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Russian relief


The United States plans a $5 billion humanitarian effort to help people of the former Soviet Union get through the winter. During the next two weeks, 54 flights will carry 4.5 million pounds of food and medicine from the United States. Western leaders worry that deteriorating conditions could breed unrest, and Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin asked the West for immediate aid to prevent desperate hungry and jobless citizens from revolting. Critics have said such food and supplies should go to the hungry and poor of this country.

The Evening Sun would like to know what you think. Is the airlift justified because of the need there? Is it important to convey a message of peace to a former enemy? Do you feel more effort also should be aimed at helping the U.S. poor?

To register your opinion, call SUNDIAL at 783-1800 (or 268-7736 in Anne Arundel County) today through midnight. After you hear the greeting, you'll be asked to punch in a four-digit code on your touch-tone phone. Punch 4600 and you'll be connected with "It's Your Call," The Evening Sun's phone survey on topical issues.

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