The New York Times
YELTSIN'S NOTORIOUS duplicity means parliamentarians are aware of the need to have concrete measures in place before approving Chernomyrdin. To do otherwise would allow the president to cheat them again. If Yeltsin were willing to compromise with elected representatives, the route out of the crisis would be so much simpler.
THE FAILURE on Monday of political leaders to take the first step towards halting the slide into greater economic crisis by agreeing on a new prime minister who could form a government which could begin to take control, has left Russians feeling dismayed and betrayed. Some of the hard-line Communists working to stop a government being formed are said to want a new revolution to return Russia to its Communist past. But few Russians appear to want that. Most simply want a government put in place which can begin dealing with the economic crisis before it becomes so bad that it destroys all the gains made since the fall of Communism. A break-up of Russia would be like the break-up of former Yugoslavia. But if this led to civil wars like those in Bosnia and Kosovo these would be civil wars with nuclear weapons. So it is not just the Russians who need a leader to emerge in Russia. So does the whole world.
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