Many in the world anti-communist movement (including this writer) are concerned that the 15 year “thaw” in Russia is drawing to a close.
Seemingly, the “best” we can hope for is a semi-fascist Russia, with some private production, monitored by an authoritarian government.
China with more snow and fewer bicycles.
Once Upon a Time in the West is one of the best sources of news on the new reality in Russia.
OUATITW’s latest post is a magnum opus on the state of politics in Russia, particularly the communist movement which is growing increasingly powerful and assertive.
The Moscow Times reported on August 2, 2005: “Jailed oil magnate Mikhail Khodorkovsky warned in his first missive since he received a nine-year prison sentence that unless the current authoritarian regime made way for a leftist, social-democratic alternative, huge upheaval was inevitable.” Khodorkovsky confidently affirmed in one of his letters from prison: “The leftists will win anyway. They’ll win democratically in full accordance with the free will of the majority of the electorate . . . with or without elections. The turn to the left will take place. The post-Soviet authoritarian project in Russia has exhausted its resources.”
Here we see the shallow and purposely deceptive nature of Russia’s post-Soviet “capitalists.” Much as Latin America’s “ex”-communist-terrorists have taken over the region through the ballot box, the restored CPSU intends to do the same, creating an aura of legitimacy that it lacked in the past.
In October 2005 Yabloko’s Grigory Yavlinksky and Nikita Belykh, referred to “the political heirs of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, who appeared and continue to appear on the scene under different names, but have always represented de facto a united bureaucratic nomenclature belonging to the same “clan” United, indeed. The Soviet communists have never abandoned their totalitarian project nor their intention to export Leninist revolution overseas.
According to the party’s own information, the CPRF has 580,000 members in 2,362 local and 17,500 primary organizations, and attracts more than 18,000 new members each year.
OUATITW believes that the communists plan to win the 2008 presidential election and then will begin the re-assert Soviet power.
It is obvious to any objective observer,that if the myriad communist parties currently active in Russia were to unify their efforts, no political force could match them. They could assume power now. That they do not is probably more a matter of strategy than ability.
I am not quite so bold as to predict that this will occur in 2008, but I will be surprised if does not occur in the next few years.
The West needs to face reality. Russia is not our friend,
That is not a nice thing to contemplate, but it is a reality.