About 1,500 people rallied in Moscow to denounce moves that they fear could bring dictatorship to the Kremlin. Their protest came at the start of a critical week in which President Mikhail S. Gorbachev seeks parliamentary approval for stronger presidential powers. Some of the protesters carried signs supporting Eduard A. Shevardnadze, who resigned as foreign minister to protest the growing influence of hard-liners and what he said was a coming dictatorship.
World IN BRIEF : SOVIET UNION : 1,500 Rally Against Hard-Line Policies
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