Who Rules Russia?

In a brutal struggle for power, parliament reins in Yeltsin and imperils the course of his economic and political reforms

BORIS YELTSIN AND RUSLAN KHASBULAtov stared each other down in the Kremlin last week, and Yeltsin blinked. More to the point, he abruptly rose from his chair and walked off the stage. Russia's President and the chairman of its parliament, the Supreme Soviet, have been in direct confrontation for months over the course and pace of economic reforms -- and more fundamentally, over who should rule Russia. Yeltsin, who stands higher in public esteem than the legislature, has managed to hold his own through compromises and concessions, including the sacrifice of some of his key planners. But after four days of...

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