What Yeltsin Must Do

Ugly streaks of soot mar the once-pristine white marble facade of Russia's Parliament building in central Moscow. The former icon of Russia's democrats, the ruined White House now symbolizes the two years Russia has largely wasted on infighting. And its scars are an ugly reminder of the angry confrontation that erupted into pitched battle on Oct. 4, when troops loyal to President Boris Yeltsin took back the building from right-wing legislators and their heavily armed backers.

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