Privatization Safe, Russian Communist Says: Warns NATO Push May Spur China Ties

By Sieff, Martin | The Washington Times (Washington, DC), May 10, 1996 | Go to article overview

Privatization Safe, Russian Communist Says: Warns NATO Push May Spur China Ties


Sieff, Martin, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)


Russia's Communist Party, if successful in next month's presidential election, will not reverse the privatization of property but will ally with China if NATO expands into Central Europe, a senior party official said yesterday.

"In all our official statements, it was said very clearly [that] we are not going to do any nationalization and redistribution of property," said Svetlana Goryacheva, the deputy speaker of Russia's State Duma, or lower house of parliament.

She was speaking at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington yesterday.

Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov has been leading President Boris Yeltsin in most polls for the first round in Russia's presidential balloting on June 16.

Mr. Yeltsin has been closing the gap in many opinion polls, but a massive independent survey by the Institute of the Sociology of Parliamentarianism this week put Mr. Zyuganov some 20 points ahead of the incumbent.

Mr. Yeltsin received a boost Wednesday when reform democrat Grigory Yavlinsky, whose Yabloko party ran a close fourth in December's parliamentary elections, said he was ready to discuss a possible alliance to prevent a Communist victory.

Mrs. Goryacheva, looking and sounding remarkably like a Slavic version of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, charged that the chaotic economic policies of the Yeltsin administration could lead to a total economic collapse and the disintegration of the Russian Federation.

"Our monetary system is in the process of deconstruction. The budgetary process is deconstructing also. It will lead the country to the deconstruction of its federative relationship" between the center and the regions, she said. …

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