Officials and Oligarchs are Growing Stout, Says CPRF Leader

Officials and Oligarchs are Growing Stout, Says CPRF Leader


Recently, some political scientists have discussed the emblematic results of a survey conducted by the Romir holding company and the rating of Russians’ trust in a number of politicians and media personalities based on its results.

Even then, it was underlined that a sharp rise in the popularity rating of oppositionists had been registered in Russia. At the same time, the representatives of parliamentary opposition showed negative dynamics. The findings applied to Gennady Zyuganov, the leader of State Duma faction of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (CPRF,) among others. Ilya Graschenkov, a political scientist, shared his opinion on the reason of bad polls. He drew attention to the fact that Gennady Zyuganov's criticisms against the authorities has significantly reduced lately.

Apparently, Zyuganov himself is also aware of this fact. A few days later, when delivering a speech at the State Duma, he harshly criticized the Russian government's financial department. However, federal officials themselves gave a handle to it. Zyuganov’s hostile criticism was caused by a new draft of the federal budget compiled by the Russian government. As it turned out, the State Duma deputies have a lot of questions about it. For example, according to the very same Zyuganov, this budget simply has no chance of plucking the country's economy out of crisis.

“This year 300,000 people have already passed away,” Zuyganov said angrily, addressing his remarks to the ministers. “By the end of the year, the figure might grow to 350,000. Moreover, according to the preliminary computations, 1.2 mln people are likely to die in the coming years. How does this correspond to the President's address?”

Zyuganov also said that the financial department of the Russian government continues to sabotaging the implementation of Vladimir Putin’s instructions. According to them, the country is expected to be included in the 5 largest economies in the world, and depopulation and poverty will be finally ceased.

“Yesterday, Anton Siluanov, the head of the Ministry of Finance, and I discussed all these issues for quite a long time,” said Zyuganov. He said regarding the draft of the new budget that the CPRF had proposed to support the agricultural sector. The sector showed 4% growth in 2020. However, this initiative was left without any response.

Gennady Zyuganov also drew attention to one more problem. According to him, in 2020, unemployment in Russia increased 5 times over, and about half of the country's residents are forced to live on $7 per day.

“These are poor wages that can be compared to those in Africa,” Zyuganov said. To his thinking, the split in Russia is getting enormous. “If 1% of the richest people in the U.S. own 42% of the country's total fortune, in Russia, 1% of oligarchs got 75% at once,” he said. “No other country in the world has a split as big as this one.”

Simultaneously, Zyuganov underlined that in the new draft of the federal budget, the government axed the spending on many social-related issues. “Everything is being reduced while it has to be doubled or even tripled,” he said. “The budget is getting smaller. Financial and economic policy follows the old patterns. Social policy has become a policy of division and inequality while officials and oligarchs are growing stout.”

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