President of all the Russias?

  • 1999-08-05
  • By Gwynne Dyer
The Russian president is aspent force politically, physically and intellectually, and he still rules despite the fact that he doesn't have any support to speak of," said Mikhail Gorbachev, last president of the old Soviet Union, in June. "Protesters in the streets of Russia carry the portrait of Joseph Stalin. Well, we probably have a Stalin - a Stalin of a different kind." As usual, Gorbachev was less than half-right. The protesters carrying Stalin's picture are almost all pensioners, sad but without political significance. And Yeltsin is no Stalin. He does not kill people, and unlike Stal...
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