March 30, 2012 |
MOSCOW - The only thing missing from the scene was one of those heroic images of Lenin peering from a shop window, or perhaps a glimpse of the Soviet hammer and sickle fluttering over the nearby Kremlin. When the new U.S. ambassador to Russia arrived this week for a private meeting with a prominent human rights activist, he was confronted by a crew from a Kremlin-controlled television station that blocked his path and peppered him with questions. Uniformed men, tall wool military hats on their heads, were there too. And a burly civilian held up a sign with a pointed question for Ambassador Michael McFaul's host: "What is the price of the motherland today?"
May 12, 1992
The presence of Vice President Dan Quayle at unusual ceremonies in Japan this week is meant to add some indirect political pressure on Moscow to return four northern islands that the Soviet Union seized at the end of World War II. The ceremonies, presided over by Emperor Akihito, mark the 20th anniversary of the return to Japan's control of Okinawa--a Japanese prefecture that was the site of one of the bloodiest battlegrounds of the Pacific war.
March 12, 1989
It was clear that the political orientations that the "brat pack" held were altered by just a couple of weeks in the U.S.S.R. Such shallowness reinforces the flighty, uncommitted image of affluent child actors. It is unfortunate that their influence will always outweigh their merit. But since they enjoy kissing airport Tarmac, I suggest they spend a couple of weeks in Rangoon, Jakarta or Calcutta (to see how most of the world lives) and then fly to Moscow. I am sure they will find socialist Tarmac a similar flavor to our American variety.
October 25, 1994
Alexander I. Solzhenitsyn, the Nobel laureate who was once the scourge of the Soviet Union and is now a critic of the Russian government, will address Parliament members Friday.8 The Duma, the lower house of Parliament, invited the author to speak of his return after two decades in exile in the United States. Solzhenitsyn landed in Vladivostok on May 27 and embarked on a long cross-country trip to Moscow to rediscover his homeland.
March 22, 1985 |
In another sign of a warming trend in U.S.-Soviet relations, Commerce Secretary Malcolm Baldrige will visit Moscow for the first high-level meeting on trade between the two superpowers since 1978, the Commerce Department said. Baldrige will join Soviet Foreign Trade Minister Nikolai Patolichev in a meeting May 20-21 of the U.S.-USSR Joint Commercial Commission, Commerce Department spokesman B.J. Cooper said. Last Met in 1978 The commission last met in December, 1978.
March 17, 1992
To the diehard Communists of the Soviet Union, its dissolution late last year after the collapse of socialism not only was a mistake of historic proportions but an unconstitutional seizure of power by radicals. Today, they will attempt to reverse it. Communist hard-liners plan to convene an emergency session of the old Soviet Congress of People's Deputies to challenge the legitimacy of Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin's regime.
April 20, 1993
Russians vote Sunday in a climactic referendum called by President Boris N. Yeltsin to decide once and for all whether the people want to be led by him or by the country's more conservative Parliament. Most predictions hold that Yeltsin will easily garner a majority, and voters will overwhelmingly approve early elections for Parliament. But there's a snag.
December 13, 1985 |
French mime Marcel Marceau, 62, flew home from Moscow Wednesday "in robust condition" after undergoing emergency surgery for a perforated stomach ulcer, his spokeswoman said. "He handled the operation and the trip very well," said his press agent, Soyo Graham-Stuart. Soyo said Marceau began hemorrhaging Friday night just before he was to go on stage in Moscow.
November 1, 1987 |
Police are clearing the Soviet capital of criminals and prostitutes ahead of next week's celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution, the youth newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets said Saturday. "The police have entered an active period of preparations ahead of the holiday," a senior Moscow police inspector said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 1995
Re "Clinton to Join Yeltsin in Moscow for 50th V-E Day," March 21: Upon hearing that President Clinton has chosen to commemorate the anniversary of the end of World War II in Moscow I am concerned. It strikes me as ironic that President Clinton, a representative of the United States, is not spending the anniversary in Great Britain. I think that it is appropriate for Clinton to spend the anniversary with a country that American soldiers died to protect. The comrades and fellow soldiers of Americans were British, not Russian.