Big Trouble Waits In The Wings

Late this summer, Boris N. Yeltsin staged a big political comeback. After weeks of treatment in a Moscow hospital for heart problems, the 64-year-old Russian President had all but decided he would run for another five-year term. Gone was his erratic, seemingly drunken behavior. Instead, a spiffed-up, dried-out Yeltsin seemed to be in charge again. But on Oct. 26, hopes that the brave leader who stood up to coup plotters four years ago was making a comeback flew away with the helicopter that rushed him to a Moscow hospital yet again.

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