The New Russia's Bad Old Instincts

To Western eyes, the elections held in Russia on Dec. 12 produced ominous results. Yes, Boris Yeltsin succeeded in obtaining approval of the draft constitution and thus can claim constitutional legitimacy. But the elections of candidates backing the party of ultranationalist Vladimir V. Zhirinovsky raised the specter of a great leap backward into a new and even uglier version of the former Soviet empire or even the Czarist imperium.

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