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Russia

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GUESTS: Steve Liesman Former Moscow Bureau Chief, The Wall Street Journal Other Guests - TBA Last weekend, Russian President Boris Yeltsin fired the prime minister he'd appointed just five months ago and replaced him with his predecessor, Viktor Chernomyrdin. The surprise move comes at a time of economic turmoil in the former Soviet Union. Last week, the ruble was devalued and a freeze placed on the domestic government bond market, angering both average Russians and the powerful business elite. Some view Yeltsin's abrupt move as further evidence of an increasingly erratic leader who may be seeking to establish a line of succession.

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