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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Radical Red Program Called Fake

A leading Moscow newspaper on Wednesday published what it said were excerpts of the Communist Party's economic program that call for the expropriation of property, restrictions on travel abroad and wage and price freezes, but a Communist official denounced the document as "fake."

Komsomolskaya Pravda led its front page with an article composed of excerpts from what it said was the "Program of Emergency Measures for Exiting the Crisis and Economic Recovery" of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation.

The article quoted the alleged program as saying that a victory by the "people's patriotic forces" in the presidential vote will create "an extremely complicated situation in the country," and lead to resistance.

Eliminating "the social-economic base of counter-revolution" requires "tough and decisive measures for nationalization and expropriation of illegally appropriated property, full state control over the financial and banking spheres, incomes and commodity-monetary turnover, and economic and administrative-legal pressure on the resistance of the comprador bourgeoisie and organized crime."

The Russian press has reported that a package bills drafted for parliament by the Communist Party under the same name constitutes the party's electoral economic platform. And the party's leader, Gennady Zyuganov, promised last week that he would unveil the party's economic platform by the end of May.

Other proposals in the document include the abolition of government agencies such as the State Property Committee and the Economics Ministry, and their replacement by the Soviet-era central planning administration, Gosplan.

The document also proposes carrying out an "emergency program of freezing prices, salaries and incomes"; fixing the exchange rate at 500 rubles to the dollar; creating a commission made up of Communist Party, security and police officials to audit "all large companies" involved in the purchase and delivery of food and other basic products; and carrying out measures to limit travel abroad.

Irina Makaveyeva, a spokeswoman in the Communist Party's State Duma faction press service, called the document "a fake from beginning to end."

She said the real program, which has already been developed, "will be published in the upcoming days." The appearance of the article, said Makaveyeva, is an attempt "to prepare public opinion and inflame the atmosphere in the period of the electoral campaign."

Komsomolskaya Pravda's economics editor Yevgeny Anisimov, who wrote the accompanying commentary, said that "upon receiving the program we at first wondered whether or not it was false, prepared by political enemies. There are very many analytical centers and also plenty of special services, and, in the struggle against the Communist Party, they are prepared to use any method.

"So we tried verify the document somehow. We were unable to get any official confirmation of it, but in favor of its authenticity is the fact that not long ago in the State Duma's economic policy committee there was a discussion which included heads of the Communist Party's sub-units. And a transcript of this meeting was virtually identical in content to the project which we recently received" and published.

Anisimov conceded, however, that it may not coincide with the economic program the Communist Party soon plans to publish.

"It is very possible that it is only one of the [party's] proposed economic programs, from one of its more radical wings," he said.