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January 6, 2000 | AKHYAD IDIGOV, Akhyad Idigov is chairman of the foreign affairs committee of the Chechen Parliament
A Russian student I knew in Grozny told me: "Russia always wins its wars. Everyone is afraid of it." These words, spoken by a 14-year-old girl several years ago, still reflect the feelings of many Russians today who want to continue to believe that the world is afraid of Russia, despite the country's bankruptcy.
April 23, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko, This post has been corrected, as noted below
DONETSK, Ukraine - Ukraine government forces on Wednesday recaptured a southeastern town that had been held by separatist rebels, the Interior Ministry said. There were no casualties in the operation in the town of Svyatogorsk, according to an statement posted on the ministry's website. The ouster of the rebels was a welcome strategic gain by the Kiev government in the troubled Donetsk region, close to Ukraine's eastern border with Russia. “The recapture of Svyatogorsk is an indication that the anti-terrorist operation, which experienced certain problems last week, is now gaining momentum,” said Dmitry Tymchuk, head of Kiev-based Center for Military and Political Research.
December 24, 1993
The ADL is dismayed that so many Russians cast their vote for the outspoken extremist and anti-Semite, Vladimir Zhirinovsky. Zhirinovsky's animus toward Jews is well-documented. His xenophobic vision of a "Russia for Russians" and his embracing of German neo-Nazis must be forcefully denounced by President Boris Yeltsin and all proponents of democracy inside and outside of Russia. Zhirinovsky will most likely attempt to appear more moderate as time goes on. However, it should not be forgotten that the Jewish minority is one of his primary targets.
March 7, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW - Russians by the thousands held rallies Friday in support of annexing the Ukrainian region of Crimea, with state and municipal enterprises letting employees off work to take part. At least 5,000 people were brought by buses to Red Square in Moscow, where they waved Russian flags and held aloft similarly made posters praising President Vladimir Putin, some reading, “We are with Putin,” “We trust Putin” and “Crimea is Russian soil.” The speaker of the Ukrainian region's parliament told the rally outside the Kremlin that Crimeans had faith Russia would not abandon them.
February 5, 2004 | Louise Roug
A prominent Russian industrialist, Victor Vekselberg, bought the Forbes Collection of Faberge Wednesday for an undisclosed sum, Sotheby's announced Wednesday. The collection had been scheduled for auction in New York on April 20, but Sotheby's negotiated the private deal on behalf of the Forbes family. The collection "represents perhaps the most significant example of our cultural heritage outside Russia," Vekselberg said in a statement.
October 4, 2003 | Kim Murphy, Times Staff Writer
Alexander Oslon remembers the day the Americans came to save Boris Yeltsin's presidential campaign in 1996. Funny, they didn't look like soldiers of democracy. "I looked out this very window," Oslon, one of Russia's premier political pollsters, recalled recently. "I saw a white car parked outside. Two men emerged. One guy was so big he had trouble squeezing through the gate. They introduced themselves as the Americans working for the Yeltsin election headquarters."
July 31, 1992
Your commentary regarding the "White House Still Bemused by the Riddle of Yeltsin" (July 14) compels me to make the observation that President Yeltsin must be bemused by the riddle of the Bush White House. Only a month ago, our President warmly (albeit belatedly) welcomed President and Mrs. Yeltsin in what appeared to be a sincere and conclusive acceptance of the fact that it is President Yeltsin whom the Russian people elected to represent them in June, 1991, by 57%. It is indicative of the weakness and vacillation of the Bush White House that "unnamed officials" see fit to persist in floating disparaging remarks, stories, rumors, etc. regarding Yeltsin.
April 5, 1993
American conservatives must be climbing the walls when they hear that the conservative Russian Congress is threatening the powers of the pro-marketeer, President Boris Yeltsin. Are the two "conservatives" the same thing? For too long we have heard this word used in the media as though it was the same thing. Obviously it is not and no one has taken the time to differentiate it. So-called Russian conservatives are thought of as those who wish to bring back the status quo, namely the Soviet authoritarian brand of communism which has been thoroughly discredited.
May 1, 2004 | Kim Murphy, Times Staff Writer
Viktor Dergunov has lived in this graceful old city of church spires and cobblestone streets since 1961, when the Soviet army dispatched his father to this tiny Baltic republic that once formed the forbidding edge of the Iron Curtain. Over the decades, the Russian family came to see Latvia as their home. Dergunov met and married Yelena, who was born in Riga. So were their children and, last year, a granddaughter.
March 28, 1993 | Gaddis Smith, Gaddis Smith is the Larned Professor of History at Yale University and the director of the Yale Center for International and Area Studies
In his classic study, "Democracy and Its Critics," Robert A. Dahl describes the democratic ideal as "a political process in which the members regard one another as political equals, are collec tively sovereign and possess all the capacities, resources and institutions they need in order to govern themselves." Mindful of this, listen to a comment made last week about the situation in Russia by a citizen of St. Petersburg: "The people are now guided by their instincts rather than by knowledge.
March 5, 2014 | Doyle McManus
Here's a chilly thought: We are seeing the dawn of a second Cold War between Russia and the West. But this one should be easier to manage than the first was. The headlines over the last week have echoed the bad old days of the 20th century: Russian troops marching into someone else's territory. Poland calling on NATO to help secure its borders. Americans and Russians trading angry charges at the United Nations. But just as in the last Cold War, remaining calm is the starting point for strategy.
February 13, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
MOSCOW -- De facto Egyptian leader Field Marshal Abdel Fattah Sisi on Thursday got an endorsement from Russian President Vladimir Putin for his as-yet undeclared candidacy for president, but there was no immediate indication that a previously discussed $2-billion arms deal has been completed. Sisi and Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy made a rare high-level visit to Moscow in an apparent bid to “diversify” Cairo's diplomatic allegiances. Egypt enjoyed close ties with the Soviet Union during the 1950s and '60s, but for the last four decades has been dependent on U.S. aid and collaboration in developing its defense capabilities.
November 14, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
Paul McCartney appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday to release 30 Greenpeace activists detained for staging a protest two months ago at an Arctic drilling platform, reminding the Kremlin leader of their friendly 2003 meeting and the Beatles' 1968 ode "Back in the USSR. " "Forty-five years ago I wrote a song about Russia for the White Album, back when it wasn't fashionable for English people to say nice things about your country," McCartney wrote in his letter to Putin, which was posted on his website.
August 15, 2013 | By David Horsey
Pandering to the Russian Orthodox Church and to the homophobia of a huge share of the Russian people, President Vladimir Putin's government has approved new laws that tighten the screws on gays and lesbians. Though this may gain him political points at home, Putin has further darkened the image of his country internationally -- at least in the parts of the world where human rights are valued. In the United States, Europe and elsewhere, pro-gay activists are pushing a boycott of Russian vodka and discussing a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics set to be held in Sochi, Russia.
December 15, 2012 | By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times
MOSCOW - The Russian parliament's lower house Friday gave initial approval to a bill that would impose sanctions on U.S. citizens accused of human rights violations. The bill, which does not specify the kinds of violations that would apply, was named for Dima Yakovlev, a boy who was adopted and died of heatstroke after his American father left him in a parked car for hours four years ago in Virginia. It is expected to receive full parliamentary approval this month and become effective Jan. 1. The vote by Russian legislators came as President Obama on Friday signed a bill into law that helps increase U.S. business opportunities in Russia, but calls for punishment of Russians accused of human rights violations.
September 15, 2012 | By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times
MOSCOW - A prominent opposition activist was stripped of his seat in the lower house of the Russian parliament Friday, a move that heightens concern the Kremlin will continue its aggressive crackdown on political dissent. Gennady Gudkov, 52, a protest movement leader and member of the opposition Just Russia party, was expelled by a 294-151 vote of the State Duma, controlled by President Vladimir Putin's United Russia party. Gudkov, once an ally of Putin, called the action political vengeance by the Kremlin.
October 15, 1998 | GEORGY ARBATOV, Georgy Arbatov is director emeritus of the U.S.A.-Canada Institute in Moscow
Russia today is mired in a crisis much deeper and more destructive than the Great Depression of 1929-1932. The Russian people have placed the blame where it belongs: on their own leader, Boris Yeltsin, and his first-name-basis Western allies--Bill and Helmut--who, under the rubric of "reform," pushed market shock therapy on them.
September 28, 2000 | ALAN ROUSSO, Alan Rousso is director of the Carnegie Moscow Center
The House Speaker's Advisory Group on Russia did not bother to involve any Democratic members and has timed the release of its report to have the maximum negative impact on Vice President Al Gore's presidential campaign. That's a shame because the country very much needs to reexamine its Russia policy, and much of what the group, headed by Rep. Christopher Cox (R-Newport Beach), has to say would make an important contribution. The main criticisms the report makes about U.S.
March 24, 2012 | By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times
  Mikhail Gorbachev, who presided over the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991, was marginalized as a political leader as Russians found it hard to forgive him for the economic deprivations that followed. Now, against the backdrop of growing protests against Russian leader Vladimir Putin, Gorbachev has emerged as a vocal critic of the government, and his popularity among the opposition is on the rise. Gorbachev, 81, spoke to The Times in Moscow this week. Do you think the past presidential election in Russia was fair?
June 7, 2011 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
Shari Redstone and her partners have sold the Russian theater circuit Rising Star Media to Cinema Park, Russia's largest cinema chain. Redstone, daughter of media mogul and Viacom Inc. and CBS Corp. Chairman Sumner Redstone, announced Monday that she and her partners, Paul Heth and investment banker Charlie Ryan of UFG Private Equity of Russia, sold the 75-theater chain last week to Cinema Park. Financial terms were not disclosed. However, people close to the deal said the theater chain was sold for about $200 million.
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