Russian president Boris Yeltsin has ordered government offices to sell off their coveted western-made BMWs, Audis, and Mercedes and to buy Russian-made cars instead. (Itar-Tass, March 26) The move comes in response to a jibe from First Deputy Premier Boris Nemtsov, who has called on officials to fly the flag by choosing Volga sedans made in his own Nizhny Novgorod oblast. Yeltsin himself travels in a dark blue Mercedes limousine. (AP, March 26)
Yeltsin Promises Military Reform.