July 13, 2000 |
A top space engineer here advised NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin to say a few prayers Wednesday before the launch of Zvezda, the key Russian module of the international space station. "He probably prayed well, and it helped," said Vladimir S. Syromyatnikov, chief of the electromechanical department at Russia's Energiya space company. "It was a perfect, perfect launch."
May 24, 2000 |
Russia's Mir space station will be left unmanned next month while its foreign investors try to raise money for another mission, space officials said. Cosmonauts Sergei Zaletin and Alexander Kaleri, aboard Mir since April 6, are scheduled to return to Earth in mid-June, a mission control spokesman said.
January 7, 2000 |
If Vladimir V. Putin rides to an easy victory in Russia's presidential election in March, he will have been borne on a tide of oil. To an extent little appreciated in the West, the Kremlin decisions that led to Boris N. Yeltsin's resignation and Putin's ascension were made possible by a surge in world oil prices last year that refilled the government's coffers, eased its dependence on foreign loans and helped finance the new war in Chechnya.
July 29, 1999 |
The International Monetary Fund approved a $4.5-billion financial package for Russia on Wednesday aimed at helping to keep the country afloat through its December parliamentary elections and presidential voting scheduled for June 2000. About $640 million would be made available immediately, said an IMF spokeswoman. Other installments will be paid out during the next 17 months, she said.
March 30, 1999 |
After months of tough negotiations, Russia won agreement in principle Monday on a new loan from the International Monetary Fund that could save the country from a disastrous default on its existing debt to the financial institution and win it some economic breathing space. Prime Minister Yevgeny M. Primakov promised that, in exchange, his government would produce a 2% primary budget surplus, though questions remain about his ability to deliver the program demanded by the IMF.
March 28, 1999 |
The chief of the International Monetary Fund arrived Saturday for talks on new loans to Russia and said tensions over NATO bombings in Yugoslavia will not affect the negotiations. Michel Camdessus told reporters Saturday that the IMF hopes to quickly come to an agreement on new loans for Russia. "We've got a degree of optimism," Camdessus said. "Our goal is to come to a credible agreement, which could assist your country in very difficult conditions."