For many hours after the bomb explosion in Moscow, the city looked astounded while sirens howled, traffic lessened, and crowds of astonished men and women formed on street corners.
Boris Yeltsin could, for a moment, behave again like a Czar. From television sets he called for the union of all forces and the consolidation of power to fight against "a terrorism that has declared war on the Russian population."
He summoned his political opponent (Moscow Mayor Yuri) Luzhkov at the Kremlin and talked to him like a president talks to a mayor. . . .
The "bomb-effect" is upsetting the political priorities on the wave of a sensitive shake-up.
It is turning public opinion away from the shadow of the financial scandals, as well as restoring a role to Yeltsin that makes it difficult to put electoral tactics for the upcoming elections ahead of the patriotic unity against the massacres.