Speaking to journalists yesterday, new Kremlin security boss Aleksandr Lebed suggested that the Russian Constitution should be amended to allow parliament to appoint the government. Until now, this has been the exclusive prerogative of the president. Lebed also approved the proposal, heard with increasing frequency in the past few days, that Yeltsin should include Communist ministers in a coalition government if he wins next week’s election. Yeltsin associate Vladimir Shumeiko first proposed the idea, and it was supported yesterday by Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin. "We all used to be Communists," Chernomyrdin recalled. (Interfax, June 27)
New Fleet of Russian Nuclear Subs.