Publication: Monitor Volume: 2 Issue: 50

The Communist faction in Russia’s Duma yesterday decided unanimously to submit for debate in the next few days an item on denouncing the founding documents of the CIS, signed in December 1991 at Belaya Vezha. The Communist faction acted pursuant to a decision taken the preceding day by the party’s presidium. The party’s presidential aspirant Gennady Zyuganov has officially called for abrogation of those agreements. Party leaders confidently predicted yesterday that the Duma in its present composition will easily muster the minimum of 226 votes needed to denounce the documents. (5) The actual effects of the motion, if carried, will hinge on whether it will be confined to a moral and political condemnation of the Belaya Vezha accords or will legally annul Russia’s signature on the documents. President Boris Yeltsin and the Foreign Ministry may want to settle for the former as a price for averting the latter alternative.

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