Yeltsin Urged to Cede Power before Surgery: Lebed Backs Chernomyrdin in Effort

By Sieff, Martin | The Washington Times (Washington, DC), September 7, 1996 | Go to article overview

Yeltsin Urged to Cede Power before Surgery: Lebed Backs Chernomyrdin in Effort


Sieff, Martin, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)


Russia's national security chief, Alexander Lebed, Communist leaders and a leading free-market politician joined yesterday in calling for President Boris Yeltsin to hand over power to his prime minister, Viktor Chernomyrdin, when he undergoes heart surgery later this month.

Mr. Lebed told Russian television Thursday night: "A situation has arisen where someone is temporarily unable to carry out his duties. For that period, by his order or decree, a person who would run the country and be responsible for what is going on should be clearly defined and named - and his name is Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin."

Mr. Chernomyrdin has been regarded as Mr. Lebed's chief rival to succeed Mr. Yeltsin. But he shares the maverick general's wish to end the war in Chechnya and has been energetically seeking to win his support, Russian sources said.

Mr. Lebed was the driving force in getting an agreement with the Chechen rebels to cease hostilities and delay any consideration of independence for five years.

Washington analysts said Mr. Lebed's call on the transfer of power was politically astute.

"Lebed knows that if Yeltsin dies or is incapacitated, there will be presidential elections within three months. And if this is the case, he will win, provided they are open and fair," said Ariel Cohen of the Heritage Foundation.

Mr. Lebed's comments were "a very remarkable statement by a senior public official," said Dimitri Simes, president of the Nixon Center for Peace and Freedom. "It does indicate that Chernomyrdin's efforts to cultivate Lebed have paid off."

Mr. Yeltsin, who prosecuted the Chechen war for 20 months, has been far less enthusiastic about Mr. Lebed's achievements in ending it. He has tried to build up Interior Minister Anatoly Kulikov as a rival to Mr. Lebed.

Mr. Lebed's support for Mr. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited article

Yeltsin Urged to Cede Power before Surgery: Lebed Backs Chernomyrdin in Effort
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this article
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.