Emilia Slabunova

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Emilia Slabunova
Эмилия Эдгардовна Слабунова
Chairperson of the Russian United Democratic Party "Yabloko" Emilia Slabunova and Special Co-ordinator Ilkka Kanerva (Finland), Moscow, 16 September 2016 (29093039744) (cropped).jpg
Logo yabloko party.svg Leader of The Russian United Democratic Party "Yabloko"
Assumed office
20 December 2015
Preceded by Sergey Mitrokhin
Deputy of the Legislative Assembly of the Republic of Karelia
Assumed office
4 December 2011
Personal details
Emilia Edgardovna Slabunova

(1958-10-07) 7 October 1958 (age 61)
Ufa, Bashkortostan, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Nationality Russian
Political party Yabloko
Spouse(s) Alexander Slabunov
Children Anastasiya (1981) and Kirill (1984)

Emilia Edgardovna Slabunova (Russian: Эмилия Эдгардовна Слабунова; born 7 October 1958) is a Russian politician. She is best known as the leader of Yabloko party since 2015 and a member of the fifth Legislative Assembly of the Republic of Karelia since 2011.

Political career

In 2001 she was elected as a deputy of Petrozavodsk City Council. She failed to gain enough votes to be elected the chairwoman.

She joined the Yabloko party in 2003. She ran for the Legislative Assembly of the Republic of Karelia in 2006, but the Yabloko slate was annulated by the republican authority.

She was elected as a deputy of the fifth Legislative Assembly of the Republic of Karelia in December 2011.

In September 2013 Slabunova was the main oppositional candidate for the Mayor of Petrozavodsk. Her candidacy was withdrawn by the Petrozavodsk District Court two weeks prior to the election due to a violation of rules filling one of the documents. This decision was confirmed by the Supreme Court of the Republic of Karelia.[1] Later on, the chair was taken by another Yabloko candidate, Galina Shirshina.

After the election, Slabunova quit her job as a principal in one of the schools to become the chairwoman for the expert council for Shirshina in October 2013.[2][3]

Later on, she actively opposed the Head of the Republic of Karelia, Alexander Khudilaynen, seeking to remove him from the chair[2] due to a political escalation in the region as well as persecution of Yabloko members. In May 2015 she led the rally for resignation of the Head.[4] On 23 June she sent 10,000 signatures to the President of Russia for Khudilaynen to be discharged.[5]

Yabloko leader

On December 19, 2015, on the XVIII Party Conference, she was elected as the new leader of Yabloko, beating Alexander Gnezdilov, Nikolay Rybakov, and Lev Schlosberg, with the former two supporting her in the second tour. She was also supported by Grigory Yavlinsky.

On July 4, 2016, she was officially announced as the candidate for federal legislative election from Yabloko.[6]


  1. ^ Самовыдвиженец Галина Ширшина победила «единоросса» на выборах мэра Петрозаводска
  2. ^ a b Илья Азар (2015-07-24). "Мэр без компромиссов". Meduza. Retrieved 2015-12-20.
  3. ^ "Мэр Петрозаводска: "Сломать меня сложно"". ИА FlashNord. 2015-05-16. Retrieved 2015-12-20.
  4. ^ Таисия Бекбулатова (2015-05-20). "Александра Худилайнена призвали уволить досрочно". Коммерсантъ. Retrieved 2015-12-20.
  5. ^ Таисия Бекбулатова (2015-06-23). "Против губернатора Карелии выдвинули 10 тысяч подписей". Коммерсантъ. Retrieved 2015-12-20.
  6. ^ "Региональные группы партии "ЯБЛОКО" на выборах в Государственную Думу". www.yabloko.ru. Retrieved 2016-07-30.
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