TIME FOR BATTLING BORIS YELTSIN

PRESIDENT YELTSIN BEGINS THE TOUGHEST POLITICAL FIGHT OF HIS LIFE. WILL HE EVEN MAKE THE RUNOFF?

OVER THE YEARS, YEKATERINburg has been good to Boris Yeltsin. It was in this industrial city in the Urals that Russia's first freely elected President spent his boyhood years. It was here that he built his early career in the Communist Party. And it was to Yekaterinburg that he came, in 1991, to inaugurate his campaign for the presidency. The city has been an auspicious place for him, which is why he returned there last Thursday to launch his bid for re-election.

Though Yeltsin may personify the post-Soviet era, all the elements of a successful politburo-style road show were in place:...

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