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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 1996
As a follow-up to Stephen F. Cohen's commentary, "A Transition Leading to Tragedy" (Dec. 13), on post-Soviet developments, allow me to ask: Q: What is the one thing capitalism has been able to achieve in five years that communism was not able to achieve in 70? A: Make communism look good! ERIC A. GORDON Venice
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WORLD
April 25, 2014 | By Christi Parsons
SEOUL -- President Obama conceded Friday that sanctions on Russia may not force President Vladimir Putin to alter his decisions on Ukraine, but he then offered a spirited defense of how they might still influence a leader he said is “not a stupid man.” Putin surely realizes that sanctions have hurt the Russian economy, Obama said, and knows there is much more pain ahead if he doesn't live up to his pledge to ease tensions in Ukraine, where Russian-speaking...
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 2008 | TIMES STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
Boris Fyodorov, 50, a reformist financier who helped bring the Russian economy out of the post-Soviet chaos, has died, his company said in a statement. Russian television said he suffered a heart attack in London three weeks ago and died in a clinic there. Born in Moscow in 1958, Fyodorov was among the economists who fostered reforms in Russia before and after the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union. He also founded one of the country's largest investment banks, United Financial Group.
WORLD
April 16, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON -- President Obama accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of supporting "non-state militias" in southern and eastern Ukraine in an attempt to destabilize the country, and warned that the Russian leader was risking economic pain and international isolation. "What I have said consistently is that each time Russia takes these kinds of steps that are  designed to destabilize Ukraine or violate their sovereignty that there are going to be consequences," Obama said in an interview Wednesday with CBS News.
WORLD
April 16, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
Russia's economy has been hit hard by the Ukraine crisis, prompting finance officials to cut growth forecasts for this year to near zero and draining the country's hard currency reserves as investors flee an uncertain market, Kremlin officials disclosed Wednesday. In an address to the lower house of parliament, Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said $63 billion had been converted from rubles to hard currencies and taken out of the country in the first quarter of this year.
NEWS
March 31, 2000 | ROBYN DIXON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Russia will push forward swiftly with radical economic change under newly elected President Vladimir V. Putin, the man in charge of setting the new policy said Thursday. At a Moscow news conference, think tank chief German O. Gref promised an ambitious strategy to continue Russia's transition to a market system, including tax reform, restructuring of the banking system, land privatization and reform of the justice system and the army.
NEWS
August 14, 1990 | MICHAEL PARKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
How many pounds of fresh meat does a new computer cost? How can Moscow's collective farmers get videotape recorders, instead of almost worthless rubles, for their vegetables? And where can a builder get plumbing fixtures when the state supply agency has stopped selling them? As the Soviet Union's economic breakdown accelerates, its state-managed, centrally planned system is less and less able to meet the needs of either producers or consumers, and the country is facing increasing economic paralysis as products of all sorts no longer reach their intended users and the Soviet ruble loses its value as a currency.
NEWS
August 11, 1992
Russian air-traffic controllers are threatening to halt air travel across their vast country Friday, complaining that their commercial flights are disrupted because of military operations. According to the Ministry of Air Transport, however, the only issues on the bargaining table are demands for higher salaries and reorganization of the bureaucracy that governs the traffic controllers' work.
NEWS
July 27, 1993
Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin's archfoe, Parliament Chairman Ruslan I. Khasbulatov, has called conservative delegates to a special two-day All-Russia Economic Conference Wednesday to focus attention on the sorry state of the Russian economy and condemn Yeltsin's reform program. Khasbulatov's gambit is clear--a Russian version of President Clinton's campaign mantra, "It's the economy, stupid."
WORLD
April 16, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
Russia's economy has been hit hard by the Ukraine crisis, prompting finance officials to cut growth forecasts for this year to near zero and draining the country's hard currency reserves as investors flee an uncertain market, Kremlin officials disclosed Wednesday. In an address to the lower house of parliament, Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said $63 billion had been converted from rubles to hard currencies and taken out of the country in the first quarter of this year.
OPINION
April 15, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Perhaps Russia can be induced to pull its troops back from the border with Ukraine and to abandon efforts to destabilize what is left of that country after its illegal annexation of Crimea. It's not a sign of weakness for the United States and other nations to pursue those objectives through negotiations. But the U.S. and its European allies simultaneously need to make it clear that if Russia continues to threaten and intimidate Ukraine, new economic sanctions will be imposed not only on individual high-ranking Russian officials but also on entire sectors of the Russian economy.
WORLD
April 13, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON -- The outbreak of violence in eastern Ukraine appears to have been provoked by Moscow, the American ambassador to the United Nations said Sunday. “It has all the tell-tale signs of what we saw in Crimea,” Ambassador Samantha Power said on ABC's "This Week. " She said well-armed men wearing plainclothes and speaking Russian took over government buildings in the area of Ukraine near the Russian border. Other reports from the region have described assailants dressed in Russian-style camouflage military uniforms but without insignias.
OPINION
March 23, 2014 | Doyle McManus
Here's what the United States has done so far in an attempt to deter further Russian incursions into Ukraine: applied two rounds of economic sanctions and asked Congress to approve $1 billion in loan guarantees for Kiev. Here's what President Obama says he won't do: "We are not going to be getting into a military excursion in Ukraine," he told a television station in San Diego last week. PHOTOS: A peek inside 5 doomed dictators' opulent lifestyles The president's careful response and unwillingness to consider military intervention has met with general support from other Democrats.
WORLD
March 20, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey, Paul Richter and Henry Chu
WASHINGTON - The U.S. and Russian presidents imposed sanctions on each other's top aides and other government officials Thursday as the dispute over Crimea intensified and the White House worried publicly that Moscow might be positioning its military to seize more of Ukraine. Denouncing Russia's annexation of Crimea, President Obama said the Treasury Department would freeze any U.S. assets of 20 prominent Russians - including several officials close to President Vladimir Putin, some of the country's wealthiest businessmen - and a Moscow bank that gives financial support to the Russian leadership.
WORLD
September 19, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
Russian citizens deserve better than to be ruled by President Vladimir Putin and his corrupt, repressive regime that has aligned their country with the world's biggest tyrants, U.S. Sen. John McCain wrote in a scathing commentary for Pravda on Thursday. The Arizona Republican blasted Putin and his inner circle in the online, pro-Kremlin newspaper for subverting the Russian economy to the benefit of "just the powerful few" and putting themselves above the law in persecuting political rivals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 1993
The rhetoric of the Clinton Administration regarding its goals in the development of Russia is outrageously hypocritical. On one hand, the Administration line is that it wants to encourage the development of "free markets" in Russia, Meanwhile, the policies being pushed at home are socialized medicine, socialized art, socialized property ownership, socialized education, socialized employment, socialized child care, socialized banking, socialized everything....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 1995
"Middle-Class Roots Tarnish Leader's Image" is your headline (Feb. 11) referring to Subcommander Marcos (identified as Rafael Sebastian Guillen Vicente by the Mexican government). He is a major spokesman for the Indians who live in abject poverty in Chiapas, Mexico. Why would being middle class tarnish his image? Practically all leaders in history have been "middle class" or from a class able to be mobile and have time away from a life of desperate survival for a better world. Try Thomas Jefferson, Washington, Gandhi, Nehru, Benjamin Franklin, Martin Luther King Jr. More socially conscious middle-class citizens need to be "tarnished" with the democratic ideas of Marcos.
WORLD
February 1, 2009 | Alex Rodriguez
Russians from a broad spectrum of political movements protested in several cities Saturday, unified by their discontent over how Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has struggled to gird the country against the global financial crisis. In the Far East port city of Vladivostok, more than 2,000 demonstrators marched along downtown streets chanting, "Putin, resign!"
WORLD
November 21, 2008 | Megan K. Stack, Stack is a Times staff writer.
In a nationally televised show of unruffled resolve, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin vowed Thursday to protect an increasingly anxious country from a return to economic chaos. Putin used a congress of his ruling United Russia party to expound on the country's financial well-being, cutting an image of a strong, self-assured and focused leader.
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