BORIS YELTSIN: THE NOWHERE MAN

A TRIUMPHANT INAUGURATION IS PLANNED, BUT CAN AN EXHAUSTED BORIS YELTSIN FIND THE STRENGTH TO RULE?

When Russians went to the polls on July 3, they voted for Boris Yeltsin for one reason: the hope that he could bring some normality into their chaotic lives. But Russia today seems as unsettled as ever. The economy again appears in deep trouble, the war in Chechnya has flared up after a brief campaign-induced lull, and the Communist-dominated parliament is again flexing its considerable political muscle. Instead of taking charge, Yeltsin has taken refuge at a sanatorium outside Moscow. He has left behind a team whose members are united largely by political expediency and spend more time jockeying for position...

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