"The Communist Party has no real desire to attempt to take power and is a corrupted, compromised opposition," said Mr. Sakhnin. "And their respect for Stalin greatly limits their appeal. We condemn Stalin. That's what makes us so threatening. There is a real hunger for genuine leftist groups."
"The Kremlin's persecution of leftist activists makes it very clear that the authorities are wary of socialist groups," Alexei Sakhnin, 30, a leading Left Front member, told The Washington Times. "Russia has always been a leftist country, and the vast majority of the population would support a moderate socialist program."