Communists are under threat of expulsion in Donetsk

They had already been expelled from the People’s Soviet in the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) and were not admitted to a rally.

Although it may seem strange, Donetsk has undertaken the process of decommunisation almost simultaneously with Ukraine. No, Lenin’s monument in the centre of the city still stands, but the local communists have been kicked from practically everywhere.

All that there is to learn about the present-day Donetsk communists fits in a small paragraph: their leader has been excused from all positions in the DNR a long time ago, they were refused from registering their own electoral lists at the last elections, their national deputies were dismissed from the People’s Soviet of DNR on May 6. So now all that remains is to wait for their statement, saying that they are going underground?

It seems that, in the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic, the local communists were “multiplied by zero”. What’s strange is that without their support, the Russian spring in Donetsk would not have happened. It was actually communists, who in February 2014 set up the first tent city “in defence of Lenin” and it was specifically their disciplined old members, who, having lived through countless elections, formed the backbone of the electoral commissions at the 2014 referendum. Back in 2014 nobody denied this; what’s more, the leader of the local communists, Boris Litvinov, even headed the local People’s Soviet from July to October of that year.donetsk people soviet

On May 6, the communist deputies were thrown out of the same People’s Soviet with the reason being “loss of confidence”. On May 11, the local law-enforcement attempted to impede a block of KP DNR, carrying red flags, from taking part in a rally. This day, for those who don’t know it, is now a holiday – Day of the Republic. The truth being said, Russia was represented only by two officials at this rally, who happened to be State Duma deputies of KPRF (Communist Party of the Russian Federation), Vladimir Rodin and Kazbek Taysayev. In the meantime, the red flags of “their” block were being broken.

“Everything is very simple, there will be two public organisations in the Republic: Doneckaya Respublika (Donetsk Republic) and Svobodnyy Donbass (Free Donbass)”, was reported by a source in the DNR government. “Everyone else will just have to play along! Last year, we had already denied the communists in registering their list, what they did was get their people on Donetsk Republic’s list, but had not ceased their political activities. Hence, they were removed by a decision of the Political Soviet. Here, everything will be as we say, not otherwise!”

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dnr kpThey had already been expelled from the People’s Soviet in the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) and were not admitted to a rally.

Although it may seem strange, Donetsk has undertaken the process of decommunisation almost simultaneously with Ukraine. No, Lenin’s monument in the centre of the city still stands, but the local communists have been kicked from practically everywhere.

All that there is to learn about the present-day Donetsk communists fits in a small paragraph: their leader has been excused from all positions in the DNR a long time ago, they were refused from registering their own electoral lists at the last elections, their national deputies were dismissed from the People’s Soviet of DNR on May 6. So now all that remains is to wait for their statement, saying that they are going underground?

It seems that, in the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic, the local communists were “multiplied by zero”…

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