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Scenarios That Russia Has Avoided

When the Soviet Union broke up last year, one of the biggest fears on everybody's mind was civil war in a Russia studded with nuclear weaponry. Now, as President Boris Yeltsin prepares to shepherd his reforms through another intensive political battle, it is worth pausing to remember that he and the Russian people have avoided some of the scenarios that might have been. The most terrifying of these scenarios was a war on the scale of the one being fought now in former Yugoslavia. The painful details being reported from Bosnia-Herzegovina at present, most notably the recent account by John Burns of The New York Times of his interviews width a Bosnian Serb who took part in the genocide, should make the entire world truly thankful for Russia's forbearance.

Airport Strike: Maybe

Russia's transport minister held out an olive branch to the air-traffic controllers union on the brink of a nationwide strike, by asking the public prosecutor to end legal action against its members. Vitaly Yefimov also told Channel One news Monday that he had directed airports to cease disciplinary proceedings against air-traffic controllers for their participation in a short strike during August. Eleventh hour talks aimed at ending the dispute continued Monday night. An indefinite strike, called by the Air-Traffic Controllers Federation, is scheduled to begin at 10 A. M. Tuesday, but has been declared illegal by the courts. The union's only remaining demand was that that legal action be dropped against controllers who struck in August. Strike support appeared to be eroding as controllers in Krasnodar and Khabarovsk regions voted against the strike Monday, Itar-Tass reported.

Government Will Sell More of Its Key Assets

The Russian government plans next year to sell off parts of the military, fuel and energy and communications industries that were too controversial to be included in this year's round of privatization, Interfax reported Monday. The plans are included in a privatization program for 1993 that will be presented to the Congress of People's Deputies on Friday, Itar-Tass said. Under the program, the list of firms to be privatized will be extended to cover Russia's biggest firms - those with more than 10, 000 workers or a book value of more than 150 million rubles. These have been treated as special cases under the 1992 program. The Russian government will also have the power to privatize firms in the military-industrial complex, precious metal refineries, fuel and energy companies, commercial banks, rail transport and telecommunications that were excluded from the 1992 program.
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