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Communists Seek To Reassure Public on Economy


Moscow, May 21 (RFE/RL) -- Russian Communist leaders today sought to calm fears that a victory by Communist party leader Gennady Zyuganov in next month's presidential election could unleash economic turmoil.

Tatyana Karyakina, author of the party's economic plan, told reporters that if the Communists come to power, 'obviously, private property will be respected." She added that the dollar would continue to be freely traded and that "foreign investments will be protected."

Valentin Kuptsov, Zyuganov's campaign manager, stressed, "no one will take anything from anyone." Kuptsov said the Communist Party would soon publish its full economic program, probably at the end of this week.

Last week, Russia's Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper published what it said was a secret, hardline Communist plan for the country's economy. The Communist Party denounced the plan as a fake and said it was part of the largely pro-Yeltsin press campaign to blacken its image.
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