On Saturday in Moscow has passed Congress of the Communist party. The Communists said about what the party enters the presidential campaign, resolved personnel issues and discussed who will represent them in the election of the President. The event is the main rival of the ruling party unexpectedly began with the greetings of Vladimir Putin.
photo: Gennady Cherkasov
Delegates and guests of the Congress are gathered under red flags in the concert hall “Izmailovo”. Usually such events are Communists in the suburban house of rest “Snegiri”, near the house in which he lives Gennady Zyuganov. However, the venue was almost the only novelty which the weekend was presented by the Communists.
Despite the fact that the party had embarked on a rejuvenation, the majority of those present were elderly.
By 10 a.m. the auditorium was Packed to capacity, someone sat down on the steps, someone was seated in the lobby, which conducted broadcast performances.
The first floor was present at the Congress, head of Department of internal policy of the presidential administration, he read Putin’s address to the delegates. In it the head of state speaks about the importance of a balanced approach of the Communist party “while discussing the key problems of Russia’s development” and notes the work of the party, aims to protect social and labor rights of citizens, support industry, agriculture, education, science and Patriotic education of youth. It ends with the words more than friendly: “I look forward to the continuation of constructive partnership and meaningful dialogue for the good of Russia, for the benefit of its citizens.”
Gennady Zyuganov, the note picked up and said that the party is ready for dialogue with the authorities “in order to strengthen the might of our country and the social rights of citizens”. Then he, however, urged the Communist party to intensify protest activities on the streets and to prevent its capture by Pro-Western forces.
The rest of the speech of the leader of the party novelty was not different: he spoke about “the most severe since the great depression” the economic crisis, which constituted a “direct consequence of neo-liberalism”, the offensive of capital against workers ‘ rights and threats of war. During the long performance the audience intensified only twice, when Zyuganov has declared that the party stands for the independence of Donetsk and Lugansk republics there was applause, and when he offered to honor the memory of the legendary Comandante Fidel Castro was silence.
Part of the report dedicated to the presidential elections showed that the position of the Communist party rather defeatist. The Communist party can win elections only when they grow up, the revolutionary mood predicted Zyuganov added that “to rely only on election naive”.
The main intrigue — who will represent the Communist party in the presidential elections — contrary to expectations, remain unresolved. The main contenders for this role in addition to Zyuganov, considered the party’s ideology Dmitry Novikov, the main party on international Affairs Leonid Kalashnikov, the former head of the youth organization Yuri Afonin, the Governor of Irkutsk region Sergey Levchenko, the mayor of Novosibirsk Anatoly Elbow ex-Deputy Chairman of the Russian audit chamber Yury Boldyrev, who has long been friendly with the Communist party, but the party is not. Zyuganov said that “the party is now discussing with the national-Patriotic forces of the possible contenders for the presidency, and the question of whether he is ready to go for the presidency, said: “I’m the leader of the largest party. If you are not ready — there is nothing to do.”
In personnel matters there were no surprises. Gennady Zyuganov was re-elected Chairman, Ivan Melnikov, first Deputy Chairman, Vladimir Kashin, Dmitry Novikov, Yuri Afonin became Deputy. The last report that the Central Committee of the party has been updated by almost a third, but did not disclose that part of the Congress was held behind closed doors.
Head of the Center for political and economic reforms Nikolay Mironov believes that the message of the President of the Communist party and in the presence of the chief of Department of internal policy at the Congress traced the two signals. “There is no radical opposition power from the Communist party sees, she perceives it as a critique on certain issues of socio-economic sphere, — said the analyst “MK”. — In addition, it becomes clear that on the eve of the presidential campaign, the President sees no radical threat to the Communist party, but rather calls on the party to join in the game, which will be in 2018″.
The head of the Center for political technologies, Boris Makarenko, on the contrary, nothing but Protocol, in the message of the President of the party sees. “It’s standard procedure for parliamentary parties”, — he said in conversation with “MK”. According to the expert, you can find a lot of examples of compromise of the Communist party from power, for which it is criticized, however, no parliamentary party that is so frequently and seriously opposed the authorities. Makarenko believes that the presidential campaign of the party “came in the same condition in which it arrives for a long time”. “It works on the old electorate, and the result will also be old — says the analyst. — And fight for victory in the presidential election we have no one can.”