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08/30/1998 09:26:20 Russia's communists want revision of IMF deals

Обновлено: 3 сент. 2018 г.

MOSCOW, Aug 30 (Reuters) - Russian Communist Party leader

Gennady Zyuganov said on Suday some of the pledges Russia had

made to secure a huge loan from the International Monetary Fund

should be revised.

Zyuganov told reporters his party would insist that a

document on political accord between the president, the

government and parliament, broadly approved earlier on Sunday,

should also include a promise by the new government to revise

several points of the IMF-Russia loan deal.

"We think that this document should reflect our attitude to

a number of articles signed with the IMF by (Central Bank

chairman Sergei) Dubinin and (former prime minister Sergei)

Kiriyenko," Zyuganov told reporters.

He said he was referring to "obligations to destroy natural

monopolies, shift the full tax burden to individual citizens

(from companies) and to raise housing rent by 15 percent every


Earlier on Sunday, acting Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin

and leaders of the Communist-led State Duma lower house of

parliament approved a deal aimed at building a political

consensus to save Russia from economic collapse.

The deal is expected to secure Chernomyrdin's confirmation

as prime minister by the Duma and strip President Boris Yeltsin

of some of his sweeping powers. Zyuganov's comment appeared to

indicate he would express those demands during debate on

Chernomyrdin's approval.

Foto: REUTERS. Russian Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov (2nd R) and his deputy Valentin Kuptsov (R) address journalists after leaders of the Communist-led lower house of parliament approved a deal with acting Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin aimed at building a political consensus to save Russia from economic collapse August 30. Zyuganov said his partry wanted more concessions from the government including the revision of some pledges made by the outgoing reformist cabinet to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

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