Letter: Vladimir Zhirinovsky's rise and the compromise of democratic ideals

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Sir: 'Democracy has triumphed in Russia', declared one of President Yeltsin's aides, following the elections in Russia - but has it?

For the past two years, we have been warning about the strength of the leader of the deceptively- named Liberal Democratic Party, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, and about the red-brown alliance that would sweep him to power with the help of the army, the KGB and powerful, shadowy political friends. Of course economic instability and confused signals from the ruling elite have helped him climb so high. His attacks on defenceless Jews and the laying of blame for all Russia's ills at their door will increase. It is now time for the Jewish community to think very seriously about emigrating. The present chaotic situation could be a danger to future world peace.

Yours sincerely,


Women's Campaign for

Soviet Jewry

London, NW11

13 December