Russia has parliamentary (Duma) elections this year and the Communist Party of the Russian Federation looks like they will be making a strong showing.
A bit farcical really, the open communists led by Gennady Zyuganov, versus the crypto – communists led by Vladimir Putin.
From Russia Today:
The unopposed Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov has said his party intends to win Russia’s December parliamentary elections, describing the current situation in the country as “feudalism” rather than “capitalism”.
In an interview with Kommersant newspaper, MP Zyuganov said he believes that the Russian Communist Party (KPRF) has every reason to be aiming to win the State Duma election and leave the ruling United Russia party behind. Recalling regional elections in March, the politician said that in the Nizhny Novgorod region for example, KPRF got about 55 per cent of the votes, which is 27 percent more than the Putin-led United Russia.
You know people’s moods perfectly well. The party will get more [votes]. Significantly more,” the Communist leader said. The party’s task is to safeguard that outcome, and for that reason, the KPRF has already started training 500 thousand election monitors.
The KPRF leader also emphasized that the parliamentary election is now a priority task for the party, as plans for the presidential campaign will come later.
“If we fulfill our potential at the Duma elections – that is one question. If we don’t – it will be a different story. But I would like to reiterate that today, from the perspective of our party and its supporters, the future is better than ever,” Zyuganov said.
In reality however, they work in unison on all matters of major importance.