This year the celebration of the anniversary of the annexation of Crimea to Russia on 18 March will take place on the Sparrow hills in front of Moscow state University, but not on Vasilevsky descent of the Kremlin, as it was previously. By tradition, the event invited the leaders of parliamentary parties.
For the first time in a major concert in honor of the anniversary of the annexation of Crimea will not come all the leaders of the Duma parties. To ignore the event decided, the Communist party leader Gennady Zyuganov, said a source in the party confirmed the press Secretary of the head of the Communist party Alexander Yushchenko.
Zyuganov himself, who phoned , said that he was “at the premiere of the wonderful film Bortko [Vladimir Bortko, film Director, state Duma Deputy from the Communist party] about love” and at the moment can’t speak.
Don’t want to play along
Zyuganov will not go to the celebration of the anniversary of the annexation of Crimea, “because the Communists did not want to sit in government,” explained Secretary of the CPRF Central Committee on information and analytical work and conduct of election campaigns, Sergei Obukhov.
“Stand next to Neverov [Secretary of the General Council of United Russia] — this is to play along with the government,” he explained. The position of the party, he said: “Crimean consensus is well and we continue to support [the Crimea], but without changing the socio-economic policy will not go far”.
On March 18, says butts, the left was planning their own campaign, which was supposed to be the anniversary of the annexation of Crimea and demands of the changing socio-economic policy. In particular, the Communists were going to take to the streets calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. But the campaign has not agreed to the Moscow authorities.
Three years with Russia, how people live in Crimea
On the position of the party on the issue of participation in the celebration of the anniversary of the annexation of Crimea Zyuganov should tell on Friday at a press conference.
Dissatisfaction with the outcome of the election
The decision Zyuganov is due to dissatisfaction of the parties with the results of elections of the state Duma, said another source in the Communist party. “Internal party seminar, where the representatives of all regions, the question was about that time cut our votes, let, like, kissing with themselves — they (the authorities) then consolidation, then a club to the head” — said another source in the party. According to him, probably, Zyuganov thus shows party members that heard them.
The refusal of Communists in the holding of individual stocks — “this is a great for them a reason to be offended and not to take common action,” said a source close to the presidential administration. In the Kremlin, he said, was initially aware that Zyuganov hesitates to go or not to go, but regrets about his possible lack of experienced. “The rest (the leaders of the Duma factions) going on,” concluded the source .
The heads of the other parliamentary factions are really going to the Sparrow hills.
Mironov and Zhirinovsky
As the leader of “Fair Russia” Sergey Mironov, it is for a rally to celebrate the annexation of Crimea will “necessarily”. “Specially fly from St. Petersburg to catch”, he said. Sources in the liberal democratic party confirmed participation in the event of the party leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky. According to the interlocutor in “an United Russia” faction, of course, will take part in the rally, including its leader Vladimir Vasilyev.
President Vladimir Putin has not decided on its participation in the celebration, spoke on March 3, the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov. At the repeated request Thursday, March 16, Peskov said that the final decision about Putin’s arrival is still pending, but the head of state “will congratulate” the participants of the event. “It is a very important date,” — said Peskov.
As previously reported , plans for the organization of the rally has changed with the arrival of Sergei Kiriyenko for the post of first Deputy head of the presidential administration. The reason for the transfer of the place of celebration is to make it more comfortable for citizens, explained a source close to the presidential administration. Vasilevsky descent of the Kremlin — sensitive area requiring heightened security measures, people had to come into place in advance, crossing a few frames of metal detectors. All this created inconveniences, said the source .
Zyuganov’s refusal from participation in the meeting-concert in honor of the anniversary of the annexation of Crimea marks the end of “the Crimean consensus,” says analyst Abbas Gallyamov. “Annexing the Crimea, the authorities have made temporary internal consolidation, but nothing is forever: in the last six years, the opinion polls showed an erosion of the Crimean effect, and the failure Zyuganov was only a symbolic gesture, confirming the fact that Russia is entering postkrymsky age,” he explained. The leader of the Communist party felt that the confrontation between the authorities will bring him more political dividends than obedient following in the Wake of it, says Gallyamov.