November 6, 1997 |
Russian lawmakers cleared a global ban on chemical weapons Wednesday and sent it to President Boris N. Yeltsin for signing, a move that will require Russia to destroy the world's largest chemical arsenal. Interfax news agency quoted the administration as saying Yeltsin had signed the bill, but the report could not be confirmed.
March 12, 1994 |
In a victory for free speech in Russia, charges against a scientist who blew the whistle on a top-secret chemical weapons program have been dropped, the prosecutor general's office announced Friday. By closing the case against Vil S. Mirzayanov, charged with disclosing state secrets after writing a 1992 newspaper article about a highly potent new nerve toxin, President Boris N.
November 3, 1992 |
A chemist who accused Russia's military leaders of developing their own chemical weapons program has been released from prison pending trial on charges of betraying state secrets. Vil S. Mirzayanov was in jail because he was the acknowledged source for sensational printed revelations that as recently as this spring the Russians were hard at work developing a new type of binary chemical weapon.
January 26, 1994 |
A Russian scientist who publicized a covert chemical weapons program and is now being prosecuted for revealing state secrets said he expects to be arrested today after refusing to appear at a closed-door trial that he calls a Stalinist farce. Vil S. Mirzayanov, the first dissident under the government of President Boris N.
January 5, 1994 |
Despite protests from U.S. officials and international human rights groups, a Russian scientist who publicized an alleged covert chemical-weapons program faces trial Thursday on charges of divulging state secrets. The closed-door trial of Vil S. Mirzayanov, the first dissident of Boris N. Yeltsin's presidency, comes just days before President Clinton is scheduled to arrive in Moscow for summit talks. The U.S.
November 2, 1992 |
How free are Russians today? Ask Vil S. Mirzayanov, if you can. For the past 10 days, that's been impossible. The chemist and father of two young children has been in Lefortovo, the dun-colored, dilapidated KGB holding pen in east Moscow where U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers was once locked up.