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Page 2-The Michigan Daily- Thursday, January 9, 1992

Russian shoppers heckle

Yeltsin, angry at

4 MOSCOW (AP) - Shoppers
angered by soaring prices heckled
Russian President Boris Yeltsin as
he began a two-day tour of the
provinces yesterday, and he told
farmers that the public that once
adored him is "applauding no
more."
Yeltsin's remarks, run on na-
tional TV, were his first admission
that the freeing of prices across
Russia on Jan. 2 has cut into his
popularity.
"No one dared to start this re-
form for seven years," he told farm-
ers near the southern Russian city of
Saratov. "If we had done it two or
three years ago, we would be living
normally now."
"If anyone thinks the president
can fill the empty pots all by him-
self, you are mistaken. We can only
do it together," Yeltsin said.
He was surrounded and heckled
by shoppers at a state store in

Saratov, a city of 920,000 people
along the Volga River, about 465
miles southeast of Moscow.
Later, Yeltsin told dozens of
fur-hatted workers at the former
Osinovsky State Farm that "of
course there is no applause" by the
'No one dared to start
this reform for seven
years.'
- Boris Yeltsin
Russian President
Russian people for his price reform.
"They applauded before the pres-
idential election" last June, he said,
standing next to a rusty tractor. "I
understand that I have staked my
credibility, to some extent. But it's
not a matter of me personally, but
of these issues.
"Of all the countries in the
world that have made a transition to

igh prices
a market economy, none has evaded
free prices."
Yeltsin also stopped at a former
defense factory that now makes re-
frigerators. In the evening, he trav-
eled to another Volga River city,
Ulyanovsk.
He is to go today to Nizhni
Novgorod, the grimy industrial city
where dissident Andrei Sakharov
spent seven years in internal exile.
In Saratov, Yeltsin met ethnic
Russian demonstrators upset over
his support for creation of an au-
tonomous area within Russia for
ethnic Germans.
"Germans, Yes! Autonomy,
No!" one sign read.
Yeltsin assured the ethnic
Russians that only overwhelmingly
German areas would be incorporated
in the autonomous district. He said
the heart of the district would be a
former military testing ground near
Volgograd.

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BUSH
Continued from page 1
new health questions about a 67-
year-old leader seeking re-election
this fall.
In Washington, Quayle was
alerted about Bush's trouble but
went ahead with his campaign trip_

to New Hampshire after being as-
sured the president was all right.
He said assuming command in
Bush's place "didn't even cross my
mind" since he knew the president
was not seriously ill, but he added
that "I'm ready" to take over if
necessary.
World markets fell after the

first bulletins but quickly
recovered.
The incident also took the spot-
light from a day of acrimonious
trade talks, centered on U.S. de-
mands that Japan buy more
American autos and parts.
The contentious tone of the
trade discussions was underlined
when Mosbacher rejected a

Japanese offer by fuming, "I would
be embarrassed to show this to the
president."
The president is to return to
Washington tomorrow, ending a
12-day, 26,000-mile trip through
Australia and Asia billed as a cam-
paign to rip down trade barriers
and create jobs for recession-weary
Americans.

JAPAN
Continued from page 1
told Japan's trade minister, Kozo
Watanabe, one witness said.
Japan's five major automakers
unveiled proposals saying they
would try to sell about 20,000 U.S.
cars a year in Japan.
One Japanese official quoted
Watanabe as saying Japan could
make no further concessions.
U.S. officials had no concrete
improvements to report after Bush
and Miyazawa met.

Noboru Hatakeyama, vice min-
ister of Japan's Ministry of Inter-
national Trade and Industry, sug-
gested that the United States was
abandoning its own stated com-
mitment to free trade.
"If we're asked to come up with
concrete figures (for increased im-
ports), isn't that the same thing as
managed trade? They don't seem to
be able to understand that, no mat-
ter what we say," he said.
The two sides did conclude a
joint "strategy for world growth."

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CITY
Continued from page 1
First woman city
attorney hired
The City Council appointed
Elizabeth Schwartz as the new city
attorney Monday night. She is the
first woman to serve in this posi-
tion.
The council voted 7-3 in
Schwartz's favor with the three
Republicans voting against hiring
Schwartz. The Republicans ex-
pressed a concern regarding
Schwartz's lack of municipal expe-
rience.
The Democratic caucus empha-

sized her experience with Michigan
state law. The other final candidate
spent most of her career practicing
law in Florida.
"Any candidate has a certain
amount of learning to do for this
position," said Councilmember Bob
Grady (D-3rd Ward). "I am, very
confident she'll do an excellent job
in this position."
Five council members and four
local lawyers chose Schwartz from
a field of 57 applicants.
Schwartz, a graduate of the
University's law school, currently
is an assistant Michigan attorney
general. She will begin her new job
sometime between Jan. 29 and Feb.
17, said Mayor Liz Brater.

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COURSES
Continued from page 1
tory Russian language courses at
George Washington. He also said
that the Marxism-Leninism course
is losing enrollment. "It's been
slipping for the past three years," he
said.
The growing enrollment is cou-
pled with a growing job market for
students with degrees in Russian
and Eastern European studies, El-
liott said.
"People are no longer obses-
sively studying Communism, but
emerging political parties, because
there weren't multi-party systems

there in the past," said Elliott.
Many professors are shifting the
focus of their courses to Russia and
the Commonwealth, but Elliott
said he would also like to expand
existing classes in Russian law and
geography at George Washington.
The four most important areas in
Soviet studies now, according to El-
liott, are Russian language, history,
geography, and demography.
Zimmerman mentioned the pos-
sibility of adding classes at the
University in the near future that
explored Russian political systems,
democratic transitions around the
globe, and the collapse of multi-na-
tional states.

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