October 28, 1995 |
Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin's latest spate of coronary trouble has caused heartbeats to skip throughout the political world as diplomats and lawmakers ponder the dark events that could unfold should the weakening champion of reform die in office. Although foreign leaders publicly express confidence that any transition of power would be carried out in a constitutional manner, more candid political analysts warn of a looming succession struggle that could culminate in a military coup.
January 21, 1996 |
The latest terrorist action by fanatical Chechen rebels in Dagestan and the violent, if inept, reaction to it by the Kremlin have re-energized the debate over President Boris N. Yeltsin's political future and the prospects for Russia's reforms. Yeltsin's prompt decision to shoot first and ask questions later has produced a storm of criticism along the Russian political spectrum, with ultranationalist Vladimir V. Zhirinovsky the lone voice of support for the president.
May 12, 1996 |
The most recent calls for the postponement of the June presidential election in Russia have brought into sharp relief three fundamental and interrelated problems facing the country's young democracy: the language of politics, the rules of the political game and the national ideals that lend legitimacy to the unglamorous daily business of government politics.
October 20, 1996 |
The dramatic ouster of Russia's colorful "man on horseback," Gen. Alexander I. Lebed, again brings into sharp relief the inherent instability of a country that is in the middle of an intense succession power struggle, even as it waits to see if President Boris N. Yeltsin's job may not be available, after all.
July 8, 1996 |
Russian Prime Minister Viktor S. Chernomyrdin has wasted no time in putting new Security Council chief Alexander I. Lebed in his postelection place. There is absolutely no need for the gruff retired general to take on the title of vice president, Chernomyrdin says, and he is equally dismissive of Lebed's loud musings that he could help put the economy right.
October 21, 1996 |
He is clearly ill, disturbingly absent and perhaps not long for this world, but President Boris N. Yeltsin's latest maneuverings suggest that he still calls the shots in the Kremlin and wants to define the course that Russia will follow even after he is gone. The sacking last week of maverick Security Council chief Alexander I. Lebed--and his replacement with the congenial and unifying figure of Ivan P.
December 22, 1999 |
If there's one thing parliamentary elections proved this week, it's that there is a place for everyone in Russia's democracy. The deputies who will take their seats in January in the Duma, parliament's lower house, represent virtually every strain of ideology--and political malady--to visit Russia in recent times. Did your political party formerly participate in mass repression, killings and the deportation of millions of people to labor camps? There's no need to apologize.
June 23, 1996 |
He won the first round. He wooed the kingmaker. He got his way in the timing of the runoff and chased the hawks from the Kremlin. Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin has made all the right moves to clinch reelection in a July 3 showdown with Communist Party chief Gennady A. Zyuganov. But the vagaries of Russia's unformed democracy still make victory far from a sure thing.
December 14, 1994 |
What a time for a nose job. Why would the president of a major power decide to enter the hospital for optional surgery to repair a deviated septum in his nose--surgery that aides said would require a recovery period of up to eight days--immediately after approving a controversial invasion of a rebellious province? Yet that is exactly what Russian President Boris N.
August 30, 1998 |
When acting Prime Minister Viktor S. Chernomyrdin arrived at the Russian White House in triumph last week to claim his office as head of the government, he was not the first to walk through the door. Striding in ahead of Chernomyrdin was the man who many believe put him there: tycoon Boris A. Berezovsky. A billionaire banker who controls one of Russia's largest business empires, Berezovsky has emerged as one of the biggest winners in the high-stakes struggle for power in Russia.