Russian naval destroyer passing through Suez Canal on its way to Mediterranean SeaMilitary & Defense October 17, 10:19
Russians believe men should generally be 'the family breadwinner' — pollSociety & Culture October 17, 8:52
Egypt invited to Astana talks on Syria as observer — sourceWorld October 17, 8:15
Russia dismisses UK media claims on oil products supplies to TalibanRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 16, 21:37
Poll shows Russians satisfied with life, ready for hard timesSociety & Culture October 16, 21:06
FIFA: Indian schoolteacher and her son to attend 2018 World Cup opener in Moscow for freeSport October 16, 20:23
Operation in Syria nearing completion — Russian defense ministerMilitary & Defense October 16, 19:54
Russian Navy’s aviation to get 10 upgraded antisubmarine warfare helicopters a yearMilitary & Defense October 16, 19:23
Soviet youth festival: memories from the pastSociety & Culture October 16, 18:01
MOSCOW, January 17 (Itar-Tass) — Gennady Zyuganov, leader of the Communist Party, is working hard on his image of a real opposition member. With this in view he invited Sergey Udaltsov, leader of the “Left-Wing Front,” to join his electoral campaign. They are to sign a cooperation agreement on Tuesday.
The alliance with the leader of the second largest parliamentary party (by the number of seats in parliament) became possible only because Zyuganov is the only participant in the electoral race, who supported the demands of the “Left-Wing Front,” Udaltsov said. The opposition put forward its demands to the presidential candidates in a special address last week. Aside from Zyuganov, a letter of the “Left-Wing Front” was forwarded to another presidential candidate, who is ideologically close to it – Sergey Mironov, leader of A Just Russia Party. He did not venture, however, to form an alliance with Udaltsov, who is kept in custody almost all the time.
Zyuganov agreed to support openly all the demands of participants in the rallies held in the Bolotny Square and the Sakharov Avenue, including a radical reform of the electoral legislation, the legislation on political parties and public organizations. Aside from it, Zyuganov promises to create conditions for “holding honest and free elections under public control,” specifically to convene a constitutional assembly for making changes and amendments to the Fundamental Law, to resign no later than in March 2013 and to ensure the holding of early presidential and parliamentary elections on the basis of a new legislation. Udaltsov admits, however, that the alliance with Zyuganov is of a tactical character. “All is being done for giving battle to Putin and achieving the second round of the elections. This is a sort of protest voting,” Udaltsov told The Moskovskie Novosti.