Communist party to celebrate birthday Soviet style
Members of at least 112 Communist parties from around the globe have been invited to join the KPRF’s 15th Convention scheduled for February 23-25.The format of the congress will be similar to those held by the Soviet Communist Party in the 1970s during Leonid Brezhnev’s leadership, writes Izvestia daily. Among the topics that are likely to be discussed, is ‘the persecution of Communists’ in Russia, Vadim Solovyov, an MP from the KPRF told Izvestia newspaper.He noted that criminal cases have been launched against several Communist lawmakers, including Vladimir Bessonov. The KPRF member was stripped of parliamentary immunity over alleged use of violence against police during an unsanctioned rally in Rostov-on-Don in December 2011. “We bear a lot more grudges against the ruling power [than they do against us.] All we’ve been doing in the past five years was defending ourselves,” Solovyov stated. In his words, Communist deputies and mayors are being prosecuted for absolutely “made up reasons.”In that respect, the KPRF plans to urge international solidarity and ask their foreign partners to raise the issue in the parliaments of their countries, adopt respective resolutions and send them to the Russian government.Besides that, at the congress the KPRF plans to approve its new party charter, which enhances discipline as well as strengthens the position of the leadership. Longtime Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov is likely to be re-elected as head of the party. He has been its chairman since the establishment of the Russian Communist Party in February 1993.