April 14, 1995 |
Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin on Thursday backed sending immediate military aid to Tajikistan as fresh fighting flared on the former Soviet republic's Afghan border and an Afghan town was bombed by Russian jets. A military spokesman in the Tajik capital Dushanbe said opposition forces in the remote eastern region of Badakhshan clashed with Russian-led border guards starting after noon. A week of fighting has claimed the lives of 35 border guards from the Commonwealth of Independent States.
April 12, 1995 |
Russian helicopters launched two rocket attacks Tuesday against Islamic rebels in Tajikistan in a flare-up of a civil war that has embroiled Russian troops in unusually fierce combat beyond their borders. Scores of rebels and at least 29 soldiers from a Russian-led force of border guards backing the Tajik government have been reported killed in the last five days near the border with Afghanistan.
January 10, 1995 |
Five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, public prosecutors announced Monday that they had filed charges against former East German leader Egon Krenz and six other Communist Party Politburo members in connection with the killing of defectors trying to flee across the old East-West divide.
November 24, 1994
Nikita Karatsupa, 85, who with his German shepherd dogs became the Soviet Union's most celebrated border guard. Karatsupa served from 1932 to 1961 on Soviet borders with China, Poland, Turkey and other countries. Soviet authorities hailed him and and his dogs for stopping many people from illegally crossing the border. He took part in 120 border skirmishes, killed 129 people and caught 338 intruders, Soviet newspapers wrote.
July 10, 1994
Democratic U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein has been airing a new television commercial about immigration and her support for tougher enforcement on the international border. The ad, which is being broadcast statewide, also contrasts Feinstein's position with her Republican challenger for the Senate seat, Rep. Michael Huffington (R-Santa Barbara). THE AD It opens with a statement: "While Congressman Huffington voted against new border guards, Dianne Feinstein led the fight to stop illegal immigration."
November 26, 1993 |
Armenian forces seized Azerbaijan's last outpost on its 100-mile southwestern border with Iran, Azerbaijani television said Thursday. The Armenians used tanks, armored vehicles and infantry in the five-hour overnight attack on the border post, located near the Khudaferin bridge south of Fizuli, the report said. Fizuli, captured earlier by the Armenians, is about 150 miles southwest of Baku, the capital.
January 19, 1993 |
What could they do? Their military duty required them to defend the border and open fire on anyone who violated it. But these were women and children and old people, fleeing across the Pyandzh River to escape the bloodshed afflicting their homeland in Tajikistan. "We were caught in a very complex position," said Lt. Col. Vladimir Zhernakov, deputy commander of the Russian guards who man the border with Afghanistan here.
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January 21, 1992
The Berlin Wall was built by East Germany in August, 1961, in a desperate effort to halt mass defections to the West by citizens of the communist state. Between then and November, 1989, when the wall was breached as the East German regime entered its last days, more than 200 people were shot dead as they attempted to escape. This week a Berlin court convicted two former East German border guards of shooting down a young man named Chris Gueffroy on the night of Feb.
January 13, 1992 |
Since early last September, four young men--former East German border guards--have faced their accusers across the gloom of Courtroom No. 700 in the capital's main criminal justice building. Lost and visibly defeated amid the array of lawyers, judges, journalists and curiosity-seekers that crowd the court each day, the four are charged with manslaughter: shooting 20-year-old East German Chris Gueffroy as he tried to flee across the Berlin Wall on a cold February night in 1989.
September 3, 1991 |
A major test case opened here Monday to determine whether it is legally possible to punish those responsible for fatally shooting some 200 people who attempted to flee the East German police state.