A Post Yeltsin Power Struggle Could Rock The Economy

Is Russian history repeating itself? In early 1923, the Kremlin announced that Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin was enjoying a hunting holiday at his country estate. Soon after, Lenin suffered his fourth stroke, which led to his death less than a year later and a vicious power struggle. Flash forward to 1996: A Russian news agency announced on Sept. 8 that President Boris Yeltsin "went out several times hunting while relaxing at the Russ resort." Two weeks later, his surgeon disclosed that Yeltsin had suffered a third heart attack in late June, just before his reelection on July 3.

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