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Grigory Yavlinsky, Chairman of the YABLOKO between 1993 and 2008, applauded the protests describing them not as a threat to the state but “Russia’s hope for the future”.
In his statement, Mr. Yavlinsky recalled the history of his country: “The state collapsed twice over the past hundred years in Russia – in 1917 and 1991. Each time we paid a colossal price for this. Each time the cause of the collapse of the state was a split between the government and the society.”
Researchers found that Russia has a staggering level of corruption compared to other countries, “Today, in 2017, we once again observe a growing gap between the people and the government”, the statement noted.
Looking ahead to presidential elections in 2018, Yavlinsky called for “an opportunity [for people] to speak up and discuss the developments in their country openly and without censorship, and express their opinion”.
Grigory Yavlinsky's full statement can be read here.