Russia news

Doug Henwood dhenwood at panix.com
Fri Apr 5 11:43:03 MST 1996


>From today's Jamestown Monitor:

>THE JAMESTOWN FOUNDATION
>PRISM
>A BI-WEEKLY ON THE POST-SOVIET STATES
>Vol.II, No.7  Part 3       4/5/96
>___________________________________________
>
>YELTSIN'S REELECTION CAMPAIGN: A BIG BOOST TO THE COMMUNIST CAUSE
>By Dmitri Glinski
>
>  The Russian presidential elections have not started yet. It will be only in
>late April that the Election Commission will draw the final list of actual
>contenders. An ever-growing crowd of hopefuls, from well-known to most
>obscure, are busy collecting one million signatures required for each of
>them to be put on the ballot. Yet amid this whole mess, persistent signals
>unequivocally indicate that the Yeltsin era (at least in its present, semi-
>democratic form) is drawing to an end.
>  The Russian president's low approval ratings in the polls are not yet his
>major problem. With the support of a politically mobilized and cohesive
>minority, or a well-functioning political machine, he could easily tip the
>scales in his favor. The really bad news for him is that he has neither a
>stable social base nor a reliable political organization, nor even a sound
>electoral strategy.

Doug

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