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April 29, 1994 | CAREY GOLDBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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."
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January 5, 1995
What would be the consequences of a military coup in Moscow? The failed Russian invasion of breakaway Chechnya has alienated Russian liberals and conservatives alike: liberals because of the reckless violence of the invasion, conservatives because of its abject failure. Most ominous of all, the Russian military must be outraged at the heavy casualties sustained in an operation that has clearly been a military as well as a political disaster. Will President Boris N. Yeltsin be succeeded by Lt.
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September 13, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A high-ranking Russian Orthodox leader has urged the resumption of the dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church that Moscow broke off last year when the Vatican created Catholic dioceses in Orthodox Russia. Metropolitan Kyrill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, who is No. 2 in the hierarchy of the Moscow Patriarchate, offered the unexpected overture this week at an interreligious meeting in the German city of Aachen.
WORLD
July 18, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko, This post has been updated. See note below.
MOSCOW -- Alexei Navalny, Russia's most popular and charismatic opposition leader, was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison and ordered to pay a fine of about $15,000 in a high-profile embezzlement trial that Navalny claimed was politically motivated. The district court trial in Kirov, a regional capital about 500 miles northeast of Moscow, was based on the alleged 2009 embezzlement of about $530,000 in timber trade from a localĀ  company, which has since gone bankrupt. [Updated, 10:30 a.m. PDT July 18: Thousands of people angered by Navalny's conviction took to the streets of Moscow on Thursday.
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January 11, 1998 | From Associated Press
Russian and Chechen officials agreed Saturday to pool funds to revive Chechnya's war-ravaged economy, a welcome sign of cooperation amid rising tensions in the rebel republic. Ramazan Abdulatipov, a Russian deputy prime minister who led a delegation from Moscow to the Chechen capital for talks Saturday, reported a "serious breakthrough" in relations.
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February 27, 1994 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gleeful, unrepentant leaders of the bloody revolt that ended in flames at Russia's White House last October walked out of prison over President Boris N. Yeltsin's belated objections Saturday as an amnesty granted by the new Parliament took effect. Former Vice President Alexander V. Rutskoi, former Parliament Chairman Ruslan I.
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June 14, 1997 | From Reuters
The Russian Orthodox Church has called off a proposed meeting this month between its Patriarch Alexiy and Roman Catholic Pope John Paul II. Officials said the churches had failed to agree on important issues that needed to be settled before their leaders could meet. The Holy Synod--the forum that brings together the Russian Church's top clergy--announced the decision in a statement Wednesday that restated Orthodoxy's opposition to Catholic efforts to win converts in Russia.
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January 9, 1995 | CAREY GOLDBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He is the Last Russian Action Hero. And as soon as Lt. Gen. Alexander I. Lebed opens his mouth, you begin to understand why. His voice is so deep and reverberating that Russian Television sound engineers can't get intelligible audio in his cavernous office. Its rumble has been compared to cannon fire.
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September 21, 1991 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Russian Federation President Boris N. Yeltsin embarked Friday on a peace mission to the Caucasus Mountains, leaving behind a trail of accusations that he was grandstanding for international prestige while ducking criticism for troubles in his own republic.
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