Yeltsin challengers eat cabbage soup in cells


MOSCOW -- The men who challenged Boris N. Yeltsin for the rule of Russia spent yesterday in solitary confinement, dining on a first course of cabbage soup and a second of herring and potatoes.

Parliament Chairman Ruslan I. Khasbulatov, Vice President Alexander Rutskoi and their four-member "Cabinet" are being held in Lefortovo Prison, built in 1880 and once a symbol of Soviet secret police (KGB) terror.

One of the Cabinet members -- Viktor Barranikov -- was until a few months ago Mr. Yeltsin's KGB chief.

About 160 prisoners were taken to Lefortovo after a tank-and-gun battle at the Russian White House Monday. Most were released. About 50 remain, three to a cell, except for the top six men who are in solitary.

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