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n President Boris Yeltsin stepped in yesterday in order to assist the unhappy basketball players of Dynamo Moscow, who have not been paid since the summer.

Yeltsin signed a decree ordering the Russian government to return state assets, including sports facilities, to the Dynamo club, a sprawling organisation which, as in Soviet times, is run by and for the police and other security forces.

Earlier in the day, the club's professional basketball players dropped a threat to strike and agreed to play last night's European match against Caja San Fernando, of Spain, after national federation officials promised action in the dispute.