A Sigh Of Relief In Russia For The Moment

Yeltsin's return means Russia can start tackling its woes

At 6:00 a.m. on Nov. 6, a scant 23 hours after surgeons began quintuple-bypass surgery, doctors removed Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin's respirator. As soon as he could talk, Yeltsin requested a pen. Within seconds, he signed a document reclaiming his presidential powers and control over Russia's nuclear arsenal. As with so many close calls in his political career, Yeltsin seemed to have again bucked the odds to pull himself out of a tough spot.

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