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Echo of Aurora salvo: Russian Communists ask longtime leader to join presidential race
| November 8, 2017 | 8:15 pm | Communist Party Russian Federation | No comments

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Echo of Aurora salvo: Russian Communists ask longtime leader to join presidential race

Echo of Aurora salvo: Russian Communists ask longtime leader to join presidential race
On the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution the Russian Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov announced that all regional branches support his 2018 bid for the presidency. He added that this required confirmation from a party convention.

We have a very serious attitude to the election and we will definitely participate in it. We have our program ready; it is called ‘Ten steps towards a decent life.’ This program can be implemented by a strong team and later we will name its members.  But we will have a strong team: I am the leader of the movement, my candidacy has been put forward by all party organizations,” Zyuganov announced in his interview with Channel 1 television dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the October Socialist Revolution.

However, he also said that the final decision of the Communist Party candidate for the 2018 presidential elections will be made at a specially convened party convention in December.

In comments to Izvestia daily, Deputy Head of the Communist Party’s Central Committee Yuri Afonin also said that it was premature to call Zyuganov a presidential hopeful because the decision needed the confirmation from the party convention.

Since 1993 Gennady Zyuganov has headed the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, official heir to the Communist Party which ruled the Soviet Union unopposed. In 1994 he ran for president against the incumbent Boris Yeltsin, and came second with 32 percent of the vote while Yeltsin garnered 35 percent, and eventually won in the run-off. Zyuganov also ran for the Russian presidency in 2000, 2008 and 2012. He came second every time, getting 29.3, 17.72 and 17.8 percent of the votes respectively.

The official start of the 2018 presidential campaign must take place in mid-December, after the Federation Council sets the exact date of the poll (it is expected to be March 18 – the anniversary of Crimea’s reunification with Russia). So far, several Russian politicians, celebrities and media-savvy personalities have announced their intention to run. Among the most prominent are Liberal-Democratic Party leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky; Yabloko Party founder Grigory Yavlinsky; anti-corruption blogger-turned opposition politician Alexey Navalny (who is legally banned from participation because of an unserved suspended sentence) and socialite magazine editor Ksenia Sobchak.

Russia: Thousands of people celebrated the October Revolution’s centennial despite Kremlin’s deliberate silence

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Russia: Thousands of people celebrated the October Revolution’s centennial despite Kremlin’s deliberate silence

https://communismgr.blogspot.com/2017/11/russia-thousands-of-people-celebrated.html
 
With numerous events, rallies and parades, thousands of people of every age celebrated the 100 years since the Great October Socialist Revolution in Russia and other countries of the former USSR. The celebrations took place despite the deliberate effort from the side of the Russian government to “distract” public opinion from the great anniversary. 
 
Large rallies, organised by the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (CPRF) and the Russian Communist Workers Party (RCWP), took place in Moscow, Leningrad (St.Petersburg), Novosibirsk, Omsk and other smaller cities. 
In Moscow, the demonstrators marched through the Pushkin Square to the Revolution Square waving the flags of the Lenin Komsomol, portraits of Lenin and Stalin, as well as chanting communist slogans. Then a rally was held in front of Statue of Karl Marx in the Revolution square. Many representatives of communist parties and left-wing political forces participated in the events.
 
Among the participants were representatives from the Communist Party of Greece (KKE), members and friends of the National Union of Fighters of National Resistance – Democratic Army of Greece (PEAEA-DSE), as well as the Secretary General of the World Peace Council, also member of the CC of the KKE, Thanasis Pafilis. 
Greek communists holding banners of the Democratic Army and the KKE / 902.gr
Banners of the KKE and TKP in Moscow / 902.gr
From Cuba, on behalf of the Cuban Communist Party and President Raul Castro, the member of the PCC Central Committee Secretariat, Jose Ramon Balaguer, laid a floral wreath on behalf of the Cuban people to commemorate the Great October Socialist Revolution. The head of the International Relations Department of the PCC paid tribute to the revolution at Lenin’s Mausoleum and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow. Balaguer, during his address, stressed that the revolution must be kept in memory as a reference point for the desired world design.
 
As we noted in the beginning, the Russian government avoided to organise any event in honor of the 1917 October Revolution, apart from a parade dedicated to the 76 years since the 1941 Red Army parade before leaving to the front against the Nazis. The “silence” from the side of the Kremlin over this extremely significant anniversary of a revolution which changed the route of History confirms the reactionary and anticommunist orientation of Vladimir Putin’s government. 
 
 
 
The 19th International Meeting of the Communist and Workers’ Parties kicked off in Leningrad

Thursday, November 2, 2017

The 19th International Meeting of the Communist and Workers’ Parties kicked off in Leningrad

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The 19th International Meeting of the Communist and Workers’ Parties of the World started with the Working Group meeting on Thursday  1st of November in Leningrad (St Petersburg). 
This year the 19th IMCWP is being held with the title: “The 100th Anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution: the ideals of the Communist Movement, revitalizing the struggle against imperialistic wars, for peace, socialism”.
The meeting will take place 2nd to 3rd November in Leningrad and then continue in Moscow between 5th and 7th of November.
In the meeting, the delegations of 103 parties are present. The Communist Party of Greece (KKE) is represented by the Secretary General of the CC Dimitris Koutsoumbas, the Politburo member Giorgos Marinos, the member of the CC and head of the International Relations section Elisseos Vagenas and Danae Helmi of the KKE International Relations section.
The conference began with an opening speech of the Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, Gennady A. Zyuganov. Addressing the participants and guests of the conference, Zyuganov reminded that a new stage in history heralded 100 years ago with the words of Lenin, genius of the Revolution, from Red Petrograd to the whole world and added that now it is the time for the third Russian revolution which will ensure the ultimate victory of socialism.
 
In his speech, Chairman Zyuganov also commented on the development of the meetings of the communist and workers’ parties, started with the initiative of the Communist Party of Greece 20 years ago. He reminded that the main task of the meetings were the restoration of inter-party ties that had been interrupted after 1991 and exchange of information on their activities. Zyuganov stated that over the years, valuable experience in preparing and holding such meetings has been accumulated and the number of parties participating in them has been constantly growing.
Source: 902.gr, ICP
The delegation of the KKE. First from the right, Secretary General Dimitris Koutsoumbas
The Chairman of the CPRF Gennady Zyuganov delivering a speech.
Communists in talks with ‘patriotic forces’ to propose single candidate for 2018 presidential race

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Communists in talks with ‘patriotic forces’ to propose single candidate for 2018 presidential race

Communists in talks with ‘patriotic forces’ to propose single candidate for 2018 presidential race
A senior figure in Russia’s largest opposition party – the Communists – has taken part in a conference of ‘national-patriotic forces’ seeking to find new allies and possibly agree on a single presidential candidate for next year’s election.

The conference was attended by representatives from a broad group of parties and movements that share a leftist-nationalist agenda. The Communist Party of the Russian Federation (KPRF) was represented by Deputy Chair of its Central Committee Yuri Afonin.

We are interested in forming a broad, patriotic coalition around the KPRF. We are working with a variety of ideologies,” he told the daily newspaper, Kommersant.

There were some of our ‘antipodes’ at this conference, such as monarchists, but we build our relations on the basis of a common economic program.”

Regardless of the outcome of talks, the KPRF will be selecting a presidential candidate at its party convention in late December, Afonin told reporters.

Last February, representatives of the leftist-nationalist coalition Council of the Popular Patriotic Forces asked KPRF leader Gennadiy Zyuganov to run for the presidency in 2018, and to take personal responsibility if his performance in the race was poor.

Zyuganov rejected the proposal, asking his colleagues “not to predetermine” who the party would select to contest the election.

On this occasion, some of the Communists’ allies bluntly rejected the idea of Zyuganov running on behalf of their parties and movements. Head of the Novorossiya movement Igor Strelkov told Kommersant that he and his comrades would refuse to support the Communists if they nominated Zyuganov as a candidate.

In March, Izvestia quoted unnamed sources in the Russian presidential administration when it reported that Zyuganov did not want to run in 2018 because he would prefer to be remembered as a relatively successful politician, rather than finishing second again, as he did in 2012.

Zyuganov has not commented on the report, but the Secretary of the Communist Party’s Central Committee, Sergey Obukhov, called the rumors “a form of external pressure on the party.”

Few major figures have announced their intention to run for the presidency in 2018 to date. The most prominent of those who have are Liberal-Democratic Party leader, Vladimir Zhirinovsky; Yabloko Party founder, Grigory Yavlinsky; and anti-corruption blogger-turned opposition politician, Aleksey Navalny.

Under Russian law, Navalny technically cannot run because he is currently serving a five-year sentence that will not expire before the next election, but the activist has vowed to contest this rule in the Constitutional Court.

Earlier this week, Russian journalist and celebrity, Kseniya Sobchak, announced that she planned to contest the presidential election but said that her purpose would not be to win, but to replace the ‘none of the above’ line on ballots, which she personally favors.

Communists launch initiative to share natural resource revenue among Russian citizens
| September 21, 2017 | 9:00 pm | Communist Party Russian Federation | No comments

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Communists launch initiative to share natural resource revenue among Russian citizens
Russian Communist Party MPs have drafted a bill according to which part of the tax levied on the extraction of natural resources should be distributed between working citizens and pensioners, as with recent basic income experiments in other nations.

The draft law published on the State Duma web-site states that in the first year after its approval 20 percent of all taxes that arrive from the extraction of natural resources would be distributed between Russian citizens. Subsequently, this share would increase by 2 percent year-on-year. The authors of the document did not set an upper limit on this growth, and therefore it would seem they eventually want all resource revenue to be distributed among the population.

The money would be evenly distributed between citizens who worked for at least nine months a year, unemployed who are registered with job centers but do not receive unemployment benefit and pensioners with at least five years’ work history.

If for any reason a citizen decided against claiming the payment it would be transferred to the federal budget.

The sponsors of the bill wrote that if it is passed into law before the end of this year, in 2018 every Russian who meets the requirements listed in the document could receive 10,000 roubles, or about $172 at the current rate of exchange. According to the state statistics agency Rosstat, the average nominal monthly income of a Russian citizen in 2016 was about 35,000 roubles (just over $600).

The authors of the draft wrote in an explanatory note that their proposal is very similar to the basic income concept that has been recently tested in several European nations. At the same time they pointed out that their bill lacked the drawbacks usually associated with the basic income initiatives – in particular, it did not encourage parasitism and tax evasion by unregistered workers.

They also wrote that the lack of funds in the federal budget created by their initiative should be compensated for by introducing a state monopoly on the production of alcohol.

The Russian government has already issued a negative review of the draft. The government’s experts wrote that the tax on the extraction of natural resources is already being used to sponsor state functions and to form both the State Reserve Fund and the Russian National Wealth Fund. The constitutional right, they conclude, of every citizen to a share of the income from the use of natural resources is thus exercised in full.

KKE: Solidarity with the Communists in Russia

Monday, July 10, 2017

KKE: Solidarity with the Communists in Russia

https://communismgr.blogspot.com/2017/07/kke-solidarity-with-communists-in-russia.html
Source: inter.kke.gr.
The MEP of the KKE, Sotiris Zarianopoulos, denounced, with a question to the High Representative of the EU for Foreign and Defense of Policy F. Mogherini, the arrest of two cadres of the Russian Communist Workers’ Party, as well as the tabling of a law that outlaws meetings of MPs with workers and is aimed against the Communist Party of the Russian Federation.
The question of the MEP of the KKE was as follows:
“In recent decades, after the overthrow of socialism in the Soviet Union, an assault against the democratic and trade union rights of the workers is being observed in a number of countries in Eastern Europe, as well as in Russia. The climax of this assault is both the anti-communist bans in former socialist countries, which are members of the EU, as well as in Ukraine, and also the corresponding restrictions on the activity of the CPs.
New worrying incidents have been coming to light recently in Russia, like the arrest of two cadres of the Russian Communist Workers Party during the celebrations of the Anti-fascist Victory on May 9 2017, by the Russian authorities. In addition, the tabling of a draft law, which outlaws any meeting of elected MPs at all levels with workers, without the permission of the authorities, targets the Communist Party of the Russian federation (CPRF) and aims to impede the communication of the MPs of the CPRF with the workers.
 
Based on the above the High Representative is asked:
 
-What is the position of the Commission on the anti-democratic acts of the Russian authorities?
 
-What is its position on the serious issue as regards the persecution of and obstacles to the political activity of the CPs?”
10.07.2017.

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Компартия Греции солидарна с коммунистами России.

Евродепутат от Компартии Греции Сотирис Зарианопулос осудил арест двух членов Российской коммунистической рабочей партии, а также внесение законопроекта, запрещающего встречи избранных депутатов с трудящимися и направленного против Коммунистической партии Российской Федерации, и обратился с вопросом к Верховному представителю по иностранным делам и политике безопасности Ф. Могерини.
Вопрос евродепутата от КПГ следующий:
«В последние десятилетия, после свержения социализма в Советском Союзе, в ряде стран Восточной Европы, а также в России наблюдается ущемление демократических и профсоюзных прав трудящихся. Кульминацией этого ущемления стал антикоммунистический запрет как в бывших социалистических странах, которые являются членами ЕС, так и на Украине, а также аналогичные ограничения деятельности компартий.
В России в последнее время появляются новые тревожные явления, такие как арест российскими властями двух партийных деятелей Российской коммунистической рабочей партии во время празднования Победы над фашизмом, 9 мая 2017 года, как и внесение законопроекта, который запрещает любые, не согласованные с властями, встречи избранных депутатов всех уровней с трудящимися и направлен против Коммунистической партии Российской Федерации (КПРФ), а также нацелен на создание препятствий в общении депутатов КПРФ с трудящимися.
На основании вышеизложенного, прошу Верховного представителя ответить:
– Как Комиссия относится к антидемократическим действиям российских властей?
– Как она относится к серьезному вопросу, касающемуся преследований и создания препятствий для политической деятельности компартий?»
October Revolution’s 100th anniversary: Leningrad will host the 19th IMCWP on November

Thursday, April 27, 2017

October Revolution’s 100th anniversary: Leningrad will host the 19th IMCWP on November

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Twenty-seven Communist and Workers’ Parties from all over the world gathered in Moscow for a two day meeting of the Working Group (WG) of the 19th International Meeting of Communist and Workers’ Parties (IMCWP)

In the meeting, which was held on 21-22 April, the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) was represented by Giorgos Marinos, member of the Political Bureau, Elisseos Vagenas, member of the CC and head of the Party’s International Relations department and Danae Helmi, member of the International Relations committee of the CC of KNE. 
The opening speech was delivered by the President of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (CPRF) Gennadi Zyuganov, while the participants discussed the preparations for the 19th International Meeting of Communist and Workers’ Parties (IMCWP) which will be held in Leningrad (St.Petersburg) on 2-3 November 2017. The theme  for the meeting is decided to be : “The 100th anniversary of the great October socialist revolution: the ideals of the communist movement, revitalizing the struggle against imperialistic wars, for peace and socalism“.
 
The participants at the Working Group had also the opportunity to visit the Red Square and the Mausoleum of Vladimir Ilich Lenin, on the occasion of his 147th birthday.