Russia’s one-time all-powerful Communists have confirmed they will field a candidate in next March’s Presidential elections, as other opposition candidates fall by the wayside.
From the highs of seven decades’ of unchallenged authority, the Communists must now trawl for votes among people on the streets.
Party leader and Presidential candidate Gennady Zyuganov attacked the state of Russia today, and what he called its dirty politics.
“Power in Russia today is based on oil money and the media,” he said. “We are offering a true partnership, but we demand proper political debate.”
Many Communist voters say they’re disgusted by Russia’s increasing wealth gap, and they’re calling for change.
The Communists polled just 12 percent in the recent parliamentary elections. President Putin’s party cleaned up with 64 percent.