A political scandal has erupted in the village of Khomutinino, in Russia’s Chelyabinsk oblast. Senior members of the local cell of the Communist Party (KPRF) in the village sent a letter to the chairman of the Central Committee of KPRF, Gennady Zyuganov, in which they claim that registered KPRF candidates in the elections to the village council do not, in fact, represent the party. Rather, the authors of the letter claim, the candidates are plotting a coup in favour of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party.
The elections to the village council in Khomutinino will take place on 11 October 2009. For the first time in the history of Russia’s rural administration, voters will choose between candidates according to party lists. Four parties have officially put forward candidates to the village council: KPRF, United Russia, Fair Russia, and LDPR. All of the candidates, except for those representing Fair Russia, work at the local Ural sanatorium, which employs most of the adult residents of the village.