April 29, 1994 |
Arrayed at a gleaming Kremlin table that seemed to be the size of a football field, everyone who is anyone in Russia's political and social leadership turned out Thursday to sign a "civic accord" meant to give the country a two-year break from strife. "Russia is weary of torrents of mutual insults from various rostrums, of endless clashes in the media," President Boris N. Yeltsin told the gathering. "We do not want verbal wars to turn into street clashes and mass unrest."
April 5, 1991 |
Boris N. Yeltsin, the Russian Federation's populist leader, won preliminary approval Thursday for sweeping powers that would allow him to rule the Soviet Union's largest republic by decree. Warning that Russia is sliding into chaos that the central government under President Mikhail S. Gorbachev cannot prevent, Yeltsin asked the Russian Congress of People's Deputies for emergency powers to "preserve civil peace, reestablish public order and prevent social conflicts."
March 16, 1993 |
President Boris N. Yeltsin will deal with the current political crisis as firmly as he resisted the 1991 hard-line Communist coup, his spokesman said. The Congress of People's Deputies has sharply curbed Yeltsin's authority and canceled his plan for a nationwide referendum on whether the president or Parliament should have supreme power. A group of 57 pro-Yeltsin deputies asked Russia's Constitutional Court to overrule Congress' actions, contending that it overstepped its authority.