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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Zyuganov Gets Boost From Rival

Communist Party chief Gennady Zyuganov got a boost in his presidential campaign when a hardline rival promised Friday to back him in the June election.

Viktor Anpilov , leader of the hard-core Working Russia movement, told Itar-Tass he would join an alliance of some 20 communist groups set up earlier this month to support Zyuganov.

"I will support [Zyuganov] because he suits the current needs of the left-wing forces most of all," said Anpilov, who often accused Zyuganov of betraying communist ideals and compromising with bourgeois forces.

Zyuganov leads other potential candidates in opinion polls.