These are Communists

What’s left of the Russian Communist Party

Commie ParadeOh that Red Horde, the Communists! The eternal
Russian bogeyman these days is the Communists threat. Well its the
bogeyman for the majority of Muscovites, for this city would shrivel up
and die if they took over. In the provinces however, the Reds are still
the heroes of the people, providing something for nothing, like the glorious
Russian past.

A protest by Party members.

There are still quite a few open Communists who parade around the city on
important holidays, marching to bring back the days of bread lines and
disappearances.
They have a quasi-legitimate stance, that the people are getting a
raw deal in this new “consumer” society. There are plenty of raw deals,
in this and every consumer society, just check out the local bum in any major
American city. Here the losers are the grandparents, well actually
almost everyone over 30 years old who will not change with the times.
Pensions for the elderly have gone from decent to worthless after the
roubles devaluations and price inflations. Once a 100 roubles a month
could feed and clothe two people, now people will not pick up a 100 rouble
note off the streets. Housing, which used to be free, is now approaching
unaffordable to all but us over-paid Westerners. How can a person making
$600 a month (and that’s a good job) afford to live anywhere near the center
of Moscow if the rents are $400 for a single room?

Sovetskaya Rossiya October 6, 1998

“To the Working People!”

By Gennadiy Zyuganov, chairman of the People’s Patriotic Union of Russia,

Comrade!

Gaydar stole your savings; Chubays stole your property; Chernomyrdin stole
your pay. But for seven years you have been patient. First you believed Yeltsin’s
promises and the lying television. Then you hoped to survive on your own,
to sit out the crisis in your vegetable garden.

As a reward for your submissiveness, since 17 August they have been stealing
from you all that you have left. And no end to this process is in sight.
If you continue to be patient, tomorrow they will drive you out of house
and home. They will put your mother and father in the graveyard, turn your
wife and sister into prostitutes, and leave your children to beg at the church
door. And you will be able to “freely” choose: Either to hang yourself or
to take up a cudgel and embark on a life of crime.

Is
there another choice? There is!

You no longer believe in the authorities or in the promises of all the would-be
“saviors of the Fatherland,” and rightly so. But it is necessary to believe
in the power of the solidarity of the working people. It is necessary to
believe in your comrades who have already risen up to fight for a dignified
existence. And there can be no decent life as long as the “guarantor” of
the destructive course remains in the presidential office. Yeltsin is a an
obstacle in everyone’s way, and won’t allow either you, or the government,
or parliament to work.

Demanding the president’s resignation, miners and power workers and teachers
and doctors are striking, going on hunger strike, and blocking the roads.
But their efforts so far remain in vain, because up till now they have acted
separately. Unified, coordinated, and simultaneous actions by all the working
people are needed. Your comrades decided to begin them 7 October — the day
of the All-Russia protest action. Millions of people will attend rallies
and demonstrations and form pickets outside government buildings. Hundreds
and thousands of enterprises will stop work.

This time you do not have the right to remain on the sidelines — your comrades
need your help. Without you there will be a yawning gap in their ranks, through
which the robbers of your family and the corrupters of your children will
climb.

Take up your place in the people’s ranks!

Everyone attend the protest action!

October 7 is only the beginning. The protest will continue and escalate.
The regime must be granted no rest or respite. We will not allow ourselves
to be bought with sops; we will not retreat until our demands are
fulfilled:Yeltsin must resign! An immediate and resolute change of course!

All power to the working people!