With its national identity linked to communism for nearly a century, and its weak foundations of democracy in the 21st century, many wonder: Is Russia communist?
The answer is no, Russia can no longer be seen as a communist country. The communist Soviet Union ended on December 26, 1991. Communist ideologies have, however not totally come to an end in the new, capitalist Russia.
Communist Party of the Russian Federation
Although the president Boris Yeltsin banned the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in 1991, the CPRF took its place. Although United Russia has a majority of over 60%, the CPRF is the second largest political party in Russia. This means that there are still communists in the opposition and that quite a lot of Russians still believe in communism.
The nation has evolved toward a parliamentary democracy, but as international watchdog organizations have thoroughly documented over the years, Russia's democratic foundations remain weak. Vladimir Putin has been in power longer than most Soviet premiers and has similar levels of power. While the trappings of communism no longer remain, the effects of the ideology and the nature of power politics in Russia have a strong line of continuity with its past.