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Duma Beats Retreat on Chechnya

Hardline Communist opponents of President Boris Yeltsin beat an embarrassing retreat at an extraordinary session Friday, backing away from strident threats to vote no-confidence in the government over its policy in Chechnya, and turning the session into a talk-fest. Communists and other opposition deputies called the sitting last week, threatening to vote down the government or even start impeachment proceedings against Yeltsin over his Nov. 23 decree ordering the complete withdrawal of Russian troops from the rebel republic. But apart from some high-flown rhetoric, the threats came to nothing, and at a closed-door meeting before Friday's session, the Communist faction decided not even to put the no-confidence motion to the vote. Speaking on NTV independent television's ""Geroi Dnya"" broadcast Friday evening, communist Duma speaker Gennady Seleznyev, who was one of those who initiated the extraordinary session, sought to limit the damage from the Communists' retreat.

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