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A decade of democracy
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Yeltsin
  6.First Chechen battle
  7.Yeltsin the campaigner
  8.The West and Russia
  9.Bomb terror
10.Yeltsin bows out
Yeltsin the campaigner

Boris Yeltsin was becoming an increasingly remote figure as presidential elections approached in 1996, spending long periods away from the Kremlin - on holiday or recovering from illness. But the election campaign brought a transformation, and he toured the country meeting voters with his former enthusiasm. The 65-year-old leader won the second round comfortably thanks to an election pact with the charismatic general, Alexander Lebed, though it later emerged that Yeltsin had suffered a heart attack before the final vote - possibly as a result of the exertions of the campaign.


Video The BBC’s Angus Roxburgh reporting on the 1996 election campaign
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