August 13, 1997 |
If revenge is a dish best eaten cold, then Alexander V. Korzhakov, the hard-liner President Boris N. Yeltsin sacked as his chief bodyguard last summer, is hoping for a feast this week. The former KGB general today publishes a book of memoirs about his 11 years as Yeltsin's most faithful servant. Excerpts published in the Russian press portray Yeltsin as an alcoholic lord of misrule and his reign as a confused lurch from one vodka-sodden crisis to the next.
June 21, 1996 |
Allegations of a coup attempt in Russia on Thursday have renewed the worst suspicions about ousted Kremlin security chief Alexander V. Korzhakov and serve as an unsettling reminder of how easily an armed faction could throw this country into a new era of chaos. Korzhakov and the rest of the security hawks who have long occupied the Kremlin may have been fired by President Boris N.
October 29, 1996 |
President Boris N. Yeltsin slipped deeper into the background of Russian rule Monday when his aides announced he was canceling even his hospital room meetings during a final phase of preparation for heart surgery. The president's latest retreat from the public limelight since his July reelection intensified concern that the 65-year-old leader is too frail to rule this country, although Kremlin officials insisted the work suspension was a routine step ahead of his bypass operation.
November 4, 1995 |
A stiff and slurring President Boris N. Yeltsin appeared on television Friday in an apparent attempt to ease growing concerns about his health and who is running Russia. The heavily edited film footage gave the Russian public and the outside world their first look at the 64-year-old leader since he suffered a heart ailment nine days ago. But the tape showing less than one minute of his half-hour meeting with Prime Minister Viktor S. Chernomyrdin may have raised more questions than it answered.
November 14, 1995 |
It's snowing in Moscow, and those who speak for Boris N. Yeltsin want it known that the Russian leader, while seriously ill, is not insensitive to commuters stuck in snowbound traffic and elderly pedestrians slipping on the ice. Just the other day, the president's press service reported, Yeltsin summoned Moscow Mayor Yuri M. Luzhkov to his hospital bedside and dressed him down for the clumsy response by the city's 4,000 snowplows to this winter's first storm.
May 7, 1996 |
President Boris N. Yeltsin chided his top security aide for urging postponement of Russia's June 16 presidential election and promised Monday that the vote will be held on schedule. "I trust in the wisdom of Russian voters," Yeltsin told the Interfax news agency. "That is why elections will be held in the time determined by the constitution." Politicians across the spectrum welcomed Yeltsin's pledge and scorned the advice of his security chief, Gen. Alexander V.