1.1 mln signatures for nomination of YABLOKO founder Grigory Yavlinsky for presidential elections collected during Christmas holidays in Russia. YABLOKO’s electoral headquarters expect abrupt rise of the number of signatures after the end of holidays.

In Moscow signatures are collected not only in YABLOKO’s office but also by six metro stations.

The Russian law requires for a candidate from a non-parliamentary party to collect and submit by January 18 to the Central Electoral Commission at least 2 million of signatures in favour of his nomination to run in the campaign. Moreover, such a campaign for collection of signatures should be conducted by a party nominating its candidate in at least 40 Russian regions, whereas the number of signatures collected in each of the regions should not exceed 50,000. Collection of signatures for registration in the election campaign began on December 23 and will go through January 14.

Collection of signatures went on in YABLOKO’s main office (Moscow, Pyatnitskaya 31/2, bldg 2) even on the new year day January 1. People of different age groups and even families come to put their signatures for nomination of Grigory Yavlinsky. On January 9 tents for collection of signatures open by six Moscow metro stations (Rechnoi Vkzal, Voikovskaya, Ulitsa 1905 Goda, Oktyabrskaya, Pushkinskaya and Kropotkinskaya).

Additional information on addresses of regional headquarters and how to help YABLOKO and Grigory Yavlinsky to collect signatures can be obtained by free telephone hot line (tel.: 8 800 555 0917).