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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Luzhkov Urges Russians to Polls

Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov urged his fellow citizens Monday to take part in the July 3 presidential runoff election between Communist Gennady Zyuganov and Luzhkov's ally, President Boris Yeltsin.

In an appeal sent Monday to Interfax, Luzhkov asked Russians to use the right granted to them by a democratic system and "not to allow the future of the country to slip out of their hands."

"Although the Communists do not wish evil for our country, the path by which they want to lead us into the future will be a repetition of what we have already gone through before," Luzhkov's appeal said.

Luzhkov said he feels "the flaws and drawbacks of the present transition system every day" -- but added that "the path chosen by Boris Yeltsin inspires hope."