The President is not up to his job

Once a sturdy ally of Boris Yeltsin's, Ruslan Khasbulatov has turned into one of his most implacable foes. Last week the Chairman of the Supreme Soviet talked candidly with TIME about the failures of reform, the growing anti- American sentiment in his country and why Yeltsin should quit.

Q. What do you think will be the outcome of the April 25 referendum?

A. I really don't care. Any outcome will only be a loss for Russia. The referendum is needed by the Yeltsin team to deflect the people's attention from real failures in the economy. This is in the tradition of...

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