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.