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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Some Hometown Views

YEKATERINBURG, Russia -- President Boris Yeltsin may be beleaguered by Russia's legislature and troubled by the slow progress of his economic reform program, but it appears that some in his hometown still have faith in him.


On the day Yeltsin cut short his visit to China saying that he had to return home to "restore order" to the government, a straw poll was conducted on the streets of Yekaterinburg, formerly Sverdlovsk, where Yeltsin built his political career.


"His behavior at the Congress was not decent", said an office worker, Alexander Laryonov. "But the deputies in the Congress are not decent people to deal with -- they disposed of Gaidar and now they want to do the same to Yeltsin".


"How can he turn a ruined country into a normal one in such a short time", asked a trader, Larissa Zaitseva, from inside her kiosk. "Industry is too heavily taxed. It is more profitable to sit and sell goods like I do".


Zaitseva also said she thought the president's position was weak.


"Yeltsin tries to please too many people. He is a transitory force and I think Gorbachev's fate awaits him", she said.


Others were still more critical.


"His personality is well known here", said a burly soul who said he was a worker. "He is not very intelligent but very stubborn. He was strong here in the Urals, so I am surprised he is so weak as president. Maybe he is getting old".