Who is Pavel Grudinin?

  • Rusia
  • 0
  • 206 Views
  • 1 February 2018

The Communist Party surprised the world by nominating a new candidate for president. Its veteran leader and multi-time presidential candidate, Gennady Zyuganov, lost the party membership’s vote to run against President Putin in 2018, after announcing his bid on the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution.

Instead, a 57-year-old Sovkhoz owner who was not even a party member got the nomination.

Muscovite Grudinin has been in the agricultural business for over four decades. He graduated from Moscow State Agro-engineering University in 1982. After, he began working at the Lenin State Farm where many of his relatives had worked. He built his way up the management ladder, managing the mechanics workshop and serving as deputy director.

In 1995, he became the director of a privately owned Sovkhoz, ZAO Lenin State Farm. His workers on the collective farm earn more than twice the average wage of ordinary Russian farmers. They are also guaranteed medical care, housing and education for their children.

Grudinin’s farm is one of the Moscow region’s biggest producers of fruit and vegetables, and is also Russia’s biggest strawberry farm. It takes pride in being a ‘model enterprise with almost communist internal rules’. The Sovkhoz also actively invests in local infrastructure, funding the construction of a school building and the renovation of a local clinic.

In 2001, he graduated by correspondence from the Russian Academy of Public Administration under the President of Russia (currently, the Russian Presidential Academy of the National Economy and Public Administration).

Until 2011, he was a member of the United Russia party and served as a deputy in the Moscow Region legislature. This and his business ties have attracted great criticism.

Grudinin is also an anti-corruption activist with his own following on YouTube. He has criticised Putin’s ties to people “everyone knows should have gone to prison a long time ago”.

Grudinin argues that Russians deserve a higher quality of life, stating “Russians should have a higher quality of life than those we defeated in the war”. He also claims that his collective farm is proof that “socialist policies work”.

According the most recent VTsIOM poll, Grudinin is in second place at 7%. This is almost double, what Zyuganov received in the last poll to include him. Zyuganov is also heading Grudinin’s presidential campaign.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Solve : *
42 ⁄ 21 =


The Big Issue On The Campaign Trail

  • 0
  • 144 Views
  • 21 February 2018

As a Russian historian, I could not help but notice the not so subtly obvious. Every night on Rossiya 1 and Perviy Kanal, the candidates have been talking about Russian history like it is going out of fashion.

They and the Russian public are well aware of the urgent issues. Indeed, I could use up my words listing them. Yet, conduct a simple Google or Yandex search and the candidates are all s

citește mai mult

Cecenia – o istorie tristă a rezistenței la rusificare

  • 1
  • 1180 Views
  • 12 February 2018

Cecenia este o republică autonomă din cadrul marii Federații Ruse, aflată pe linia nordică a Munților Caucaz, având ca vecini la vest Ingușetia și Osetia de Nord, la est Republica Daghestan, la nord ținutul Stavropol din Rusia, iar la sud Georgia.

Situația Ceceniei este una singulară la nivelul cordonului de state tampon din Caucazul de Nord, fiind singura unde s-au dus două războaie civile, cel de-al doilea continuând ș

citește mai mult

Who is Pavel Grudinin?

  • 0
  • 206 Views
  • 1 February 2018

The Communist Party surprised the world by nominating a new candidate for president. Its veteran leader and multi-time presidential candidate, Gennady Zyuganov, lost the party membership’s vote to run against President Putin in 2018, after announcing his bid on the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution.

Instead, a 57-year-old Sovkhoz owner who was not even a party member got the nomination.

citește mai mult

Azebaijan, cheia geostrategică a Asiei Centrale

  • 0
  • 154 Views
  • 13 February 2018

După destrămarea URSS, Azerbaijanul a fost statul ex-sovietic care alături de    republicile Baltice a avut o dezvoltare constantă și durabilă. Desigur, aici pot fi adresate unele critici regimului de la Baku cu privire la democrație, care în opinia multor analiști este doar mimată la Baku. Însă faptul adevărat este că acest stat a reușit să își gestioneze eficient resursele de care dispune pentru a deveni o societate prosperă. I se atribuie Azerbaijanului etichet

citește mai mult

What Can Democrats Learn From Alabama’s Doug Jones?

  • 0
  • 257 Views
  • 30 November 2017

In ordinary circumstances, Doug Jones would already be preparing to move to Washington DC. The former prosecutor famous for convicting KKK members for a church bombing is up against gay bashing, God and gun lovin’, twice kicked out of elected office, Judge Roy Moore. A man who has eight accusers of sexual assault, all of whom were underage at the time of the allegations.

Yet, if one looks at all the recent polls, they show a ti

citește mai mult

Azerbaidjanul, petrolul și românii

  • 0
  • 836 Views
  • 7 October 2016

Întotdeauna, statele sunt nevoite să își apere poziția pe marea tablă a geopoliticii, uitându-se cu grijă la vecini, dar și la puterile regionale. Această regulă presupune nu doar poziția ofensivă, ci și valorificare atuurilor, astfel încât să devină piese care contează pe „câmpul de analiză”, iar nu elemente neglijabile, care sunt măturate dintr-o dată de cei ce au suficientă putere să mânuiască piesele.

Caucazul, ca regiune geopolitică, nu face nici ea excepție

citește mai mult

Alterglobalismul. Fațeta „lumii islamice”

  • 0
  • 118 Views
  • 16 February 2018

În ultimele decenii ale secolului XXI o parte dintre politologi s-au aplecat asupra fenomenului  „alterglobalismului”, prin care au evaluat „lumea islamică” și „lumea rusă”. Subiectul rămâne deschis și astăzi, ori acesta impune o abordare riguroasă atunci când ne focalizăm pe fenomen ab integrum  și, în același timp, cere o raționalizare a parametrilor și contextului în care se exprimă fenomenul. Nu este un concept alambicat și nici propagandistic, dispun

citește mai mult

Coreea: calcule și efecte

  • 1
  • 317 Views
  • 17 September 2017

Pe 9 martie 2017 scriam despre criza din peninsula Coreea câteva opinii  http://adevarul.ro/international/in-lume/coreea-nord-ecuatia-geopolitica-scurt-issim-1_58c122ad5ab6550cb82913f9/index.html , iar ultimul paragraf era acesta: „Contextul personal al liderului nord-coreean face să fie astăzi mai probabilă o criză acută aici, d

citește mai mult

The Left’s Elusive Message: Old hats are still old, the Anglo-American case (part II)

  • 0
  • 238 Views
  • 12 September 2017

The phrase ‘old hat’, as one would expect, means something that is tediously familiar or outdated. Yet, walking through Shoreditch or Brooklyn, old hats seem stylish. What the owners of such hats probably aren’t willing to admit is that they paid around five times what the original owner did. This could be a metaphor for the political climate in the US and UK today.

Last week I wrote about who the left in British and American p

citește mai mult