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.
January 25, 2001 |
The lower house of Russia's parliament substantially weakened a Kremlin bill that would grant former presidents sweeping immunity from prosecution, in a move that could bring legal problems for Boris N. Yeltsin. Under the new version, a former president can be prosecuted if parliament first agrees to strip immunity. Immediately after Yeltsin resigned Dec. 31, 1999, his successor, Vladimir V. Putin, signed a decree guaranteeing immunity for former presidents.
January 18, 2001 |
A top aide to former Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin accused of accepting bribes on behalf of the ex-leader was arrested as he arrived in the United States, according to Russian news reports. Pavel P. Borodin, former chief of the Kremlin property department, was arrested at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport on a warrant issued by Swiss prosecutors, who have been investigating Borodin for bribery and other corruption charges, the reports said.
January 1, 2001 |
A year ago, a Russian public thoroughly sick and tired of Boris N. Yeltsin got his opposite as its new leader. In place of Yeltsin's bearlike physique, palpable humanity, boozy work habits, flashes of vision, embrace of pluralism and rejection of the country's Soviet past, Russians now have as their president Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, the anti-Yeltsin. Whereas Yeltsin had long been ailing and rarely strayed from his suburban Moscow dacha, Putin is vigorous and gads about the globe.
October 5, 2000 |
Now we know: It was dust. On New Year's Eve, when Boris N. Yeltsin raised a chubby finger and wiped his eye while reading his resignation speech, many wondered whether he might be shedding a tear, perhaps for his presidency, perhaps for his country. But no. According to excerpts from Yeltsin's new memoirs, the soon-to-be former president was brimming with excitement and jubilation, and the cause of the gesture was no more than a stray mote of dust.