President Boris Yeltsin has vetoed the bill on art works "moved" to the USSR — principally from Germany — as a result of World War II and held currently in Russia. Yeltsin objected mostly to some of the bill’s procedural aspects and failure to consider third-country interests. However, the president also faulted the bill for precluding negotiated solutions and for disregarding the interests of the original private owners of the art works. (Itar-Tass, March 18) Yeltsin’s veto marks a first step in addressing some of Germany’s concerns.
Russians Divided Over Lenin’s Resting Place.