Russian President Honored For Fostering Democracy
SYDNEY, Australia (AP) _ President Boris N. Yeltsin of Russia was honored today by the International Association of Political Consultants with the organization’s annual award for promoting democracy.
The honor was bestowed as Yeltsin at a time he has employed authoritarian tactics in an attempt to prevent Chechen-Ingush, a southern autonomous region of Russia, from seceding.
The association, meeting in Sydney, presented the award to the charge d’affaires at the Soviet embassy, Vadim Kouznetsov.
″Who can forget the pictures of Boris Yeltsin atop a tank in Red Square urging the Russian people to rally behind him in defense of democracy and oust those who were attempting to bring darkness back to Russia,″ association President John Seigle said of Yeltsin’s role in defeating the August coup.
The association was founded in 1968 by U.S. and European political consultants to foster the democratic election process.