Gennady Zyuganov, Candidate for President of the Russian Federation
My pledge to the citizens of Russia
My fellow countrymen, I am addressing you at a difficult time for our Motherland. Russia has suffered huge losses during the past 20 years. The country is dying out. There is no corner in the country where villages have not perished. There is no city where enterprises have not been allowed to close down. The living standard of most citizens is falling. The scientific and technical lag has assumed an alarming character. Unique opportunities have been missed. The choice facing us is to initiate a speedy recovery or to find ourselves at the very bottom. Time dictates immediate change.