Better Red Than Dead: Armenian, Russian Communists see EEU as their program

Better Red Than Dead: Armenian, Russian Communists see EEU as their program


Communists in Armenia and Russia see the establishment of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) as a prelude to the restoration of the Soviet Union and take credit for this policy, their senior representatives said in Yerevan at the weekend.

Kazbek Taysayev, a member of the Russian State Duma and deputy to the First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (CPRF), read out Russian Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov’s message to his Armenian comrades at the 39th Congress of the Communist Party of Armenia (CPA) in Yerevan on Saturday.

The CPA had chosen the day for its convention so that it coincides with the anniversary of the Sovetization of Armenia. The 11th Red Army began its advance into Armenia on November 29, 1920, which led to the fall of the short-lived democratic Armenian republic and establishment of Bolshevik rule in the country. Later Armenia was incorporated into the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) that was founded in 1922.

On October 10, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan signed a treaty with Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan on joining their trade bloc, the EEU, beginning next year. While the leadership in Yerevan insists that this economic association with former Soviet nations does not amount to the loss of state sovereignty, some critics of the move view it as an attempt by the Kremlin to restore the USSR.

Speaking to journalists in Yerevan, the senior Russian Communist Party member added fuel to these speculations by saying that the establishment of the EEU is actually the program of the Communists.

“This is our program as we call on the leaders of our countries to seek closer integration, establish the Eurasian Union, the Customs Union,” said Taysayev. “We do not doubt that a new Union of friendly peoples will be created.”

CPA Central Committee First Secretary Tachat Sargsyan also expressed his conviction that the EEU is a precursor of the restored Soviet Union. He further opined that Communists would become the dominating political force in the EEU space.

The CPRF has the second largest faction in the Russian State Duma and while being in opposition to President Vladimir Putin on domestic issues actually supports the Kremlin’s current foreign policies. The CPA also used to be the second largest political force represented in the Armenian legislature before it started to dramatically lose its political clout in the early 2000 after the death of its charismatic leader Sergey Badalyan. The party has been unable to gather enough popular votes to enter the National Assembly since 2003.