CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 1996 |
The selection of retired Gen. Alexander Lebed as chief of the Russian Security Council almost surely guarantees Boris Yeltsin's election as president next month. Yeltsin now has credible force at his disposal to deal with a recalcitrant parliament and demonstrations in the streets, and Russia has a powerful new contender in the struggle to succeed Yeltsin.
May 8, 2004 |
Back then, in the chaotic violence of Germany's death throes at the end of World War II, Tech. Sgt. Joseph Beyrle knew only two words of Russian: "Amerikansky tovarishch!" -- American comrade! -- he shouted to members of a Soviet tank unit. He hoped they understood. The same unit had just shot a German couple from a nearby farmhouse, chopped their bodies into pieces, and fed them to the hogs.