Aleksandr Lebed, the populist former general, is a leading candidate in the 2000 election for the president of Russia. He is currently the governor of Krasnoyarsk Territory (Siberia), one of Russia's richest regions. His remarks are adapted from an exclusive interview he granted to Genrikh Borovik for NPQ in Moscow during the August crisis.
Moscow - The cause of the current Russian
crisis is rooted in the fact that government has in the past few years
carried out no real reform. As a result, the population has been growing
ever poorer. Production has declined. Instead of taking prompt measures,
President Boris Yeltsin and the government have been telling tales to