To general surprise, Communist candidates were heavily defeated February 25 in mayoral and local legislative elections in Stavropol Krai and Yaroslavl Oblast. The Communist party had been pinning great hopes on these elections, seeing them as a dress rehearsal for the presidential elections in June. (5) The party conducted a strong and well organized campaign, targeting veterans’ organizations, pensioners, and even Cossack groups; leaflets were distributed in mailboxes and on public transport. All in vain — voters voted for local figures they knew well. The results have raised hopes among non-Communist parties that there may yet be a chance of warding off a Communist victory in June.
Grachev Urges Army to Back Yeltsin.