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.
January 25, 1995 |
The shadowy and powerful hard-liners in President Boris N. Yeltsin's inner circle are trying to consolidate their power by creating an elite National Guard to neutralize any internal threats, Russia's leading newspaper reported Tuesday. The article in the daily Izvestia was seen as the latest in a series of signals that Kremlin hawks and a resurgent KGB are trying--albeit fitfully and with resistance--to reimpose Soviet-style political controls on Russia.
June 21, 1996 |
After a long night of Kremlin intrigue, Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin fired three powerful Cabinet ministers Thursday, continuing a purge of unpopular hard-liners before a runoff election against his Communist challenger. The ousted men--Gen. Alexander V. Korzhakov, Yeltsin's personal security chief; Gen. Mikhail I. Barsukov, head of the Federal Security Service; and Oleg N.