Russian president Boris Yeltsin left Moscow yesterday for a two-week holiday in the Valdai lakeland region northwest of Moscow. Yeltsin’s spokesman said that the president’s visit to Chechnya, originally planned to take place this month, had been postponed. The decision was taken in the wake of last month’s attack by Chechen and Dagestani gunmen on a Russian army unit near the Dagestani town of Buinaksk. It remains unclear precisely who perpetrated that incident or why. (ORT, January 4)
Yeltsin Hints at Government Reshuffle.