October 17, 1989 |
We hate to tell you this, Comrade Mukhortov, but those aliens you claim to have interviewed near Moscow probably weren't really from another planet. For Times readers who do not subscribe to Komsomolskaya Pravda, the Communist Party youth newspaper, Pavel Mukhortov was identified in Thursday's edition of the official Soviet publication as a reporter who had chatted with a few exotic aliens.
August 15, 1990 |
The government newspaper Izvestia became the first Soviet publication to register under a new press law guaranteeing freedom from decades of state censorship. More than 120 newspapers and other Soviet news organizations have applied for registration. Under the new law, to establish a publication or news organization, Soviets need only provide their name, address, frequency of publication, circulation figures and source of financing.
February 9, 1990 |
Soviet housewives, students, clerks and secretaries who lined up in unusually large numbers to buy their morning newspapers Thursday were in for a disappointment. Hoping to find the text of a draft Communist Party program detailing historic changes bound to affect their everyday lives dramatically, they instead got page after page of transcripts of party debate--but not the key document itself.
August 21, 1991
When Mikhail S. Gorbachev was ousted, so were some of the achievements that blossomed under perestroika. Among them: Union Treaty: Gorbachev was to officiate at the treaty's signing, scheduled to begin Tuesday. His treaty would have kept the federation together while granting greater autonomy to the republics. These republics were to be given greater powers in the national legislature, military matters, foreign affairs, natural resources and the administration of energy resources.
February 28, 1991 |
The 1.8 million readers of the arch-conservative daily Sovietskaya Rossiya opened their newspapers Wednesday to a gripping and detailed, if completely outlandish, version of how the war was going in the Persian Gulf: "Here are the latest reports from the front: Iraqi forces continue their fierce battles with the enemy," the paper said. It continued: "Iraqi fighters have courageously taken the first mighty blow, remained standing and in turn, units and detachments of the 3rd Corps under Gen.
December 14, 1988
A leading Soviet liberal weekly, the Literary Gazette, announced that its 75-year-old editor, Alexander B. Chakovsky, has retired and has been replaced by a senior Communist Party official. The new editor, Yuri P. Voronov, 59, had headed the Party Central Committee's Cultural Department--now being disbanded under President Mikhail S. Gorbachev's political reforms--for the last three years. Literary sources said that Voronov has a reputation as a strong supporter of reforms.