One of the fifteen action groups that had been collecting signatures in support of President Boris Yeltsin’s reelection bid submitted lists containing 1.37 million signatures to the Central Election Commission yesterday. (Interfax, March 25) The CEC now has ten days in which to verify the signatures, after which Yeltsin’s candidacy should be officially registered. Yeltsin’s signatures were submitted by the group organized by Vladimir Komchatov, presidential representative in Moscow. There has been fierce rivalry between the various groups supporting Yeltsin. Yesterday that rivalry prompted a representative of the group headed by the leader of the "Reforms-New Course" movement, Vladimir Shumeiko, to complain publicly about remarks allegedly made by Komchatov that other groups were "getting in the way." (Interfax, March 25)
Delay in Consolidating Communist Bloc.