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Coup Talk: Exaggeration Is Dangerous

Once the ballots were counted, Ruslan Khasbulatov proclaimed the results of this weekend's vote on nine constitutional amendments to be ""indeed a triumph for the Congress"". Konstantin Borovoi, head of the progressive Economic Freedom Party, on the other hand, dismissed the proceedings at the Seventh Congress of People's Deputies as ""a triumph of incompetence"". It remains to be seen who really ""won"" the vote on the amendments, and despite the brawling - physical and verbal - that has marked this session, it should be remembered that there could be worse things than an incompetent Congress. One of these things would be dangerously to exaggerate the implications of what is going on inside the Kremlin. On Saturday, as thousands stayed glued to their radios and telephones, collecting and then distributing the news of Congress's votes on constitutional change, the phrase ""constitutional coup"" gained currency.
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