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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Amending The Debate on The Congress

March, the longest, greyest, and most cheerless month, is finally over. It was a month of passion and intrigue, when many Russians were tossed from triumph to despair and back again in a few short days.

Everyone seems a little tired of the whole thing, and the momentous events have caused many to question their political allegiances.

A. Prosorov of Moscow contributed this letter to Rossiiskaya Gazeta:

"I took part in demonstrations with Dem-Rossiya, and defended the White House in August 1991. But I left the DemRossiya movement, which supported the policies of the Yeltsin-Gaidar government, before the Fifth Congress. Now I hear that yesterday's 'pillars of democracy' are violating the constitution. They are nothing more than neo-Bolsheviks. Now we see the natural outcome of their bankrupt policies -- an attempt to impose special rule".

There is much talk of the referendum, and public opinion polls abound. Divining the political mood of the population has become something of a national sport, tempting some Russians to take matters into their own hands.

S. Berezhnov, of the village of Kokorevka writes to Sovetskaya Rossiya:

"On Russian radio the announcer said that he had received many letters from all over Russia in support of President Yeltsin. The ratio was 30 'for' to every one 'against'. I could not believe my ears! But then I thought, maybe those who are against him can no longer afford a stamp and so have to limit themselves to cursing him aloud?

"I went out onto the street and asked the first 30 people I met: 'Would you vote for Yeltsin if the elections were held today? ' 'No', answered 20 people. Only three said 'Yes', and seven said they would not vote".

Not all Russians are so disgruntled, however. Many are genuinely concerned that the freedoms they have suffered for are in jeopardy. V. Rogachev, of the village of Chantyrya in the Tyumenskaya region writes to Nezavisimaya Gazeta:

"The results of the Congress tell us that there are people who want to return the country to where it was in 1985. They are not interested in the welfare of the people. All they care about is their own greed".

Some Russians have been worn down to a "plague-on-both-your-houses" condition, as witnessed by this letter to Komsomolskaya Pravda from B. Karlov of Moscow:

"I propose that we insert into our long-suffering constitution yet another amendment (we could hardly make it any worse): Every citizen of Russia has the right not to know what is happening at the present moment in the Supreme Soviet of the Russian Federation".