December 16, 1995 in Nation/World

Yelstin Denounces Communist Party

Compiled From Wire Services

President Boris Yeltsin implored Russian voters Friday to reject the Communist Party when they go to the polls Sunday, saying it would be a “tragic mistake” to “bring the country back into the past.”

In a nationally televised address, his first major public appearance since being hospitalized Oct. 26 for a heart ailment, Yeltsin heaped scorn on the Communist Party, which polls show is in a commanding lead position in the balloting for the 450-seat lower house of parliament, the State Duma.

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