CAMPAIGN '96: UNREFORMABLE REFORM

THE ELECTION IN RUSSIA WILL DECIDE THE FATE OF REFORM. YET THE PROCESS OF CHANGE HAS TAKEN ON A LIFE OF ITS OWN, AND WILL NOT EASILY BE ROLLED BACK

WITH FOUR MONTHS TO GO until the Russian presidential vote, Boris Yeltsin is in full campaign mode and is harping on the central issue of the election: the future of economic reform. YELTSIN IS REFORMS say his banners. Reform was his theme last Friday, when he appeared before a joint session of the parliament to report on the state of the nation. The pain that the shift to a market economy has inflicted on some Russians, he said, was the fault of incompetent officials who had somehow undone his good intentions. Economic liberalization would continue, he promised, but from now on...

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