September 7, 1991 |
The sinister steel door in Lubyanka prison still has bars over the shoulder-high slot where KGB guards once spoke to political prisoners like Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg. But today it leads nowhere. It is sealed shut, and the famous prison inside the KGB's Lubyanka headquarters has been converted to a staff cafeteria and bookkeeping department. The KGB stopped interrogating prisoners there when dictator Josef Stalin died in 1953, the secret police agency said Friday.
July 31, 1991 |
Mark Kabakov, a decorated World War II veteran who has found himself barred from traveling outside the Soviet Union because he had access to military secrets 17 years ago, expects no help from President Bush on this summit visit. Neither does Valeria Novodvorskaya, the outspoken leader of a radical group who has been held in Moscow's Lefortovo Prison since mid-May on charges of subversion. Nor does Yelena Bonner, the widow and comrade-in-arms of Nobel laureate Andrei D. Sakharov.
April 16, 1991 |
Calls are mounting within the Soviet Communist Party for the replacement of President Mikhail S. Gorbachev as its leader, with conservatives and centrists now joining radicals in urging the election of another party chief, the first secretary of the Ukrainian Communist Party said here Monday. Stanislav I.
April 9, 1991 |
The Georgian president bowed his head to enter St. Nino Church, lit seven slender candles and prayed for his nation's victory in its battle to free itself from the Kremlin. It was Palm Sunday and Zviad Gamsakhurdia, a former political prisoner who is now the president, was asking for God's help as the people of Georgia went to the polls that day to vote on the mountainous republic's independence from the Soviet Union.
December 22, 1990 |
Brash, angry and playing by its own set of rules, the new Soviet right now has the world's undivided attention. "I stand before you a reactionary, a hawk, scum," one of its leaders, Col. Viktor I. Alksnis, of the reactionary Soyuz (Union) faction, told the Soviet Congress hours after Eduard A. Shevardnadze, complaining of right-wing "hounding," quit Thursday.
November 13, 1990 |
An Armenian nationalist expelled from his homeland by Soviet authorities more than two years ago after charges of fomenting ethnic unrest received a hero's welcome Monday as he returned to Yerevan, the Armenian capital. "As soon as I got off the airplane, I saw that my people need me and that they have anxiously awaited my return," said Paruir Airikyan, 41, a political dissident for most of his life, who has been living in exile in Glendale, Calif. "They put their hope in me, that is obvious."