President Boris Yeltsin marked the anniversary of a Soviet-era massacre Sunday, while Communists held anti-government rallies in Moscow as Russia’s presidential campaign entered its final two weeks.
Yeltsin - whose main challenger in the June 16 vote is Communist candidate Gennady Zyuganov - has been emphasizing Soviet hardships and repressions.
On Sunday, he sent a telegram of sympathy to residents of Novocherkassk, a southern Russian city where Soviet troops opened fire on a workers’ rally on June 1-3, 1962. The clash left up to 24 people dead and seven were later executed, the ITAR-Tass news agency said.
The incident was covered up by Soviet authorities for decades.