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Kim Slams Russia's Communists

Wednesday, 26 September 2001 12:00 AM

"Kim did not give a rather flattering mark to the Russian Communist Party's leadership," Konstantin Pulikovsky, Russian President Vladimir Putin's regional envoy in Russia's Far East, told Interfax news agency.

Pulikovsky should know - he was the man Putin appointed to travel with Kim across Russia on the reclusive Korean leader's bullet-proof train.

The trip was Kim's first to Russia in the capacity of the head of state.

According to Pulikovsky, Kim was surprised to see the progress Russia had achieved during a decade of post-Soviet democratic reform.

Kim's perception of Russia, added the envoy, was chiefly based on the stories he was told by Russia's communist leaders on their frequent visits to Pyongyang.

"They (the communist bosses) misled him by saying that Russia was impoverished and that it knelt before American imperialism," Pulikovsky said.

According to Pulikovsky, the Korean leader was able to "witness the opposite" during his trip as he visited a number of places that were not originally included into his official schedule.

Kim's hosts took him on his request to visit the subway stations, local stores, factories and other facilities that produced an impression on the leader, concluded Pulikovsky.

The blame for his inadequate perception of Russia is partly Kim's -- pledging loyalty to the communist cause, he shunned the government of Putin's predecessor, Boris Yeltsin, and maintained contacts exclusively with Russia's communists.

Last year, Putin's diplomatic efforts achieved a breakthrough as Kim pledged to build stronger ties with the Kremlin and promote openness at home that could eventually lead to the end of North Korea's isolation by the world community.

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