Gennady Zyuganov drew wild applause from a rally of thousands of Russian nationalists in a Moscow stadium Saturday when he implied that President Boris Yeltsin and his predecessor were emissaries of the devil. "Let us recall what was predicted in the Apocalypse," Zyuganov said. "The devil sent two beasts from hell, one with a mark on his head, and the other, the antichrist, puts a mark on people’s hands." Zyuganov was referring to Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev, who has a birthmark on his forehead, and Yeltsin, who lost two fingers in a childhood accident. (Interfax, AP, June 8) As the campaign enters its final week, Zyuganov is desperately seeking to attract new sectors of the electorate. His audience obviously enjoyed his attack on Yeltsin and Gorbachev, but Zyuganov’s own team glumly admits that he has not so far managed to widen his appeal beyond the traditional communist base of industrial and collective farm workers.
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