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Yeltsin's Red Regime

In the summer of 1991, Boris Yeltsin began the "de-communization" of Russia and the suppression of the communist putsch. Now, in the fall of 1994, he is seriously considering inviting communists into his government, which already has little to distinguish it from the communists. It is amazing how quickly history has come full circle. It is practically incomprehensible how various opposition figures can rail against "the democrats in power." Are they suggesting that Chernomyrdin is a "democrat"? Gerashchenko? Zaveryukha?

To whom did Gerashchenko give significant support in the form of credits and cash payments -- policies that were wholeheartedly defended by Chernomyrdin? To the communist regimes of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. And who are our troops defending in Tajikistan at the cost of the lives of Russian boys? The communist regime in Dushanbe. And what sort of reaction have we heard from the president about the civil war in Chechnya, where Russian citizens are shooting one another? "The process is moving forward as it should, and we welcome this."

In the light of this, what is the point of talking about "small change" like economic reform and economic policy? In the first nine months of 1994, neither the government nor the president has taken a single step or undertaken any measure that could possibly be considered "a reform." There have been a lot of announcements and promises, but they have all come to nothing.

In order to continue on this course, the next logical step clearly is to invite real, card-carrying communists into the government. And this is not going to cause any kind of sensation. It will simply be the final seal, making it perfectly clear once and for all who really has power in Russia and who is in the opposition.

Moskovskiye Novosti, Oct. 14