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The day before, late at night, almost sensational information came: “State Duma deputy Yuri Afonin (KPRF) said that the leader of the Communist Party, Gennady Zyuganov, is the party’s first candidate in the presidential elections, but the party will show a broad line, and other proposals are being discussed.”
As soon as the morning came (and the clock said 7 in the morning), I hastened to call Zyuganov …
…- Hello hello!
– Yes, Alexander.
– Hello, Gennady Andreevich. This is Zyuganov’s assistant. So I always watch the news in the morning, and now they are literally replete with statements by Comrade Yuri Afonin that Gennady Andreevich Zyuganov will be the first candidate for president of Russia. Have you seen these statements?
– Sasha, leave me later, I’m at the doctor. I’m after you…
– Can you answer this quickly?
– Not precisely.
It’s not about that. Leaders must always be ready to shoulder the burden of the toughest challenges.
As for the candidate (for the post of head of state. – AG), we have a general rule… in congress, in plenary, consult with all party organizations.
A galaxy of talented people, the same Afonin (first deputy chairman of the Communist Party – AG), the same Novikov, the same Kalashnikov, Kolomiytsev.
We have… leaders of regions who work brilliantly.
This must be taken seriously. And no matter who is offered this position now, it is a heavy load and a huge responsibility.
Those who manage to build a strong team, who are able to prepare a real program, who will receive adequate support from the citizens of the country, who will come up with a program that will allow the country to revive and ensure peace, defeat Nazism, fascism and Bandera they will survive.
This is a very responsible decision.
– Do you mean not only the Communist Party, but in general – the candidates?
– I head the left-wing patriotic bloc, it has 56 organizations. And they support us unanimously in all the last elections.
We look forward to fielding a talented team and everything going smoothly.
– Why are you at the doctor? How is your Health?
– Yes, that’s not the point, I have medical exams every year around this time.
– It is good for now? What do the doctors say?
– Nothing, in front, in front, we work, we work.
– This is what we see. We will pray for you. Tomorrow we have “Fiesta Wednesday”. (Program on Radio Komsomolskaya Pravda.) Who will it be?
– Today everyone will unite – we will decide.
– Can Masha Prusakova be a candidate?
– … nominated as governor of the Altai Territory, a wonderful governor would be …
– And in general secretaries, Comrade General Secretary, Masha Prusakova – maybe?
– It’s enough.
It is necessary to start with the position of the head of the district, city, region, territory. (Now Maria Prusakova is a deputy of the State Duma, the leader of the Altai communists. – AG)
Then you will have a great president.
– Do you run in the morning or not?
Come on, I don’t have time…