Left Front (Russia)

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Left Front
Leader Vasiliy Cousmine,
Vladislav Ryazantsev,
Andrey Rudoi
Founded 18 October 2008 (2008-10-18)
Headquarters Moscow, Russia
Newspaper Ultimatum
Ideology Socialism,
Anarchism,
Communism,
Marxism,
Leninism,
Marxism–Leninism,
Stalinism,
Maoism,
Trotskyism,
Luxemburgism
Political position Far-left
Colors Red
Seats in the State Duma
0 / 450
Website
www.leftfront.ru
Politics of Russia
Political parties
Elections

The Left Front is a united front encompassing a range of far-left political organizations in Russia, as well as other countries of the former Soviet Union.

Goals and objectives[edit]

The main purpose of the Platform of the Left Front declared the building of socialism in Russia. The task of the Left Front declares ensure unity among all who stand for socialism, democracy and internationalism, and coordination of left-wing opposition forces.[1] Left Front unites now more left-wing organizations; membership in the Left Front does not oblige its members to leave their own organization.

History[edit]

First, Constituent congress of the Left Front was the, held October 18, 2008. The main direction of work after the Congress was using Social movements, unions, labor collectives. The second focus of activists has become a so-called "propaganda of action" in which ideas and demands of leftist activists came to the society in the form of direct action, thus attempting to overcome the difficulties of access to media. In addition, the Left Front was the organizer of the annual summer youth camps, schools, political activists, conferences, study groups for the study of socialist thought and practice, film clubs, concerts and other activities.[2][3][4][5]

In total, over one and a half years (summer 2008 - autumn 2009) has been more than 40 regional conferences, established under the areas of the country offices of the front.[6][7][8][9][10]

Actions[edit]

Column Left Front at the demonstration on Nov. 7, 2010

Left Front holds a variety of authorized and unauthorized actions, rallies, marches. The most famous of the promotions are meetings under the title "Day of Wrath", the host organization in Moscow and in other regions of the country. In addition, the Left Front, together with its allies conducting (despite the ban on government) action "Anticapitalism", which aims, according to organizers, to show the public presence of political forces, anti-capitalist orientation.

Position against war in Ukraine[edit]

Unlike most of the left organisations, Left Front declared the position against the war in the South-East of Ukraine. The fourth congress of the movement took place in Moscow on 23d August 2014. The delegates elected the new executive commitee. No supporters of the self-proclaimed republics were elected. The ex-coordinator of the Left Front on organizational work Sergei Udaltsov, supporting «Novorossiya», was select in the executive branch of movement with preponderance only in one voice. Also during congress was accepted resolution under the name «War against war!». Darya Mitina, the former member of the Council of the organization left the orgaization afterwards.[11]

"We need the campaign for peace. Against the bloodshed and the mass selling of blood. This campaign shouldn' be the support of the war in the back areas of the "opponent". Being against the military operation of the Kiev government doesn't mean supporting Putin and Strelkov. Being against Putin doesn't mean supporting Kiev government military operation. Peoples need a campaign for peace against the greedy and cruel politicians and oligarkhs, making profit of the other's grief. " - says the resolution of the congress.[12]

Structure[edit]

The highest governing body of the Left Front is the Congress. Council of the Left Front carries out the current leadership of the movement, and the Executive commitee is an operational working body of the organization.

Member Organizations[edit]

Allied Organizations[edit]

Notes[edit]

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