Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov says the Communist faction in the Russian State Duma has no intention of heeding President Yeltsin’s appeal for it to call off its efforts to impeach him. Zyuganov was responding to promises at Tuesday’s Kremlin meeting by the leaders of the “Russia is Our Home” and Liberal Democratic parliamentary factions to try to halt the impeachment campaign. At that meeting, Yeltsin called on Duma leaders to support his government’s economic program. Zyuganov was pointedly absent and sent a deputy instead. Yesterday, he accused the media of giving a distorted picture of the meeting and “portraying it as some kind of reconciliation” between president and parliament. (Itar-Tass, July 15)
FRESH VIOLENCE IN CHECHNYA.