June 13, 2001 |
There are moments, speeding around the world's biggest country in his motorcade, that Vladimir V. Putin secretly yearns to stop the clock and drop into a bar for a beer. But his entourage is huge and a lot of other people would be kept waiting. No, an impromptu beer for the president of Russia is just not practical. Putin's rigid self-discipline rules out the kind of spontaneous gestures that marked the tenure of his predecessor, Boris N. Yeltsin.
May 11, 2001 |
President Vladimir V. Putin named ex-Prime Minister Viktor S. Chernomyrdin as ambassador to Ukraine in a surprise move signaling an upgrading of ties with a key ex-Soviet republic. Chernomyrdin headed Russia's natural gas monopoly Gazprom before serving as President Boris N. Yeltsin's premier from 1992 to 1998. His appointment may reflect Moscow's determination to recoup Ukraine's natural gas debts, estimated at $1.4 billion to $2 billion.
April 5, 2001 |
Americans lined up on both sides of the fight over media freedom in Russia on Wednesday, with Ted Turner confirming an offer to buy a significant stake in the maverick NTV network, while a Los Angeles investment firm acknowledged playing a critical role in giving majority control to Kremlin loyalists. The decisions mean that the fate of NTV, whose exposes and critical war reporting have irked Russian President Vladimir V.
March 22, 2001 |
Secretary of State Colin L. Powell on Wednesday ordered 50 Russian diplomats to leave the United States--six of them immediately--partly in response to the spy case involving former FBI agent Robert Philip Hanssen, U.S. officials said.
March 17, 2001 |
Attorneys again asked a federal judge in New York to release on bail a Russian official whom Switzerland accuses of laundering huge kickbacks from Swiss companies that renovated Kremlin buildings. A defense attorney argued that Pavel P. Borodin cannot fully perform his duties as secretary of the Russia-Belarus Union while jailed. Borodin, 54, a former top aide to former Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin, is wanted in Switzerland. He was arrested Jan.
March 15, 2001 |
A gunman opened fire on the car carrying a Russian lawmaker in central Moscow, injuring him and killing his driver, police said. Bashir Kodzoyev, a member of the pro-Kremlin Unity Party, was wounded in the chest and arm. Party officials said Kodzoyev, a deputy in the Duma, the lower house of parliament, was hospitalized in satisfactory condition. Police said the unidentified gunman opened fire on Kodzoyev's passing car from the third floor of a building and then fled.