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Defiant Russia takes radical route

The Russian parliament voted Wednesday to start a 500-day transition to a market economy today, putting it on a collision course with President Mikhail Gorbachev. Gorbachev and the Supreme Soviet legislature agreed Oct. 19 on a compromise economic rescue plan that is slower and less radical than the 500-day one.

Russia, the largest of the 15 Soviet republics, has declared sovereignty from the central Soviet government. It claims the right to put its own economic reform plan into effect on its territory.

It is unclear who will be obeyed if the Russian government, led by Gorbachev's leading political rival, Boris Yeltsin, gives economic orders that contradict those of the national government.

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