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In honour of the Great October Socialist Revolution

On November 7, 2019, thousands of people with red colors took part in the demonstration led by the Communist party in Moscow in honor of the 102nd anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution.

United columns of CPRF supporters and members along with Left National Patriotic forces, trade unions, women’s and youth organizations moved to the Squire of Revolution chanting antigovernment and anti – president slogans. Demonstrators demanded an immediate stop of anti-people social policy, looting of national resources and political persecution of rivals such as Pavel Grudinin.

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The Communist Party of the Russian Federation condemns the US-backed military coup against the President of Bolivia.

The Communist Party of the Russian Federation in the strongest possible terms denounces the US-backed right-wing military coup against the democratically elected President of Bolivia, Evo Morales.

Under pretext of fighting for democracy and human rights the USA is trying to restore its dominance in the country.  So called struggle has nothing in common with human rights and democracy as being only focused on looting country’s natural resources as well as on quite evident attempt to remove undesirable politician and bring the country back under control of the US capital. Such actions are absolutely illegal and unacceptable.

We condemn them as well as the acts of vandalism towards the Embassy of Venezuela and anti-Cuban statements.

The CPRF calls on all progressive forces of the world to condemn US subversion in Bolivia and expresses its solidarity with the President Evo Morales and all national forces opposing the coup as well as the Communist Party of Bolivia who are now victims of arrests and persecution.

 CPRF Central Committee

November 15, 2019

 

 

2019 Election results

A unified election day took place across Russia’s 85 federal subjects on September 8. Sixteen regions elected governors, while the remainder elected their municipal and city parliaments.

Election took place against the backdrop of a difficult socio-economic situation in the country as well as substantial changes in general mood among the citizens, which have long been recorded by sociologists.

Public anger over more than five years of falling incomes and an unpopular hike in the pension age along with other cannibalistic reforms stubbornly executed by the government caused a severe distrust to power which had resulted in descent of the Russia‘s ruling United Russia (UR) party’s support.

Actually, the results of this campaign  have vividly demonstrated  new political trends originated by election 2018 in Khakassia, Vladimir region, Khabarovsk territory and Primorye with shocking results for the local authorities.

In order to prevent a repeat of last year’s protest vote situation (where citizens in several regions voted against the government’s official candidates, so they couldn’t falsify the vote), this time potential competitors (CPRF in particular) were prevented from joining the race and were not allowed to register as candidates under far-fetched pretext.

Instead of making changes in home politics the preferences had been given to various malicious technologies like “municipal filters”, spoiler – parties, candidate – namesakes, electronic voting etc.

After election the UR hastened to triumphantly declare  itself as the winner of election campaign, but despite grand rhetoric by its Headquarters we assess it only as an attempt to distort the reality.

Our candidates were the second in 10 out of 12 regions with an improved result in comparison with the previous election.  We have increased the total number of seats in municipal parliaments of thirteen regions leaving behind Liberal Democrats and Just Russia party. Hence, in total, after Election 2019 the CPRF has significantly increased its presence in parliaments of all levels. 

But the most severe defeat has been suffered by the ruling United Russia party in Moscow.  Pro-presidential party has lost one-third of its seats in the Moscow parliament despite  many “election tricks” in use.

This time round, all of its Moscow candidates rebranded as independents in an apparent effort to distance themselves from their party, whose popularity is at a more than decade-long low.  Hopefully to the credit of Muscovites they could make a correct choice which has resulted in our 13 (were 5) seats out of 45, and this is the best result in recent years.  

In conclusion it’s worth saying that election 2019 once again has demonstrated the declining popularity of the United Russia party along with social and economic policy pursued by the government. And on the contrary, national support for the CPRF and  left forces is on the rise in Russia.

 

CPRF CC

International Department

Arbitrariedad contra el colectivo.

 

Recientemente, hemos sido testigos de otro ajuste de cuentas con un político «indeseable» que se atrevió a desafiar al gobierno actual. Estamos hablando de Pavel Grudinin, que se postuló como candidato independiente del Partido Comunista Ruso en las elecciones presidenciales de 2018, y quedó en segundo lugar, después de haber recibido el apoyo de millones de votantes.

Grudinin es el director de la granja estatal de Lenin, que es la última empresa agrícola “popular” ubicada cerca de Moscú. Otros territorios fueron destruidos o fueron divididos en subastas a oligarcas para la construcción de residencias lujosas.

El colectivo laboral de la granja estatal sobrevivió al colapso de la URSS, el periodo de la privatización de los años noventa, la democracia desenfrenada y las incautaciones de los especuladores; y ahora el colectivo toma la decisión de registrarlo como una sociedad anónima cerrada.

Grudinin se convierte en el jefe de la granja, que gracias a una gestión competente y al principio socialista de gestión económica, se ha convertido en una economía exitosa, socialmente orientada y financieramente independiente, en la que los ingresos se destinaron exclusivamente a aumentar los salarios de los trabajadores, subsidiar las pensiones de los veteranos, modernizar la producción y mejorar las condiciones de vida de los habitantes de la granja estatal.

Unas 300 personas trabajan en esta granja y casi todos viven en familias. Hay escuelas y jardines de infancia donde los niños reciben comidas gratuitas. El arrendamiento es bastante asequible y para las familias con niños se proporcionan descuentos considerables. Los habitantes llaman a su granja estatal “El territorio del optimismo social”

Como consecuencia de este desarrollo positivo de una “isla del socialismo” en el mundo de la anarquía capitalista, en los últimos años la granja estatal se ha enfrentado muchos problemas.

Primero, después de la nominación de P. Grudinin como candidato para la elección del Presidente de la Federación de Rusia, su popularidad va en aumento, lo cual no gusta mucho a las autoridades.

Segundo, la granja estatal se encuentra cerca de Moscú y sus tierras agrícolas pueden convertirse en una plataforma rentable para construir residencias lujosas.

El número de intentos de los especuladores para capturar tierras agrícolas estatales se intensificado bruscamente. A pesar de esto, la granja, con el apoyo del Partido Comunista, repele los ataques.

Varios demandantes, supuestamente afectados por las actividades de Grudinin, presentaron reclamaciones contra él ante los tribunales. Y la fiscalía en la cuidad de Vidnoe, bajo la jurisdicción a la cual pertenece la granja estatal de Lenin, cumplía las órdenes y acusó a Grudinin de violar actividades financieras. En opinión del PCFR (Partido Comunista de la Federación de Rusia) y según abogados independientes, estas acusaciones son completamente insostenibles.

La aquiescencia de las autoridades y el caos judicial allanan el camino de los especuladores para la absorción de la granja estatal, su liquidación y la transferencia de tierras agrícolas para el desarrollo de bienes inmuebles. Por otro lado, el destino de los cientos de trabajadores y sus familias no interesa a nadie.

Al dar deliberadamente su consentimiento a los especuladores, las autoridades no solo resuelven los puntajes con una persona que “tiene la audacia” para desafiarla, sino que al mismo tiempo destruyen el último oasis de socialismo en la región de Moscú, que es superior a todas las otras empresas de la región en su bienestar.

Después de las decisiones judiciales “justas” en Rusia, muchas ciudades realizaron numerosas protestas contra la destrucción de la Granja Estatal de Lenin. No solo los comunistas, incluso los ciudadanos comunes exigieron detener la arbitrariedad política disfrazada como una decisión judicial contra P. Grudinin.

Un declaración de Comité Central del Partido Comunista Ruso dice: “Esta arbitrariedad destruye la unidad de la sociedad, amenaza el desarrollo económico y social, … y amenaza la estabilidad en el país. El Partido Comunista Ruso condena firmemente la ilegalidad total y las represalias judiciales …

El Partido Comunista de la Federación Rusa exhorta a todos los que aprecian los ideales de justicia para apoyar a P. Grudinin en su lucha contra la arbitrariedad judicial e impedir la destrucción de la granja, que representa un éxito del socialismo.

 

 

División Internacional del Comité Central del PCRF

 

 

Collective Against Arbitrary Acts

Recently we witnessed another instance of the authorities settling accounts with an undesirable politician who “dared” to challenge them. The man in questions is Pavel Grudinin who ran for President in the 2018 elections as a non-party candidate of the CPRF and became the runner-up winning millions of votes.

Pavel Grudinin is the director of the Lenin Collective Farm, the last “people’s” agricultural enterprise located near Moscow. All the other farms were destroyed and their land was divided up into lots and sold to oligarchs for building their cottages. 

In 1995, having survived the collapse of the USSR, the 1990s privatization, the sway of democracy and raids to seize enterprises, the work collective of the farm which has existed for more than 100 years decides to register it as a closed joint-stock company.

Pavel Grudinin became the head of the company which, thanks to competent management and the socialist methods of running the farm became a successful, socially oriented and financially independent entity all of whose revenues were used to raise the workers’ wages, subsidize the pensions of veteran workers, modernize production and improve the living conditions of the farm’s inhabitants.  

Today it employs about 300 workers, almost all of them living with their families. There are schools and kindergartens where children get free education. The rent is affordable, with sizeable discounts for families with children. The inhabitants describe their collective farm as a “territory of social optimism.”

Perhaps it is because of its positive development, being in fact “an island of socialism” amid a sea of capitalist lawlessness that the collective farm has recently encountered a host of problems.

First, after Pavel Grudinin was nominated as a candidate for President of the RF he has seen his popularity constantly growing as a politician and skillful manager, which the authorities do not like at all.

Second, the farm is just outside Moscow and its land could make an excellent place for building cottages. Attempts to seize collective farm lands have dramatically intensified. Every “dirty trick in the book” is being used. The collective farm, supported by the CPRF, is beating off these attacks. Several plaintiffs who have allegedly been harmed by Grudinin’s activities, have sued Grudinin, and the Prosecutor’s Office of the city of Vidnoye which has jurisdiction over the Lenin Collective Farm acted as it has been told and accused Grudinin of financial irregularities, an accusation which, in the opinion of the CPRF and independent experts, is totally ungrounded.

The tacit agreement of the authorities to the travesty of justice paves the way for “raiders” to take over the farm, liquidate it and use the farm land to build properties. What will happen to the hundreds of works and their families does not interest anyone.

By deliberately greenlighting the raiders, the authorities are not just settling accounts with the man who “had the gall” to challenge them, but at the same time are destroying the last oasis of socialism in the Moscow region, which, against the background of miserly wages, disarray and desolation reigning at the enterprises of “capitalist labour” presents them in a very unseemly light.

In the wake of the court’s “just” ruling numerous protest actions against the destruction of the Lenin Collective Farm took place in many cities across Russia. 

Not only Communists, but ordinary citizens call for an end to political abuses disguised as a court ruling on Pavel Grudinin.

A statement issued by the CC CPRF reads in part: “These arbitrary acts undermine the unity of society, threaten its economic and social development,… threaten stability in the country. The CPRF resolutely condemns rampant lawlessness and judicial reprisals…”

The Communist Party of the Russian Federation calls on all those who cherish the ideas of justice to support Pavel Grudinin in his struggle against court abuses and to prevent the destruction of an enterprise which is the showcase for all the advantages of the principle of running the economy in the socialist way.

 

International Department of the CPRF CC

Put an end to arbitrary acts of the Russian authorities and the judiciary

Statement of the CC CPRF

It is almost a month since a large group of the Russian State Duma deputies sent letters  to the President of the Russian Federation, the Prosecutor General of the RF, the Chairman of the Supreme Court of Russia calling for an end to an attempt at a hostile takeover of the Lenin Collective Farm. The letter cited numerous gross violations of the law on the part of the law-enforcement bodies and the courts in the Moscow Oblast aimed at making short shrift of the collective farm and its head. We have still not received any official answers to these letters. This is absolutely not normal.

The Moscow regional court at its session on June 17, 2019 considered an appeal of the director of the Lenin Collective Farm, Pavel Grudinin, against the ruling of the Vidnoye City Court which paved the way for a hostile takeover of a people’s enterprise. Thus all the norms of decency were again cast away during the proceedings. Our court, claiming to be the most “independent” in the world, simply brushed aside the arguments of the defence and witnesses without bothering to look into the matter. This is utter lawlessness wearing judges’ mantles. The mechanism of criminal raidership takeover has been set in motion.

In accordance with due legal process and in compliance with the law the city court verdict would have been overruled by a higher court because of a great many procedural violations. However, there are two circumstances in the “Grudinin case” which make it unlikely that even the bare minimum of decency will be observed.

First of all, it has to be borne in mind that the attack on the collective farm has the backing of powerful selfish interests. At stake is the fate of two thousand hectares of land located near Moscow. It is almost taken for granted that if the fraudulent takeover succeeds one of the best agricultural enterprises in Europe will be liquidated and its territory will be used for another huge development. The operation holds out the promise of billions in profits to its initiators, which is why all the legal and moral norms have been thrown overboard. All the more so since the raiders have the full support of the region’s authorities.

Another hugely important fact is that the target of the persecution is a man who was the runner-up in the March 2018 elections of the Russian President, with nearly 9 million votes. We are convinced that in reality many more people voted for Pavel Grudinin. The shameless machine of wholesale vote-rigging alone prevented the actual level of his support from being revealed.

The attack on a Russian presidential candidate casts a shadow on the entire national electoral system and effectively discredits the elected head of state putting into question the declarations about the “triumph of democracy” in our country.

Even more importantly, Pavel Grudinin still enjoys sustained and ever growing popularity among the people. In the minds of millions of people he expresses their true interests and aspirations. This is what worries the ruling group which is afraid that the opposition would get another popular leader.

We have supported the groundswell of popular indignation triggered by the brazen provocation against journalist Ivan Golunov. And yet the political slaughter of Pavel Grudinin calls for an equally tough reaction on the part of the whole society. An end must be put to the arbitrariness of the law-enforcement and judiciary systems in Russia.

Arbitrariness undermines social unity, puts a brake on society’s economic development generating ever sharper conflicts and threatening stability in the country. This is particularly dangerous in the face of the growing economic, military and political pressure on the part of the USA and its allies.

The CPRF resolutely condemns the total lawlessness which has again manifested itself in the miscarriage of justice with regard to Pavel Grudinin and the Lenin Collective Farm which he heads up. We are determined to continue the struggle to preserve this unique enterprise.

By decision of the People’s Patriotic Forces a nationwide action will take place on July 13, 2019 in protest against judicial and administrative outrages. The CPRF is calling on all the country’s social forces to join the protest.

We also intend to appeal to the world community to express its attitude to the fresh instance of suppression of political and economic rights and freedoms in Russia.

The unlawful court ruling will not stop our struggle for redressing the injustice with regard to Pavel Grudinin and the Lenin Collective Farm. We are determined to achieve victory in this struggle.

Chairman of the CPRF CC

Gennady Zyuganov