Is Chernomyrdin's Star Fading Even Faster Than It Rose?

Only a few months ago, Viktor S. Chernomyrdin was riding high. The Russian Prime Minister's success in negotiating release of Russian hostages from Chechen rebels made him look like a leading contender for the presidency--especially since President Boris Yeltsin's health and popularity have been fading fast. Western policymakers were relieved to see a solid, if unglamorous, successor in the wings.

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