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Russia: Communist Leader Suggests Budget Compromise

Moscow, 9 October 1997 (RFE/RL) - Russian Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov today suggested a compromise to resolve a bitter dispute between the opposition-dominated lower house and the government over the 1998 draft budget.

The draft today faced its first reading in the Duma.

Zyuganov, speaking at a news conference in the Duma, again criticized the government's economic policies and reiterated the Communists' pledge to go ahead with a no-confidence vote probably next week.

Zyuganov however signalled the Communists may be ready for a compromise over the budget. He said it should be sent for reworking to a tri-partite commission of Duma deputies, members of the Federation Council and the government.

Faction leaders already indicated the Duma will reject the draft in its first reading and the budget and economics committees recommended that it be sent to a conciliatory commission for reworking.