Ukrainian Communists Announced the Creation of the “United Left Opposition”


 June 14, 2015

– Rusvesna – translated by Joaquin Flores

The Communist Party (Petro Symonenko), Progressive Socialist Party (Natalia Vitrenko), the Worker’s Party (Svyatoslav Bondarchuk), Leninsky Komsomol of Ukraine, and the Union of Soviet officers signed an agreement to merge.

The Constituent Assembly to create the All-Ukrainian public association of the left and center-left parties and social organizations,  called the “Left Opposition”, was held on June 12 in Kiev.

The memorandum, signed by the parties, creates a “United Left Opposition” who will fight for the principles of democracy and social justice, against social and national genocide of Ukrainians, against fascism, and for the restoration of allied relations with Russia.

“Left opposition” led by Petro Symonenko and Natalia Vitrenko, the Olympic champion Rudolf Povarnitsyn, and philosopher Georgy Kryuchkov.


The All-Ukrainian movement of the left and center-left political parties and public organizations is the “left opposition”

The course of domestic and foreign policy, which is held in Ukraine, especially after the February (2014) coup, leads our country to the loss of state sovereignty, division and fratricidal civil war, economic collapse, social and ethnic genocide that threatens the collapse of Ukraine, and is being used by external forces to provoke WWIII.

The signing of the association agreement with the European Union, and dutifully carrying out the draconian requirements of the International Monetary Fund, Ukraine has lost its economic and political independence. She actually is under external control. Its internal and external policies are defined by the United States, and the international financial oligarchy.

Implementing the so-called reforms under the bankrupt model of peripheral neoliberal capitalism, abandoning integration with the countries of the Customs Union, Ukraine condemned itself to de-industrialization, the seizure of public property by oligarchic clans, which was built by several generations by Soviet people, and the loss of millions of jobs, poverty and extinction of the population. Now the gross domestic product of Ukraine does not even reach 60% of the 1990 level.

Destroyed is the domestic industry, destroyed is its leading export-oriented industry. The financial system of the country has been brought to default. Over-exploitation of the labor force, skill-sets among the highest in the world and yet pay at the level of the poorest African countries. Health services and education are virtually inaccessible for the majority of the population.

The course of building mono-national state, the national-chauvinist imposition of that ideology has led to a total violation of the Constitution of Ukraine, the rules and principles of international law, mass population discrimination on the basis of linguistic, national, regional, confessional, grounds. The Ukrainian state has been unable to reliably protect the legal rights, lives and safety of its citizens.

Adopted by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine with gross violations of the constitutional procedure and the introduction of the Law “On the condemnation of the Communist and National Socialist (Nazi) totalitarian regimes in Ukraine and prohibition of propaganda of their symbols”, “On the legal status and the memory of fighters for Ukrainian independence in the twentieth century” “On perpetuation of victory over the Nazis in World War II, 1939-1945.” “On access to the archives of the repressive organs of the communist totalitarian regime’s 1917-1991” – is not only a reflection of the totalitarian nature of the ruling regime now in Ukraine, but also cynical falsification History and revisionism of the decisions of the Nuremberg Military Tribunal.

It is a challenge to the world community. Starting with the violation of the Constitution through censorship, manipulation of public consciousness, intimidation and persecution of dissidents, the persecution of the canonical Orthodox Church, anti-constitutional ban on political parties, persecution and physical violence with ideological and political opponents, and of course, the extremely dangerous violations of generally accepted standards and norms in the civilized world of democracy, deprivation of the people of Ukraine to free expression.

In these circumstances, we, the representatives of opposition political parties and public organizations claiming to unite our efforts within the movement “Left Opposition” in order to save UKRAINE AND PROTECT HUMANITY our compatriots for peace, prosperity and security in the country, freedom of speech and belief, fair trial, truly democratic elections, building social justice, democracy, the rule of law.

We will seek above all an immediate end to the bloodshed in the east of the country, the peaceful settlement of the conflict based on the steady performance of the Minsk Agreement and the decentralization of power.

We believe that to ensure a lasting peace in Ukraine and bring it out of a deep, all-encompassing crisis and back into the circle of the advanced countries of the continent is impossible without the restoration of good-neighborly, equal and mutually beneficial relations with the Russian Federation and Belarus.

It is with them, unlike the US and EU countries, whom we share a common history, culture, spirituality, civilizational values. History has proven that the territorial integrity and independence of Ukraine was stored only in the unity of our countries and brotherly peoples.

We believe that to stop social genocide, stop the destruction of the national economy, is impossible without abandoning the neo-liberal course presently held under the dictates of the West.

We advocate for the implementation of the new industrialization of Ukraine on the basis of modern technological innovation, drawing on domestic intelligence, human, natural and technological resources. Our alternative to neo-liberalism is a socio-economic model based on principles of social justice and democracy.

We stand FIRMLY for a domestic and foreign policy in accordance with the principles of the Declaration of State Sovereignty of Ukraine to guarantee its non-aligned (neutral) status; Inter-ethnic relations based on the principles of international law and the provisions of the Declaration of Rights of Nationalities of Ukraine; STATUS OF RUSSIAN language as the second official language.

We oppose the humiliation and betrayal of the military and labor feats of our fathers and grandfathers who beat the fascist invaders in World War II, and the victorious labor undertaken to revive our homeland from the ruins, and hold it as it was in the Soviet era to the heights of world economic, scientific and spiritual progress. We are categorically against the insertion in the country of neo-Nazism, rehabilitation and glorification of Nazi accomplices and invaders.

We call on the political parties, public organizations, and for the FATE OF THE HOMELAND all those who share our assessment of the modern political and socio-economic situation and put forward in the manifesto our OBJECTIVES – Join the patriotic movement “Left Opposition”.

Adopted at the founding meeting of the 

“Left Opposition” 

12.06.2015, Kiev

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