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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Yavlinsky admitted that the defeat of the “Apple” caused by the position on the Crimea

After the polls closed these exit polls on the “Apple” sold: according to VTSIOM, the party won 3.5% of the vote, according to Davydov. The index is 5.1%, the party still talked about the hope of passage to the State Duma. Based on the results of processing of 90% of the protocols, now the “Apple” of 1.86%).

photo: Valery Markov

The first official statement of the leadership of Yabloko made at half past one night, when the CEC processed a quarter of the ballots and number of votes for “Yabloko” was 1.4%. The leader of the party Grigory Yavlinsky, Chairman of the Emilia Slabunov and Deputy Chairman Nikolai Rybakov more than half an hour communicated with journalists, summing up the campaign and talking about plans for the future with all the possible voting results.

Grigory Yavlinsky began by thanking the millions of voters. He noted that the interest that the party gains in Moscow and St. – Petersburg “speak volumes”: in some areas in the capitals of the “Yabloko” took the second place after United Russia”, gaining more than 15% of the vote. “But it seems that the state Duma will remain the same,” suggested the politician. It is very bad”.

According to Yavlinsky, this situation promises us a “very difficult times, a policy of isolation and economic decline”.

“We assumed that there will be results, but we wanted to see the other,” said Yavlinsky. He added that during the election campaign the party said all that considered the most important, including on the issue of Ukraine and Crimea.

“Expect that this position will be invited to the Duma, it would be naive,” he explained. – If such a party could have a faction in the Duma, it would be a completely different country”.

The politician also said that the turnout recorded in the elections, not to mention the representativeness and legitimacy of the future state Duma, the turnout is less than 50% he called “shameful.”

Despite the results, the party will continue its activities. Grigory Yavlinsky will participate in the presidential elections in 2018. The Chairman of the party Emilia Slabunov explained that, in addition to the preparations for the presidential elections, “Yabloko” seriously engaged in party building, strengthening party organizations in the regions and the Union of democratic forces around itself. “We have created the basis for the new “Apple” – she said. Kabanova added that the party intends to participate in the elections in the regions.

photo: Valery Markov

“You still think that in Russia it is possible to change something through elections?”, – asked the party leadership’s foreign correspondent. Grigory Yavlinsky answered evasively: “Policy needs to change peacefully, legally and constitutionally”. Emilia Kabanova added that the party will participate in any lawful procedures that “little tiny steps to move forward.”

Yavlinsky stressed that the party will work, even if deprived of public funding (now “Apple” receives money from the budget, because the elections in 2011 the party won more than 3% of the vote, the party will lose this benefit). “We are 8 years of living without government funding, and went on the presidential election and collected 2 million signatures,” added Yavlinsky.

Elections to the State Duma 2016. Chronicle of events

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