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(en) Autonomus Action - Presidential elections in Russia: Bureaucrats are afraid of boycott

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>(http://avtonom.org/eng/articles.html)
Date Wed, 28 Jan 2004 22:01:52 +0100 (CET)

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In March, 2004, there will be new elections in Russia -
presidential elections. It's important to say that elections in
Russia became a kind of people's political game; few times a
year we are to elect parliament, governor, city mayor, city
council, regional council etc. The main intrigue in these
elections is an attendance of voters, not a victory of one of
the candidates. Presidential elections '2004 - the most
uncontested and predicted in a history of the newest
Russian capitalism. If Yeltsin's victory in 1996 wasn't
guaranteed (pseudo-communist Gennadiy Zyuganov, of
which image our democrats could frighten children, quite
could win), and Putin's victory in the year of 2000 was
accompanied by sensational renunciation of a throne of tsar
Boris (Yeltsin), and the figure of the former director of FSB
(the Federal Security Service, the modern analogue of well
known KGB) was still untested, this time it is clear, that
authorities have prepared for simulation of national will very
and very carefully.

As a matter of fact, presidential elections have already
taken place, and they have taken place on December, 7th,
2003, in the day of parliamentary elections on which the
ruling party called "United Russia" using enormous
administrative and media resources and also the support of
Mr. Putin has received the parliamentary and even
constitutional majority, so other political parties that
received more than 5% of votes can now do nothing because
all the bills are presented and adopted by the party in power
(they have already published the law which make alterations
in the Wood Code, so that Russian woods can be easily
privatized by the rich persons). Putin and his toadies has
only one competitor, the enemy and the contender - the
absence of voters. Putin is afraid of boycott of the elections.

December has shown, that in spite of polit-technologists'
and officials' effort apathetic moods operate the people. The
most conscious have already understood that elections are a
washing of brains, that it's not a democratic procedure, it's a
farce, a show, a spectacle creating visibility of legitimacy of
authority's lawlessnesses. Many people won't vote because
they know that all will be solved without them and instead of
them, the establishment will win in any way. They realized
that the authority exists only for itself. Really, what sense to
vote if the present governor practically does not differ from
previous one and, most likely, will not differ from the
following?! All these brezhnevs, gorbachevs, yeltsins and
putins - one bureaucratic rubbish anxious with own
privileges and preservation of authority in the hands.

There are no alternatives. All our serious political parties
that like calling themselves 'The Opposition': the Communist
Party of G. Zyuganov, the 'Motherland' block
(social-chauvinists), the Union of Right Forses (bourgeois
democrats) and the LDPR (national-populists) - showed
their weakness again. Pseudo-communists nominate the
reduced copy of Mr. Zyuganov KGBist Nikolay Kharitonov.
Democrats which shouted at every corner about nazi regime
in Russia and promised to boycott the elections nominated
one of their leaders Irina Khakamada. It was necessary to
presidential administration to whisper to these gallant
oppositionists that the Chief can become angry with all
consequences following from it, as they, having begun to
wag tails, applications have rushed to submit to the Central
Electoral Committee. Well, you can't change them:

To vote for these candidates or against everyone, means to
choose Mr. Putin and there the following elections may not
take place, and if will take place, it already will be absolutely
other country. To boycott elections, i.e. to not go to vote,
means to strike on presidential absolutism and
pseudo-democracy and to show, at last, that in this state
oppressed and used as raw material, servants, slaves people
still something can, and an open arbitrariness of authorities
will not pass. In other words, when slaves wait, that will
drop out - heads or tails, it is necessary to compress only
will in a fist and to try, that the coin has fallen an edge.

As against lines of so-called "oppositionists" we support
boycott of elections not because we do not like the present
president or we consider, that the Central Electoral
Commission has illegally given up in registration to any good
candidate, having made elections predetermined. We oppose
institute of presidency basically. We oppose this electoral
system not because of it's full of defects and contradictions.
We think that all representative "democracy" in general is
only pity and pale parody to original democracy as which we
understand Direct Democracy and Self-government.


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