Twenty years before today’s American crisis, a president and a congress battled to the end. Russian Federation President Boris N. Yeltsin had a few challenges familiar to President Obama today, writes Emory political scientist Thomas F. Remington, but the results of that confrontation still reverberate in Moscow. Here’s Remington on what happened.
1. A long windup Russian Federation President Boris Yeltsin confronted a hostile majority in parliament, a two-tiered structure consisting of a huge part-time Congress of People's Deputies and a smaller full-time working parliament called the Supreme Soviet. Yeltsin had been chair of parliament but left it when he was elected president of Russia in June 1991. This left parliament's leadership in the hands of opposition forces, led by speaker Ruslan Khasbulatov. Above, Yeltsin, left, in late 1990 with Supreme Soviet Chairman Anatoly Lukyanov, center, and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev. Boris Yurchenko/AP Buy Photo