Communist chief asks Putin to name off occasion crackdown, voting reforms

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MOSCOW, Oct 5 (Reuters) – The chief of Russia’s Communist Party has accused authorities of persecuting his occasion’s activists and finishing up reforms to the voting system that imperil political stability, in a uncommon message of dissent addressed to President Vladimir Putin.

Authorities cracked down on Gennady Zyuganov’s Communist Party final month after Moscow activists rallied twice in protest towards an digital voting system that they are saying robbed a number of of their allies of victory at a parliamentary election.

Police stated the protests have been unlawful as a result of COVID-19 security measures and authorities rejected allegations of foul play by the net voting system.

The Communist Party is ostensibly the most important opposition pressure in parliament, but it surely typically helps Putin on key areas of coverage and has lengthy been accused of soft-pedalling its opposition inside a tightly-controlled system of “managed democracy”.

But the occasion management’s relationship with the Kremlin has been examined by anger over what activists forged as a crooked on-line voting system used on the election and the detention of a number of activists.

In an open letter printed on the Communist Party’s web site, Zyuganov stated authorities have been focusing on his occasion with stress and that activists have been being harassed by the police.

He stated greater than 100 individuals had been prosecuted over two rallies final month that he stated have been solely authorized.

Zyuganov referred to as on Putin to intervene, additionally denouncing strikes by authorities to stretch voting over three days as a COVID-19 security measure and in addition to herald on-line voting.

Critics say that three days of voting complicates the already troublesome process of election monitoring to cease fraud and that on-line voting is at greatest non-transparent.

“This is a ‘two-phase bomb’ that sooner or later could blow up the stability in society that patriotic forces have created for many years,” the 77-year-old Communist veteran wrote.

The Communist Party stated on Tuesday that Zyuganov was anticipated to satisfy Putin on Wednesday.

Reporting by Tom Balmforth; Editing by William Maclean

Leader of the Russian Communist Party Gennady Zyuganov is seen in Red Square before the Victory Day Parade in Moscow, Russia June 24, 2020. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov