The presidential hopeful of the social liberal party Yabloko (Liberal International full member), Grigory Yavlinsky, has set his campaign into full swing for the key Russian elections which will take place on March 11th, 2018. Vladimir Ryzhkov, a well-known opposition leader and former Duma deputy, said: “Grigory Yavlinsky meets my political opinions, my stance, and my programme better than other candidates who have already stated their ambitions to participate in the presidential race.”
Grigory Yavlinsky is a 64 year-old Russian politician, economist and a laureate of the LI Prize for Freedom. He participated in the presidential race three times in the past. In 1996, he ran against Boris Yeltsin and finished fourth with 7.3% of the vote, in 2000 against Vladimir Putin and finished third with 5.8%. He was withdrawn from the presidential race of 2012 on political grounds.
Yavlinsky expressed conviction that Russia has the potential and resources in order to provide a rapid translational motion of advance for his country. “In order to do so, we need to change the government, stop the policy of conflicts and pressure on the neighbouring countries” and achieve the lifting of sanctions by the EU.
Yavlinsky sees the elections as a chance to move the Russian Federation forward and stop it going round in circles. “We have another task – to make Russia a modern and rapidly developing country, where life, dignity, and respect for a person will be the priority. I invite you to work for it,” Yabloko’s presidential candidate concluded.