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April 16, 1990 | United Press International
A democratic faction has nominated Communist maverick Boris N. Yeltsin to run for president of the Russian Federation, the largest of the Soviet Union's 15 republics and a potential power base against President Mikhail S. Gorbachev. The president of the Russian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic will be chosen by the republic's 1,026-member Congress of People's Deputies when it convenes in Moscow on May 16 packed with radical legislators who won seats in last month's elections.
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April 26, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
SLOVYANSK, Ukraine -- Pro-Russia gunmen refused Saturday to release a group of European observers and accompanying Ukrainian army officers seized a day earlier in this eastern Ukrainian town, the epicenter of the pro-Moscow rebellion. “These guys are not hostages, but they are our POWs and we intend to keep them in custody,” Vyacheslav Ponomaryov, a local separatist leader and self-proclaimed mayor of Slovyansk, said in an interview with The Times. “They are NATO officers and spies who infiltrated our territory illegally, without our permission.” The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe inspectors -- from Germany, Poland, Denmark, Czech Republic and Sweden -- “represent the countries which supply the illegitimate government in Kiev with arms and money,” Ponomaryov added.
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WORLD
March 25, 2003 | From Times Wire Services
President Vladimir V. Putin declared Monday that voters in the war-torn republic of Chechnya had overwhelmingly approved a new pro-Moscow constitution, but outside observers questioned the referendum and the long-term prospects for stability. Election officials, citing incomplete results, claimed that 96% of voters had backed the constitution, which confirms the region's status as part of Russia. They said turnout in Sunday's balloting was 79%.
WORLD
April 25, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
Separatist gunmen occupying the volatile eastern Ukrainian city of Slovyansk detained a 13-member team of military analysts from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Friday in defiance of international agreements signed by Russia and Ukraine. The German-led OSCE team was on a mission to evaluate a potential security threat and operating under a treaty provision known as the Vienna Document, which obliges the OSCE's 57 member states to "consult and cooperate in case of unusual military activity or increasing tensions.
NEWS
January 8, 1991 | From Reuters
In a stunning announcement, Lithuanian Prime Minister Kazimiera Prunskiene resigned today after the Baltic republic's Parliament rejected price rises she had sponsored. "I resign with my Cabinet of ministers," she told Parliament. Local journalists said the session was broadcast live on local radio. Several deputies called on ministers responsible for the price rises to step down. Parliament later voted to accept Prunskiene's resignation.
NEWS
November 13, 1991 | ELIZABETH SHOGREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bowing to the inevitable, Russian Federation President Boris N. Yeltsin backed down Tuesday from his imposition of a state of emergency in the Chechen-Ingush region, a rebellious Muslim enclave in Russia. The Soviet press, commenting on the first difficult test of Yeltsin's ability to solve ethnic problems, criticized him for initiating a policy so ineffectual and dangerous that it had to be immediately repealed.
NEWS
November 28, 1990 | CAREY GOLDBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the latest round of the rivalry at the pinnacle of Soviet power, President Mikhail S. Gorbachev's allies nearly wrecked Russian Federation leader Boris N. Yeltsin's plans for a key parliamentary session Tuesday, but the two managed to forge yet another uneasy compromise.
NEWS
June 15, 1991 | MICHAEL PARKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Boris N. Yeltsin, the Russian Federation's newly elected president with a mandate for change, said Friday that he sees no way to save the Soviet Union's Communist system and that he will press ahead with radical reforms to bring the country a broad democracy and a market economy. "I think that Communists, honest Communists, are starting to understand that the system is beginning to collapse and that there is no way to save it," Yeltsin said, commenting on his election victory this week.
NEWS
March 26, 1991 | MICHAEL PARKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Soviet government Monday banned all political demonstrations in Moscow until mid-April to prevent backers of Russian Federation President Boris N. Yeltsin from holding a mass rally to support him in a showdown with Communist Party conservatives this week. A government order, requested by President Mikhail S.
NEWS
November 20, 1990 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Populist politician Boris N. Yeltsin, locked in a fight with Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev over how to share power, threatened Monday to hold a referendum to determine whether the Russian people really want to grant the increasingly unpopular Gorbachev more authority.
WORLD
April 24, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
The vast majority of Ukrainian voters oppose Russian military intervention in their country, even in the east and south where large Russian minorities live, a U.S.-funded poll by a Gallup affiliate showed Thursday. The April 3-12 survey of 1,200 randomly selected Ukrainians of voting age by Baltic Surveys/The Gallup Organization found a nationwide average of 85% against any Russian military intervention, the International Republican Institute said in a summary of the poll paid for by the U.S. Agency for International Development.
OPINION
April 23, 2014 | By Jaak Treiman, Juris Bunkis and Daiva Navarrette
After Russia's recent actions in Ukraine, it's no surprise that other countries bordering Russia are wondering where they stand on Vladimir Putin's shopping list. That they are on the list is a given. Article 61 of Russia's Constitution promises that "the Russian Federation shall guarantee its citizens defense and patronage beyond its boundaries. " In other words, Russia shall protect any Russian citizen who is mistreated while outside Russia. On its face, Article 61 may seem reasonable.
WORLD
April 14, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko and Carol J. Williams
MOSCOW - Ukrainian police sympathetic to pro-Russia separatists occupying government buildings helped thwart a threatened crackdown Monday, undermining the government's credibility and encouraging the gunmen to grab more facilities. Ukraine's Interior Ministry said in a statement that it planned to replace 12,000 officers in the besieged east, blaming disloyal police for the failure of what it termed an anti-terrorism operation. Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov had issued an ultimatum Sunday to gunmen holding government facilities in Donetsk, Luhansk, Slavyansk, Kramatorsk and other cities, telling them to lay down their arms by early Monday.
WORLD
April 14, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko and Carol J. Williams
MOSCOW -- A threatened sweep by Ukrainian armed forces to oust pro-Russia gunmen occupying government buildings in eastern Ukraine failed to materialize after local police in the besieged venues apparently refused to take part in the proclaimed "anti-terrorist operation. " Ukraine's acting president, Oleksandr Turchynov, had issued an ultimatum on Sunday that gunmen holding key government facilities in Donetsk, Luhansk, Slavyansk, Kramatorsk and other cities in the volatile eastern and southern areas of Ukraine lay down their arms Monday or face ouster at gunpoint by Ukrainian troops and police.
WORLD
April 13, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
MOSCOW -- Ukrainian forces launched an "anti-terrorist operation" in the city of Slavyansk on Sunday morning after pro-Russian separatists seized buildings in the eastern area of the country, acting Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said on his Facebook account. "Units from all law enforcement agencies of the country are being used [in the operation]," Avakov wrote. "God is with us!" Armed men in masks and unmarked camouflage uniforms stormed and seized administrative buildings and police stations in Slavyansk and at least two other towns in the coal-mining region of Donetsk on Saturday.
WORLD
April 12, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
MOSCOW - Gunmen wearing camouflage uniforms seized two administrative buildings Saturday in a town in eastern Ukraine and separatists attacked sites in two other towns, drawing the vow of a tough response from a top Ukrainian official who blamed the violence on Russian “aggression.” The assailants, armed with automatic rifles, seized a police station and Security Service office in Slavyansk, in the eastern Donetsk region. They captured at least 20 submachine guns and 400 handguns in the station's armory and began distributing the weapons to dozens of separatists, the UNIAN news agency reported.
NEWS
June 14, 1991 | MICHAEL PARKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Boris N. Yeltsin's decisive victory in the Russian Federation presidential election will propel him into a key role in shaping the future of the Soviet Union, and that outlook is now for a more rapid and radical break with the socialism of the past 73 years. Yeltsin won 60% of the votes in the election on Wednesday, according to a provisional report by the Russian Central Election Commission, after campaigning for a popular mandate to accelerate the pace of change and broaden its scope.
NEWS
August 24, 1991 | CAREY GOLDBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev's admonishing forefinger froze in midair. His voice was drowned out by the cries and applause of Russian lawmakers, and Boris N. Yeltsin was not listening to him anyway. "I am now signing a decree suspending the activities of the Russian Communist Party," boomed Yeltsin, president of the Russian Federation. And so he did, ignoring Gorbachev's pleas--"Boris Nikolayevich . . . Boris Nikolayevich . . . "--and virtually brandishing the document in his face.
NATIONAL
March 27, 2014 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON -- Once again, there was Rep. Dana Rohrabacher breaking from most of his congressional colleagues, including fellow Orange County conservatives, to oppose an aid package for Ukraine and sanctions against Russia. "We should not permit ourselves to reignite a Cold War," said Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach), who was on the short end of the bipartisan 319-19 roll call Thursday. He was the lone Californian to oppose the measure, urging colleagues not to demonize Russian President Vladimir Putin.
WORLD
March 17, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine - The Crimean parliament on Monday declared the region independent of Ukraine, a first step toward the goal backed by 96% of voters during a weekend referendum: becoming part of Russia. The peninsula's pro-Moscow parliament adopted Moscow time as its own starting March 30, moving clocks forward two hours, and declared the Russian ruble to become the region's official currency, though the Ukrainian hrivna will remain in circulation until Jan. 1, 2016. A few days before the referendum, the local banks stopped serving customers and cash machines around the peninsula quickly ran out of cash.
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