Boris' Revenge

Yeltsin makes life miserable for the rival he once helped save

MIKHAIL GORBACHEV WAS NEVER AS POPULAR AT home as abroad. But last week the former Soviet President's status in Russia reached an all-time low. The once omnipotent Gorbachev has been waging -- and lately losing -- a war of recrimination with his former rival, Russian President Boris Yeltsin. First Yeltsin's government barred Gorbachev from leaving the country and fined him because he refused to testify at a trial investigating the ostracized Communist Party. Then Yeltsin ordered the police to seize the Moscow headquarters of the Gorbachev Foundation, the former leader's political think tank. "This is all happening in a country that...

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