AN UNHEALTHY IMPULSE

BORIS YELTSIN MAY BE TOO ILL TO LAST, SO RIVALS FOR POWER WOULD LIKE TO AMEND RUSSIA'S CONSTITUTION

Boris Yeltsin's crisis of health is setting off an equally severe crisis of confidence among his closest advisers. After a nasty brush with pneumonia and a reported relapse into depression, the chances that the 66-year-old President can serve out the remainder of his four-year term have begun to look increasingly uncertain. And the more doubtful his survival becomes, the more furiously members of Yeltsin's inner circle feel they must scramble for a solution to keep themselves in power. The biggest problem they face is that if Yeltsin were to pass from the scene tomorrow, not a single member of his team...

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