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Kremlin attacks moderates in Finnish Communist Party

The Kremlin has delivered a stern rebuke to the Finnish Communist Party and expressed support for party hard-liners against moderates, party sources said Tuesday.

The intervention was made by Politburo member Grigory Romanov at a meeting with leaders of both sides Monday night. He is in Helsinki for celebrations marking the 40th anniversary of the armistice between Finland and the Soviet Union and the founding of the Finland-Soviet Union Society.

At a congress in May, the Eurocommunists swept the Stalinists out of all leading party posts. The Communists emerged after World War II as Finland's largest party but now are in fourth place.

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