Publication: Monitor Volume: 2 Issue: 83

Responding to last week’s appeal in which thirteen influential Russian entrepreneurs and bankers called on the candidates to negotiate a pre-election pact to preserve civil peace, Communist candidate Gennady Zyuganov said he would agree to talks to his rivals. "We are ready for such a dialogue," he said on Sunday, adding that "Tomorrow or the day after I will meet those who signed the appeal." But he appeared unimpressed by the thinly veiled threat in the business leaders’ appeal to punish those who refused to negotiate, saying the business leaders did not have that kind of power. "If they were effective, capital would not be flowing abroad. Our production would be working in a stable way and resources would be being invested in science, culture, and technology," he said. (Reuters, Interfax, April 28)

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