How Much Would A Yeltsin Win Cost?

He's spending big to win votes. Probably too big

Coal miners in the Arctic city of Vorkuta are mad at Russian President Boris Yeltsin. Their early support was crucial to his presidential victory in 1991. But the miners, who haven't received any wages from the cash-strapped government since February, now feel betrayed, and many plan to vote Communist in the coming election. So in a recent campaign swing through Vorkuta, Yeltsin tried to buy back their support. Meeting with miners at the bottom of a shaft on May 25, he promised to send $26 million worth of back pay to the Vorkuta region.

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