Electoral Association “Political Party the COMMUNIST PARTY OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION”
The Communist Party of the Russian Federation (CPRF) was created at the 2nd Extraordinary Congress in February 1993. At present it has 13726 primary party cells, 2278 local (regional, city) and 81 regional branches. As of January 1 2011 it had 154244 registered members.
The CPRF is represented at the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation (54 deputies) and in 78out of 81 regional legislatures.
The CPRF maintains friendly relations with left-wing and workers’ parties in the near and far abroad. CPRF deputies take part on a permanent basis in the activities of the PACE and other international parliamentary organizations.
The CPRF is guided by its Political Programme adopted at the 3d CPRF Congress.
The CPRF has decided to take part in the election of the deputies to the State Duma of the Russian Federation and has approved its Electoral Programme “The Policy of the Majority: the Course towards Victory.” It identifies three main areas of action:
- Ensuring national security.
- Transition from economic decline to accelerated development.
- Overcoming poverty and social degradation.
The Programme contains seven points determining the near-term strategy:
- The new economic policy of the CPRF.
- The new industrialisation of the country.
- Special concern for agriculture.
- A new financial policy of a Popular Trust Government.
- Revision of the tax system.
- Effective interaction between science and the production sphere.
- Implementation of the Conquest of Space programme
The third area of the CPRF policy if it wins the election is a change of social priorities containing five items:
- New social legislation.
- Support of children and youth.
- Implementation of the slogan “Quality Education for All.”
- Improving the nation’s health.
- A new cultural upsurge.
The CPRF attaches great importance to creating a team capable of carrying out the above plans. The list of CPRF candidates officially includes 595 representatives from 81 regional CPRF chapters. Among them are workers and peasants, prominent politicians and experienced economic managers, representatives of the scientific and creative intelligentsia, teachers, doctors, lawyers and deputies of regional and local bodies of power.
The federal list of CPRF candidates is headed by ten persons who embody the unity of communists and non-party members, the most experienced party functionaries and young members of the party leadership who have withstood serious tests and acquired extensive experience of work in various party, economic and parliamentary activities. The top three candidates are: Gennady Zyuganov, Dr.Sc. (Philosophy), Chairman of the CC CPRF and the head of the CPRF at the State Duma; State Duma deputy Admiral Vladimir Komoyedov and Yuri Afonin, the leader of the Russian young communist league, member of the Presidium of the CC CPRF and State Duma Deputy.
Also on the list are 17 workers, 16 representatives of the agro-industrial complex, 56 higher education and secondary technical school teachers, 25 school teachers of various disciplines of whom 5 are school headmasters and 3 are deputy directors of gymnasiums and schools.
Among the candidates for deputy are: 93 members of the CC CPRF, 56 alternate CC members, 13 members of the CPRF Central Auditing Commission; 66 first secretaries and 86 secretaries of regional committees, 98 first secretaries of local (city and district) CPRF Committees; 23 secretaries of primary party organizations. The list has 17 party functionaries on the staff of the Central Committee and regional CPRF committees and 52 non-party candidates.
Of the total list of candidates from the CPRF 116 are women and 479 are men.
The average age of a CPRF candidate for the State Duma is 49. Sixty-nine of them are under 30 years of age.