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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Zyuganov Ties Russia's Ills to JFK 'Secret Plan'

PERM, Ural Mountains -- The Soviet Union did not collapse on its own but was destroyed by a successful "secret new war" launched against it by former U.S. President John Kennedy, Communist presidential candidate Gennady Zyuganov said Wednesday.

Speaking to students at a technical school in Perm, Zyuganov said he had obtained a four-point blueprint of Kennedy's secret war. The key points called for a U.S. takeover of the Russian mass media, which could then be used to sow dissension, including that among nationalist and religious separatists, as well as disrespect for the elderly, Zyuganov said.

Vague on many details at times, Zyuganov claimed to be quoting the plan from memory. But his clear implication was that the United States had been successful in controlling the mass media and continued to control it today.

Certainly there were grounds Wednesday to doubt the independence of the Russian media. Contrary to coverage provided in other cities, none of Perm's major newspapers reported Zyuganov's expected arrival on a five-day campaign tour of the Urals, although the newspapers meticulously reported every other coming event, ranging from the Perm Violin Contest later this week to UN Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali's visit Thursday.

Meanwhile, Radio Maximum, a local station, reported that Zyuganov was not able to speak at the technical school because students booed him off the podium, something that in fact never happened.

Aman Tuleyev, another communist presidential candidate, appeared with Zyuganov on Wednesday and reaffirmed his earlier promises to step aside at the last minute in Zyuganov's favor. Tuleyev also spoke of a secret war -- this one being carried out by President Boris Yeltsin to silence Russia's unruly miners.

"They are being intentionally driven to alcoholism," Tuleyev said. "The miners are the only real working class. They haven't been paid in six months, but they aren't asking for salaries. They are saying 'Give us weapons! Give us weapons!' [Yeltsin] has to destroy them. He has to drive them to alcoholism."

Notwithstanding the presence of Tuleyev and Agrarian Party Chief Mikhail Lapshin, who put in a brief appearance, Zyuganov has traveled virtually alone, riding overnight trains through the major cities of the Urals. Accompanied only by an obscure folk singer and even more obscure poet and press handlers and bodyguards, he has used his time in the provinces to reveal many heretofore unknown facts and conspiracies. In Nizhny Novgorod, for example, Zyuganov announced that the State Duma had been occupied two months ago by special forces, which were then withdrawn after President Yeltsin failed to convince his ministers to support him in launching a military dictatorship.

On Wednesday, Zyuganov continued to describe Russia as if it were losing a deadly war on multiple fronts. Noting that the death rate exceeds the birth rate today, he said, "Each year we lose three million people. That's equal to military losses."

Crime, he said, claims 140,000 lives a year, "more than [during the Soviet war] in Afghanistan," while per capita consumption of 20 liters of hard liquor has led to "the genetic degradation of our people."

Much of the blame for these horrors Zyuganov lays at the feet of the United States. "The Cold War against Russia continues," Zyuganov said. "What has happened, in short, is that they are using different means against us, so that society has become uncontrollable and paralyzed. After the Cuban missile crisis, when the smell of nuclear war was in the air, John Kennedy, the talented U.S. president, invited just a handful of people to visit him. He said, 'We can't fight the U.S.S.R. We would be killed ourselves. But we also cannot allow them to continue to develop.'"

That mysterious meeting produced a two-page document that outlined four points for a "new war."

The first point required that agents of the U.S. government "prove to the citizens of the U.S.S.R. that life together was bad and crowded and that by splitting up it would be better for everyone," Zyuganov said. The blueprint Zyuganov had seen stated that the Soviet breakup would serve America's interests "by destroying mutual economic ties so that each [new country] would sink alone."

The second point," Zyuganov said, "was that it would have to be proven, particularly to the young, that there is no reason to respect the older generations, that they were the same sort of villains as the fascists."

The third point of Kennedy's plan, Zyuganov said, called for inflaming "national and religious extremism so as to tear the country apart."

The fourth and key point, Zyuganov said, was the conclusion that, "without taking over the [Soviet] media and forcing it to carry out our goals, the Communist Party of the Soviet Union cannot be liquidated, nor can this plan be completed."

In addition to Kennedy's four-point war, Zyuganov cited "three internal reasons" that also contributed to the collapse of the Soviet Union: "the monopoly on power, the monopoly on property and the CPSU's monopoly on truth."