Publication: Monitor Volume: 2 Issue: 115

Addressing a state-sponsored youth forum yesterday, Belarus president Aleksandr Lukashenko cryptically commented that Russian president Boris Yeltsin’s score in the first round of the election "reflected what the people think of the reforms that have been pursued in that country." Lukashenko also pointed to what he described as a trend in former Communist countries in which "the left is returning to power." Anti-Lukashenko parliamentary leaders cautiously withheld comment or spoke evasively on Russia’s presidential election. Russian citizens resident in Belarus, who number only a few thousand, voted 54.7 percent for Yeltsin and 14 percent for Zyuganov, a score reflecting the military vote that went mainly to Yeltsin. (Interfax, Itar-Tass, June 17)

Moldovan Leaders All-Out for Yeltsin.