After The Handshake, A Furious Arm Wrestle

For May Day festivities, this year's were especially somber in Moscow's Red Square. Mikhail Gorbachev stood on Lenin's Tomb reviewing a relatively small and nearly silent parade of the working class. Even the Communist Party Politburo failed to show up to cheer. While Gorbachev presided over this hollow ritual, his archrival, Boris N. Yeltsin, was 2,000 miles away in Siberia scoring a big political victory. There, he hammered out an agreement with striking coal miners to go back to work.

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