to the regions (for a discussion of legislative–executiverelations see chapter 7).
By May 1994 assembly elections had been successfully carried out in
seventy regions of the Federation. But, as the terms of these first regional
assemblies neared completion in 1995 and 1996, Yeltsin, fearing that the
communist opposition would sweep the board, called for the elections to
be postponed. Thus, in Presidential edicts of 17 September 1995 and 2
March 19967 he cynically prolonged the sessions of forty-two assemblies.