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21 August 2017
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Red anxiety

In the agony of waiting for the next financial tranche the Communists take from routine anti-government phrases to actions, Ivan Malyshko wrote in his KW analytical article this week.

The “red” voter has grown accustomed to the Communist Party not being too scrupulous about its campaign promises. Yet the most recent events surprised both the ruling authority and the opposition.

Before the elections, chief communist Petro Symonenko and his party vowed they would never unite in a common front of struggle with the nationalists, by which they meant not only the Svoboda party, but also all members of the Batkivshchyna and UDAR parties. However, after two essential voting sessions held last week dedicated to the cancellation of pension reform and setting the date of the next elections in Kyiv, the political climate forced the CPU to resort to formal expediency.

The fact that the Communists voted in support of the opposition’s initiative of holding elections for the Kyiv mayor’s office and the Kyiv council, which the Party of Regions is totally against of, can be construed as a revenge for the failure of the PoR. Or this can be attributed to the intentions of the CPU to continue haggling with the ruling power, seeing as the Communists deliberately did not give 9 votes in order to not be blamed for the reinstatement of the Magdeburg Right in Kyiv.

Considering the virtual absence of a parliamentary majority even with participation of the CPU faction, the latter has lost its "golden share". On the other hand, the PoR’s disregard of the mercantile demands of true Leninists may strongly backfire on the ruling party and the opposition will definitely take advantage of such an opportunity. There is a reason why ArseniyYatsenyuk made public three demands that the opposition announced to block the parliament: set the date of Kyiv elections, cancellation of pension reform and sacking of the government.

One would seem like the CPU was clearly in favor of all three demands.

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