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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Yeltsin Saved Russia From Civil War: Aide

President Boris Yeltsin's personal spokesman issued a statement Friday, sharply criticizing opposition leaders and arguing that the dissolution of the old hardline parliament last year was justified.

While official Moscow ignored Wednesday's anniversary of the dissolution, opposition leaders issued a declaration describing it as a coup d'etat.

Presidential spokesman Vyacheslav Kostikov responded to the declaration Friday, saying the majority of Russians believe that "Boris Yeltsin by his resolute actions saved the country from the danger of civil war and the restoration of Soviet totalitarianism."

Kostikov branded former Vice President Alexander Rutskoi, who led the October rebellion after the disbanded parliament appointed him president, as an "impostor president," a "terrorist" and "a chief organizer of the bloodshed."

"He is lying today when he says he did not give orders to kill and arrest democrats," Kostikov said.

Yeltsin's spokesman also slammed Gennady Zyuganov, head of the communist faction in the State Duma, who is widely recognized as the brain behind recent opposition attempts to unite.

"The fact that the voices of communist Zyuganov and terrorist Rutskoi blended in that declaration are evidence that the implacable opposition is willing to form any alliances while it loses the support of the people," Kostikov said in his statement.