March of Millions goes leftist, some opposition leaders losing popularity - Zyuganov
The March of Millions held in Moscow on September 15 displayed a serious decline in popularity of a number of opposition leaders, Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov said at the Monday meeting of the party's parliamentary group.
"That action attracted much less people than the earlier ones. I think the reason is that many people have lost faith in their leaders. Reports about Xenia Sobchak's millions, the lawsuit to Alexei Navalny, claims of law enforcers to the commercial activity of former State Duma deputy Gennady Gudkov and many other things have played a role," he said.
"My numerous acquaintances told me they lost faith in the efficiency of those actions, and some key liberals did not take part in the March at all," Zyuganov said.
He stressed though that the latest March of Millions attracted much more persons with leftist views and had more socioeconomic slogans than political.
"Sixty to seventy percent of the March participants were people of the leftist views who act on the basis of a common position under social slogans," he said.
Numerous media reports "noted that plenty of people share our slogans," Zyuganov said.
The increase of leftist views is obvious not only in Russia but also in many European countries, he said. "The selling of Das Capital by Karl Marx in Europe has grown ten times lately," he said.