Publication: Monitor Volume: 2 Issue: 64

Communist party presidential candidate Gennady Zyuganov has denied the report, carried March 31 by both the "Ekho Moskvy" radio station and the television channel NTV, according to which Zyuganov allegedly said that Western European-style social democracy could not emerge in Russia because this was a "special type of political system" that arose in uniquely favorable political and economic post-war conditions. Zyuganov was quoted as saying that, in less favorable conditions, such as those prevailing in Russia today, social-democratic ideas would not command public support. Saying he had been misquoted, Zyuganov accused the independent NTV of being anything but independent. (Itar-Tass, April 1) Russian newspapers have pointed out that the fact that NTV’s chairman, Igor Malashenko, has joined President Yeltsin’s election team means that all three major Russian television channels, plus the Moscow Television channel under Mayor Yuri Luzhkov, are now supporting the incumbent president’s campaign for reelection.

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