Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bold Move by Mr. Yeltsin

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bold Move by Mr. Yeltsin

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The United States is doing all it can to help Russian President Boris Yeltsin win his showdown with parliament, as well it should. President Bill Clinton reaffirmed his support for Mr. Yeltsin after the latter dissolved parliament, ordered elections in December for a new legislative body and assumed complete control in the meantime. In addition, at the urging of the White House, Congress accelerated action on a $2.5 billion aid package for Russia.

Though it seemed paradoxical that Mr. Yeltsin would be hailed as a defender of democracy for dissolving parliament and seizing power for himself, the fact is that his country has a much better chance of remaking itself into a democracy with a market economy under Mr. Yeltsin than it does under the parliament. The parliament, consisting of the Supreme Soviet and the Congress of People's Deputies, was elected in 1989 when Russia was the Soviet Union, a one-party Communist state.

Though Mr. Yeltsin is not without allies in both chambers, most of the lawmakers represent the old order. …

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