August 1, 1990 |
Poland says a member of the Soviet secret police who signed the order for the World War II massacre of Polish officers in the Katyn forest is still alive and should be interrogated, the PAP news agency reported in Warsaw. It is alleged that Pyotr Karpovich Soprunenko, then a major in the secret police, signed the list of 4,200 officers ordered to be executed at Katyn in the spring of 1940. Justice Minister Aleksander Bentkowski said Soprunenko is living in Moscow.
August 30, 1991 |
Sitting on a park bench and professionally eyeing the passers-by, KGB Maj. Andrei Borisov--his real rank but not his real name--told a tale Thursday of a spy agency in deep trouble, hurt and hopping mad. "Most people in the committee are in shock and terribly upset," he said, referring to the Komitet Gosudarstvennoi Bezopastnosti-- the Committee of State Security. "Everyone's on pins and needles, waiting. What will happen? What? Where?
August 7, 1991 |
Had one vodka too many? Call the police. Traffic cops in the Soviet city of Tselinograd have launched a commercial service for drivers who have had too much to drink. "Police officers, without the usual moralizing, will arrive and drive you home in your own car," the Communist Party daily Pravda said Tuesday. All it takes is a "sufficiently solid sum."
March 28, 1991 |
Hundreds of thousands of Russian Federation leader Boris N. Yeltsin's supporters face a potentially explosive showdown outside the Kremlin today with an army of riot police loyal to Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev. As of Wednesday night, the Yeltsin camp refused to cancel the planned rally despite a government ban on all demonstrations for three weeks and ominous warnings from the Soviet vice president and top law-enforcement officials that "public disorder" could result.
March 7, 1988
Police broke up a demonstration in central Moscow by several dozen people who were protesting what they said was a revival of Stalinism in the country, eyewitnesses said. They said several people were detained during the brief protest, timed to mark the 35th anniversary of the death of Kremlin dictator Josef Stalin on March 5, 1953. The demonstration was organized by the Perestroika-88 independent discussion group. Sergei I.
September 12, 1990 |
The KGB, the Soviet security police, opened the doors of its headquarters at Moscow's infamous Lubyanka Prison to the press Tuesday in its gathering campaign to demonstrate that President Mikhail S. Gorbachev's reforms have changed even it. "Our activities must be increasingly subjected to public control, and in protecting the state we must strive to protect human rights as well," Maj. Gen. Alexander N.