OUR OUTDATED RUSSIA POLICY

WHY IS THE U.S. STILL BOOSTING YELTSIN AND GIVING MOSCOW UNWANTED ECONOMIC ADVICE?

SINCE 1993, AMERICAN POLICY TOWARD RUSSIA HAS rested on two pillars: enthusiastic support for a series of economic measures designed to create a market economy in Russia--a revolutionary transformation often misleadingly called "reform"; and public identification with the political fortunes of President Boris Yeltsin. Those policies were right for '93. They are wrong for '96. It is time for a change.

A recent expression of the policy came earlier this month when U.S. State Department spokesman Nicholas Burns, commenting on Yeltsin's dismissal of Deputy Prime Minister Anatoli Chubais--the sole surviving pro-market official in the Cabinet--asserted that it was "absolutely essential" for...

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