The “party of power” is istarting to prepare for the parliamentary elections 2021. The goal is to maintain the constitutional majority in the Duma in order to ensure the transit of power. One option is to push the needed candidates through single-member constituencies. Additional mandates will be obtained by participating in the election of many puppet parties that do not overcome the 5% barrier. No one hides that the so-called “elections” will, as usual, become the object of political and technological manipulations.
According to VTsIOM data, the rating of “The United Russia” in February was about 33%, while in general over the past year it ranged 31-36%. For comparison, the Communist Party rating is about 15%. However, do not let these numbers decieve you; Russian political technologists still showed us one and a half decades ago that even a mediocre candidate with a failing rating of 3-4% can be promoted in a few months and made President of the country. At that time, Boris Yeltsin from an alcoholic who ruined the economy, through the efforts of PR specialists, was turned into the Savior of Russia from the “red threat”. With the propaganda power of state-owned media in their hands, the bourgeois class can manipulate the consciousness of disorganized workers to the widest extent possible.
In addition to the famous trick of pushing their candidates under the guise of “non-party” ones in single-mandate constituencies, the ruling party also relies on the many puppet “parties” that were created in recent months by political strategists of the government. There is “For Truth” party of the journalist Zakhar Prilepin, noted by the right-wing populist rhetoric. A businessman from the gaming industry Vyacheslav Makarov announced the creation of the “Direct Democracy Party”. The businessman from cosmetics Alexei Nechaev announced the creation of the “New Right Party”. Finally, the infamous musician Sergei Shnurov reinforced the “Growth Party” with his membership, and singer Valeria announced the creation of the “Strong Women Party”. Obviously, all freshly created fictitious parties will be provided with the favor of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation, so that they can not only register, but also get the opportunity to preferentially participate in federal elections. If a significant number of such parties take part in the elections and do not overcome the 5% barrier, then the votes cast for them will be redistributed among the winners; according to the calculations of the Kommersant publication, with the “utilization” of fake parties, 20% of the votes of United Russia will receive a total of 54-56% of the mandates, and this is not counting single-mandate candidates.
True, it is possible that something may go wrong. One of Kommersant’s interview opponents believes that some party will be able to accidentally “shoot” and gain even 10%. This will happen only if the party adopts left-wing radical rhetoric. Until recently, in the official political arena there was only one political party capable of using honest left radical slogans – the ROT FRONT party. Therefore, at the end of February it was “liquidated” by the Supreme Court at the suit of the Ministry of Justice. After this step, only fully managed and manipulated structures remained on the left flank of the political field.
The preparations for the political performance called “elections” are in full swing. The Kremlin directors are recruiting a new crew of actors, distributing roles, composing scripts, and thinking through possible scenarios. The Russian people play the role of the passive viewer. With the seeming variety of choices, all remaining players on the scene serve the same owner. To break this vicious circle, the working people must oppose their class politics and class organization to the bourgeois booth.