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Ilya Valeryevich Yashin


  • Russian opposition member
  • Degree in political science
  • Place of birth: Moscow
  • Date of birth: June 29, 1983

Yashin is one of the youngest opposition leaders. He was one of the first demonstrators at the protests against the Duma Election fraud in 2011 and continues to be in the front row. In the West he is as of yet unknown but shows great political potential. By Stefan Bernhardt

There is likely nobody in the opposition who demonstrates with so much passion as Ilya Yashin. Despite only having turned 28 in 2011, he is said to be an excellent, passionate speaker. In street protests he is in his element, not only as a young politician but also as political scientist. His thesis was titled Methods of Protests in Today’s Russia. He has been broadcasting his opinion frankly since 2008: Putin must go. Yashin does not fight alone; he was involved in Yabloko’s youth organization, acting as chairman and is co-founder of the Russian Solidarnost movement.

The liberal party Yabloko excluded him for of his involvement with Solidarnost because association therein brought political harm to the party. His subsequent expulsion from the party was allegedly caused by pressure from Gregory Yavlinsky. After party internal arbitration waived his exclusion, Yashin was once again censured from the party meetings through Yavlinsky’s intercession. These actions cast a negative light on Yavlinsky, who seems paranoid of losing his power within the party to this aspiring brilliant rhetorician because of attempts to eliminate his political rival in this way. Like many opposition politicians in Russia, Yashin first needs to show substance behind his claims.


  • 2000 - 2008: Member of the Yabloko party
  • 2001 - 2005: Leader of the Moscow youth organization of the Yabloko party
  • 2005 - 2008: President of the Russian youth wing of the Yabloko party
  • 2008: Participated at foundation meeting of Solidarnost
  • 2008: After the participation at foundation meeting of Solidarnost he was expelled from Yabloko for “causing political damage”


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