LUZHKOV DOES NOT NEED ALLIES

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LUZHKOV DOES NOT NEED ALLIES

TV Center, Novosti, July 24, 1999, 13:55

Leader of Fatherland Yuri Luzhkov stated in an interview to journalists that he does not intend to look for allies because, according to him, Fatherland is a very powerful movement by itself. He said: “We created Fatherland as a powerful, solid movement. And we want it to enter the political life of Russia”.

AN INTERVIEW WITH YEVGENY PRIMAKOV

TV Center, Novosti, July 24, 1999, 20:30

Question: Yuri Luzhkov stated recently that he is willing to let you have the first place on the Fatherland party list. Do you consider this statement to be mere flattery or a proposal for some concrete steps?

Yevgeny Primakov: First of all I want to say that I respect Yuri Luzhkov as a man, a politician, and the mayor of such a large city. He has done much as the mayor of Moscow. As for the other part of your question, I support the process of uniting all sound centrist powers. It will help reform the country and find solutions to the difficulties we are currently trying to overcome.

Q: Do you mean any particular political movement by “sound centrist powers”?

YP: To this category belong Fatherland, All Russia, and perhaps some other movements. I think there are lots of them.

Q: Will you run for a seat in the Duma? Or are you still in the stage of reflection?

YP: I have not made a decision yet.

NEW TRICKS OF ZHIRINOVSKY

ORT, Novosti, July 24, 1999, 18:00

The election committee of Sverdlovsk has refused to register Zhirinovsky as a candidate for governor of the region. According to the committee, inspection of the signatures he collected showed that 5,000 of them were false.

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