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April 28, 1991 | CAREY GOLDBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A powerful group of radicals launched a drive Saturday to make Boris N. Yeltsin the first popularly elected president in Russian history, naming him as their candidate in an election scheduled June 12. Winning the election would give Yeltsin the kind of enhanced executive power in the huge Russian Federation that Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev now wields nationwide.
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November 11, 1990 | CAREY GOLDBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Red Square gunman who fired two shots across from Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev was identified Saturday as a radical activist who had hawked subversive leaflets and belonged to a new party pledged to remove the Communists from power. Vladimir A. Kryuchkov, chief of the KGB security agency, had indicated last week that officials believed Alexander A. Shmonov, 38, of Leningrad, who fired a sawed-off shotgun during the annual Revolution Day parade Wednesday, was simply insane.
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April 11, 1990 | MICHAEL PARKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Soviet Communist Party's top leadership sharply criticized radical reformers within the party Tuesday, accusing them of dividing it into factions and undermining its authority, and it called for their ouster in what some of them fear could become a purge of liberals.
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September 30, 1992 | JIM WASHBURN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Like many of his contemporaries, 87-year-old Jack Miller likes to relax in a rocking chair in his living room. Unlike most of them, though, he keeps a brightly hued poster of Che Guevara on the wall behind him. During nearly every weekend of the Reagan years Miller and other somewhat less august citizens maintained a vigil at Laguna's Main Beach, protesting U.S. intervention in Central America.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 2000 | JOCELYN Y. STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jose Jacques Medina did not flee Mexico in search of work or opportunity. He left because he knew what might happen if he stayed. In 1973, he was a 28-year-old attorney, a leader of the Mexican student movement fighting for democracy and workers' rights. That year, he was arrested and accused of attempting to kidnap the dean of the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City. Jacques Medina faced a harsh choice: If he stayed, he could be killed or imprisoned.
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January 16, 2001 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
OK, he hurled a few rocks and slugged the occasional police officer and may have taken part in urban guerrilla drills. But that was the Joschka Fischer of yesteryear, the scruffy radical of the raucous 1960s and '70s, not the svelte and suave foreign minister whom Germans know and love today.
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April 1, 2001 | ALEX ABELLA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
I was standing at an LAX arrival gate, holding up a sign with a name, just like the dozen or so limousine drivers, waiting for my party to arrive. Out trooped Fran Drescher and other celebrities from the first-class section, some of whom I vaguely recognized from the pages of magazines. But the sign I was holding read "Juan Gonzalez," whose renown was first earned at a time when practically the only other Latino name in the news was Richard Nixon's friend and confidant, Bebe Rebozo.
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August 13, 1989 | NIKKI FINKE, Times Staff Writer
Inside the elegant house nestled into the bucolic hills of Brentwood, a slide show is just finishing. Seventy-five well-dressed, well-heeled guests, their glasses of wine and Perrier within arm's reach, their beepers turned temporarily to "off," sit transfixed as China expert Orville Schell shows them the massacre in Tian An Men Square. Sitting in a prime location on a chintz-covered sofa is Margery Tabankin.
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January 17, 2001 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It wasn't supposed to be Joschka Fischer on trial here Tuesday, but the German foreign minister summoned as a witness for an old friend charged with murder and terrorism appeared to acquit himself well under questioning over a radical past that has come back to haunt him.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 1998 | PETER Y. HONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eldridge Cleaver blasted American society with his 1968 essay collection "Soul on Ice," written in Folsom prison. Let loose on the streets of Oakland, he aimed at a narrower target, allegedly firing at police officers with an M-16. For the last 20 years, Cleaver has spurned his Marxist-Maoist past but provoked the public in other ways. He became a Republican and a Christian minister. He pushed a line of men's pants with a strategically placed attachment called "the Cleaver sleeve."
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