Why Boris Is Breathing A Little Easier

Only a few months ago, Boris Yeltsin seemed a physical wreck and nearly dead politically. But now the Russian President is acting like his old self, pressing the flesh at campaign stops and gyrating at rock concerts. The display of personal vigor as well as some smart campaigning have put Yeltsin in a good position to beat the Communist candidate, Gennady Zyuganov, in the upcoming Russian presidential election. Yeltsin has won over the media and softened the blows of reform with big promises of cash. Above all, he has bluntly reminded discontented Russians that life under communism wasn't the picnic some now say it was.

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