Mr Rutskoi, a former Hero of the Soviet Union, has been in open opposition to the President for a month but it is the first time he has made public his presidential ambitions. 'I am not going to surrender. I have enough strength. I fully understand the situation and, without any doubt, I will put forward my candidacy,' he said in remarks published yesterday in Moskovskaya Pravda.
Mr Rutskoi, who ran as vice-president with Mr Yeltsin in 1991, has become the main rallying point for a fractious but increasingly powerful opposition embracing former Communists, hardline nationalists and moderate conservatives anxious about the chaos and crime engendered by free-market reform.Reuse content