Boris Barks Back

Yeltsin moves to fend off Russia's increasingly hostile Old Guard

WHEN IN DANGER OF ATTACK, STRIKE FIRST! That's the message Russian President Boris Yeltsin sent as he went on the offensive against hard-line political opponents, banning a new conservative group pledged to remove him from office and ordering the dissolution of an opposition-controlled security force. Citing "great danger" and accusing the group of "destabilizing society," Yeltsin outlawed the week-old National Salvation Front, a mixture of militant nationalists and Old Guard communists, who are determined to slow economic reforms and oust the President. The front vowed to defy Yeltsin's ban.

The crackdown followed weeks of criticism of Yeltsin's reform policies and reflects...

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