May Day with the Russian Communists

Two things hit me as I emerged from the Oktyabrskaya metro station on Saturday morning to check out the KPRF May Day march.  First was that God himself must have been smiling down on the KPRFers.  After several days of on and off rain, his holiness decided to part the clouds, let the sun shine through, and let Russian commies do their thing without the hindrance of rainfall.  The second thing that hit me was that unlike most, or should I say every political rally I’ve been to, the Communists began marching on time.  Who would have ever guessed Communists to be prompt.  And they say Leninist discipline is dead.  As soon

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The Year of Stalin

Those communists in Voronezh really, really like Stalin.  Last month, the Voronezh KPRF put up billboards of Stalin to promote the dictator’s great achievements.  The

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Communist Circumlocution

Kommersant Vlast‘ made an funny observation about the websites of Russian political parties.  Apparently the verbosity and the brevity of a party’s website is connected

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Paper Pauper Politicians

One of the strange rituals of political campaigns is the wealth disclosure.  Not because I think that politicians shouldn’t declare their wealth when they run

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Waiting for the Clampdown

Responses to the Dissenter’s March continues. The Nation’s Katrina Vanden Huevel calls for a fight to press freedom in Russia. This comes amid news that

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