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Communists Demand Control Over TV

In a letter sent to the government Wednesday, Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov and other left-wing politicians advocated sweeping new controls for Russia's television stations - to be imposed by state-run regulatory boards whose members would be vetted by their ethnicity. That proposal was reported on television newscasts as a frank bid to restore Soviet-style censorship of the news. But few journalists Wednesday thought Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov would let it happen. It also came as Communist Duma Deputy Albert Makashov again stirred up controversy with anti-Semitic remarks - and Communist leaders again twisted and turned to avoid condemning him. First in an interview earlier this week with the Italian newspaper La Stampa, and then again to Russian media Wednesday, Makashov said there are too few ethnic Russians - which seemed his way of saying there are too many Jews - holding senior posts in the Russian government.

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