Yavlinsky Returns To Lead Yabloko

Yavlinsky Returns To Lead Yabloko

Published: September 14, 2011 (Issue # 1674)

MOSCOW — Yabloko party co-founder Grigory Yavlinsky will come out of political retirement to head the party’s list in the State Duma elections, the party announced Sunday.

Yavlinsky, 59, handed over the reins of Yabloko, which he co-founded in 1993, to Sergei Mitrokhin in 2008 but kept a seat on the party’s political committee. Now the duo will occupy the top two spots on the party’s federal list in the December vote, Interfax reported.

The third spot will go to Alexei Yablokov, a noted environmentalist and member of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

The party, which has had no faction in the last two Dumas, will field 380 candidates. A quarter of them are women, two-thirds have higher education, and 15 percent hold academic titles, said spokesman Igor Yakovlev.

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