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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Zyuganov Lashes Out At Kremlin, Glazyev

Striking back at fellow traveler Sergei Glazyev's plans to form a new electoral bloc, Gennady Zyuganov said his Communist Party will not reform and will fight what he called efforts by the Kremlin to push it toward "Menshevism."

Zyuganov makes his case in an article to be published Thursday in Pravda, according to Interfax, which said the party gave it a copy of the article Wednesday.

Zyuganov said Communists will fight the "petty-bourgeois tendencies" and "sectionalism" that threaten to undermine the party.

"The ambitions of individual people are trying to make the party change its line," he wrote. Zyuganov never mentions Glazyev by name, but the reference appears clear.

Glazyev, a popular left-leaning economist and member of the Communist faction in the State Duma, last weekend announced plans to form his own bloc to run in December's parliamentary elections. The initiative has been seen as a Kremlin attempt to take votes away from the Communists.

Glazyev invited the Communists to join his bloc, but Zyuganov, as expected, said this was out of the question.

Referring to this in his Pravda article, he said, "Russia has its own leftists and Communists are their name."

Zyuganov said the party's "hundreds of years of experience" will give it the strength to "oppose such attempts from the regime's side."

Glazyev has been seen as a person who could help modernize the party and perhaps even transform it into a social-democratic party along the European model.

Zyuganov, however, made clear that his party has no interest in reform. He shunned Menshevism, just as the Bolsheviks shunned the more moderate Mensheviks.

Russia's Communist Party is closer to communism's "primordial principles" than any other social-democratic party in Europe, and the path chosen by the social-democratic parties in Europe is not acceptable for Russian leftists, he wrote.

The article ends with a critical note about those who initially call themselves social democrats but then end up rejecting social-democrat ideology and "accepting the Western system of values."

Those people, the article said, "fulfill the orders of international organizations. But we don't need other people's dictates."