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04/06/1994

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For Rutskoi, Harsh Side Comes to The Fore

There have been two Alexander Rutskois: one, in 1992, was the reasonable conservative's choice for president who headed the centrist Civic Union bloc; the other emerged last autumn, carrying a gun, consorting with fascists and brooking no compromise. In an aggressive interview to the communist newspaper Pravda on Tuesday, the former vice president made it clear he plans in the future to keep his uncompromising persona of last October. President Boris Yeltsin and his team, according to Rutskoi, are ""crooks, political rogues and nouveaux riches, people who have destroyed the Soviet Union, spilled the blood of the country, destroyed the economy and the army, humiliated a great nation."" His ferocious language signaled that he has conclusively aligned himself with the hardline opposition to the president, belying the conclusion of economist Grigory Yavlinsky last September that the vice president was a decent man who fell hostage to extremists in the White House.

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