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Communist Party of Ukraine HQ Attacked February 23, 2014

Posted by Garibaldy in Communism.
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The Communist Party of the Russian Federation has distributed the following statement.

*Urgent! Communication from the Communist Party of the Russian Federation – The office of the Communist Party of Ukraine has been attacked and
damaged.*

“The developments in Ukraine take the most dramatic character. The CPRF
International department has got the recent news that in Kiev, the capital
of Ukraine, an outrageously behaving gang of well-prepared militants
attacked the head-quarters of the Communist Party of Ukraine. Unknown
bandits attacked the premises of the CPU, broke the windows and damaged
the furniture inside. According to what our comrades told us there are yet
no victims among the communists in the building.

The Central Committee of the CPRF calls upon all the communist and workers’ parties of the world to express their protest against the orange-brown intervention aimed at
breaking the integrity of Ukraine and seizing power by a military coup. We
follow the events in the country and as soon as we get the fresh news from
our comrades we shall inform the world community and place it on our site
and in solidnet.org

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1. Flemingway61 - February 23, 2014

Reblogged this on The Working Class Heroes.

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2. que - February 23, 2014

What role does the CPU play vis a vis Russia’s somewhat expansive foreign or as they might see it domestic policy.?

The Russian statement rails against an orange brown terror but that’s close enough to the Moscow line to be worthy of some consideration.

If its brown anti communist banditry then full sympathy but if its orange anti Moscow pro Ukraine activists then what’s the angle. Does the CPU operate independent of the poetin line.

Should this at least not be a question?

Some sources regard it as a satellite party of yanukovichs part of the regions and indeed yanukovich made specific reference to them in his hideaway speech and also they played a role in his govt. Regularly voting with him.

They have also proposed a federal Ukraine which is of course an idea with geopolitical implications .

http://www.dw.de/would-a-federal-ukraine-be-viable/a-17404541

There are more threads to this than workers unite.

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Bob Smiles - February 23, 2014

Are Russian communists pro Putin?

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Liberius - February 23, 2014

Obviously too pro-putin for the ‘west’, although not pro-putin enough to stop the Russian authorities keeping Sergei Udaltsov under House arrest and prosecuting him…

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-21396480

http://www.euronews.com/2014/02/18/russian-activists-udaltsov-and-razvozzhayev-go-on-trial-for-mass-disorder-plot/

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que - February 24, 2014

You are right lads the poetin line sentence was off key and what I was trying to get at was they seem to be very much on the same side as yanukovich and his buddy poetin.

So is this a simple case of party of the workers under attack. Is that not to forget their pro yanokovich and suggestion to federalise Ukraine?

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3. yourcousin - February 24, 2014

It couldn’t have anything to do with their support of the anti-protest laws from January 16th.

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4. Jim Monaghan - February 24, 2014

A big fear of a descent into mutual pogroms. Nasties on both sides. Hopefully a compromise can be reached which can avoid war and partition. This could usher in a new Cold or even hot war. Then further recession and austerity here. I am a bit sympa to Ukraine nationalism. They were/are an oppressed nation. Look at Belarus for what they fear, a nation drowned where the national language is marginalised. There was a national Marxist tradition buried in many senses of the word. .Here http://www.encyclopediaofukraine.com/display.asp?linkpath=pages%5CN%5CA%5CNationalcommunism.htm and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_communism
A country where many see the EU and even Nato as a bulwark against Russian imperialism.
May I quote Churchill. Better jaw, jaw than war, war.

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FergusD - February 24, 2014

I read that link, I’m not sure why that movement is called “National Communism” as it appears Lenin and Trotsky recognised Ukraine as a distinct entity so I’m not entirely convinced how different it was from “mainstream” communism at the time – until Stalin came along. Trotsky wrote on the Ukraine prior to WW2:

http://www.marxists.org/archive/trotsky/1939/04/ukraine.html

Of course there is also “National Bolshevism” – very nasty:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Bolshevism

I would imagine that the CP of the Ukraine is associated with Russian domination during the Soviet period and possibly even now and does appear close to Yanokovich. No doubt the nationalists/fascists in the Ukraine now take advantage of that.

But I read somewhere online that non-CP leftists and anarchists and feminists had been attached by the far right in Maidan Square and largely driven out of the opposition.

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Jim Monaghan - February 25, 2014

I found the article interesting. in spite of it’s title.

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5. yourcousin - February 24, 2014

The sad thing is that both sides have nothing very positive to offer Ukraine. One will offer austerity for the sin of having a corrupt political class (no surprise there) and the inherent structural shortcomings of the capitalist system. While the other functions as an extraordinarily dysfunctional petro state in which billions of dollars are thrown around rewards for loyalty and end up as ostriches being house pets. Not only is this not over, but I can pretty much guarantee that this won’t end well for the Ukrainian people. I would also note that MPs from the Ukrainian communist party had some interesting things to say about homosexuality if Ukraine had closer relation with the EU.

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6. Johnny Forty Coats - February 24, 2014

The Ukrainians had their “orange revolution” in 2004. Six years later they dumped the pro-Western leadership of that movement amid allegations of rampant corruption and Yanukovych was swept into office. Four years later, the pendulum has swung back again amid more allegations of rampant corruption. Where corruption is concerned, I’m willing to accept that both sides are telling the truth about each other.

If the EU-NATO orientated groups think they can marginalize and repress the pro-Russian eastern and southern regions, I suspect they’ll find out otherwise. And if they look for assistance from their Western “friends”, they’ll find themselves repeating the experience of Georgia’s “rose revolutionaries” who thought that Moscow would look the other way while they crushed the Ossetians.

If Ukraine is to hold together, wiser counsels will have to prevail. A majority of the people will have to accept that the country straddles a demographic and geo-political fault line. It can neither be integrated into Russia or into the EU-NATO. If it is to remain united, it will have to be as a neutral buffer state. The alternative is partition, with Crimea (a gift from Nikita Khruschev to his homeland) and the eastern regions breaking away under Russian protection.

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yourcousin - February 25, 2014

It’s worth noting that the “orange revolution” was preceded by the grisly murder of a journalist investigating corruption within presidential circles and implicating senior government involvement in the crime and then when the opposition unified around a candidate that candidate was promptly poisoned. That is after an election marred by allegations of fraud that returned Yanukovych in 2004. We are currently somewhere around 100ish dead Ukrainians, majority of whom were protestors. Please tell me how many Ukrainians died in the 2010 elections?

Both Tymoshenko and Yakunovych tried to walk a line between Russia and the west. One leaning a little more to the west and one leaning more towards Russia, but in fairness both recognized the reality of the situation, even Kumcha tried to straddle the line and play one off against the other. Though at the end of the day Russia wants Ukraine to be firmly in its camp and under its control.

That’s exactly what the 15 billion bail out was about. That and the continuing subsidized natural gas. It was about buying a country. If that’s not marginalizing I don’t know what is.

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Paul Wilson - February 25, 2014

Your cousin thats exactly what an EU/IMF bail out is. Among the dead a Russian language journalist murdered by the protestors. At least there are not too many Jews left in Ukraine or I suppose they would be targeted.

Interesting that one of the demands of the EU in the proposed trade deal was the release of Tymoshenko, quite what that has to do with ‘ Trade ‘ I dont know.

Neo Liberalism has been moving inexorably eastwards since the breakup of the Soviet Union, a mirror image of Nazism with it’s demand for ‘ Living Space ‘. it needs new market’s , new assets to privatise and new sources of cheap labour.

The events in Ukraine today, some years ago in Georgia and Kosovo are all part of this process. You can add to that the piracy of EU and Nato nations in trying to force down a head of states aircraft to try and catch Snowden.

I have little time for Putins government but sooner or later hopefully Nato and the EU will be stopped in their tracks.

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yourcousin - February 26, 2014

Paul,
You had me at your accusation of an impending pogrom on Ukranian Jews. I almost thought about trying to point out things like nuance or the fact the iron curtain came down in 1989, but when I read that the fact that Ukranians wanted closer ties to the EU was analogous to Operation Barbarossa I knew that I was clearly dealing with someone whose knack for linguistic pugilism and debate were far superior to my own. I bow before you sir.

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Paul Wilson - February 26, 2014

Your Cousin, the history of anti semitism in Europe was not confined to the Russians it was as virulent in other parts of Europe, correct me if I am wrong but I believe the first recorded pogroms were in Poland.

When the Nazis invaded what was then the Soviet Union there was no shortage of’ White ‘ Nationalists to help them march their Jewish fellow citizens off to the camps.

The link that I can see with the present events in part of Ukraine is not just the anti semitic history of the right in Ukraine but the explicit comments reported on the BBC
‘ protesters’ claiming that the electoral victory of The Party of Regions was invalid because the people who voted for them were Russian immigrants transplanted there by Stalin.

This is an ugly and racist discourse and the implication is a Europe that is ethnically and confessionally divide.

On the eatward advance of the EU/Nato yes I can see a dialectic similarity, facism and capitalism are of course sides of the same coin.

If the government of Ukraine until a few days ago democratically elected negotiated a deal for closer ties with Russia that implies that the majority of those who voted want closer ties with Russia and perhaps not the EU. In the discouse of the West and the Right in Ukraine this does not count………. They are only Russians not real Ukrainians…This is a type of polictics that I for one would want nothing to do with.

Thanks for your comment on my Linguistic skills I’m chuffed.

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7. Jim Monaghan - February 25, 2014

This article shows how alliances can shift in Ukraine. http://pando.com/2014/02/24/everything-you-know-about-ukraine-is-wrong/

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