This book is about the evolution of the communist movement in the Russian Federation from the last years of the U.S.S.R.’s existence through Russia’s presidential elections of June july 1996, when the chief contenders were the incumbent president, Boris N. Yeltsin, and his communist challenger, Gennadii A. Ziuganov. Our main protagonist is the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, or CPRF as it is commonly called. But the CPRF was a latecomer to the post-Soviet communist playing field. Its formal establishment came only in February 1993, well after the formation of a number of more doctrinaire communist parties which initially competed with the CPRF and influenced its political profile and conduct in numerous, if not always readily apparent, ways. All of these new Russian CPs emerged from the rubble of what had been the mighty and supposedly monolithic Communist Party ofthe Soviet Union (CPSU). On the Marxist-Leninist political spectrum, however, the range of the official positions espoused by these post-Soviet neocommunist groups was more comparable to that of the international communist movement as a whole in the post-Stalin era than to the CPSU under Nikita S. Khrushchev and Leonid I. Brezhnev.
Table of Contents
Preface -- List of Abbreviations -- 1 Introduction -- 2 From the Debris of the CPSU: The Rebirth of The Communist Movement -- 3 Unity in Diversity: The Founding of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation -- 4 The CPRF, the Radical CPs, and the Constitutional Crisis of 1993 -- 5 Ziuganovism in Theory and Practice
Joan Barth Urban is professor of politics at the Catholic University of America. Valerii D. Solovei is senior researcher at the Gorbachev Foundation in Moscow.