The Russian Communist Party (KPRF) has announced its intent to lead a nationwide protest movement, urging “proletarians and patriots” to unite.
The KPRF has refused to join with other opposition parties, particularly the recently created Opposition Coordination Council.
The Opposition’s Coordination Council was elected through online voting earlier in October, and is headed by an anti-corruption blogger Aleksey Navalny. Other representatives of the 45-member council include figures like popular writer Dmitry Bykov, environmental activist Yevgeniya Chirikova and Left Front leader Sergey Udaltsov, who was charged last week with conspiracy to organize mass riots.
“If the [Coordination Council] continue to pursue an unnatural liberal course for our country, they won’t be able to deceive our citizens again. They are not an opposition,” KPRF leader Gennady Zyuganov told journalists.
The KPRF is confident that as tensions grow “between labor and capital,” various political forces are exploiting mass protest to their own ends. The Communist Party believes these forces are “clearly provocative,” and foreign-sponsored.