GENNADIY ZYUGANOV, leader of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation: “Do you fancy the victory of May, 1945 without Stalin? But for him it would not have been possible.”
In attendance were: Comrade Zyuganov, Head of Communist Party of Russia, Comrade Simonenko, Head of the Communist Party of Ukraine, Comrade Voronin, a former Moldovian President and incumbent leader of the country’s Communist Party, and others. Comrade Karpenka, the leader of the Belarusian communists, who is also employed as Deputy Head of Minsk City Council, was hosting the guests.
IHAR KARPENKA, Head of the Communist Party of Belarus: “If someone hopes that the USSR collapsed and the era of Communist ideology is over they are wrong here. Tomorrow is with us, and we’ll win.”
The event bore a slight resemblance to Soviet-era Communist Party Congresses with their huge chambers and live telecasts. But revolutionary poems, Soviet songs, traditional fraternal kisses and awarding of certificates of honours were in place.
The participants thanked Belarus president Aliaksandr Lukashenka for ‘keeping Belarus in Soviet spirit’ and complained of ‘a scent of fascism’ coming from Ukraine.
GENNADIY ZYUGANOV, leader of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation: “The centre of Europe is here, and there is a scent of fascism and a great war in Europe now. It is crucial that one demonstrate their will to fight against this filth.”
Comrade Simonenko acted as a main anti-‘Banderovite’ crusader. In his native country Simonenko receded from his positions – the Communists failed to get into Ukraine’s Parliament, the Prosecutor General’s Offices launched a probe into separatism, enemies made a bonfire of his three-storey mansion. But after Mr Simonenko visited ‘Lenin places’ in Europe, his revolution fervor has come alive again.
PYOTR SIMONENKO, Head of the Communist Party of Ukraine: “The fact that ownership forms were changed by crime resulted in the entrenchment of criminal methods in this power … I mean any regime existing in the former Soviet Union, except for Belarus’s…Nowadays our main task is political regimes’ change.”
But the confrontation is uneven. And it is evident that the best part of Communists’ successors is at their retirement age.
Yaraslau Stseshyk, In Focus.