The successful conduct of Russia's July 3 presidential run-off election, which saw Boris Yeltsin defeat a resurgent Communist party, was clearly a watershed in Russia's recent political development. But in the immediate aftermath of the vote it remained unclear precisely what the results portended for Russia's future. The immediate resumption of Moscow's bloody campaign in Chechnya suggested uncomfortable continuities with the past.
CHECHEN RESISTANCE SHOWS RESTRAINT ON ELECTION DAY
In Chechnya, where elections were held over the specially extended period of June 14-16, the Kremlin seemed to obtain the brief spell of tranquillity deemed necessary for ensuring Yeltsin's reelection. The resistance leadership generally adhered to its informal pledges, made at the Moscow and Nazran armistice negotiations, to refrain from attacking Russian troops during the election period and to allow Russia's presidential election to be conducted at least in parts of Grozny.