Publication: Monitor Volume: 2 Issue: 22

Leader of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (KPRF) Gennady Zyuganov will attend the World Economic Forum, which opens February 1 in Davos, Switzerland. This is the first time a Russian Communist party leader will attend the star-studded annual meeting. Zyuganov told Interfax he will use the occasion to contact those who "can really help Russia solve its problems" and to "spell out clearly and unequivocally our approaches to foreign business activity and investment guarantees in Russia." He said financiers were presently wary about investing in Russia because "the rules of the game change so often that no one knows what taxes he will be paying in three months." If he is elected president in June, Zyuganov said investors would be able to "rest assured that the rules of the economic game will be honored for at least five years," pointing out that foreign investors have not been deterred from investing in China even though the country has a Communist government. (6) Despite his assurances, it is expected that the Communist leader will face tough questioning from Western businessmen regarding his views on economic reform. (7)

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