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ROAR, THEN WHIMPER AS RUSSIAN LEADERS CHASTISE YELTSIN

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Parliament's threats to topple Boris Yeltsin and his Cabinet over Russia's withdrawal from Chechnya proved empty Friday when it wound up mustering the votes only for a mild rebuke.

The Communist-dominated lower house of parliament, or Duma, asked Yeltsin on s 241-41 vote to reconsider his order last Saturday for the last Russian combat troops to withdraw from the separatist republic.The president is likely to ignore the resolution.

The lawmakers claim withdrawing the troops is an admission of government defeat in Chechnya and will encourage other regions to secede from Russia.

Earlier this week, legislators had threatened to launch impeachment proceedings against Yeltsin and vote no confidence in the Cabinet.

But that more serious move could have cost them their jobs. Under the constitution, the president can respond to no-confidence votes by disbanding the parliament instead of the Cabinet.

Speaking in parliament later, Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov avoided direct attacks on Yeltsin.