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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Reds Downplay Pravda Promises

Communist officials Friday played down reports that their leader, Gennady Zyuganov, had pledged financial aid to Pravda, the opposition newspaper that suspended publication last week.

On Thursday, Zyuganov promised to aid the hardline daily in its hour of need, since Pravda had supported him during the presidential election campaign.

But Friday, a party representative denied Interfax reports that the help would involve money. "It could be moral support or it could be material support," said spokeswoman Irina Makaveyeva. "That has not yet been decided."

The newspaper closed its doors last week following a bitter feud between its Greek publishers, Theodoros and Christos Giannikos and Russian editor Alexander Ilyin.While the Giannikos brothers have denied that the paper is in financial trouble, they nevertheless welcomed Zyuganov's reported offer.

"If Mr. Zyuganov wants to give financial support to Pravda then we will think about it," said Theodoros Giannikos. "We're not politicians, we're a business. Businesses will always accept money."