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Party leaders promise Russian tourist boom to Crimea

March 19, 2014, 12:51 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Leader of the Communist Party of Russia expects 8 million vacationers from Russia visit Crimea
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A beach in Crimea (archive)

A beach in Crimea (archive)

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MOSCOW, March 19. /ITAR-TASS/. Flamboyant leader of (Liberal Democratic Party of Russia) LDPR party Vladimir Zhirinovsky and his colleague (The Communist Party of Russia) KPRF leader Gennady Zyuganov have promised an unusually high tourism boom to Crimea where millions of Russian tourists will arrive, they said.

"A summer vacation season is coming; let us assume an obligation that 8 million vacationers from Russia will be visiting Crimea this year against 6 million last year," Zyuganov declared at a meeting with a delegation from Crimea.

Vladimir Zhirinovsky corrected his KPRF colleague, saying that the figure "six million" cited by Zyuganov was an overall number of tourists in Crimea last year, including 1.5 million tourists from Russia. "Never mind, you will have an avalanche of Russian tourists this year," Zhirinovsky stressed.

"The tents are ready. Let the Ministry for Emergency Situations use its tents just once not for the noble goal of rescuing people in calamities, but merely because of a huge number of vacationers," Zhirinovsky declared.

But Zyuganov paid attention to more realistic tasks. "We rather enjoy celebrations, but a sowing campaign is coming in Crimea. We should immediately help Crimea, providing fuel, lubricants and all the other things they need," Zyuganov added.

"We should do everything possible to help Crimea go through this difficult period with minimal losses. Common unanimity which exists at the State Duma today will be of help," Zyuganov said, addressing his Duma colleagues.

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