Final Phase Backgrounder: Kremlin authorities “persecute” Sergei Udaltsov, charge 35-year-old Left Front leader with instigating coup against Putin government, bankrolled by Georgian politician, Saakashvili ally; Zyuganov lauds Communist Party of China’s “market socialism” amidst global recession, praises inter-party cooperation, disdains WTO
October 23, 2012Posted by on
In recent weeks, we have resorted to “micro-blogging” to keep up with unfolding political developments in the world, especially with respect to the Syrian civil war, the Turkish-Syrian border conflict, and the European Union’s debt crisis. Not coincidentally, the last has provided a springboard for leftists to promote socialist “solutions” to systemic problems created by the EU’s cradle-to-grave welfare state socialism. However, we are still committed to providing occasional extended analyses of events in the Not-So-Former Soviet Union.
Last week, the Kremlin’s “Investigative Committee” (SK) announced it had launched an investigation into Left Front leader Sergei Udaltsov, aide Leonid Razvozzhayev, Konstantin Lebedev, and others on the basis of allegations made in the NTV documentary, Anatomy Of A Protest II. We strongly suspect, however, that the Kremlin’s “persecution” of Udaltsov is simply more communist-scripted drama designed to lull Western governments into believing that Russia’s political system is “pluralistic,” rather than a farce secretly controlled by the Communist Party of the Russian Federation.
Pictured above: Russian Interior Ministry officers detain Udaltsov during a demonstration outside the State Duma in Moscow on April 11, 2012.
Ardent Marxist-Leninist Udaltsov founded Red Youth Vanguard in 1999, Left Front in 2008, and Russian United Labor Front in 2010. He is committed to unifying Russia’s left-wing forces and does not hide his contempt for the “oligarchic,” “pro-West” United Russia regime, which, in spite of very low voter turnout, once again dominated regional elections across the country. Udlatsov’s great-grandfather Ivan briefly served as dean of Moscow State University and was a personal ally of Vladimir Lenin, the first Soviet dictator.
Prior to his death in 2009, Oleg Shenin, Stalinist mastermind of the phoney anti-Gorbachev coup of August 1991, placed his imprimatur on the now 35-year-old street-savvy activist. More recently, Udaltsov is often seen at communist demonstrations alongside party chairman Gennady Zyuganov, whom he formally endorsed in the March presidential election. Although Zyuganov has distanced himself from the mass anti-Putin rallies, this summer he and Udaltsov organized protests in the city of Ulyanovsk against the building of a NATO aircraft transit facility.
NTV, a privately owned but pro-Kremlin media outlet, alleges Udaltsov plotted to incite mass riots and a coup to dislodge “ex”-communist President Vladimir Putin. Now, according to Russian authorities, Razvozzhayev has confessed to “organizing mass disorder” together with his boss and other Russian oppositionists and, moreover, revealed that the effort was bankrolled by Georgian politician Givi Targamadze. Russian troops have occupied Georgia’s breakaway regions Abkhazia and South Ossetia since the August 2008 war.
Targamadze, head of the Georgian parliament’s defense and security committee and a close ally of President Mikhail Saakashvili, predictably denounced the NTV documentary as “propaganda.” He also insists he has never met Udaltsov. The documentary alleges Targamadze helped to organize the “color revolutions” that brought Saakashvili into power in Georgia in 2003 and Viktor Yushchenko in Ukraine in 2004, amid mass protests over election rigging allegations.
Last week, Udaltsov said in Twitter messages that his apartment, located in a working class neighbourhood of Moscow, had been searched and he had been taken to SK headquarters for interrogation. “This is lawlessness and provocation and I hope that society will not be silent,” he was quoted as saying by Russia’s Interfax news agency. If convicted, Udaltsov and his “co-conspirators” face prison sentences of between four and 10 years. The neo-Leninist agitator has already been in and out of jail numerous times for his street-level activism.
For his part, the venerable Zyuganov is widely perceived by Western analysts as a “political dinosaur,” but his commitment to restoring the Soviet Union exposes his important role in the ongoing Soviet strategic deception plan. Responding to news of the 25 percent voter turnout, Chairman Zyuganov intoned: “We believe the Russian electoral system is in serious crisis, and this crisis is continuing to deepen. The turnout of 15-20% or 25% at best in the overwhelming majority of regions is the proof. Some 70-80 of 100 candidates refused to take part in the dirty election campaign, which was held without candidate debates and in which ruling [United Russia] party candidates hid.”
Meanwhile, Comrade Zyuganov, whose party increased its parliamentary representation last December, lauds the ruling Communist Party of China’s “market socialism,” evidently viewing Red China’s economic development as a model for resurrecting state socialism in Russia. Last month, he waxed eloquent:
After the defeat of the Soviet Communist Party and collapse of the Soviet Union, the Chinese have studied our tragedy thoroughly and scientifically.
The secret of China’s success is that the CPC has succeeded in uniting Marxist-Leninist ideas with the experience of building socialism with Chinese characteristics, century-long traditions of Confucianism and modern training on human resources.
The CPC has found a rational balance between state, collectivity and individual. They have also promoted social guarantees and security. And they have not lost political principles.
China’s experience has not only amazed Asia, but the world. For instance, now China is one of the largest trading partners of the United States.
China has become the world’s second largest economy under the CPC’s leadership and has maintained growth amidst global economic troubles.
The global crisis has affected some 200 countries, and its new wave has been engulfing the U.S. and the whole Europe. Nearly all economies have slowed down, including those in Asia.
But in the Asia-Pacific region, the situation was better compared to other regions. An important reason for this is China. China is an engine which is pulling the global economy out of the hardships.
Zyuganov also praised contacts between the CPC and his own CPRF, noting that the two sister parties have signed several inter-party cooperation agreements that were “implemented successfully” over the past decades. “I am very glad that our relations, inter-party and comradely, are on the rise. Nearly all high-level delegations from China have met with us. And nearly every year, our high-level delegations visit China,” Zyuganov enthused. He added: “Besides, every year we send to China delegations of our party’s young promising comrades for internship there. They were very much impressed with their trips to China and told us the professional level of Chinese officials is very high.”
Significantly, from the vantage of the global communist conspiracy, Zyuganov believes Red China “bears a mission to help the rest of the world to overcome the crisis, to get out of that deadlock provoked by the U.S. liberal economic model.” As KGB defector Anatoliy Golitsyn disclosed 26 years ago in his first expose of the long-range Soviet plan, inter-party cooperation between the Russian and Chinese communists, both open and covert, is the driving force behind world Leninist revolution.
Earlier this year, Zyuganov disavowed the World Trade Organization, at least as it is presently constituted, as a vehicle for improving the lot of the Russian people. “In general Russia has no economic incentive for joining the WTO,” Zyuganov wrote in an official letter to the Kremlin. He continued: “Our country is totally unprepared for WTO entry and is doing so on unfavorable terms. Russia’s main export items – raw materials, fuel and energy, arms – are not subject to WTO regulation. Therefore, WTO accession will be the final consolidation of Russia’s status as a raw materials appendage of the West and market for global corporations.”
It would appear that President Putin’s role is to establish Russia as a “bridge” between the WTO and the Eurasian Union, to be inaugurated in 2015. The latter will span the former Soviet republics and roll up a number of post-Soviet organizations, including the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia. In the final analysis, the occasional sparring between the Kremlin and the CPRF proves that Putin is only “pro-West” when it serves to carry out the long-range Soviet plan.