The Dark Forces

Hard-liners who want to turn back the clock are steadily gathering strength

Somewhere in Moscow, a group of men sit around a table, their faces grim and / resolute as they conspire to launch a coup. That, at least, is what many Russians fear. Warnings of an imminent overthrow of the Yeltsin government come almost daily in the capital, from all sides of the political spectrum. Whether the messenger is a top government official, a parliamentary leader, a member of an opposition party or an ordinary Russian with a gut instinct, the message is always the same: dark forces are at work devising a scheme to take power and install a dictatorship.

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