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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Zhirinovsky, Zyuganov Meet for Peace

President Boris Yeltsin's main communist and ultranationalist rivals got together Monday and agreed that the first-ever democratic transfer of power in Russia should proceed peacefully.


Communist Gennady Zyuganov and nationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky did not discuss details of any possible power shareout after the June 16 presidential election, Zhirinovsky's spokesman Viktor Filatov told Interfax.


But Filatov did not appear to rule out such a pact, although Zhirinovsky's fierce anti-communism makes it unlikely. "A common viewpoint was worked out at the meeting, that the elections must definitely take place, and must go ahead against a peaceful and calm background guaranteed by the current authorities," he said.


"The main thing is that there is mutual understanding, there are points of convergence."


Zyuganov, running just behind Yeltsin in most opinion polls, has accused the Kremlin leader of planning to disrupt the election if he fears he may lose.