April 29, 1989 |
Roy A. Medvedev, a leading Soviet historian who was expelled from the Communist Party 20 years ago for exposing the extent of the dictator Josef Stalin's crimes, has been fully exonerated and reinstated as a party member, the official Tass news agency reported Friday. The party's control committee, which reviewed Medvedev's case, for years a focus of controversy, "concluded that he had been expelled from the party without grounds," Tass said. The committee reinstated him as a member since 1959, the year he was originally admitted as a full member.
April 16, 2014 |
Russia's economy has been hit hard by the Ukraine crisis, prompting finance officials to cut growth forecasts for this year to near zero and draining the country's hard currency reserves as investors flee an uncertain market, Kremlin officials disclosed Wednesday. In an address to the lower house of parliament, Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said $63 billion had been converted from rubles to hard currencies and taken out of the country in the first quarter of this year.
December 11, 2011 |
Cheerful and smiling, in groups of friends, lovers and associates, carrying white balloons, flowers and ribbons, they came together in the massive square on an island embraced by the Moscow River. For most, it was the first time: successful young bank managers and businessmen, computer programmers and engineers, lawyers and real estate agents. The tens of thousands of protesters who joined forces Saturday in the largest demonstration here since the collapse of the Soviet Union were united in one chant: "Russia without Putin!"
August 5, 1990
Regarding David Marples' review of "Chernobyl: The Catastrophe Isn't Over Yet" by Zhores A. Medvedev (July 8), I plan to read this book even though I am leery of any book written by ethnic Russians--like Medvedev--about events in Ukraine. I hope the author points out the Russian practice of building nuclear plants in non-Russian republics, in case of nuclear "accidents." However, these plants are managed by the Russians themselves because they do not trust the native population.
February 23, 2013 |
MOSCOW - The day last month that Russian lawmakers gave initial approval to a bill establishing fines for spreading "propaganda" supporting homosexuality among minors, leading Russian media personality Anton Krasovsky was fired after publicly revealing that he is gay. While anchoring a late-night TV show on Jan. 25, Krasovsky, 37, said that not only is he gay, he is also "as human as President [Vladimir] Putin, Prime Minister [Dmitry] Medvedev" and the members of the parliament. Krasovsky, who served as editor in chief of Kontr TV, an Internet and cable television network launched by the Kremlin in December, said in an interview recently that human rights and liberties are violated more and more and that "mutual hatred and resentment is being instilled in the Russian society from above.
April 22, 1989 |
Four years of reforms have failed to bring the dramatic economic improvements that the Soviet Union had hoped for, a top Soviet official said Friday, and the Communist Party leadership now believes that even bolder changes are urgently needed. Vadim A. Medvedev, the party's secretary for ideology and a member of its ruling Politburo, acknowledged in a major review of the country's political and economic situation that "until now, no tangible results in meeting the everyday needs of the people have been achieved."