Russian Communist Party (CPRF) leader Gennady Zyuganov raised eyebrows this week when he told a meeting of Cossack atamans that the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU) had never been a true political party. The CPRF regards itself as the successor of the CPSU, while the Cossacks view themselves as one of the many groups of Soviet society persecuted under Communist rule. "The CPSU," Zyuganov told them, "was not a real party. It was a state and a political structure that was in charge of everything and everyone." The party he heads, Zyuganov went on, is fundamentally different. "We support all forms of property and economic organization. No matter who tells you that somebody will come and take it [property] away, no-one will take anything away." (NTV, December 8)
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