Ilya Valeryevich Yashin (Russian: Илья́ Вале́рьевич Я́шин, born June 29, 1983 in Moscow) is a Russian activist and liberal politician, one of the key leaders of the political party RPR-PARNAS (2012–2016), co-founder and one of the leaders of the political movement Solidarnost. He is also the leader of the Moscow branch of the RPR-PARNAS, in which Solidarnost participates. In 2005 he was one of the founders of the civic youth movement Oborona. He was an active participant in Dissenters' Marches and the rallies "For Fair Elections". In 2012 he was elected to the Russian Opposition Coordination Council.

Ilya Valeryevich Yashin
Илья Валерьевич Яшин
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Member of the Bureau of the Federal Political Council of the united movement "Solidarnost"
Assumed office
PARNAS logo lesser.svg Deputy chairman of the People's Freedom Party
In office
Personal details
Born (1983-06-29) June 29, 1983 (age 36)
Moscow, Russian SFSR
Political partyYabloko (2000—2008)
Solidarnost (since 2008)
PARNAS (2010–2012)
Republican Party of Russia – PARNAS (2012–2016)
Alma materInternational Independent Ecological-Politological University, graduate school of the National Research University – Higher School of Economics
WebsiteYashin's mayoral campaign

On September 10, 2017 Yashin was elected a municipal deputy of the Krasnoselsky district of Moscow.[1][2][3][4]


Until 2008 he was the leader of the Yabloko party's youth wing, organizing mass protests and speaking to the media about their causes. However, when he became an active member of Solidarnost, Yabloko expelled him for "causing political damage".[5]

Yashin is known for making passionate speeches at opposition rallies. He is an active participant in the Strategy-31 campaign for freedom of assembly. In 2005, he spoke against the Nashi movement, which supports President Vladimir Putin.[6]

On December 31, 2010 Yashin was arrested for demonstrating in Moscow at another rally for Strategy-31. He was taken to a police station and detained for fifteen days. He claims evidence was then fabricated against him by the police.[7] Amnesty International declared him a prisoner of conscience, along with Boris Nemtsov and Konstantin Kosiakin [ru].[8]

Following the alleged kidnapping and torture of opposition activist Leonid Razvozzhayev, from Kiev, Ukraine, Yashin was arrested on October 27, 2012 along with Sergei Udaltsov and Alexei Navalny while attempting to join a Moscow protest on Razvozzhayev's behalf. The three were charged with violating public order, for which they could be fined up to 30,000 rubles (US$1,000) or given 50 hours of community service.[9]

On February 23, 2016 Yashin, despite harassment by police and hecklers, presented a report criticizing Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, labeling him a danger to Russian national security and called for his resignation. The report highlighted Kadyrov's encouragement of violence against opposition activists and federal law enforcement officials, his luxurious lifestyle and corruption, and the building of a personal army.[10]

On September 10, 2017 Yashin was elected a municipal deputy of the Krasnoselsky district of Moscow.[11] The Solidarnost team won 7 out of 10 seats in this district (the United Russia won the other 3). On September 25, 2017 he took the office. On October 7, 2017 Ilya Yashin was elected a chairman of the council of deputies of Krasnoselsky municipal district of Moscow.

On April 11, 2018 Yashin announced his intention to run for Moscow mayor's office and beat the incumbent Sergey Sobyanin.[12]

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  1. ^ "Moscow today completed the process of nomination of candidates for the municipal elections". NPR. Retrieved July 26, 2017.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Ilya Yashin (July 20, 2017). "is Now officially: the electoral Commission has just registered all 10 of the representatives of the Solidarity candidates Krasnoselsky district". @IlyaYashin. Retrieved July 26, 2017.
  3. ^ "Yashin was a candidate in the municipal elections | News | News | July 20, 2017". Izvestia (in Russian). July 20, 2017. Retrieved July 26, 2017.
  4. ^ "the candidate of the Krasnoselsky district in the municipal elections Yashin Ilya V." Retrieved July 26, 2017.
  5. ^ Илья Яшин исключен из партии «ЯБЛОКО» 19 December 2011 Archived April 7, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Leonid Ragozin (March 2, 2005). "Russian youth on political barricades". BBC News. Archived from the original on November 2, 2012. Retrieved October 27, 2012.
  7. ^ Happy New Year Russian Style?, Open Democracy
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  9. ^ Maria Tsvetkova and Gleb Bryanski (October 27, 2012). "Russia activists detained after opposition council meets". Reuters. Archived from the original on October 27, 2012. Retrieved October 27, 2012.
  10. ^ Coalson, Tom Balmforth and Robert (February 23, 2016). "Despite Harassment, Russian Opposition Leader Presents Scathing Kadyrov Report". RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty. Retrieved February 23, 2016.
  11. ^ "Оппозиционер Илья Яшин заявил о победе на выборах в Москве". EG.RU (in Russian). Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  12. ^ "Илья Яшин о своем участии в выборах мэра Москвы". Facebook page (in Russian). Retrieved May 10, 2018.


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