October 4, 2003 |
Alexander Oslon remembers the day the Americans came to save Boris Yeltsin's presidential campaign in 1996. Funny, they didn't look like soldiers of democracy. "I looked out this very window," Oslon, one of Russia's premier political pollsters, recalled recently. "I saw a white car parked outside. Two men emerged. One guy was so big he had trouble squeezing through the gate. They introduced themselves as the Americans working for the Yeltsin election headquarters."
August 19, 2001 |
If there was one moment that decided the outcome of the August coup--and, by extension, the fate of Russia--it was when Boris Yeltsin looked into Boris Tesyolkin's eyes. Tesyolkin was commander of a group of three tanks that pulled up outside Russian government headquarters on Aug. 19, 1991. And it was onto his tank that Yeltsin clambered to read his appeal declaring the putsch illegal and the putschists criminals.
August 19, 2001 |
Ten years ago today, on Aug. 19, 1991, Russians awoke to the rumble of tanks moving through the streets of Moscow. It would turn out to be a kind of historical drumroll, opening the final chapter in the story of the 20th century's longest and bloodiest totalitarian regime. Hard-line military and security officials ordered the tanks into Moscow as the opening act in a halfhearted coup attempt.
March 12, 2001 |
Former Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin has left the hospital where he spent more than a month with an acute viral infection, a source in the presidential medical center said. Yeltsin, 70, who steered Russia's transition to capitalism during nine years as Kremlin leader, has a record of health problems, and his latest long spell in the elite Central Clinical Hospital triggered rumors about a new deterioration.
January 31, 2001 |
Suffering from what doctors called an acute viral infection, former Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin was taken from his luxurious country dacha and hospitalized Tuesday, two days before his 70th birthday. It was Yeltsin's first hospitalization since a bout of pneumonia in November 1999, and it brought back memories of the repeated health problems that plagued him during his nine years as president.
January 27, 2001 |
One day after a federal judge in New York denied bail to a Russian who was once one of the Kremlin's most powerful figures, Moscow said Friday that it will continue to use "all diplomatic means" to press for his release. Despite such rhetoric, however, there was growing opinion in Moscow that Pavel P.