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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Zyuganov Middle Class

MOSCOW -- He may not be ready to take his party into the center ground conquered by Gerhard Schr?der or Tony Blair, but Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov took a memorable step on Sunday by admitting he too was "middle class."

A leading member of Zyuganov's movement, the successor to the Soviet ruling party, last week accused Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov of forming a "bourgeois" government, despite having a Communist as his first deputy.

That prompted an interviewer for TV6 television to ask whether "bourgeois" was still necessarily bad for the self-professed party of the proletariat. He probed Zyuganov on which social class he himself felt he belonged to. "By education, I consider myself one of the intelligentsia f the middle class."