Public pressure for President Yeltsin to find a solution to the war in Chechnya is growing, with several influential Moscow newspapers, including Obshchaya gazeta and Izvestiya, backing plans for anti-war demonstrations. Izvestiya warned in last night’s edition that Lebed’s efforts to reach a settlement are in danger of being undermined by his rivals in the Kremlin succession stakes. "An unannounced, under-the-carpet presidential campaign has begun," Izvestiya wrote. "If Lebed stops this shameful war, he will become a national hero with a strong chance of becoming a hero with official powers in the future." (Reuters, August 29) (see Perspective items below)
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