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03/31/1993

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From Kuzbass, A Professional Oppositionist

Leonid Sergachev must confound political analysts trying to separate the good guys from the bad guys. The 53-year-old economics teacher, a Brezhnev-era dissident and key opposition leader to the August 1991 coup attempt, is now an outspoken critic of President Boris Yeltsin. Sergachev's story shows the danger in trying to divide the present power struggle along lines of good and evil, reform and reaction, white and red. ""The meaning of my whole life is that I stand for the principles of democracy"", Sergachev says. ""What Yeltsin is doing now is another coup"". Sergachev became politically aware in 1968, after the hammer of Brezhnev doctrine nailed a lid over the Prague Spring. ""After Czechoslovakia, I knew something was wrong with our system"", he says. Sergachev officially became a dissident in 1971 after delivering a lecture against the Soviet Union's ""state capitalism"" in his political economics class in the Kuzbass region of Siberia, located 3, 000 kilometers east of Moscow.
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