Contributors: May 27, 1996

While Bill Clinton and Bob Dole jockey for position in the November election, another contest is much closer and perhaps even more significant. In a few weeks, Gennadi Zyuganov and Boris Yeltsin will face off in the second presidential election ever held in Russia. The choice is so stark, and the result so important, that we decided to cover the campaign as thoroughly as we would an American presidential race.

"I was impressed with how willing the people were to talk openly about the issues and the candidates," says TIME's chief political correspondent, MICHAEL KRAMER. For two weeks, Kramer and veteran...

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