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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Liberals Blame Prime Minister

Liberal politicians gathered at a rally Saturday to accuse the government of Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov of stifling press freedoms and rolling back economic reforms.

Primakov "is bringing back censorship and the Iron Curtain, and is working actively to drag Russia into the war in the Balkans," former Prime Minister Yegor Gaidar, who now leads the Russia's Democratic Choice party, said at the demonstration where more than 1,000 people gathered.

Gaidar was referring to the government's opposition to NATO airstrikes in Yugoslavia and Primakov's occasional remarks that more government control should be exerted over the press and over the economy.