Publication: Monitor Volume: 1 Issue: 117

Admiral Eduard Baltin, commander of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, has joined the "For the Fatherland" bloc and figures near the top of its candidates’ list for the Duma. Planks in the bloc’s program include: checking Western influence which seeks to impose Western-style democracy and free enterprise and other concepts alien to Russia; disbanding of NATO as a major goal of Russian military policy; and greater reliance on nuclear weapons. The program names the US, Britain, Germany, and China as Russia’s main enemies. (5)