Russian president Boris Yeltsin will not make his usual radio address this week in line with his doctors’ recommendation to cancel all official activities in advance of his surgery. Yeltsin’s doctors will meet Monday to set the date of the operation. (Interfax, October 31) Russian Communist party leader Gennady Zyuganov seized on the cancellation to demand Yeltsin’s resignation and fresh presidential elections. "The president cannot guide the ship, which is sailing in stormy seas almost without fuel and with the officers fighting on the bridge," Zyuganov told a news conference yesterday. (Reuters, October 31)
Consultative Council to Meet Next Week, Without Speaker.