WSJ.com - Putin Says Russia Is Preparing Pre-emptive Antiterror Action Later in the article:
"Mr. Yeltsin said in the weekly Moskovskiye Novosti that while "tough and quick" action is needed, he warned that curtailing democracy would help the terrorists. "We will not allow ourselves to deviate from the letter and, above all, the spirit of the Constitution … if only because the stifling of freedoms, and curtailment of democratic rights would be, among other things, a victory for terrorists," Mr. Yeltsin wrote.
Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, whose liberal reforms paved the way for the Soviet collapse and Mr. Yeltsin's ascent, leveled harsh criticism at Mr. Putin's initiatives. "Under the motto of fighting terrorism, it is proposed to sharply restrict democratic freedoms and deprive the citizens [of the right] to directly express their attitude toward the authorities in free elections," Mr. Gorbachev wrote in the same newspaper."
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