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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Zyuganov Visits Iraq, Praises Saddam

BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Russia's Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov arrived in Baghdad on Thursday on a three-day visit to expand ties with Iraq's ruling Baath party, the official Iraqi News Agency reported.

"Zyuganov expressed his admiration of his excellency President Saddam Hussein ... and hoped the visit would contribute to deepening relations of struggle between the Russian Communist Party and the Arab Baath Socialist Party," INA said.

"The Russian Communist Party and the State Duma lower chamber as well as the Russian people will continue to work for the lifting of the unfair embargo on the friendly Iraqi people," INA said, quoting Zyuganov.

Last June, the State Duma passed a draft bill proposed by ultranationalists headed by Vladimir Zhirinovsky calling on the Kremlin to ignore sanctions against Iraq. But Russia's upper chamber of parliament rejected the draft.