Alexander Lebed

Can Russia stay the course without Lebed?

There are two interpretations as to how Russian President Boris Yeltsin finally came to sack his National Security chief, Alexander Lebed, last week.

Sunday, 20 October, 1996, 12:00am

Russia's sickness

Last November, when President Boris Yeltsin lay recovering from a second heart attack, a leading Russian newspaper announced in banner headlines: 'The end of the Yeltsin era'. Instead, Mr Yeltsin went on to be re-elected.

24 Sep 1996 - 12:00am

Leadership in chaos

Russia's leadership is at war with itself. Security Council Chief Alexander Lebed is struggling to end the Chechen conflict, that has already cost Russia so much in terms of casualties and loss of international credibility.

24 Aug 1996 - 12:00am


It was impossible not to be shocked by the report that Alexander Lebed had vowed to ban certain religious groups from Russia, saying that Russia had three officially recognised religions: 'Orthodoxy (meaning, presumably, the Russian Orthodox Church), Islam, and Buddhism', and thereby implying that believers not coming under those three headings are going to have problems.

3 Jul 1996 - 12:00am