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Yeltsin warns political enemies

President Boris Yeltsin warned the leaders of last October's uprising who were freed from jail Saturday by an act of parliament that he would order their rearrest immediately if they tried to stir up conflict.

Ivan Rybkin, chairman of the lower chamber of parliament or Duma, sought to assuage Yeltsin's fears over their release, declaring: "There will be no coups, no civil war."

Yeltsin's spokesman Vyacheslav Kostikov said the president, at a meeting with Rybkin on Tuesday, described the release of the seven political opponents as illegal.

"At the moment I see no real danger to civic peace and I am fully in control of the socio-political situation," he quoted Yeltsin as saying.

Former Vice President Alexander Rutskoi and ex-Parliament Chairman Ruslan Khasbulatov were among seven people released from Moscow's Lefortovo prison despite Yeltsin's attempts to delay implementation of a parliamentary amnesty.

Khasbulatov said he was retiring from politics, but Rutskoi, an air force general and Afghan war hero, seems likely to resume his political career with an eye to 1996 presidential elections.

"At the slightest attempt by them to try to destabilize the situation in the country, they will immediately be arrested," Yeltsin said. Kostikov said Yeltsin had already given orders to this effect.

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