Moscow's crisis, Russia's regions

  • 1998-09-17
  • By Paul Goble
PRAGUE - Political gridlock in Moscow is prompting ever more of Russia's farflung regions to make decisions on their own, a pattern likely to prove far more significant than any decision taken in the Russian capital. There are three reasons for what may appear to be a rather sweeping conclusion: First of all, this effective decentralization of power will make it even more difficult for anyone in Moscow to regain authority for the central government anytime soon.In the last several days alone, Kaliningrad Governor Leonid Gorbenko has declared "an emergency situation." Sverdlovsk Governor Edu...
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