Publication: Monitor Volume: 2 Issue: 98

The idea of a coalition government has suddenly become fashionable in Moscow but it is provoking further splits in the democratic camp. The idea was floated by Svyatoslav Fedorov, leader of a small socialistic party advocating workers’ self-management who favors a coalition because he has no hope of winning power through the ballot box. For the same reason, the idea is supported by Vladimir Shumeiko’s "Reforms–New Course" movement, and opposed by "Russia is Our Home". Yeltsin is a very recent convert to the idea of a coalition "government of national trust," which was first introduced by the Russian Communist party in its platform for the 1995 parliamentary elections. (Sovetskaya Rossiya, August 31, 1995). What the Communists mean by the term