August 31, 1991 |
The vanishing Soviet Union was wrenched by conflicting pressures Friday as another republic, oil-rich Azerbaijan, declared its independence, while two others, Russia and Kazakhstan, agreed on the urgent need to join forces to avert catastrophe.
March 12, 1995 |
President Nursultan A. Nazarbayev, accepting a ruling by the Central Asian republic's highest court that voting last year was rigged, dissolved Parliament and told a hastily called news conference that new elections will be held in two to three months. He said he has appointed a new government to be headed by Prime Minister Akezhan Kazhegeldin.
February 24, 1998 |
Ever since their past was swallowed up by war in 1993, the members of Azerbaijan's Karabakh soccer team have lived the shiftless lives of refugees, carrying on with their sport even though they have not set eyes on their homeland of Nagorno-Karabakh since its Armenian majority drove the men out of the disputed enclave in a vicious ethnic war. The dispossessed soccer stars slowly reassembled in this filthy industrial town 300 miles east of the sparkling, but now deadly, hills of their birth.
December 25, 1996 |
OK, so he built towers of human skulls from Baghdad to New Delhi. If Soviet history portrayed Tamerlane as nothing but a bloodthirsty conqueror, so what? In this long-forgotten capital of his 14th and early 15th century empire, history can be--and is being--rewritten. Tamerlane is back--on equestrian statues proclaiming "My Strength Is in Justice." In a bizarre revival, post-Soviet Uzbekistan has repackaged the Mongol tyrant as an enlightened prince and national role model.
April 23, 1995 |
Week after week, an 83-year-old Frenchman meets with President Nursultan A. Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan to offer him the same advice: Take power. Alexei A. Moskovich, Moscow-born but French-raised, has been an author, a soldier and the vice mayor of Paris. Before becoming one of Nazarbayev's top advisers, Moskovich had also advised Gen. Charles de Gaulle.
August 30, 1991 |
The Soviet Union is no more, Russia and the Ukraine concluded Thursday. But the two demographic and economic giants then expressed alarm at what may follow--"uncontrolled disintegration." At 1 a.m. Thursday, after nine hours of intense talks, bleary-eyed leaders of the Ukraine and Russia announced that the evaporation of centralized, nationwide rule from Moscow means that some kind of inter-republic institutions--to get food to market and to run the Soviet armed forces--are now urgently needed.