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Party red impasse

December 3 2007

Russian Communists are willing to give up seats to secure re-election to the Duma. As practice shows, complaining about the outcome of elections and the alleged rigged voting for the Communist Party was almost the rule to save political face. Well, or what's left of it.

Before this election, the chances of the Communist Party were evaluated by sociologists as very modest. Yes, according to numerous polls Communists included over seven per cent threshold, but that their forward movement stopped and the most that could count the Communist Party - 10-12% of the vote. For a party whose core voters are exposed to normal descending, it was not so bad.

Moreover, as noted by political scientists in the high results of the Communist Party was primarily interested in the "United Russia", which needs more or less strong sparring partner. "A lot of people expected, and I include myself in that the Communists will be able to take his extra votes - as the party system the opposition. Because it was at some point this mindset, that too is dominated by United Russia and looking for a counterweight, - says the director of the International Institute of Political Expertise Evgeny Minchenko . Political analyst also notes that "for the Communist Party have been created very favorable conditions," they do not interfere with administrative resource ", in a word, they were given the green light.

However, the Red Banner Party has failed to seize the advantage. With the notable exception of the Communist Party was never able to either upgrade the content of his campaign, using all the same patterns, which almost led to their defeat in 2003. Not trying to attract new voters, could not bring into the political arena of new bright leaders, again stepping on the same rake, and include a list of tycoons from the Yukos affair, focused mainly on criticism of rivals and permanent statements of projected electoral fraud. Alas, if our people are sorry for poor and resentful, it always selects the strongest.

Actually, this is what happened on Dec. 2, 2007. "There are some boxers-middle peasants - constant contenders. They are so good, sturdy. That one of their knock, then the other. But they can go and give a good fight, but never jump higher than owl head. So in a situation with the Communists: anything what they lack. They are guaranteed to crawl seven percent threshold and the maximum they would have interest 15. Here they are at this maximum is not rushed, "- quite accurately described the situation Yevgeny Minchenko.

Communist Party leader Zyuganov, has once again afraid to "breakthrough" seem catalyzed seemingly frozen the debate on his resignation and potential successors. Like a few months ago, a misfire of the leader with the brilliance took the chairman of the Central Committee Communist Party Ivan Melnikov. Close to the Other Russia coalition, "a senior Communist is just announced its readiness to opt out of mandates in the new State Duma, thereby supporting the position of" drugorossov, also challenged the legitimacy of past voting.

In this case, the Communists know that the mandates they give. First, too many lists Communist businessmen who have paid a high price for that share the ideals of the Communist Party). Secondly, a lot of really who for months worked with the voters, to the benefit politikanskim habits federal leaders to betray his supporters. As noted by political analyst Sergei Mikheyev, internal squabbles have long gave way communists "and" what is happening now - it echoes schisms within four years. "But the odds that the Communist Party with the same mettle survive the new split is not so much.

Evgeny Trifonov


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