Communist Party of Ukraine
Published 14th October, 2012
The Communist Party of Ukraine or KPU is a 1993 reincarnation of the party which was banned in August 1991. It describes itself as far- left and believes in Marxism-Leninism.
The party has always benefited from a nostalgia amongst some people for the Communist era and remains anti-capitalist and pro-Russian.
In the elections of 1994 the party won 86 seats and supported the eventual winner of the presidential election, Leonid Kuchma; it was the largest party of the Verkhovna Rada at that time and it retained that position in the 1998 elections when it took 121 seats in the 450 seat parliament.
Support for an increasingly unpopular president saw their seats tally drop to 66 in 2002 and it dropped further to 21 in 2006 and 27 seats in 2007.
The party did join the Azarov government of March 2010 and is expected to maintain a presence in parliament after the 2012 election.
The Communist Party of Ukraine is a member of the Union of Communist Parties – Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
The link to the party website is no longer working.