Mr. Stankevich Goes to Washington

He's been compared to the young Jimmy Stewart, he favors jeans and sneakers, and his command of American political history is better than that of some people on Capitol Hill. Word is that Sergei Stankevich, 37, the deputy mayor of Moscow, may soon be appointed Soviet ambassador to the U.S., replacing coup-tainted Viktor Komplektov. Once a professor of American politics, Stankevich has put his knowledge of U.S. constitutional procedures to good use as an outspoken reformer in the Congress of People's Deputies and as a back- room tutor to Boris Yeltsin. Mikhail Gorbachev, who once regarded Stankevich as an irritant, may...

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