The Last Hurrah?

No matter how many votes Yeltsin gets in next week's referendum, he will not have a mandate

Kicking off his campaign for a national vote of confidence, Boris Yeltsin stepped briskly before a restless, questioning crowd of students and instructors at the Moscow Aviation Institute last week. After a brief introduction, he jumped straight into his speech, speaking loudly and with no emotion. At one point, the head of the institute started chatting with colleagues sitting at a table behind Yeltsin, prompting the Russian President to interrupt his reading and glower at them. The mood lightened only when Yeltsin, 30 minutes into his speech, practiced a little pork-barrel politics and promised the students better living stipends and free...

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