MOSCOW, January 13 (Itar-Tass) —— Russian Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov and Liberal Democratic Party leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky have signed a letter demanding full-value candidate debates in the presidential election campaign.
Zyuganov told a Friday press conference that they demanded debates with the candidates instead of their representatives. “Hopefully, [A Just Russia candidate Sergei] Mironov will also sign this letter. In that case, the three fractions will pool efforts towards full-value candidate debates,” he said.
In the words of Zyuganov, the letter will be sent to Central Elections Commission Chairman Vladimir Churov and the administrations of federal television channels.
Earlier the Communist Party submitted a bill to the State Duma suggesting that a presidential candidate who refused from taking part in televised debates would lose the right to free air time.
Far from all channels adequately cover the activity of all political parties, Zyuganov said. He recalled the initiative of President Dmitry Medvedev to create a public television in Russia. The proposal was made in the president’s state of the nation address at the parliament on December 22.
“Channel One could become a good floor for such television and a supervisory council comprising esteemed people of various political viewpoints,” he said. “This is the way to have genuine national television in Russia.”