06MOSCOW10324, RUSSIAN COMMUNISTS PROTEST MILITARY COOPERATION

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06MOSCOW10324 2006-09-15 13:19 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Moscow

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P 151319Z SEP 06
FM AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 2375
INFO RUCNCIS/CIS COLLECTIVE
RUEHXD/MOSCOW POLITICAL COLLECTIVE
RUEKJCS/JOINT STAFF WASHDC
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC
RHMFISS/CDR USEUCOM VAIHINGEN GE

C O N F I D E N T I A L MOSCOW 010324 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 09/15/2016 
TAGS: PREL MARR MOPS PGOV RS
SUBJECT: RUSSIAN COMMUNISTS PROTEST MILITARY COOPERATION 
WITH NATO AND U.S. 
 
REF: MOSCOW 10230 
 
Classified By: Minister-Counselor for Political Affairs Alice G. Wells. 
 Reasons 1.4 (B/D). 
 
1.  (SBU) Russia's Communist Party (KPRF) followed through 
September 14 on its promise to demonstrate against military 
cooperation with NATO and the U.S., including the 
now-postponed Torgau '06 exercise (reftel).  According to 
media reports, demonstrations took place in Moscow, Saratov, 
Omsk, Yaroslavl, Voronezh, and Tomsk.  In some locations, the 
KPRF was joined by members of the National Bolshevik Party, 
the Red Youth Vanguard, and several veterans and patriotic 
organizations, such as the Movement for Army Support and the 
Union of Soviet Officers. 
 
2.  (SBU) The demonstration in Moscow, which occurred 
adjacent to the Embassy, comprised several hundred 
protesters.  Many carried KPRF banners, as well as signs 
protesting possible U.S. military activity in Russia. 
Speakers exhorted listeners to reject calls for closer 
military ties with NATO and the U.S.  Some also demanded the 
resignation of GOR officials responsible for organizing the 
Torgau exercise.  At least 50 paramilitary police were on 
hand.  We observed no disturbances. 
 
3.  (C) KPRF Deputy Chairman Vladimir Kashin told us 
afterwards that demonstrations occurred throughout Russia's 
88 jurisdictions.  He said KPRF leader Gennadiy Zyuganov was 
in Khabarovsk, where he claimed 2000 people took part. 
(NOTE:  Khabarovsk is the site of the alleged murder of a 
Russian national earlier this month by a vacationing U.S. 
soldier, who is now in Russian custody.  END NOTE.)  Kashin 
told us the purpose of the protests was to promote the 
"defense of Russia's borders against NATO and U.S. military 
incursions."  He added that the KPRF would continue its 
campaign to ensure that no future military exercises occurred 
on Russian soil. 
 
4.  (C) COMMENT:  While we are skeptical of Kashin's claim 
that protests occurred in all of the country's jurisdictions, 
anti-NATO and anti-U.S. military sentiment runs high among 
Russians, according to recent polls.  Such sentiment, 
especially if accompanied by continuing protests against 
foreign military activity, would complicate the State Duma's 
task of ratifying the NATO Status of Forces Agreement if/when 
it finally reaches the legislature for consideration. 
BURNS

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