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Confidence In Yeltsin On the Wane

President Boris Yeltsin's latest attempt to shore up confidence in his administration will almost certainly be greeted by the public as too little, too late. The president, bowing to political reality, has acknowledged before parliament that he was wrong to neglect the human cost of reform. But still he defended his government, saying he doubted anyone else could have done any belter. Maybe so. These are wrenching times for Russia, and Yeltsin must be applauded for forging ahead with the vital but unpopular measures needed to make his country's economy work after 70 years of communism. But what about the human cost? Judging by a recent opinion poll of Muscovites, that cost is telling in an erosion of public confidence never before faced by Yeltsin and his team. The survey, conducted by the Betaneli independent polling institute and published in Izvestia, showed support for Yeltsin's economic policy remaining steady from the previous poll at 25 percent.

U. S. Earmarks Funds to Aid Hungry Russians

Russian and U. S. officials agreed Tuesday to spend $250 million in new U. S. aid to launch short-term measures to feed hungry Russians this winter and long-range technical projects to revitalize the country's economy. ""We're acting to ensure that there is no hunger in Russia"", said former U. S. Ambassador Richard Armitage, coordinator of U. S. humanitarian and technical aid programs. Armitage met with Alexander Zhitnikov, deputy head of the Russian Commission on International Humanitarian and Technical Aid, to finalize projects made possible by the U. S. Congress's approval Monday of a $417-million aid package for the former Soviet Union. The bill also provides a $12. 3 billion increase in the U. S. quota for the International Monetary Fund earmarked for Russia. The aid bill awaits President George Bush's signature. ""The promising projects available to us now may yield enormous benefits"", Zhitnikov said at a joint press conference Tuesday.

Security Tightened at Foreigner Flats

As foreigners confront Moscow's ""spiraling crime rate, UPDK is responding to make their dwellings more secure. The state administration that handles housing for foreigners, UPDK is hiring more guards, installing electronic security systems and tightening up access to parking lots. The new measures are being implemented at about half a dozen of the 56 buildings that UPDK manages, said an official in charge of the matter. The most notable improvements are occurring at the dipkorpus at 7 Korovy Val, near Dobryninskaya metro. By Oct. 15, uniformed private guards will be posted at all eight of the building's entrances 24 hours a day and a sentry with a guard dog will patrol the building's periphery at night, said Sergei Butsky, manager of Serious Limited, a new joint-venture company created by UPDK. ""I asked for the guards many times ""because there were a lot of crimes here"", Butsky said. The company is hiring 25 guards for the extra security, at no charge to the residents, he said.
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