VyacheslavMikhailov, lead Russian negotiator at Grozny and newly named nationalitiesminister, told Obshchaya gazeta (no. 31) that he had spent20 years in the Ukrainian city of Lviv "studying at lengthwestern Ukraine’s ethnic problems" after receiving his educationaltraining at Moscow’s higher party school. In other comments, Mikhailovexplained that he had 12 deputies–more than any other Russianministry–because the Committee on the Affairs of the RussianNorth had recently been amalgamated with his ministry. And hedismissed an interviewer’s suggestion that three of the deputieswere generals. He suggested that all were scholars in uniform.