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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Italian Premier Visits

ROME -- Premier Massimo D'Alema, the first former Communist to lead Italy, says he hopes his trip to Moscow, which began Monday, will help shore up democracy there.

"Russia has need above all to consolidate its democratic institutions, because in their absence a market economy cannot function," D'Alema said when asked if he was going there mainly because of economic concerns. He was speaking in an interview published Sunday in Milan daily Corriere della Sera.