Kremlin Compromise

To quiet obstreperous Deputies, Yeltsin triggers a referendum

FIRST HE TRIED PERSUASION. THEN HE OFFERED COMpromise. When that didn't work, Boris Yeltsin declared war. And that finally led to compromise. After eight days of haggling with Russia's supreme legislature, Russia's first | democratically elected leader took the podium on Thursday and proceeded to heap buckets of scorn upon the Congress of People's Deputies, a legislature populated with Soviet holdovers. Their simmering feud had finally boiled over. He blasted the body for "blocking reform," for orchestrating a "creeping coup." He accused Deputies of defiling the Kremlin meeting hall with "the sick ambitions of failed politicians." Then he called for a...

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