AWAITING HIS NATION'S CALL: RUSSIA'S GENERAL LEBED

RUSSIA'S GENERAL LEBED PULLS NO PUNCHES

Lieut. General Alexander Lebed was once an amateur boxer, and one might pity the opponents who succeeded in hitting him, for his head, with its ridgelike brow and thick, snubbed nose, looks literally, physically hard, almost as if the skin and hair covered marble. Lebed's loud, deep voice also projects extraordinary strength--he can speak in thunderclaps. But when he was interviewed recently in Tiraspol by TIME Moscow bureau chief John Kohan and reporter Yuri Zarakhovich, Lebed's manner was calm even as he denounced the ``windbags'' running the Russian army, proclaimed that the crackdown on Chechnya must have been ordered up by...

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