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Zyuganov Protests in France

STRASBOURG, France -- Russian and Greek Communists are demanding a report condemning crimes committed by communist regimes be taken off the agenda at a Council of Europe parliamentary assembly session on Wednesday, officials said.

The assembly plans to discuss a report and vote on a resolution Wednesday condemning human rights violations committed by totalitarian communist regimes.

Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov lodged a protest with parliamentary assembly president Rene Van der Linden on behalf of several dozen Russian and Greek legislators, Jan Kleij-ssen, adviser to van der Linden, said Tuesday. Zyuganov and other Communists took part in a march through Strasbourg on Tuesday protesting the planned resolution. (AP)

Maskhadov's Body Sought

BAKU, Azerbaijan -- Relatives of slain Chechen rebel leader Aslan Maskhadov on Tuesday appealed to Europe's top human rights watchdog to help them force Russian authorities to release his body.

Prosecutors have said Maskhadov had been buried secretly, in line with federal law barring the release of bodies of people considered terrorists to relatives.

In a statement, Maskhadov's widow Kusama, his son Anzor and his daughter Fatima called on the Council of Europe to help them recover Maskhadov's body. Maskhadov was killed during a security operation in March in Chechnya. (AP)

Yushchenko Marks One Year

KIEV -- President Viktor Yushchenko hailed closer ties with Europe as one of the biggest achievements of his first year in office, which he celebrated this week in a far more subdued manner than the firework celebrations held a year ago.

Opinion polls show Yushchenko's standing has significantly weakened in 12 months, but the president kept a positive message in a televised address to the nation late Monday.

Yushchenko said Ukrainians now felt proud of their country, and he hailed progress in Ukraine's efforts to integrate into Europe. (AP)