Yeltsin decree contested

September 04, 1993|By New York Times News Service

MOSCOW -- Two days after President Boris N. Yeltsin issued a decree to suspend Vice President Aleksandr V. Rutskoi from office, the Russian Parliament voted yesterday to suspend the president's decree and threw the issue of Mr. Rutskoi's status to the Constitutional Court.

The standoff over Mr. Rutskoi's suspension is another example of the political paralysis gripping Moscow as Mr. Yeltsin and his antagonists in the Supreme Soviet, or legislature, prepare for a showdown this fall over the president's call for early parliamentary elections.

Mr. Yeltsin's decree removed Mr. Rutskoi from office temporarily, pending the outcome of an investigation into charges that he was the beneficiary of a $3 million transfer to a Swiss bank account. Mr. Yeltsin also suspended First Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir F. Shumeiko, also accused of corruption.

By a vote of 141 to 10, Parliament challenged Mr. Yeltsin's right to remove a vice president who was elected with him on the same ticket three years ago, and who under the constitution remains his successor. The lawmakers referred the issue to the Constitutional Court, which over the last year has shown little ability to stay outside the political fray.

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