Yeltsin's Economic Shock Trooper

The words rang like shots: "Pozor! Pozor!" (Shame! Shame!) Tens of thousands of workers, pensioners, and hardline Communists marching near the Kremlin on Feb. 9 screamed their opposition to Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin's radical economic program, demanding his resignation and that of Economics Minister Yegor Gaidar. Not a mile away, at the Russian Parliament, just as many demonstrators waved placards begging the pair for speedier reforms. "Yeltsin and Gaidar--don't retreat," one said. "Take more radical steps now."

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