Gennady Zyuganov, leader of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (KPRF), said that he is ready to merge with A Just Russia – For Truth (SRZP) subject to the acceptance of the communist program. Reported by RIA Novosti.
“If they [справедливороссы] Agree to implement our program, let’s try a joint association – pull yourself up, work,” said the politician.
He added that the program of the Communist Party was published and its materials were known. “Let them evaluate their proposals and present them to us,” said Zyuganov.
On the eve of July 27, SRZP leader Sergei Mironov said that it was necessary for his party to merge with the Communist Party.
“Unification of parties [СРЗП] and the Communist Party of the Russian Federation is necessary, in addition, in the historical perspective it is inevitable … As for the proposal for unification, it has been done for a long time ”.
According to him, the SRZP does not see any obstacles to the creation of a “grand coalition of left-wing patriotic forces” in Russia.
The deputy also said that the duration of the merger of the parties depends on the communists.
“Because of the position of part of the Communist Party leadership, this process still has no continuation. Therefore, when exactly the unification will take place depends on the members of the Communist Party, ”Mironov summarized.
In June 2021, Zakhar Prilepin, co-founder of the For Truth party, put forward a proposal from the Communist Party of the Russian Federation to join forces, but the communists refused. Zyuganov later said that in order to “form a coalition” a writer must first leave his party because the communists had already created a left-wing patriotic movement.
“We have already created a left patriotic movement, it is present here. You can approach anyone. I don’t know what you mean by that, if he’s ready to follow our “ten steps” he needs to get out of there. [СРЗП] to come [в КПРФ]”, Zyuganov told reporters.
In a reply letter, Prilepin stated that the SRZP and the Communist Party of the Russian Federation had practically no ideological differences.
At the beginning of 2021, the parties Just Russia, For Truth and Patriots of Russia held congresses on unification and announced the creation of a new left-wing patriotic political force. Sergei Mironov became its leader, Zakhar Prilepin and Gennady Semigin (leader of the “patriots”) became co-chairmen.
Ideas to unite just Russians and Communists have been debated since the mid-2000s.
In May 2007, at the emergency congress of the Russian Socialist United Party, which joined Just Russia, the head of the Socialist-Revolutionaries, Sergei Mironov, announced the need to create a broad union of left forces and readiness to unite with it. communists. In response, Ivan Melnikov, First Deputy Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, stated that the Communist Party will not merge with the SR:
We certainly do not, and never will, recognize Mironov’s project as a sincere and left-wing political force. And we have dozens of arguments to explain it to everyone.”
Melnikov added that Mironov’s “left wing” are “small organizations of unemployed officials and ambitious politicians pretending to be leftists”.
In October 2010, Sergei Mironov reiterated that the rapprochement of Fair Russia with the Communist Party of the Russian Federation will happen: “Historically, I firmly believe that this is inevitable, it’s all about time.”