Ex-President of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev signed up for nomination of Grigory Yavlinsky presidential candidate. The sheet with Mikhail Gorbachev’s signature was brought by Gorbachev Fund officer to YABLOKO’s head-quarters yesterday.

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 signatures in favour of Grigory Yavlinsky so that to enable him 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 15.

As of yesterday, the Grigory Yavlinsky’s electoral head-quarters disposed of 1.7 mln voters’ signatures. YABLOKO activists hope that the remaining 400,000 signatures will be collected in the coming days.

YABLOKO attracts volunteers (YABLOKO members and supports, ex-observers at the parliamentary elections and people who left their telephones within the framework of the project “The Glasnost Territory”) for collection of signatures. A number of public organisations, including the staff of the Gorbachev Fund, help YABLOKO to collect signatures.