Chairman of Yabloko party
Yabloko Chairman Grigory Yavlinsky was born in Lvov on 10 April 1952. In 1976, he completed his graduate studies at Moscow's Plekhanov Institute, and in 1978 he received his doctorate in economics. In 1985-89, he served with the State Labour and Social Policy Committee, and in 1989-90, with the Soviet Council of Ministers.
In the spring of 1990, he and fellow economists Aleksey Mikhailov and Mikhail Zadornov submitted the never-realised liberal economic program known as the "400-Day Plan." A modified version of that plan, now called the "500-Day Plan," was rejected by the Supreme Soviet in October 1990, after which Yavlinsky resigned his post with the Council of Ministers.
In December 1993, Yavlinsky was elected to the State Duma on the party list of a bloc that he formed together with Vladimir Lukin and Yury Boldyrev. He was re-elected in 1995.
In January 1996, Yabloko nominated Yavlinsky as its candidate for president. He won just less than 7 percent of the vote in the first round of that election.
In 1999, he was again elected to the Duma on the Yabloko party list. In 2000, he was again Yabloko's presidential candidate, coming in third with 5.8 percent of the vote.
He was re-elected to his post as Yabloko chairman in December 2001.
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