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Grigory Yavlinsky, steps down as leader of the Yabloko

June 21 2008

A major outcome of the congress held in Moscow democratic Yabloko party, will a new leader. According to Grigory Yavlinsky, the delegates will not once again put forward his candidature for the post of party chairman. Among the potential candidates most likely the leader of the Moscow Yabloko Sergei Mitrokhin.

As already reported , vote on the candidacy of party chairman will be held at the end of the first day of the congress. The first hints of possible changes in the governing structure emerged after a speech Grigory Yavlinsky. The current party leader stressed that the party needs to be updated. "Vertical works, it could leave, but it would be wrong, as wrong to leave the governing bodies of the same people who are not adding to them new," - said Yavlinsky.

In this case, Yavlinsky drew attention to two circumstances. First, he said, despite the fact that the party the second time failed to pass in parliament, it failed to keep. "For four years we have proven that we can work not only in the State Duma, but as a civilian political organization. Can exist outside of the Duma and be serious and active political force," - he explained. Secondly, noted that "Apple" - it's democratic opposition. "But not every, not every, not a nationalist, not a criminal, not a fascist, namely a democratic," - he said, referring to the attempt of some members of the party to cooperate with the pro-fascist organizations.

Thus it became evident that the attempt of some members of Yabloko, failed to arrange a coup. Recall that on the eve of the Congress in the "Apple" debate erupted between so-called "moderates" and "extremists". The first, which is primarily sympathetic to the party leader Grigori Yavlinsky, believe that the democratic evolution requires a dialogue with the authorities, the professional content of work and participation in elections. Radicals in the face of the leader of the St. Petersburg Yabloko Maxim Reznik and Ilya Yashin set up to conduct intra-reform and cooperation with the radical opposition in the face of the "Other Russia" and sympathetic to her organization, including AKM, NBP, the Army will of the people and other movements of nationalist and Stalinist persuasion.

Sam Resnick intended to stand as a candidate for the post of party chairman, but it is likely that he will give his statement reversed.

Meanwhile, as news agencies reported, a delegate of the Congress party of the Yabloko Alexander Kirillov voiced about the fact that Yavlinsky is going to leave the post of party chairman. "This morning I learned that Yavlinsky is going to leave the post of party chairman" - said Kirillov, speaking from the rostrum of the congress. In this case, as reported by Kirillov reporters later, he asked for confirmation of the Grigory Yavlinsky, and he confirmed his plans to resign. One of the sources in the leadership of Yabloko also told Interfax that his plans to resign as chairman Grigory Yavlinsky said on the eve of late at the meeting of Yabloko.

It is expected that as the successor to Yavlinsky, Leader of the Moscow Yabloko, the Moscow City Duma Deputy Sergei Mitrokhin.

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