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Russian Party Apologizes For Webcasting Reagan Photo With Message To Elderly

Russia's ruling political party profusely apologized after one of its local branches webcast a photo of the late U.S. President Ronald Reagan embracing his wife Nancy to illustrate a message to the elderly on the occasion of the 'International Day of Older Persons' this week.

The image posted Tuesday on United Russia's website for the southern town of Taganrog was swiftly taken off the site and replaced with a picture of an elderly Scandinavian couple.

United Russia Taganrog branch secretary Valery Selivanov offered profuse apologies. "Unfortunately, there are sometimes situations when you are unintentionally insulted," Selivanov said in an online statement. The statement did not specify for what the party was apologizing.

A known anti-communist, Reagan was widely credited in conservative circles with having played a major role in expediting the collapse of the Soviet Union. Many older Russians still retain fond memories of the Soviet era, associating it with an age of stability and generous welfare endowments, the RIA Novosti news agency noted on Thursday.

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