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RUSSIA: Electing a Fragile Political Stability

Russia’s fledgling democracy remained closely tied to the personalized rule of Boris Yeltsin, whose poor health in the second half of the year left the country’s future uncertain. Russia continued to be polarized between a hard core of Communist supporters who reject the reforms and a broad mass of voters who reject communism yet still feel relatively powerless to influence their rulers