Gennady Zyuganov, the leader of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, has harshly criticized Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze for "losing elementary control over his country." "He is dragging Georgia into unconsciousness," he said. Commenting on the news of Georgia's possible withdrawal from the Commonwealth of Independent States, the CPRF leader said, " It is the Georgian president, not Georgia, who is backing out of the CIS." Zyuganov urged all those who "care for Georgia to unite and pursue a well thought-out policy."
Mysterious philanthropist, Rustem Magdeev, had agreed, at his own expense, to donate a sculpture of Rudolf Nureyev, made by Russian sculptor Zurab Tsereteli, to the Kazan Opera and Ballet Theatre