Mr Yeltsin's actions may seem petty, and Western opinion still clings to the illusions of Gorbymania. On his side, Mr Yeltsin must find it hard to forget the long series of petty humiliations inflicted on him while Mr Gorbachev was in power, culminating in his being thrown into a river by a security unit.
There is a symbolic touch in the fact to which you draw attention: in October 1991, the Gorbachev Foundation is reported to have taken over the facilities of the Lenin Institute, where for many years six-month training courses for international terrorists were held. After all, Mr Gorbachev consistently claimed Lenin as his inspirer.
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