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Boris Yeltsins Economic Reforms and Political Struggles Russias Move Towards a Free-Market Economy Chechnyas Struggle for Independence Presidential and Parliamentary Elections Questions About Yeltsins Leadership In 1991 the Soviet Union was officially dismantled and the communist regime there came to an end Democracy has since been introduced in Russia and other former Soviet republics and in 1992 the people of the Russian Republic elected Boris Yeltsin--a prodemocracy procapitalism candidate--as their presidentThe international community including the United States was cautiously optimistic that Yeltsin would be able to revitalize the Russian economy and establish a democratic political system Since becoming president Yeltsin has implemented various economic and political reforms but Russian citizens and members of parliament have varying opinions about whether the actions will have positive effects on the economy and the lives of the peopleCurrently the United States is concentrating on maintaining relations with the Russian Republic through ties with Yeltsin because many experts think that he offers the best chance for democracy in Russia Some observers think that this policy may be short-sighted however because of Yeltsins current lack of political support from his own constituents and his continuing health problems The recent election of many communists and nationalists to the Russian parliament and the significant support that Yeltsins opponents received in the presidential election of 1996 is evidence of the Russian presidents growing unpopularity with the people In addition his illness has led to a increasing insecurity about the future of Yeltsin and his reforms The United States has not openly pursued relations with any members of parliament or other potential leadersUltimately the progression of democratic and economic reform depends on the will of the Russian people and their actions at the ballot box Some analysts believe that citizens are torn between the desire for democracy including a free-market economy and the security of the old communist systemBoris Yeltsins Economic Reforms and Political StrugglesRussias Move Towards a Free-Market Economy Since the collapse of the
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