Now Who Rules Russia?

In a bold bid for absolute power, Boris Yeltsin turned the lights out on parliament, but his hard-line rivals were not ready to concede

The timing was a surprise, but not the act. For months Moscow had wondered when Boris Yeltsin would do it: take sole charge of Russia. Last week he did, dissolving the rebellious parliament, but his hard-line rivals did not slink off into the night. Now there are two Presidents, two Ministers of Defense, two Ministers of Security and two Ministers of the Interior. Two centers of government contend for power, one in the Kremlin and a second in Russia's White House, the seat of parliament. Both issued a flurry of orders and made separate appeals to Russia's 150 million people to...

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