Addressing business leaders at the World Business Forum in Davos, Switzerland yesterday, former First Deputy Premier Anatoly Chubais said the election of Gennady Zyuganov as president of Russia would inevitably lead to bloodshed. Zyuganov is leader of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation and a presidential candidate in the June election. Chubais warned his audience not to be taken in by the charm offensive that Zyuganov was conducting in Davos. There are two Zyuganovs, Chubais stated: one for export and the other for domestic consumption. Chubais read from a Communist party document to show that, whereas Zyuganov was telling Western business people at Davos that his party supports a multiparty system and a mixed economy, the party plans to renationalize heavy industry, banking, transport and agriculture in Russia. Chubais warned Western business leaders and journalists whom he said were courting Zyuganov that they, too, would bear responsibility for bloodshed in Russia if a Communist was elected president. (1)
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