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The following Press Release of a meeting of the Presidium of the
Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Russian
Federation was issued on Monday, March 23rd.

This is an unofficial translation.
 
 

An extraordinary meeting of the Presidium of the Central
Committee of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation was
held in response to the decision of the President of the Russian
Federation, Boris Yeltsin, to dismiss the Government.

The Presidium of the CC CPRF noted that the dismissal of the
Government of the Russian Federation did not come unexpectedly for
the leadership of the CPRF. It is an emergency measure undertaken
by the President because of the worsening social and economic
situation in the country and the demand of the opposition to
immediately change the economic course and for the formation of a
Government of people's trust.

It is obvious that the President's action is aimed at
forestalling the growing discontent of the people. The most
immediate aim is to frustrate the planned all-Russian protest
action on April 9th and to avoid the Government's report to the
Duma and its being held responsible before the State Duma and the
Russian people. (See note below).

In his address on March 23, the President announced his adherence
to the present economic course. The Presidium of the CC CPRF
thinks that the change of Government without changing the present
"reform course", which is fatal for the country, does not change
the situation in the country.

The Presidium of the CC CPRF considers it necessary to continue
all-round preparations for the all-Russian protest action and be
out in the streets of the cities and villages on April 9th with
united demands for a complete change of course and the formation
of a Government of people's trust.

Press Service of the CC CPRF

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Note: It is understood that the Government was to have reported
to the State Duma on April 10th and that a vote of no-confidence
was to have been considered by the Duma.