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CNN Evening News for Wednesday, Jun 05, 1996
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(Studio: Judy Woodruff) The election campaign in Russia between Russian President Boris Yeltsin, Communist Gennadi Zyuganov and ultra-nationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky reported.

(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Talks to set up a deal to implement a cease-fire in Chechnya reported; details given of the support for Yeltsin from the widow of Chechen rebel leader Dzhokhar Dudayev.

(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Interview held with United States ambassador Thomas Pickering about US-Russia relations and the importance of the elections. [PICKERING - says Russia needs to be kept on track for democratization and economic reform; believes there is a difference between Yeltsin and Zyuganov, especially on economic matters; talks about the many different images that Zyuganov presents in Russia and to the outside and his efforts to reach out to other candidates now that he is falling behind in the polls, which indicate the progress in Yeltsin's campaign; responds to questions about possible fraud in the Russian elections and how the Russian system will make it harder to cheat.]

Woodruff, Judy

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