The Making Of A Russian Political Machine

Yeltsin aide Chubais wheels and deals in regional elections

Russia is a young and chaotic democracy, but its politicians are quickly learning the art of the backroom deal. The master player is Boris Yeltsin's chief of staff, Anatoly B. Chubais. Last summer, he engineered Yeltsin's election victory by pulling in hundreds of millions of dollars in campaign contributions from Big Business, which owes its wealth to the privatization program Chubais managed. And in a Kremlin spat in mid-October, he persuaded Yeltsin to oust National Security Chief Alexander Lebed after the maverick former general tried to grab too much power for himself.

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