods, which had emerged in the country over objective reasons.” “Having such clear goals and tasks, we have all grounds to believe ourselves as the leaders of the Russia democratic movement. Our task is to unite all democratic forces and implement these programs,” Yavlinsky concluded.

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