With less than a week to go before parliamentary and presidential elections in Chechnya, Alla Dudaeva, widow of Djohar Dudaev, has appeared on Grozny television to endorse Zelimkhan Yandarbiev’s candidacy. Dudaeva said that Yandarbiev, who served as vice president under her husband, was the natural successor to Chechnya’s first president. (NTV, January 21) Yandarbiev admitted yesterday for the first time to the existence of infighting between himself and other leading presidential candidates. (Interfax, January 21)
Communist Youth Organization Makes a Comeback.