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ON THE 7TH COMMUNIST CONGRESS

Izvestia, December 4, 2000, p. 4

“The Communist Party cannot postpone the work of solving the problems of society waiting till it comes to power,” said Gennadi Zyuganov.

WERE IT NOT FOR THE ELECTION

Moskovskaya Pravda, December 4, 2000, p. 1

Between November 24 and 27 the All-Russian Center of Public Opinion Survey conducted an opinion poll among 1,600 Russians.

It put to respondents the following question: “Had the parliamentary elections taken place this Sunday, which of the following parties or blocs would you have voted for or would have come to the polling station and voted “Against everybody”?

The answers shown here are for the same question in May and November

respectively (in percentage).

Communist Party under Gennadi Zyuganov33 and 33

Unity under Sergei Shoigu26 and 19

Union of Right Forces under Boris Nemtsov and Irina Khakamada 9 and 8

Yabloko under Grigory Yavlinsky8 and8

Women of Russia under A. Fedulova4 and7

LDPR under Vladimir Zhirinovsky4 and7

Fatherland under Yuri Luzhkov 6 and 6

Russia under Gennadi Seleznev – and 6

Kharitonov’s agrarians1 and2

Alexander Lebed’s Russian People’s Republican Party2 and1

Russian National Unity1 and1

Viktor Chernomyrdin’s Russia Is Our Home1 and1

Others1 and1

Against everybody4 and4

GUSINSKY WANTED BY INTERPOL

Izvestia, December 5, 2000, p. 3

Senior investigator Valery Nikolayev of the Prosecutor General’s Office, says that Vladimir Gusinsky, owner of Media-Most, is now on an international wanted list.

"A COMPLEX OF URGENT MEASURES FOR THE RESTORATION OF CHECHNYA"…

Vedomosti, December 4, 2000, p. A2

… is to be worked out at the Ministry of Economic Development and Commerce this week. Governmental officials promise to have the document ready between the third and the fourth reading of the budget in the Duma.

CHECHNYA AS A BLACK HOLE

Vremya Novostei, December 4, 2000, p. 3

It seems that the second attempt of a post-war restoration of Chechnya this decade is as unsuccessful as the first one. Funds allocated from the federal budget continue to disappear. In the last twelve months, 1.3 billion rubles were transferred to Chechnya and 65 million of the lot were misused (27 million of them misused by the republican administration).

Akhmed Kadyrov says he is not answerable for the fraud.

Kadyrov: I have a great deal of responsibilities but no powers. The federal power structures in Chechnya do not answer to me, and I do not know which money is spent on what… If the situation is not ameliorated in the next five or six months, things will get out of control.

PRIMAKOV GIVES AN INTERVIEW TO THE BELGIAN NEWSPAPER "SOIREE"

Moskovsky Komsomolets, December 5, 2000, p. 2

Mr. Primakov, leader of Fatherland-All state Duma faction, does not think that “Vladimir Putin will live up to the expectations of men who had him elected in the first place”. At the same time, Primakov does not think that Boris Yeltsin made a mistake by choosing Putin as his successor.

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