Addressing the country on radio today, Russian president Boris Yeltsin warned the Duma against "another spiral of confrontation with the executive power" over the Land and Tax Codes and the 1998 budget. Yeltsin accused the Duma’s majority of blocking urgently needed reforms, rejecting his offers of a dialogue, and refusing to cooperate constructively with the executive branch. Although he conceded that the country needs a parliament, Yeltsin warned that he and the people are losing patience with this Duma. (Itar-Tass, October 3)
Russia’s New Law on Religion Starts to Bite.