Presidential aide Georgy Satarov says Russian president Boris Yeltsin plans shortly to hold a series of consultations with opposition leaders, including representatives of the Russian Communist party. Satarov said the president had reacted positively to last week’s appeal by thirteen leading Russian bankers, calling on candidates in the upcoming presidential election to negotiate a pre-election agreement. (Itar-Tass, April 29) From opinions expressed by leading candidates and in the press, it appears that such an agreement would be likely to include a pledge by candidates that, should they win the election, they would refrain from reprisals against defeated opponents such as outlawing other political parties or launching legal proceedings against individual politicians. Both Yeltsin’s entourage and Communist leaders have alleged that the other side is planning such reprisals.
Zyuganov Issues Three-Point Plan.