September 1, 1992 |
The United States has agreed to buy tons of weapons-grade uranium from Russia's nuclear arsenal to keep the material from falling into the hands of unfriendly countries or terrorists, the White House announced Monday. The agreement, the first of its kind, is also aimed at pumping additional hard currency into Russia's deteriorating economy and helping the Moscow government pay for safety improvements on nuclear reactors in the former Soviet Union, a White House statement said.
July 14, 1995 |
Russia is bracing for another currency panic. This time, it's not the ruble that's in trouble but the $100 bill. In a bid to thwart wily high-tech counterfeiters, the U.S. Treasury Department plans to unveil a new $100 bill with a larger portrait of Benjamin Franklin, a watermark and other features that are difficult to duplicate. But the news that America plans to tamper with the greenback, an object of almost sacred devotion in Russia, has triggered near-hysteria here.
December 14, 1991 |
As if they had plunged into a medieval ritual hailing a new monarch even while mourning the old king, the republics of the disintegrating Soviet Union are shouting, "The union is dead! Long live the commonwealth!" It is a puzzling process, for everything and nothing seems to be changing. Some of the republics, such as Ukraine, that struggled so hard to break with the Soviet Union and establish their independence are now eager to join its successor.
January 9, 1994 |
I am perhaps not alone in thinking a Cold War needs to be declared on books filled with motivational anecdotes that offer American and Russian leaders inspiration. Once an author gets anywhere near to mentioning streamlined nuclear deterrent strategies, or divulging on the dust cover that my $23 will buy a read which "grew out of a confidential study developed for a select group of international companies by a leading international consulting firm," it's time to sound a Red Alert.
September 5, 1998 |
Acting Prime Minister Viktor S. Chernomyrdin proposed Friday to solve Russia's financial crisis by declaring an "economic dictatorship" and printing enough money to pay 20 billion rubles in overdue wages and pensions.
August 25, 1992 |
Remember the prosperous Russia of yeoman property holders that President Boris N. Yeltsin evoked last week? Well, there are still plenty of bugs in the system, his lieutenants admitted Monday. Thirty-two of Russia's regions, at last word, hadn't even created the government committees that are supposed to preside over the massive selloff of state-owned factories and assets, the man in charge reported.