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03/12/1997

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Izvestia Still Loyal After 80 Long Years

Editors of Izvestia, the former mouthpiece of the Soviet government, pride themselves on the newspaper's independence these days. But don't look for any Communist or nationalist opposition leaders at the paper's 80th anniversary banquet Thursday at the Kremlin. They weren't invited. ""We have nothing to talk to them about,"" said chief editor Igor Golembiovsky at a press conference Tuesday. Though Izvestia became independent in 1991 after the collapse of the Soviet Union, its reform-minded editors are often accused of hewing too closely to the government line. Golembiovsky insisted Izvestia supports ""ideas and not people,"" though he made it clear he considers the ideas of President Boris Yeltsin to be in vogue. ""Today we are ready to support [Anatoly] Chubais as the most real politician,"" Golembiovsky said, referring to Yeltsin's appointment Friday of Chubias, the president's widely-hated chief of staff, as first deputy prime minister in charge of the economy.

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