In Russia, young Communists see moment to vie for power

Again giving pause to Vladimir Putin’s creation of his own private army (See also HERE, HERE and HERE)

Gennady Zyuganov (c.), leader of the Russian Communist Party, takes part in a procession to celebrate the Defender of the Fatherland Day, on Feb. 23, in central Moscow. | Grigory Dukor/Reuters/File


Under the impact of economic crisis and impatient with ‘mutant capitalism’ dominated by Kremlin cronies, younger members of the Communist Party say they could provide an alternative to ‘Putinism.’

In defiance of all expectations when the USSR collapsed, large numbers of youthful and often well-educated new activists are moving into Russia’s old Communist Party, and starting to rejuvenate its complexion and its prospects.

And under the impact of a deepening economic crisis, and impatient with what Mr. Popov calls “mutant capitalism” dominated by Kremlin cronies, younger communists say it’s time to vie for power in Russia again. Continue reading