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Post by blindpig » Tue Mar 17, 2020 3:12 pm

Who is for stellar sturgeon with horseradish, and who is for the constitution with Putin?
03/17/2020
What are they offering to vote for dear Russians in a package?

From the editorial board of the RKRP website. The victorious procession of amendments to the Constitution across Russia is striking in its speed and non-conflict. On March 10, the Duma, while eliminating the struggle of the Communist Party faction, adopted amendments in the second reading, as well as on Tereshkova’s “unexpected” proposal, Putin’s terms were canceled as expected, and on March 14 all regional parliaments approved the law and the Federation Council approved a common position. The president immediately signed the package. Ahead of the public poll on April 22 vote.

What are dear Russians offering to vote for in a package - from hopes of raising a pension to the possibility of Putin’s rule by 2036?

The first secretary of the Central Committee of the RKRP Stepan Malentsov comments on the situation .

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Stepan Malentsov speaks at the CEC

Corr .: Tell me, please, immediately and bluntly: do you like the performance played in the State Duma and further in all the parliaments of the regions?

SM: No matter how strange it seems, I like it. If Putin recognizes any merit, then acting skills, the art of acting is a skill and even a love of portraying what people like or what he wants to present to them. Putin began by flying a fighter, diving in a submarine, then he personally flew with cranes, scuba diving after amphorae, scoring dozens of pucks playing hockey with world celebrities. Now it has grown to the level of director of large-scale action. Quite successfully - the performance with rather vile content was a success, while it is gathering applause and positive feedback from official critics and the press.

Corr .: But is there anything positive in all of this, and how do you assess the Tereshkova amendment - the so-called zeroing of Putin’s terms?

CM.:I think the main positive point is that everything became clear to everyone. If before that someone could doubt the true background of Putin's behavior, now everything has fallen into place, at least for people who are thinking and honest. Putin sees himself, beloved, at the head and even indispensable for Russia. It should be recalled that many experts and politicians predicted this - the purpose of the whole operation is to preserve and strengthen the current system of power, including personal. I think this act in a peculiar way also showed Putin’s human qualities. Could I directly turn to the people with the question - can I steer the state for another 10 years? As other authoritarian leaders did: Niyazov, Nazarbayev, the same Lukashenko, in the end. But Putin loves politics as an art, extraordinary stage decisions and himself in it. He kind of cares for the state and the people, but he is being asked not to leave us at such a difficult moment. A rare example of a lackey. And he agrees if some illegal poll and the Constitutional Court are not against it. Compared to Putin, Pinochet did much more honestly - he went to a referendum.

Corr .: And why do you not admit that today in a really difficult situation Putin is really irreplaceable, or at least for some period Russia needs?

SM: I just absolutely know for sure that for someone it’s exactly like that - it is irreplaceable, and his departure can turn into a disaster. However, this may apply to Putin himself. We are talking about friends of the oligarchs and a whole layer of owners who owe their prosperity to Putin. This is visible with the naked eye and it is simply indecent. Putin is trying to look like a leader who pleases the people and speaks in an interview that he, too, is hurt by the earnings of top managers of a million a day, but what can you do ...

But he created this system. He understands that, by historical standards, the accumulation of initial capital in Russia is far from over. Anything can be, if not nationalization, then redistribution between competing groups easily. Therefore, his slogan “there will be no revision of privatization!” continues in promises to maintain stability over the next two terms. And for this, he promises to index pensions and establish a minimum wage. In order not to die of hunger.

But normal people should understand that after he deceived the people on the issue of retirement age, only foolish people can believe Putin.

Corr .: But is Putin expanding parliamentary democracy and parliamentary rights? For what?

SM: Who said that? The president and his party EP, popularly called the party of crooks and thieves?

They lie, they lie directly and with inspiration. It’s just the opposite. The absolutism of power, i.e. the dictatorship of the propertied class. Suffice it to say that the President gains the right to personally appoint 30 senators (deputies of the Federation Council), including 7 for life! In which country is this? The president actually appoints and removes judges of the Supreme and Constitutional Courts, and indeed all judges of the country. He also appoints all security officials and all prosecutors and the level of regions. This is the constitution of a super police state and there is no doubt about it.

The anti-people essence of the constitution, born on the blood of October 1993, is not only preserved, but also tightened. As people say, only boils can be grown from acne. But an abscess, sooner or later, someday yes, will have to break through. While they are postponing, extending Putin’s terms and trying to get additional legitimization of the dubious 1993 document. through the same as Yeltsin’s unconstitutional and illegal survey.

Corr .: But a poll to nullify Putin’s term will only be possible if the Constitutional Court (CC) gives the go-ahead for this amendment — that it complies with the Constitution.

S.M . : Completeness. We remember how in 1993 the Constitutional Court immediately and fundamentally evaluated Yeltsin’s actions as a constitutional coup, and after the first tank volleys everything became constitutional. Today, Putin himself insists that the constitution must have a restriction of no more than 2 terms. But for him there should be an exception. So if the constitution is contrary to the amendment , so much the worse for the constitution.

Corr .: Tell me, please, what should I do with good words about the need to index pensions and salaries, about the state-forming Russian people, about the ideals of our ancestors and faith in God, about children as the highest value, etc.?

SM: This is all, of course, excuse the stupidity for gullible people who have absolutely no practical value. Well, they wrote that "the Russian Federation, united by a thousand-year history, preserving the memory of the ancestors who transmitted to us ideals and faith in God, as well as continuity in the development of the Russian state, recognizes the historically established state unity". So what? And who was given the socialist ideals and scientific worldview, what is guaranteed to them? Nothing but capitalism. Pensions and salaries should be indexed anyway. Index? And they don’t think. Twice the forces of the EP in the State Duma overwhelmed the law on mandatory indexation above inflation. Since indexing can be zero, or 1%, or even negative. And at the minimum wage, the legislators themselves would try to live.

They wrote that "the Russian Federation is the successor of the USSR in its territory . " The authorities showed how they deal with this succession by examining the retirement age and eliminating other social gains — education, housing, healthcare .... And about the record that “Children are the most important asset of the Russian Federation”and talk funny. The oligarchs are the highest asset for them. And about the children, we’ll hear requests on television to collect who can afford excessive amounts for treatment. The stupidity about the state-forming Russian people, unfortunately, is supported by a number of deputies from the so-called patriotic forces and the Communist Party. Stupidity - because the state is formed by classes into which the people are divided. The ruling class, the ruling class, exercises state coercion and control over all peoples - both Russian and all others. Are they for fixing this order? All these words are spoken and included in the amendments to deceive people and attract voters to vote. The fundamental amendments, for example, on the return of the Soviet retirement age of 55/60, were categorically rejected.

Correspondent: There is an opinion that the authorities will be able to amend the Constitution in any case, at any turnout and at any results of this supposedly popular vote. So, the campaign for this vote on presidential amendments to the Constitution is nothing more than a waste of time and effort both from a political and legal point of view.

SM: I will allow myself, as Lenin used to say in similar cases, to speak in the old fashioned way. In isolation from the class Marxist analysis of the process, it is impossible to understand the essence of what is happening. A simple emotional advice "do not waste time ..." looks very much like doom: they say, it’s not worth trying to fight at all.

Let's start with the well-known Marxist position that any state power is the dictatorship of the ruling class. In bourgeois society - the dictatorship of the bourgeoisie (an alternative to which can only be the dictatorship of the proletariat, but this requires a revolution). Dictatorship is the unlimited power of the class. “Unlimited” does not mean that there are no laws in society, but that these laws are created by the ruling class itself. Such as he needs to maintain and strengthen his dominant position. The right is the will of the ruling class, elevated to the rank of law!

This is the ABC of Marxism. She explains that it is not the constitutional records that determine the order of life in society, but the existing order and balance of power is enshrined in the Basic Law. In 1993, Yeltsin shot the parliament and set aside the existing law on the referendum, according to which it was necessary to collect more than 50% of the votes from the list of voters, organized a poll on the draft constitution, which no one had read. He scored a little more than 50% of the voters (1/3 of the list) and declared the Constitution adopted.

Today, Yeltsin’s successor is organizing his survey in the same way, fixing his achievements in the constitution and strengthening the dictatorship of the class of owners. No wonder Putin announced on March 5 at a meeting with leaders of factions of the State Duma about the need to establish in the Constitution "guarantees of the impossibility of a rollback . "

Does all of the above mean that you should not waste time going to the polls and generally to fight this phenomenon? No, it doesn’t. In today's situation, we will go to the sites or not, it does not matter much and there will not be a big mistake. The biggest mistake will be made by those who vote and support the so-called constitutional repair , having been deceived by propaganda of the promised indexation of pensions or patriotic tales for silly people about the state-forming people. The essence of the anti-people orientation will not change. Therefore, voting “FOR” will be a vote against oneself (except for the gentlemen of the capitalists, of course). The famous quote from Saltykov – Shchedrin says: “I wanted something: either the constitution, or the stellar sturgeon with horseradish, or the one to peel”. So, people are lured by stellar sturgeon, horseradish and the constitution , and stripping not just anyone, but all the working layers of society is the intention of the authorities. Therefore, our main slogan and main task is to clarify the inadmissibility of supporting this deception

Corr .: Is it possible to raise the question of attracting everyone to the polling stations against?

SM: It is theoretically possible if the opposition forces were sufficiently organized and united to set this task together. History knows such examples. So, in Chile in 1988, Pinochet organized a referendum on the extension of his powers for another 10 years and lost it. There, too, the situation seemed hopeless, and victory was impossible. Many in the opposition called for a boycott, but the No coalition successfully seized the moment. We do not have such a coalition and are not yet in sight. The largest party, taking away the votes of the discontented electorate, the Communist Party, is actually conspiring with the authorities. Her limit on the revolution has been exhausted.. Therefore, calls for non-participation in deception are understandable and directed to thinking people. But to those who go, and there will be millions of them, we must appeal even more persistently and convincingly. Do not become an accomplice of cheating! Vote against. Including against Putin, because he has clearly shown himself to be a protege of capital, but the people do not hear and even despise.

Corr .: Is it possible to carry out through such procedures any positive innovations in the constitution?

SM: Theoretically, again, it is possible. But both the theory and practice of the struggle show that such reforms can only be a by-product of the wide class struggle outside the parliamentary field and elective technologies. There is no such situation in modern Russia either. Therefore, the main task of the FRONT Front and, first of all, the Communists is to educate and organize their own struggle of the broad working masses, who often still believe in the promises of the president and the oaths of the gentlemen from the Communist Party to protect the interests of the people.

Therefore, it should be remembered that no struggle is in vain.

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Post by blindpig » Thu Mar 19, 2020 1:40 pm

The Russian deputy asked the police to "protect the rich"
03/13/2020
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Capitalists fear the poorer

As you know, the mouth of a baby speaks truth. Through the lips of Russian officials - often too. Many of them get tired of the constant game of hypocrisy, and then the class truth breaks out: about “macaroni” and “the state did not ask you to give birth” ... And on March 10, the deputy of the Tyumen Regional Duma Vladimir Piskaykin distinguished himself . At the next meeting, he asked the chief police officer how exactly the police were going to “protect the rich” during the economic crisis. Of course, from the poor, who, due to the devaluation of the ruble, may be on the verge of survival. In 2018, the deputy himself earned 63.5 million rubles and therefore sincerely worries about his safety.

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An interesting dialogue took place at the next meeting of the regional Duma committee on state building and local self-government. Visiting the deputies was the head of the department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the Tyumen region Leonid Kolomiets . The deputy Piskaykin asked him without a second thought:

“I have a whole question for the police ... Police, police ... I don’t know how ... So many names now. As we know, the dollar is growing, oil is falling. It seems to me that in these moments there is a surge of crime. Here we are protecting the children, everyone we have named today, we are protecting. My question is: is there operational information, how will we protect the rich? ”

When Kolomiyets said that he did not fully understand the question, Piskaykin readily specified:

“Well, where will they go to rob? Not the poor. ”

The response of the chief policeman is also worthy of attention. He emphasized that all grave and especially grave crimes, robberies and robberies “are a priority task” of operative workers. (We dare to hope that the suppression of these crimes is not the crimes themselves ... - Ed. ) If a rich person has reasons to worry about his safety, then, in the opinion of Kolomiyets, he should contact the police and she will figure out how serious the matter is . An alternative is to contact a private security company. In general, the hint is clear: you will definitely be protected, just pay the money.

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The deputy, without realizing it, asked a question that worries many capitalists. And they do not sit idly by. The state has repeatedly confirmed that the main enemy of the Russian Federation is its own people; It is not without reason that the Rosgvardia receives new weapons from year to year , up to missiles and sniper rifles . No wonder the authorities conduct demonstration exercises to disperse striking workers and even teach children to baton . No wonder President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on cutting spending on social welfare and - at the same time! - increased spending on gendarme police functions.

The rulers of Russia studied well the work of Karl Marx and Vladimir Lenin . They understand perfectly well: a crisis is inevitable, and after it a social explosion is inevitable. In order for the rich to remain rich, they hastily arm themselves, prepare to meet the impoverished population fully equipped, prepare to stoke popular protests in blood. Such is the inevitable future of Russia while maintaining capitalism.

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Post by blindpig » Sat Mar 21, 2020 2:51 pm

ROC holds religious processions against coronavirus in central Moscow
03/20/2020

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Parade of obscurantism

The monks of the Vysoko-Petrovsky Monastery in Moscow will conduct daily religious processions around the monastery. The first procession took place on March 18. During the procession, believers prayed for deliverance from the epidemic of coronavirus.

Such news in the 21st century sounds at least strange. One could hope for religious processions 700 years ago, in the Middle Ages, when mankind did not yet know the causes of infectious diseases and measures to combat them. However, even then, during the plague epidemic, people began to understand the futility of religious processions and prayers in the fight against epidemics. Now that it is known that infectious diseases are caused by bacteria and viruses, effective measures to combat infection and epidemics are known, such events seem unjustified, dangerous archaism.

The reality is that the processions and the spread of the coronavirus have a relationship. This connection is that the funds that the Russian Orthodox Church receives from the state could be directed to research in the field of medicine and biology, and to the development of the healthcare system. Then the problem of the coronavirus epidemic would not be so acute now. To defeat disease, it is necessary to build laboratories and hospitals, not churches.

As historical experience shows, people can cope with epidemics of the most dangerous diseases and defeat them. In 1959-1960, the USSR managed to prevent the smallpox epidemic. Then, in a few days, almost the entire population of Moscow was vaccinated. Of course, now there is no vaccine for a new type of coronavirus. However, it would hardly be possible now even if it were to carry out such a large-scale vaccination in a short time.

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Post by blindpig » Mon Mar 23, 2020 1:44 pm

How bear worms reproached
03/23/2020

Old tale in a new way

Editor’s Note : We are publishing a fable short story by our supporter Roman Udartsev . In an allegorical, fabulous form, he outplayes some of the realities of the modern situation of our state in the international arena. The images of forest animals are recognizable and characteristic. And the way to rid the protagonist of infested parasites is more relevant than ever.

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The bear sat exhaustedly on a stump. It seems that he did nothing, but somehow tired. There was a puddle near the stump, the bear looked into it and was amazed.
- This is why I became so old? Muttered the clubfoot.
- Because you're wrong, here! - a voice was heard from somewhere inside.

The bear did not immediately understand who was saying, either the belly or soul sang. No, for the soul, the voice was too vile. Even for a bear.
“Um ...” mumbled clumsy, “and who do I have the honor of talking to?”
“This is us,” answered willingly from within, “worms.”
- My worms? - the bear was surprised. - Where did you come from?
“We are not yours,” the parasites answered indignantly, “what else was missing!” We are free, thinking individuals who are imprisoned in your wretched body. Do you even understand how we suffer?
“Not really,” the bear admitted honestly.

Indeed, how could he know about the suffering of parasites? A large, glossy elephant walked past and a donkey with a wave and blue bows. They seemed to be at enmity with each other, but everyone knew that it was better not to mess with this couple.

“You see,” the worms ached, “What beautiful carriers are they?” Well-groomed, educated, intelligent. Not like you bumpkin!
- So I do not forcibly hold you, - the bear liked this conversation less and less. - Get out if you're not happy.
- A! The strangler of freedom! A totalitarian ghoul, like your dad! - the worms screeched in disagreement.

And so loud that the bear began to look around so that no one would hear. And then shame can not be found. Not only have the parasites wound up, they are also screaming as if on a march in memory of Nemtsov.
- Hush! Hush! - he began to persuade the parasites. - What do you want?
“There’s already a conversation,” the worms immediately turned a fit and expanded the list of requirements, judging by the rustling, the list was fair.
- For starters, - among the gallege of parasites stood out one, the most vile voice - Give half your forest to a donkey and an elephant.
“What else is this?” - dumbfounded bear.
- Fool! - the parasite shouted at the owner. - Then they will always be there and you will have someone to take an example from.
- What is an example? - Toptygin still could not catch the relationship.
“How to look, speak, and care for your hair,” the worm continued instructively. - Yes, and the manner of conversation needs to be edited. And to deal with the past does not hurt.
- To talk, look, look after ... - the bear bent his fingers, then started. - and what is wrong with the past?
- Dad your genocide us, poisoned, sent to the next bushes in exile! In the cold and death! - worms shouted again.

The bear is thoughtful. The late dad was really cool. The elephant and the donkey did not come close to the forest while he was still alive. Bypassed the tenth road. Although it seems like neighbors. And the wolves from a nearby forest as a lumber in due time. They are still whispering in the corners and telling each other scary stories about two million raped she-wolves.

If the tramp had not been so bewildered and exhausted, then the cries of worms would never have overshadowed common sense. But the bear caught the parasites thirty years ago, which is why it was weak.

“You're better,” worms sang sweetly, “give the whole forest to the donkey and the elephant.” Not really what you are! So, manage. Have they seen how they look? A sight for sore eyes, right? You will be the same. Beautiful, and in the society of decent animals will be allowed. Of course, not in the front ranks, they are all already busy, but you sit in the gallery on the stool and listen to the smart ones. They will teach you how to feed us and manage the forest.

The bear looked into the puddle. Indeed, he looked terrible. The wool got out in places, in some places fell over with tassels, ribs protruded through thin sides, eyes watery, and flowed from the nose. Nightmare! Maybe the worms are telling the truth, thought the clubfoot. He was already drowned in the neighboring forest, where wolves and jackals were crouching before an elephant and a donkey.

“Well done,” the worms praised the bear. - You go to prosperity and happiness! The main thing is do not turn anywhere, especially to the left.

Fox and bearA fox ran out to meet the bear, from the side of a large lake. In general, there were two of them in the forest. One ran alongside a donkey and an elephant, curled and well-groomed. She was very proud of her golden collar and chain with rhinestones. But there was another - gray-red, strong, toothy, she was not shy about the fight. Despite its small size, the people around were afraid of it. Even the elephant and the donkey only grumbled in her direction, but did not dare to approach close, especially since the sly fox made friendship with the dragon.

“Hello bear,” the fox said cheerfully.
- Hello, fox, - since the time of daddy, the bear was good at petty mischief.
“Why are you talking to this scum?” - the worms were indignant. “She is not shaken!” No jackal will have affairs with her!
“A bear,” the fox sat down on the grass and wrapped its legs in a tail, then smiled into all its sharp teeth, “if you are mastering ventriloquism, you have chosen an extremely unfortunate repertoire.” Or maybe the thing is different?
- Come on, come on! Squealed the parasites. - Once to us. An elephant and a donkey are waiting! You forgot? We need to correct your coat and teach you how to eat.

The bear blushed. Through bald spots it was visible. Worms, of course, led him to health and beauty, but the fox should not be rude. It was very shameful for the toptygin.

The fox, however, was not offended, only grunted:
- I know why they drag you into the neighboring forest. There already your forest was distributed among the elephant, donkey, wolves and jackals. Yes, and they are waiting for you for dinner. As the main dish. They say that for the sake of this, even the divorce between wolves and lions was suspended. You wouldn’t go.
“Well, that,” the bear mumbled, “it seems like they can help there.” Look what I have become. After all, a nightmare ...
“Exactly,” the worms assented, “only the urgent help of a donkey and an elephant will return to you its former glory and greatness.”

The bear stepped towards the neighboring forest. The fox shrugged and was about to dive into the bushes. At the last moment, she turned around and said:
“It's your thing, bear, but I would go to the dragon and take the medicine for the worms.” Perhaps you will look better without these “passengers”. Take a look yourself.

Toptygin sat on a stump and thought. The belly walked, and the worms squealed about the beauty and that he was simply obliged to transfer the forest to the elephant and donkey in concession. These speeches annoyed the bear, but did not convince them anymore. He did not go to the dragon, but returned to the family den. He remembered that the drug that the dragon had grown from a half-dead lizard was given by his dad and seemed to remain.

The worms squealed that the medicine had expired, that it was poison, and finally that it had been invented among wolves and lions. The bear, meanwhile, thoughtfully examined two bubbles: "Marxism" and "Leninism." The howl from the worms was such that the bear was almost deaf. Finally he exhaled and drank both.

At first it got even worse. The belly fluttered, hurt, and the contents cried out. The worms screamed into a cacophony. After some time, the bear realized - it's time.

He rushed to the stream that was on the border of his forest with the wolf. There in the water he left what the animals leave, disposing of the waste. And from worms too. Looking at the former “passengers” floating downstream, the bear recalled the poetic name of this process, which was remembered from his father’s stories - “philosophical steamboat”.

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Post by blindpig » Thu Mar 26, 2020 2:24 pm

Coronavirus vs. Labor Unions
03/26/2020
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Mid March Events

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The quarantine declared universally, which President Putin calls “ days off, ” under capitalism, serves not only as a means of preventing the spread of coronavirus, but also as a political tool that allows a reactionary domestic policy towards workers.

So, in Blagoveshchensk, on the pretext of an unfavorable sanitary and epidemiological situation in the world caused by the emergence of a new coronavirus infection, the head physician of the ambulance station Igor Nikishov forbade his subordinates to hold an extended meeting of the Healthcare Workers' Union Committee of the Healthcare Workers Committee at the premises of the medical facility. It was planned to attract officials of the regional ministry of health and journalists to participate in the meeting. And on the agenda was the issue of a social and labor conflict related to opposition to collective bargaining and the reluctance of the employer to conduct these negotiations. Thus, the head doctor thwarted the plans of the trade union committee to develop a strategy for action in the interests of the team.

At the same time, the leitmotif of the actions of the authorities at the moment is the legitimization of amendments to the Constitution of the Russian Federation, which was planned to be held on April 22 in the format of a popular vote. The ruling circles need to attract maximum attention of citizens to this event in order to ensure high turnout. In this regard, the play continues to be played: on the one hand, the official campaign “For Amendments”, and on the other, the official opposition campaign “Against”. Both that and another decision of citizens will play into the hands of the directors of the play - the turnout will be ensured. Therefore, no plague can stop the launched campaign: in Tyumen , despite the epidemic, the regional authorities agreedCommunist Party holding a rally on March 22 "against amendments to the Constitution of the Russian Federation, in particular, against" nullifying "the presidential term for the current head of state, Vladimir Putin." And in Moscow on March 17, the party of citizen Zyuganov held a similar event under the traditional name “For Social Justice”, despite measures to combat the spread of coronavirus in the country.

Thus, we see that the ruling class intends to observe its interests, not paying attention to pandemics and other emergency situations. And at the same time, any state of emergency in the country will be used as a means of enhancing the exploitation of the working population. Under these conditions, the fighting trade unions and other associations of struggling workers should look for ways of working that are not able to influence the measures carried out by the capitalists under quarantine disguise.

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Economic crisis and coronavirus can leave millions of people without work
03/24/2020

Capitalism can't cope with a pandemic

According to Elena Dobova , Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry , due to coronavirus, up to 8.6 million citizens may lose their jobs, and approximately 3 million entrepreneurs will lose their business.

Economic crisis and coronavirus can leave millions of people without workSuch conclusions were reached after a survey of small business owners who, due to lower demand and due to closure of borders, are losing customers.

The sad situation is in other countries. In Italy , where the pandemic situation has reached a critical point, the production of industrial enterprises has been suspended. Countries whose earnings depend heavily on tourism have also been hit hard.

It would seem that difficult times should give some kind of unity of people, but no, speculators resell medical masks ( they are not available in many pharmacies! ) At several times higher prices. Amulets and home tests for coronavirus are sold through online stores.

The authorities are trying to smooth the situation through financing and indulgences for the business. However, all this is happening in the wake of the impending economic crisis. How ready is capitalism to cope with two problems at the same time , because it hardly stops the virus. But even more important is the question before the workers and the Communists. Are the first willing to endure yet another impoverishment when paying for the oligarchs, and whether the Communists are ready to offer an alternative that will guarantee financial security and his health.

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Post by blindpig » Fri Mar 27, 2020 2:09 pm

Employers disapprove of President’s weekly paid weekend initiative
03/27/2020
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In a regular appeal to the people on March 25, 2020, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared the next week (from March 30 to April 5) non-working with the condition that wages be fully maintained. Thus, it was decided to strengthen precautions against the spread of COVID-19. But, as it turned out, not all entrepreneurs approved this idea. Within a day after the president’s initiative was announced, we received a lot of letters from our readers telling us how their employers reacted to the implementation of this decree.

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Workplace quarantineFor example, an employee of a large wholesale and retail network that sells electrical goods and household appliances, said bluntly:

“The employer does not intend to let anyone go. We work without changes. ”

Another letter came from a manager from a small printing industry:

“We were partially covered. And, as I believe, more because orders are zero and there is nothing to pay. Seized the opportunity. Nobody will save the salary completely . ”

And many more messages connected by a single thread: either work in the usual rhythm, or leave at your own expense.

The attitude of entrepreneurs towards the presidential initiative is shown not only by messages from workers who wish to remain anonymous. On Thursday, March 26, several large companies openly opposed the presidential initiative.

So, Yandex and the DNS and M-Video networks that later supported its initiative stated that they would operate normally and, although they did not intend to violate the law, forcing employees to work on official weekends, asking them to support the business and remain in office as volunteers. In fact, just work and get paid, as always.

It can be assumed that many will agree with this state of things for fear of losing their jobs in this difficult time.

The designer Artemy Lebedev , who published the answer of V.V., expressed the thoughts of entrepreneurs most vividly . Putin in his Telegram channel:

“Dear Vladimir Vladimirovich! You spoke here and promised everyone a paid vacation until April 5th.

They just said so: “I declare the next week non-working, with the preservation of wages. That is, the weekend will last from Saturday March 28 to Sunday April 5. "

... It is very cool that people will be saved. And where can I get money for it? A? Perhaps the state compensates private companies for the loot? Or how?

To be generous at my expense is an infinite number of comers. But in this case, Vladimir Vladimirovich, we will continue to work as before, because design is not oil, we have no excess profit here. And a week of vacation, even at your request, threatens us with bankruptcy, and we will still be useful to the country.

Therefore, I have to refuse you. ”

This, in our opinion, is not a very correct statement (like the ones we quoted earlier) shows the impracticability of such decrees under capitalism. Because any capitalist, no matter whether large or not, will first of all think about the safety of his capital. And then about everything else, even if “everything else” is the lives of employees , with the help of which he multiplies this capital. And even if there are “excess profits”, there is no and cannot be a law in bourgeois Russia that would force their masters to share them with the working people.

Similar initiatives are unlikely to prevent the "power of this world" from continuing the exploitation that is fatal to the people.

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The crisis in Russia has already caused a wave of reductions
03/27/2020

The bourgeoisie again saves profits at the expense of the workers

The laws of capitalism are inexorable. Faced with the crisis due to the devaluation of the ruble and the COVID-19 pandemic , the business began hastily “optimizing” costs. The most convenient target is hired workers. The "invisible hand of the market" was already laying on their throats. According to a study by the Center for Strategic Research (CSR), 29% of Russian companies have already reduced staff or payroll, and about 40% of companies intend to do so in the near future. Russian "stability" collapses like a house of cards.

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The survey was conducted among top managers of 500 companies, from microorganizations to the largest capital. He showed the extreme uncertainty of the business (mainly small and medium) in the future. 26% of companies reported a decrease in revenue, while another 44% expected this from day to day. 56% of companies are afraid of not fulfilling their contractual obligations due to a pandemic. Finally, 63% said they were at risk of bankruptcy. And 88% of companies, of course, want tax benefits from the state. The statement of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin about the non-working week, many business representatives took with indignation .

As for the fate of hired workers, the results of the study are very eloquent :

29% of companies have already carried out a comprehensive “optimization” of their expenses at the expense of employees and their salaries.
40% of companies plan to carry out such "optimization" in the near future.
50% of companies intend to lay off part of their employees.
20% of companies plan to lower salaries.
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Comprehensive "optimization" in translation into an understandable language means the application of part or all of the above measures:

Dismissal of employees.
Actual reduction in salary (through cutting off bonuses, allowances, etc.).
Transferring employees to remote work while reducing salaries.
Transferring employees to fixed-term contracts with a lower salary.
In ordinary times, these measures also hurt ordinary wage earners. Now their severity has been aggravated many times. First, the devaluation of the ruble in itself led to higher prices. Therefore, even while maintaining the nominal value of the salary, its purchasing power decreased. The decrease in wages is a double robbery. Secondly, the crisis has already put small and medium-sized businesses on the brink of ruin, and this, in turn, will cause a surge in unemployment . Finding a new job in such conditions becomes extremely difficult. Thus, the efforts made by businesses to save themselves will exacerbate many social contradictions in Russian society.

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For many years, the ruling class in Russia has “optimized” healthcare, education, and other social networks. The main concern of the authorities was the "development" of profits from the sale of natural resources of Russia. As a result, a system was built that could not withstand any serious crisis. Now that this crisis has come, the bourgeoisie is trying to transfer its burdens onto the shoulders of ordinary workers. People are fired, salaries are cut off, forced to work without protective equipment, and threatened with criminal prosecution for asserting their rights. However, not all workers agree to endure this. Everywhere: from the United States to Greece , they reasonably say to the capitalists: “Pay yourself for your crisis!”

The nationwide crisis looming on Russia is not an occasion to “show understanding” and plaint meekly at “your” capitalist. This is an occasion to strengthen the class struggle with those who brought society to an extreme degree of degradation.

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he Russian Orthodox Church opposed the ban on visiting churches in St. Petersburg
03/27/2020

Business and nothing personal

The Russian Orthodox Church called the ban on visiting religious institutions imposed by the authorities of St. Petersburg unconstitutional. As stated in the Russian Orthodox Church, this ban contradicts the provision of the Constitution on freedom of conscience and religion. The ban was introduced by the authorities of St. Petersburg in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection.

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Representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church once again demonstrate obscurantism and self-interest, hiding behind the Constitution. The ban on visiting churches is in no way connected with freedom of conscience and does not contradict this provision of the constitution. We are talking about reasonable precautions, because the church is a place of crowding, which increases the risk of infection. It should be noted that the risk of infection in the church is much higher than in the cinema or in the cafe - believers often kiss icons and other objects of worship, which can lead to the transmission of infection (and not only coronavirus).

The outrage of the Russian Orthodox Church is simply explained. A large number of objects of worship are sold in churches, parishioners make donations to the church. Now, when the ban is introduced, parishioners will cease to bring money, the Russian Orthodox Church will suffer losses.

Thus, the ROC directly and indirectly contributes to the spread of infection. Directly - imposing false ideas about diseases, imposing unhealthy behavior contrary to basic hygiene standards. Indirectly - funds allocated for the construction of churches could be spent on the construction of hospitals, research centers, and the improvement of education.

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The government will support the most affected by the coronavirus industry
03/31/2020

The bourgeois state will again support private capital

At a meeting with deputy prime ministers, the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation M. Mishustin announced the government’s plans to support the most affected sectors of the economy due to coronavirus. Among them are transport, tourism, as well as entertainment and catering industries, Kommersant reports . The prime minister also ordered the Ministry of Industry and Trade and other ministries to monitor the financial condition of the backbone enterprises of the Russian Federation .


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Priority support will be provided to affected sectors within the framework of the anti-crisis plan and through measures to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). In particular, they will transfer all payments on loans already taken by SMEs for six months. Also, 1.5 billion rubles will be allocated from the reserve fund . for compensation of costs to air carriers.

“In addition, the list includes organizations of additional education, non-governmental educational institutions and, of course, the entire sphere of household services - dry cleaning, hairdressing salons, repair shops, and other enterprises ,” said the Prime Minister.

The business insists on tax cancellation instead of deferment for industries affected by COVID-19 and on expansion of benefits on other tax payments, including halving the personal income tax rate . Support was also requested by the IT industry.

For almost thirty years of market reforms and the accompanying deindustrialization, the bourgeois government has used almost the same methods of “saving” the economy: “injecting” money directly from the budget and comprehensive support for lending. This did not help anyone: neither machine tool building, nor light industry, nor electronics manufacturing, nor agricultural machine building.

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Will cash injections save restaurants, hairdressers and dry cleaners? It seems that no . Even without the coronavirus factor, government support for small and medium-sized businesses was not effective .

Moreover, in an economic system where the means of production are owned by private owners, money allocated by the government usually “dissolves” in the pockets of the owners of these means of production. Therefore, no matter what “support measures” the bourgeois government takes during periods of crisis that are unavoidable for capitalism, wage workers will face massive reductions , rising unemployment, delayed wages , falling living standards and saving on food.

There is only one way to change the situation: the workers take political power in the country into their own hands, socialize the means of production and build a socialist planned economy.

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Communists of Saratov - against the closure of the SEPO
04/02/2020

Communists of the city held a rally against the closure of the Saratov Electric Aggregate Production Association

On March 27, 2020, at the 3rd summer cottage, the Saratov communists from the ROT FRONT party took part in a general rally against the closure of the Saratov Electric Aggregate Production Association (SEPO). On behalf of our party, the First Secretary of the Saratov Regional Committee of the RKRP, a member of the Political Council of the Central Committee, N.S. Soldiers. Workers of the plant also spoke, who know firsthand about the problems of the plant, about how the plant was in Soviet times and what it is now.


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Speaker: First Secretary of the Saratov Regional Committee of the RKRP Nikolai Soldatov

It is known that the company was founded in 1939. In anticipation of the war, the country needed military equipment, so the plant initially met the needs of the military industry. With the outbreak of war, the plant took under its wing many enterprises evacuated from front-line cities. The plant became the first place in the USSR for the production of magneto (an important part of an aircraft engine), because before that, such products were imported from Europe. For its invaluable contribution to the Victory in 1945, the company was awarded the Order of the Red Star. After the war, SEPO fell on peaceful tracks, began to produce parts for passenger and transport aircraft Tupolev, Ilyushin, Yakovlev, Mikoyan and others. But the plant is much more famous for the production of the legendary Saratov refrigerators, known, if not all over the world, then to the whole former USSR for sure. They were exported to 33 countries. In total, the company released their twenty models with a total number of 15 million units. But despite this, the director general of SEPO Reznik, in order to justify the decay of the enterprise, said that the production of refrigerators has always beenunprofitable . However, this production allowed him and his entourage to fill their pockets. The uniqueness of these household units in practicality, accessibility and durability. When used correctly, these refrigerators served 40-50 years without repair.

In addition to the above, consumer goods were produced at the SEPO - juicers, electric skewers, rotary hammers, welding machines, televisions, deep pumps, woodworking machines, display cabinets, bars, fuel regulators, ramps, starters, sensors and solenoid valves for KamAZ plants, IZHAVTO, GAZ and much, much more.

At the peak of its heyday in the 1980s, almost 30 thousand people worked at the plant.

The plant with great difficulty survived the shock therapy of the 90s. Of course, the enterprise did not achieve previous successes, however, it brought decent taxes to the Saratov treasury, which it can now lose due to the bankruptcy of the enterprise, which, ultimately, will affect the already deplorable welfare of ordinary Saratovites.

For a long time, the threat of sudden death hangs over the plant, because in March of this year the management planned to reduce 963 workers, which was preceded by a suspension of the production of refrigerators. Now the factory employs 4.3 thousand people, it is planned to reduce it to 2.8 thousand people.

The reason was announced by the Ministry of Trade of the Saratov region that the production of refrigerators does not justify itself economically. But I want to ask the current government: “But aren't you guilty of this?” Indeed, it is thanks to the policy of our elite that the citizens of Russia are getting poorer every year. Judging by the upcoming events, soon our citizens will have nothing to buy, not only refrigerators, but even their contents. A year earlier (in May 2019), it was planned to lay off 470 employees. The true reason for this is the ineffective leadership policy. But this is short-sightedness or deliberate murder of the plant - decide for yourself! It is interesting that SEPO production facilities allow the production of 600 thousand refrigerators per year, but in factonly a hundred thousand units leave the conveyor. And not surprisingly, because the production equipment has not been updated almost since the 90s.

All these circumstances made the production of refrigerators “unprofitable”. Their quality has decreased, the price has increased, and accordingly, demand has fallen. Not only the number of products decreased, but also the range. Naturally, there is no mention of any export for a long time.

This is not the first blow to the prestige of the enterprise. So, in 2018, profit fell from 432.2 million to 65.2 million rubles. With zero revenue, the plant grabbed 6.5 million debts. Talk began about bankruptcy .

In June 2017, the SEPO subsidiary, JSC Saratov, owed 1.3 million rubles to 70 employees.

At the same time, a cruel confusion occurred between the shareholders of the plant. Director General E. Reznik was beaten at the entrance of his own house. Another shareholder was caught with drugs in Dagestan. As it turned out later they threw them .

In March 2016, 134 people were reduced. However, the prosecutor's office of the Leninsky district of Saratov only fined the owner 11 thousand rubles, which is not a large amount for the owner of the enterprise.

According to the telegram channel “Nothing Personal,” among the State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin, there is already talk of turning the SEPO territory into an amusement park with art objects and green spaces, comparable in cost to the Space Park

Draw your own conclusions! It is obvious that the Saratov authorities and owners deliberately ruin production for the sake of replenishing the already crowded rich purses.

As we wrote earlier, this is by no means the first and, apparently, not the last step in transforming Saratov into a factory cemetery. Indeed, in 2008 the Saratov Aviation Plant was plundered and turned into a shopping center, where every third plane of the Great Patriotic War was launched. In 2017, the Saratov Instrument Devices Plant was closed. In 2019, the Tantal plant and the TrolZa trolleybus plant in Engels went bankrupt. Also on the verge of extinction are the Radio Instrument Plant, the Plant of Reservoir Metal Structures, NPO Kontakt, Neftemash-Sapkon, the Plant of gear cutting machines, Prommash, Engels Tube Plant and others.

All this is fraught with the coming not only economic, but also political crisis, because the patience of the people is not iron. If earlier it was possible to at least “escape” from the crisis to another city or abroad, now, in connection with the mass epidemic, most likely, this will not be possible. Therefore, there is only one way out - to resist the arbitrariness of the current authorities by all possible means. We do not urge to draw blades, burn tires and turn cars over. They will leave, but it will be when millions take to the streets. Only after the establishment of Soviet power can we not only restore, but also increase the gains of the destroyed Soviet industry, agriculture, science, culture and the social sphere.

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