April 22, 1995 |
The president of the Soros Foundation appealed for help Friday in finding a well-known American disaster relief worker who has disappeared in Chechnya and is feared dead or held captive. Frederick C. Cuny, a 50-year-old specialist in disaster relief who has worked in more than 30 war zones from Biafra to Bosnia, has not been heard from directly since March 31. A message from companions was received April 9.
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December 7, 1994 |
Her boyfriend said he was taking her 2-year-old daughter on a birthday visit to Disneyland. Instead, Nataliya Kaminskaya's little girl began an international odyssey nearly a year ago when she was kidnaped to Russia from her Los Angeles home. On Tuesday, the FBI disclosed that Monique Michelle was rescued by its counterpart in Moscow--Russian MVD agents helping to enforce a new U.S. law that prohibits international parental abductions.
October 2, 1994 |
Prosecutors are opening an investigation into the death of an American exchange student who was found strangled outside his Moscow dormitory. Anthony Riccio, 21, of Glastonbury, Conn., was apparently thrown off a 16th-floor balcony Sept. 20 after being killed. Russian police at first suggested he had committed suicide. The preliminary autopsy said Riccio had been murdered. The U.S. Embassy said "laboratory tests showed no drugs or alcohol in Mr. Riccio's blood."
September 25, 1994 |
An American exchange student from Brown University has been found dead outside his Moscow dormitory, and although police insist that the death was a suicide, the coroner's report calls it murder. News reports quoting unnamed faculty members and other sources at the Russian State University for the Humanities suggest that the death of Anthony Riccio, 21, may have been the work of local gangsters who had been renting out space from a university that has a reputation for financial improprieties.
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September 1, 1994 |
With his short blond hair, bright blue eyes and ruddy cheeks, 15-year-old Ryan Turley looks like the quintessential surfer dude. But his talents lie in a wholly different realm--the world of pirouettes and plies , tights and tendus . Turley, a Laguna Niguel resident, is one of the best young male ballet dancers in the country, one of only eight American youths to be chosen to spend next spring honing their dance skills with the Bolshoi Ballet Company in Moscow.
November 9, 1993 |
The call came from the Ministry of Defense, from a valued source. "John, we must meet," the voice on the phone said. "The old place?" By 3 p.m., I was there--parked on the sidewalk outside the Pushkin Museum. Why did the Russian military officer need to see me? "Vitya," as I'll call him, hadn't said. But when he talked, he usually revealed some fascinating things. A few minutes late, Vitya opened the passenger's door of my Volvo sedan.
October 19, 1993 |
Last fall, in a Moscow hotel over a glass of Armenian cognac, Glendale consultant Jody Darling agreed to help a former Soviet military complex privatize. In exchange he got 5% ownership. From the outside, the factory doesn't look like much. Located in the ancient Russian city of Yaroslavl, about 150 miles north of Moscow, is a huge grim-looking factory called Mashpribor.
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September 21, 1993 |
The last time that Pierce College history instructor Robert Leventhal was in Moscow, things were different. Young Muscovite women didn't go about in public with legs barely concealed by miniskirts, and the lampposts in the great Russian capital weren't bent over like old men. A decade ago, the streets and subway were clean and in good repair, and people appeared more conservative and solemn, he said.