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Communists want to gather a million of signatures for the dismissal of the Russian government

July 23, 2013, 11:10 UTC+3
The Communist Party hopes that the all-Russia protest action 'The government to be dismissed!', which the Communist Party slated for July 27, will gather a large part of...
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The Communists intend to gather a million of signatures of Russians in support of a dismissal of the Russian government by September. The votes of people will support an initiative of the Communist Party of Russia to express mistrust to the Cabinet and will be a weighty argument in the talks between Gennady Zyuganov and Vladimir Putin, the Communist Party expects. The political experts believe in an opportunity of the Communist Party to gather a million of signatures, but share the opinion that the campaign will not be detrimental to anyone, it will be in favour of the Kremlin, Zyuganov and even the government.

The Communist Party stated that it is ready to pass a motion of no confidence to the government right after the bill on a reform in the Russian Academy of Sciences was submitted in the State Duma, the RBC Daily recalled. The actions, which the leadership of the State Duma has taken and Putin has supported, alleviated somehow the tensions, but the Communists did not give up an idea to promote the dismissal of the Cabinet.

The signup campaign is being waged almost in all Russian regions and in the electronic form at the website opentown.org. “About 270,000-300,000 people have signed the initiative so far. We hope that about one million people will sign it by the moment the initiative is moved in the State Duma,” head of the legal service of the Communist Party Vadim Solovyev told the RBC Daily. The Communist Party hopes that the all-Russia protest action “The government to be dismissed!”, which the Communist Party slated for July 27, will gather a large part of signatures. “The collected votes will permit Gennady Zyuganov to speak seriously with the president in September,” Solovyev said.

In autumn Vladimir Putin expects from the Cabinet to produce real results of their work and the fulfilment of the instructions from the president and the usefulness to the society, the newspaper reported. If the Communists manage to gather the signatures for their initiative to be presented in the Kremlin by September, this will sooner bring down the probability of a dismissal of the Cabinet, President of the Institute of National Strategy Mikhail Remizov believes. “If a dismissal of the government is actually planned, this is the president that should do everything, but not the main opposition party of the country,” he said.

The intention of the Communist Party to dismiss the government creates the situation, when all parties to the dispute - the Communist Party, President Putin and even the very government can be satisfied, deputy director of the Centre of Political Technologies Alexei Makarkin told the newspaper. The Kremlin can be content that the Communists are making Medvedev weaker in the public space again, Zyuganov can be content as he underlined that he is an oppositionist, as after the Communists voted for several pro-Kremlin initiatives, this will be particularly useful. The government can also be satisfied, Makarkin said, “The point is that it was not common practice in our country to dismiss the government, if the opposition initiates the dismissal, it happens that the opposition is getting too many opportunities. If Zyuganov brings a million of signatures to the president, it happens that Zyuganov dismissed the government.”

Gathering the signatures, Zyuganov is fulfilling a traditional formula of opposition, which the Communists apply for the whole period of existence of the party in modern Russian history that is a moderate policy of the president amid a tough criticism levied on the government, Remizov noted.

The Communist faction and the A Just Russia faction that joined the initiative have already gathered a sufficient number of over 100 votes among the State Duma deputies to attain a dismissal of the government, the RBC Daily reported. According to the regulations of the lower house of parliament, no less than 90 signatures are needed to move in the initiative and a motion of no confidence to the government should be considered within a week after it is submitted. A simple majority of votes of 226 deputies from 450 deputies is needed to pass a motion of no confidence.

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