Christ was "the new era's first communist," says Gennady Zyuganov​

The world's first communist was no less than the Son of God himself, Jesus Christ, the leader of Russia’s Communist Party Gennady Zyuganov has claimed in a radio interview with the Komsomolskaya Pravda.

“Put Jesus' Sermon on the Mount and the Moral Code of the Builder of Communism next to each other, and you will just gasp,” he said.

He added that "the main slogan of communism — ‘He who does not work shall not eat’ is written in the Apostle Paul's Second Epistle to the Thessalonians" found in the New Testament.

“We need to study the Bible,” Zyuganov concluded.

Christ was the new era's first Communist. He lifted his voice in support of the impoverished, sick, and hungry, as well as everyone else in distress.

Gennady Zyuganov.

His comments come as the Communist Party of Russia seeks to win seats in the State Duma, Russia’s lower house of parliament, during the Sept. 17-19 parliamentary election.

Such a statement would likely have been unheard of during the Soviet era, when the communist government followed a policy of state atheism.

Zyuganov is prone to gaffes. During an event outside the Kremlin in September 2020, marking the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, he stated that Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany murdered “Russians, Jews, Gypsies, Poles and all the rest of the scum."

The comment was not well received.

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