The Communist party Congress put forward Grudinina candidate for the presidential elections

Director of state farm. Lenin Pavel Grudinin at the XVII Congress of the Communist party of the Russian Federation

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The VILLAGE of ROZHDESTVENO /Moscow region/, December 23. /TASS/. The highest governing body of the Communist party – the Congress party – nominated on Saturday the Director of the Moscow enterprise “Sovkhoz imeni Lenina” Pavel Grudinina candidate for the presidential elections 2018. For the first time from the Communists would run a non-partisan candidate. He goes on elections as the representative of the wide people’s Patriotic forces.

Voting without coercion

The decision on nomination Grudinina was made following a secret ballot of delegates. “Of the 314 he [Grudinin] received 11 votes against. Vote decent and honest” – said Communist party leader Gennady Zyuganov.

He noted that the presence of votes against indicates the free will of the voters. “No one is forced”, – he stressed.

Grudinin thanked Zyuganov for the support. “This is a very good result, considering that I am non-partisan. I am grateful to Gennady Andreyevich [Zyuganov], who has agreed to be chief of staff,” said Grudinin.

A Communist in the shower

“When you see where is the political party that you have any principles to compromise, or party ticket, so I put the party ticket alone. I walked out of this party,” replied Grudinin on a question of journalists why in 2010, he left the ranks “an United Russia”.

Explaining its non-partisanship, Grudinin said that a wide block of national Patriotic forces. “In order to consolidate all the forces, not necessarily to be a Communist. Importantly, the ideas of the Communist party were implemented. And they implemented it in the “state Farm Lenin”, – explained the Director of this enterprise.

“Who are you in the shower – this is important,” – said the candidate in presidents from the Communist party.

New leading role Zyuganov

“All of my actions related to the election campaign will be coordinated with campaign staff, headed by Gennady Zyuganov. Only he can bring us to victory,” said Congress Grudinin.