A Finger in Every Pie…(Great Read!)
by JR Nyquist
Fri, 27 Aug 2010
On 3 December 2007 a curious item appeared in the Russian media. It concerned Igor Ivanovich Sechin, a Russian political figure close to then President Vladimir Putin. Kommersant featured a quote from Oleg Shvartsman, head of the Financial-Industrial Group: “For us, the Party is represented by the power bloc headed by Igor Ivanovich [Sechin].” This statement was offered in response to a journalist’s question about Shvartman’s strategic task of velvet re-privatization. “Who set this task for you?” asked the journalist. Shvartsman’s extraordinary answer slipped inadvertently from his post-Soviet lips: “The party! (laughing).”
That’s right, he said “the party.” (In the original Russian he used the word Партия!) In every place within this story, the word “партии” or “партия” is capitalized when referring to a shadowy entity issuing tasks from behind the scenes. When an insignificant political party is mentioned, the word is not capitalized, so Shvartsman’s laugh cannot be mistaken: Партия refers to one thing, without any chance of confusion. There can only be one “Party” operating secretly behind the scenes, and that is the Communist Party (коммунистическая партия). In other words, Comrade Shvartsman was openly referring to the ongoing dominion of the Communist Party Soviet Union and its directives.