September 5, 1991 |
Several thousand Soviet Communist Party and KGB members have crossed the Soviet border into northern China asking for political asylum, two Japanese newspapers reported Wednesday. China's Communist Party leaders have decided to accept the defectors and provide them with support but not to publicize the matter, according to the reports in the Nihon Keizai Shimbun and Sankei Shimbun, two national dailies.
September 2, 1991 |
Expressing the Western world's relief that Mikhail S. Gorbachev has returned to power, British Prime Minister John Major said after meeting with the Soviet president Sunday that failure of the hard-liners' coup was proof of what Gorbachev has accomplished. The first foreign leader to meet with Gorbachev since the Aug. 19 putsch, Major also promised that the West will help avert famine in the Soviet Union this winter and declared unabashed support for Baltic independence.
August 30, 1991 |
A former Soviet double agent who defected six years ago said Thursday that the KGB has abandoned round-the-clock surveillance of his family in Moscow, raising his hopes for a reunion. "It may be just a first sign that they are rethinking their attitude," Oleg Gordievsky said. Gordievsky, 53, was KGB station chief in London when he began working for British intelligence in the early 1970s. He defected in 1985 when his superiors became suspicious.
August 23, 1991 |
The passengers of the Soviet ship were torn Thursday between the Golden Gate Bridge and Mikhail S. Gorbachev. Should they watch the spectacular view as they steamed into San Francisco Bay? Or should they listen to the Soviet president's news conference, broadcast live on American radio hours after he survived an attempted coup.
August 21, 1991 |
A Soviet research vessel left Seattle for San Francisco late Monday night minus as many as six passengers and crew members who were apparently unwilling to return to their troubled Soviet homeland. Dan P. Danilov, a Seattle immigration attorney representing two crewman and one passenger from the ship Academic Shirshov, said he has been in contact with three other passengers who had also indicated a desire to seek asylum or extend their visas in the United States.
August 6, 1991 |
Four years ago, Irek Mukhamedov was the much-anticipated new star whose dynamic leaps and bold stage presence captivated audiences during the Bolshoi Ballet's U.S. tour. Hurling his muscular body through seemingly impossible tricks with boyish eagerness, the darkly handsome dancer was the natural heir to the long line of bravura Bolshoi men.