Staunton, May 17 – One of the most remarkable ideological developments in Russia during the time of the pandemic is KPRF head Gennady Zyuganov’s final conversion to a full-throated version of Russian nationalism and, in the absence of resistance from below, his party into “the Black Hundreds on the left,” Aleksandr Stepanov says.
Compared to other communist leaders since at least the death of Stalin, Zyuganov has been willing to play with Russian nationalist themes, especially those involving fears of Russian demographic collapse which can be presented in class terms as well; but he has been resisted by those who remember what the KPRF is supposed to stand for.
Stepanov, a more traditional communist, points to Zyuganov’s release of a 14,000-word statement about why the communist party must do more than be fellow travelers to Russian nationalists but must become a key part of their movement given what the KPRF leader says are threats to the Russian nation (forum-msk.org/material/news/16455393.html).
According to Stepanov, a regular commentator on the Forum-MSK portal, Zyuganov has gone so far that even “the CIA supports his position,” a reflection of the radical changes in the KPRF leader and his party rather than in the American special service. (For the complete text of Zyuganov’s explanation of his change of heart, see kprf.ru/party-live/cknews/194458.html