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Saturday, January 1, 2000 Published at 17:20 GMT

Russia's bombs send political shockwaves
Bomb attacks and an Islamic insurgency in the North Caucasus have whipped up political tensions in Moscow, writes Stephen Mulvey.
Putin for president?
Vladimir Putin has been voted Russia's new prime minister, but will he succeed in fulfilling Yeltsin's dream of taking over the presidential reins?
Analysis: Yeltsin 'obsessed' with succession
Four sackings in 18 months.Why does Boris Yeltsin keep ditching his prime ministers?
Analysis: The problems facing Primakov
Russia's powerful new political alliance faces plenty of stresses and strains, says the BBC's regional analyst Tom De Waal.
Vladimir Putin: Spy turned politician
Known as the "grey cardinal", Vladimir Putin is a former spy whose popularity rests on Russia's military success in Chechnya.
Yeltsin redraws political map
Russian President Boris Yeltsin sacks the government, replaces his prime minister with intelligence chief Vladimir Putin and names him as his chosen successor.
Text of President Yeltsin's speech
Russia's President Boris Yeltsin says in a live address on national TV that he wants his new premier, Vladimir Putin, to succeed him.
Stepashin: A reluctant prime minister
Sacked Sergei Stepashin is said to have urged President Yeltsin not to appoint him as prime minister.
Stepashin's statement to government
Russia's outgoing Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin told his government that he had pledged his loyalty to President Boris Yeltsin despite his dismissal.
Boris Yeltsin: Master of surprise
Boris Yeltsin's behaviour has been increasingly random - striking fear into advisers who worried what he would do next.
Analysis: Russian democracy in retreat
Moscow Correspondent Robert Parsons looks at Russia's fragile democracy - and how it will last if President Yeltsin loses his firm grip on power.

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Robert Parsons on the mood in Russia's bomb-hit capital

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Robert Parsons reports on the conflict in Dagestan

Russians struggle with the collapse of the economy

Find out who are the front runners to take over from President Yeltsin