Soviet Union Kissing Hands, Shaking Babies

Russia's first presidential election is at hand, but the candidates haven't got the art of campaigning quite right

Boris Yeltsin insisted that he was only going to the Arctic region of Murmansk on a "business trip" last week, but he certainly looked and acted like a man running for office. The Russian populist donned a white coat to inspect a high-tech laboratory, reviewed black-uniformed columns of sailors and promised the crew of the nuclear missile cruiser Kirov that he would do everything possible to improve their living conditions. Meanwhile, former Prime Minister Nikolai Ryzhkov toured the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, lending a sympathetic ear to the problems of defense workers at a chemical factory. Back in Moscow Kremlin adviser...

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