Another veteran of Russian politics, economist Grigory Yavlinsky first entered politics in the early 1990s with his famous proposals to transition the Soviet Union into a free market economy. Founder of Yabloko, a Russian social-liberal party, Yavlinsky is running as the party's candidate for president for the fourth time.
Yavlinsky's electoral strategy calls for the overcoming what he calls "hidden Stalinism" and a kind of "wild capitalism bordering on feudalism." His main stated goal is to turn Russia into Europe's strongest economy
. According to his program
, this requires respect for private property on the part of the state, limits to the concentration of wealth in the hands of the few, and coordination of any major economic changes with the interests of business. Yavlinsky's program also proposes a state program to fight poverty by opening personal savings accounts for citizens which would be topped up by dividends from the shares of large enterprises.
On foreign policy, Yavlinsky's main focus is developing friendly relations with the former Soviet republics, and rapprochement with Western Europe and the United States
. Like Sobchak, Yavlinsky favors another referendum in Crimea, as well as a conference with the UN and Ukraine to determine the peninsula's status.