Why Putin falsified the
Shameless falsifications but despite that a high score for the
Communist Party of Zyuganov are the
brandmarks of these elections.
named by Putin as his
Communist Party of the
Liberal Democratic Party of Russia
Democratic Party of Russia
Pro-American candidates chess champion Kasparov and ex prime minister
Kasyanov were not allowed to
take part in the elections. But they are not popular in Russia
themselves and do not have many supporters
or a party machine. After the war in Iraq and the "independence" of
Kosovo the US are highly unpopular in
the Russian public opinion. Kasparov or Kasyanov wouldn't have done
much better than Bogdanov, the
pro- EU candidate.
to the high petrol prices Putin has enough money to buy out the
political elite and to raise the
pensions with a couple of hundreds roubles.Western observers admit that
he didn't really have to falsify
the elections in order to win. But still, he manipulated the elections
very openly. Firstly, his protege
Medvedev was every day on TV screens, but didn't take part in any
debates. The foreign observers were
curtailed and in the polling stations the representatives of Zyuganov
came to very different conclusions.
But why the falsifications, then?
Opinion of Oleg Shenin
Chairman of the Communist party of Soviet Union, Oleg Shenin, was
refused the opportunity to put
himself forward as candidate for the presidential elections. The way
how it was done, was typical.
was told that I so-called didn't add the letter from my employer to my
candidate documents. What an
idiotic excuse! Everybody can see in my documents that I was born in
1937 and thus am already for quite
some time a pensioner. The Russian president Putin was recently allowed
to take part in parliamentary
elections and even to head one of the electoral lists. Even the
observers from the European Parliamentary
Assembly have never heard of such thing. Even the Papua's do not have
such practices of dictatorial
pressure. The question that arises is what is that "Central Electoral
Commission" then? According the
Constitution the people are the only and the highest source of power.
Such "Ministry of elections" with its
colossal powers of punishment you can't find in any civilized country.
The "Central Electoral Commission"
was created by Yeltsin on the 29.09.1993 when he was already put out of
his presidential power. And 5
days later he ordered the shooting of the Parliament and murdered the
defenders of the constitution."
Opinion of Gennadi Zyuganov
Communist party of the Russian Federation of G. Zyuganov has received
double the amount of the
votes that the Liberal Democrats have received. Obviously the voters
like communism much more than
the nationalistic rhetoric's of Zhirinovsky. Zyuganov sees the
following as reason for his success: "The
Communist party is a real alternative to the social economic policies
of Putin and Medvedev. We were the
most democratic, honest, patriotic and energetic. 24 organizations have
joined forces around our party:
trade unions, patriotic, women- and youth organizations. We have spread
our program in 200 million
exemplars. In 12 editions of Pravda, in Sovietskaya Rossia and in the
independent media. The people
were very interested in the electoral campaign. Even the refusal of
Medvedev to take part in the debates
could not make it less. Our parliament members and local activists have
organized meetings in all regions.
In Vladivostok we reached 23% by doing this work, and in Briansk more
than 30%. The country is turning
to the left. The voters do not support liberal policies en masse
anymore. Unfortunately, those in power
have falsified the results shamelessly and didn't allow honest and
democratic elections to take place. In
some places they gave us as a result 3% where we in fact had 25-30%."
Opinion of Victor Tyulkin
Russian Communist Workers Party is for a very different approach toward
would have won even without taking part at all. Everything went as it
was planned. Zyuganov
has lost with dignity. Zhirinovsky and Bogdanov have shown up. The
Russian bourgeoisie has enormous
power and the resources in order to shape the public opinion and those
who disagree with it will be
crushed. The main task of the regime during these elections was to nail
the oppositions within the frame of
the electoral rules that are created by the same regime. The CPRF (of
Zyuganov) is not allowed to get out
of its given role of a loser in this performance. In his first victory
speech Medvedev also has thanked them
for doing that. The leader of the CPRF Zyuganov has lead his campaign
under the motto "if I was the
president, then I would..." instead of organizing the working people
for the struggle during his campaign.
The people didn't really believe that he would be allowed (to win).
When communists take part in the
elections their primary goal should be not the number of votes
received, but to convince that minority, to
unite them and to enlarge their ranks so that they would be able to
pull the massa's with them. Zyuganov
didn't say a word about the strikes of the harbour workers in
Petersburg or Ford workers of Vsevolzhye.
His campaign didn't serve for the development of the struggle, but just
for reminding the people that he is
Number One of the opposition. And the results are bad for the workers:
Zyuganov and Zhirinovsky have
helped the reactionary forces by giving them the over of "lawful and
democratic elections". We'll go
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