Marat Bashirov, political analyst
Well-informed sources report a noticeable revival in the leadership of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation and its "radical core", which considers the current situation a good springboard for the Communist Party to return to big politics. After the words of the president that V.I. Lenin, the Communist Party of the Russian Federation began to worry about their political future, which already looked bleak. However, with the growing wave of sanctions against Russia, an idea appeared within the party to rock the boat as much as possible, to push the authorities and society to finally break with the Western economy by nationalizing the assets of foreign companies that had left the country, to expose the government’s ability to cope with the crisis, and then, under the slogan of total nationalization and revisions of the results of privatization to go to the polls and regain "lost positions".
The plan is bold but realistic. An almost inevitable collapse of the economy and a drop in the standard of living of Russians will allow the Communist Party of the Russian Federation to gain the support of the electorate, pushing the United Russia party, who are largely associated with the current government, and therefore with the outbreak of the crisis. Exactly according to Lenin's concept "the worse, the better".
At present, in social networks and the media, one can already observe a mass campaign that looks like “anti-oligarchic” on the outside, but in fact aims to arouse dissatisfaction with the actions of the entire Russian government. As part of this campaign, on the one hand, attempts are being made to draw the attention of the West to those Russian businessmen and government officials who have not yet fallen under sanctions, and on the other hand, there are increasingly loud calls for nationalization and a “return to socialism”. Such a policy of "burning bridges" is apparently intended to make the process of economic isolation of Russia irreversible, which will allow the Communist Party of the Russian Federation to continue blaming "oligarchs" and "effective Kremlin managers" for all the troubles, thereby strengthening its electoral positions.
This course of "returning to socialism" is not shared either in the Kremlin or in the government. Yesterday, the head of the Ministry of Economic Development, at a meeting with representatives of the Russian government, openly stated that business in the country is profitable for foreign companies, and this gives grounds for expecting a normalization of the situation and the return of investors.
However, the CPRF seems to have a fairly influential support group within the power bloc, which is trying to lobby this isolationist approach to the country's leadership.
Inside the Communist Party itself, however, everything is also not unambiguous. Gennady Zyuganov is very afraid to make serious demarches, however, after being included in the sanctions lists, the leader of the Communist Party has become more accommodating and at least does not interfere with the implementation of this plan by a group of party members. At the same time, pressure on Zyuganov in the radical wing of the Communist Party is growing, he is accused of unwillingness to take advantage of the “historical moment” and may even initiate his removal from office. And he finds himself in an unenviable position - on the one hand, common sense does not allow him to openly support the radicals, and on the other, there is a risk of losing leadership and losing power in the party.