June 13, 1989 |
Premier Nikolai I. Ryzhkov made an emergency trip Monday to the Central Asian republic of Uzbekistan, where rioting initially sparked by ethnic disputes now appears, according to Pravda, to have snowballed into a rampage by a Soviet criminal underworld. "Gangs of bandits, not even masquerading any longer under the guise of 'nationalistic zealots,' are continuing to maraud, rob, burn and murder, not caring which nation's property they pillage," the Communist Party daily newspaper reported.
June 17, 1989 |
The Soviet Union faces major political and social unrest on a broad scale within the next two years unless living standards are boosted quickly, the government's top economist warned Friday. Leonid I. Abalkin, who was appointed deputy premier for economic policy a week ago, said that the government is quickly running out of time and that its policies have so far failed to halt the deepening crisis. Should the government's new efforts also fail, he added in one of the most sober warnings here yet on the economic crisis, a sharp political swing to the right could result and bring an end to perestroika, as the current reform program is known.
June 11, 1989 |
In the most far-reaching attempt yet to streamline the top-heavy Soviet bureaucracy, Premier Nikolai I. Ryzhkov on Saturday proposed elimination of one-third of the government ministries and said the rest should relinquish power to the nation's 15 republics. The shared-rule proposal is a clear attack on the party apparatchiks whom President Mikhail S. Gorbachev has blamed for slowing down, or even blocking, his efforts to reform and streamline the Soviet economy. It also is aimed at easing growing tension in many of the republics, where ethnic leaders have complained about the extent of control Moscow exerts on their daily affairs and have demanded economic independence.
June 28, 1989 |
Premier Nikolai I. Ryzhkov, bowing to the authority of the Soviet Union's newly strengthened legislature, withdrew six of his ministerial nominees Tuesday after they had been rejected by the committees of lawmakers that had examined their qualifications and proposed programs. Ryzhkov, speaking with reporters after the session of the Supreme Soviet, said that he could not defend these nominees and would propose others in their places. "I agreed actually with the conclusions of the parliamentary committees," he said.
June 8, 1989 |
In the most critical appraisal of the Soviet Union's economy given by the head of the country's government, Premier Nikolai I. Ryzhkov acknowledged Wednesday that it was so weakened by poor planning and overspending that it had been unable in recent years to raise living standards, ensure the national security and finance further development. Speaking to the Congress of People's Deputies after he was reappointed premier, Ryzhkov, in striking contrast to past Soviet leaders' triumphal declarations of progress, told the country's new legislature that only radical economic reforms, including the introduction of major elements of the free-market forces of supply and demand, could reverse the decline.
September 5, 1987 |
Soviet Premier Nikolai I. Ryzhkov will make the first official visit to Sweden by a Soviet premier in 20 years on Jan. 11-14 of next year, the Cabinet Office said Friday.