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August 8, 1993 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Boris N. Yeltsin won pledges of military and diplomatic support from three Central Asian nations Saturday in an effort to defuse Russia's latest foreign crisis--stepped-up Islamic guerrilla raids from Afghanistan into Tajikistan. In the Tajik civil war, the bloodiest in any former Soviet republic, Russia backs the hard-line regime of ex-Communist apparatchiks and has sent 3,500 soldiers to help fight off guerrillas.
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November 12, 1990 | WALTER LAQUEUR, Walter Laqueur is chairman of the research council for the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, and the author of "Stalin: The Glasnost Revelations" (Scribner)
A military coup has been predicted of late in the Soviet Union at regular intervals, first in mid-September, then for Oct. 6, most recently for Nov. 7; even the names of the divisions involved have been mentioned. Various scenarios have been discussed--that it would first occur in the Far East and then gradually spread to the rest of the union. Some have pointed to the KGB and the MVD, the Soviet Ministry of Internal Affairs, which together have some 1.
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December 11, 1990 | MICHAEL PARKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, struggling to preserve the Soviet Union as a state, Monday condemned separatists as the country's greatest danger and called upon its constituent republics to abandon their nationalism and adopt a new union treaty. In one of his most biting attacks on separatists here, Gorbachev warned that, "at this moment, in the entire country, there is no greater danger than nationalism, the fomenting of inter-ethnic strife."
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September 1, 1991 | Alex Alexiev, Alex Alexiev writes frequently on Soviet and Eastern European affairs
The last great European empire is no longer. Gone with it are also the last vestiges of communist totalitarianism--a murderous utopia that claimed tens of millions of victims in the past 70 years. We should bid it good riddance and look to the future with hope. For whatever the post-Soviet political and economic reality looks like, in the long-run it is certain to be a vast improvement for the Soviet peoples and the world beyond.
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