Left Front (Russia)

Summary

The Left Front (Russian: Левый Фронт, tr. Levyy Front) is a united front of leftist political organizations in Russia. It is strongly critical of President Vladimir Putin.

Left Front
Левый фронт
LeaderSergei Udaltsov
FoundersSergei Udaltsov
Geydar Dzhemal
Anastasia Udaltsova
Founded18 October 2008; 13 years ago (2008-10-18)
Preceded byVanguard of Red Youth
HeadquartersMoscow
NewspaperUltimatum
IdeologyCommunism[1]
Political positionFar-left[1]
National affiliationOpposition Coordination Council (2012–2013)
National Patriotic Forces of Russia (from 2017)
Colors    Red and black
Slogan"Another world is possible!"
("Другой мир возможен!")
Anthem"The Internationale"
Seats in the State Duma
1 / 450
Seats in the Federation Council
0 / 170
Party flag
Flag of the Left Front.svg
Website
www.leftfront.org Edit this at Wikidata

HistoryEdit

The first constituent congress of the Left Front was held on 18 October 2008, in Moscow. The main direction of work after the Congress was using social movements, unions, and labor collectives. The secondary focus of activists has been called "propaganda of action", in which the use of ideas and demands of leftist activists is supposed to be brought to society in the form of direct action, thus attempting to overcome the difficulties of access to media. In addition, the Left Front was the organizer of the annual summer youth camps, schools, political activists, conferences, study groups for the study of socialist thought and practice, film clubs, concerts and other activities.[2][3][4]

In total, over one and a half years (summer 2008 – autumn 2009), there have been more than 40 regional conferences, established under the areas of the country offices of the front.[5][6][7][8][9]

ActionsEdit

 
Column Left Front at a demonstration on 7 November 2010

The Left Front organizes a variety of authorized and unauthorized actions, rallies, and marches. The most famous of the promotions are meetings under the title "Day of Wrath", which is hosted by the organization in Moscow and in other regions of the country. In addition, the Left Front, together with its allies, despite a governmental ban conduct actions under the name of "anti-capitalism", which aims, according to organizers, to show the public presence of political forces of anti-capitalist orientation.[10]

Position against war in DonbassEdit

The Left Front declared its position against the war in the South-East of Ukraine. The fourth congress of the movement took place in Moscow on 23 August 2014. The delegates elected the new executive committee. No supporters of the self-proclaimed republics were elected. The ex-coordinator of the Left Front on organizational work, Sergei Udaltsov, supporting Novorossiya, was selected in the executive branch of movement with preponderance only in one voice. Also during congress was accepted resolution under the name "War against war!". Darya Mitina, the former member of the Council of the organization left the organization afterwards.[11]

"We need the campaign for peace. Against the bloodshed and the mass selling of blood. This campaign shouldn't be the support of the war in the back areas of the "opponent". Being against the military operation of the Kyiv government doesn't mean supporting Putin and Strelkov. Being against Putin doesn't mean supporting Kyiv government military operation. People need a campaign for peace against the greedy and cruel politicians and oligarchs, making profit of the others' grief. " – says the resolution of the congress.[12]

StructureEdit

The highest governing body of the Left Front is the Congress. The Council of the Left Front carries out the current leadership of the movement, and the Executive committee is an operational working body of the organization.[12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b https://bigenc.ru/domestic_history/text/5867616 «ЛЕ́ВЫЙ ФРОНТ»
  2. ^ E. Savina.non-party opened the Left Front (Kommersant, № 190 / P, 20 October 2008)
  3. ^ Left organizations in Russia are united in a new movement (Newsru.com, 18 October 2008)
  4. ^ A. Ivochkin.Moscow. On the eve of the constituent congress of the Left Front Archived 13 January 2013 at archive.today (Novaya Gazeta, 19 October 2008)
  5. ^ To the left of the Communist Party noted the motion Archived 17 December 2009 at the Wayback Machine (Kommersant – Siberia », № 142, 13 August 2008)
  6. ^ P. Dobroliubov. Barnaul created regional department of the Left Front " Archived 27 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine ("PolitSibRu", 13 August 2008)
  7. ^ Left in St. Petersburg, the "front" set up, but choose the leadership and the delegates could not because of ideological differences (Zaks.ru, 15 September 2008)
  8. ^ in Karelia reappeared "Left Front" ("Zaks.ru", 28 August 2008)
  9. ^ Left activists Kirov together in the Left Front Archived 7 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine (Institute "Collective Action", 8 June 2009)
  10. ^ Движение «Левый фронт» планирует провести сегодня митинг в Москве (tr. "The Left Front movement plans to hold a rally in Moscow today ") echo.msk.ru
  11. ^ «Левый фронт» очистил свой исполком от симпатизирующих ДНР соратников (tr. ""Left Front" cleared its executive committee of allies sympathetic to the DPR ") (Russian Planet, rusplt.ru)
  12. ^ a b "Война войне! Единственное решение — социализм! Резолюция IV съезда Левого фронта" [War war! The only solution is socialism! Resolution of the IV Congress of the Left Front]. Archived from the original on 28 October 2016. Retrieved 8 December 2014.

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