Is Yeltsin Kissing Reform Goodbye?
Boris N. Yeltsin has again swerved to hard-line policies. Wary of the growing clout of Communists who won big in December elections, the Russian President has jettisoned his pro-Western Foreign Minister Andrei V. Kozyrev in favor of Yevgeni Primakov, the tough former head of the Foreign Intelligence Service. His army has laid brutal waste to Pervomaiskaya, a southern hamlet where Chechen rebels held about 100 hostages. Most recently, he forced the resignation of Anatoli B. Chubais, the last radical economist in his Cabinet, who masterminded the country's vast privatization program.
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