Holding Russia's Fate In His Hands

In the absence of real democratic institutions, the nation's politics revolves around one man: Boris Yeltsin

The course of true reform never has run smooth in Russia. As President Boris Yeltsin prepares to do battle with hard-line opponents at the Congress of People's Deputies this week, Russians are braced for another bruising power struggle. After seven years of political turbulence, the country is highly sensitized to trouble. Rumors of a coup, a dictatorship, social upheaval have raced through the capital. But something else has happened as well. Most of Russia's 150 million citizens are taking the latest crisis in stride, indifferent to all the fuss in Moscow. However imperfect their experiment in democracy has proved so far,...

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