END OF THE YELTSIN ERA?

SHOULD HE RECOVER FROM HIS LATEST BOUT OF HEART TROUBLE, HE MAY STILL BE FINISHED POLITICALLY

LAST WEDNESDAY MORNING AT THE White House, Bill Clinton and his top national security advisers received a startling assessment from the CIA. After observing Boris Yeltsin's meeting with Clinton in Hyde Park two days before, U.S. intelligence agents thought they had spotted a problem. Something, it seemed, was amiss with the Russian President. His gait looked awkward; he was walking with difficulty and with his legs spread apart. His skin had taken on a disturbing gray patina. And his face appeared strangely bloated--"puffy," in the words of one American official present. In the minds of the CIA analysts, it all pointed...

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