January 12, 2001 |
Ted Turner has been many things--media visionary, multibillionaire magnate, self-appointed rescuer of the United Nations and ambassador for his own private foreign policy. Now he's considering adding "defender of Russian press freedom" to his resume. It might just turn out to be his hardest gig.
December 21, 2000 |
Russia's upper house of parliament overwhelmingly approved a law adopting the melody of the Soviet anthem as Russia's national song. The Federation Council passed the law with 144 votes in favor, one against and two abstentions, according to the council's press service. The law had already passed the Duma, or lower house of parliament, on Dec. 8. It will now be sent to President Vladimir V. Putin for signing before the new year.
December 21, 2000 |
Russia's most visible KGB veteran, President Vladimir V. Putin, on Wednesday urged former colleagues to learn from the repressive past of Soviet-era secret services and to apply their skills toward defending democracy. Putin's speech in the Kremlin, followed by a concert and dinner, was timed to mark Chekist's Day, a Soviet-era holiday commemorating the Dec. 20, 1917, establishment of the secret police, the Cheka.
December 13, 2000 |
Spanish police seized fugitive Russian media mogul Vladimir A. Gusinsky on Tuesday at his villa in the southern province of Cadiz, but Gusinsky's lawyers immediately argued that he is a victim of Kremlin political machinations and should not be extradited to Moscow. Gusinsky--who has controlled Russia's only independent television station, NTV--fled Russia after being briefly jailed in June.
December 9, 2000 |
Russian lawmakers scrapped the country's post-Soviet national anthem Friday and voted to reinstate the melody of its Communist-era anthem instead--a gesture proponents called a step toward social reconciliation and critics denounced as a move toward repression. President Vladimir V. Putin proposed the switch in an address to the nation this week, saying that restoring the rousing "Unbreakable Union" anthem composed under dictator Josef Stalin could help reunite his fractured society.
December 5, 2000 |
President Vladimir V. Putin wants Russia to return to the past, at least symbolically, by adopting its Soviet-era anthem and czarist-era coat of arms. After a meeting with leaders of the parliamentary political factions and the presidium of the advisory State Council, Putin sent to the Duma, the lower house of parliament, a proposed law calling for official adoption of the double-headed eagle coat of arms and the familiar white-blue-and-red flag.
November 28, 2000 |
Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who disappeared after helping tens of thousands of Jews escape Nazi-occupied Hungary, undoubtedly was shot and killed by the Soviets, the head of a Russian presidential commission said Monday. The statement by Alexander Yakovlev, chairman of the presidential commission on rehabilitation of victims of political repression, indicates that Russia may be on the verge of confirming allegations that Soviet authorities denied for nearly half a century.
November 20, 2000 |
Prosecutors in Russia have summoned the outspoken director of the country's largest private television station for questioning, the company said Sunday. The reason for the summons was unclear. Yevgeny Kiselyov, general director of NTV, the flagship of the troubled Media-Most media empire, was to appear before a senior special prosecutor today, NTV officials said.
September 27, 2000 |
A week after denouncing the Kremlin for using strong-arm tactics to curb Russia's independent media, former Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev said President Vladimir V. Putin gave his personal pledge Tuesday that freedom of speech will be protected. "The president clearly stood by his position--and these were not mere words or games--that he is committed to the principle of a free press," Gorbachev told reporters after meeting with Putin.
September 10, 2000 |
Russia's most combative TV news personality, Sergei Dorenko, right-hand man to media tycoon Boris A. Berezovsky, was abruptly dropped from the national ORT network Saturday evening, a sign that the Kremlin is gaining the upper hand in a struggle for control of the network. Claiming 40 million viewers, Dorenko, an unrivaled master of the political smear campaign, dispatched his targets with ruthless glee, but Saturday he suddenly discovered what it was like to be a political victim.