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CNN Evening News for Wednesday, May 12, 1999
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(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Report introduced.

(Moscow: Steve Harrigan) The political crisis in Russia with the firing of Prime Minister Viktor Primakov, who will be succeeded by Sergei Stepashin, examined; details given of what could happen if Parliament refuses to accept Stepashin. [Russian President Boris YELTSIN (thru translator) - says the economic crisis will not go away by itself.] [In Moscow, YELTSIN - (thru translator) comments on Primakov's firing.]

(Studio: Judy Woodruff; Moscow: Jill Dougherty) The political and timing factors behind Yeltsin's firing of Primakov discussed.

(Studio: Judy Woodruff; White House: John King) The political crisis in Russia and the timing of the resignation of Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin and the status of Russian-led diplomatic talks about Kosovo discussed.

(Studio: Judy Woodruff; Moscow: Jill Dougherty) The issue of whether Russia's role in the Kosovo crisis will change at this time discussed.

(Washington: Ralph Begleiter) The impact of the political crisis in Russia on its central role in the Kosovo crisis examined. [White House press secretary Joe LOCKHART, State Department spokesman James RUBIN - say the US will continue its working relationship with Russia.] [Carnegie Endowment for Peace Andrew HORELICK, David KRAMER - assess the strength/weakness of the Russia government following the firing of Primakov.] Other factors in the US-Russia relationship outlined. [HORELICK - predicts arms control will remain in a deep freeze.]

(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Interview held with former United States ambassador to Russia Robert Strauss about events in Russia. [STRAUSS - says Yeltsin thrives on political confusion in which he is in the center of things; states that this act is so strange that Yeltsin may have erred; comments on the "new thing" of impeachment in Russia; predicts the chances for impeachment are good, but removal is unlikely.]

Begleiter, Ralph;
Dougherty, Jill;
Harrigan, Steve;
King, John;
Woodruff, Judy

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