October 1, 1989 |
American and Japanese entrepreneurs are making deals in the desolate Soviet Far East, best known to outsiders as the area where border gunners shot down a Korean Airlines jumbo jet. Most foreign investment in the resource-rich, lightly populated region is still in the start-up stage. Moscow sees foreign trade and foreign investment as ways to boost the Soviet economy, although so far no large-scale foreign projects have been started in the Soviet sector of the booming Pacific Basin.
July 18, 2004 |
A few years ago, this spindly island that Russia wears like a holstered gun on its eastern hip was as close to nowhere as anyone could imagine. Eight time zones from Moscow, Sakhalin Island was best known for the day in 1983 when a South Korean airliner strayed too close to a top-secret Soviet military installation and got shot out of the sky. Playwright Anton Chekhov had a one-word description when he visited in 1890: "Hell."
October 10, 1985 |
Yul Brynner, who with shaved head and regally haughty presence played and replayed the starring role in "The King and I" for more than 30 years, died early today in a New York Hospital. He was 65. With him when he died at 1 a.m. at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center were his wife, Kathy Lee, and his four children, said Josh Ellis, the actor's spokesman. "He died of multiple complications that came as a result of what was originally cancer," Ellis said. "He faced death with a dignity and strength that astounded his doctors.
January 29, 1992 |
In the largest potential deal so far between foreign energy companies and the Russian energy industry, a U.S.-Japanese consortium has won the international competition to explore two big oil and gas fields on Sakhalin Island, off the Siberian coast. After months of rumors and speculation, the MMM Group--comprised of Marathon Oil Co. and McDermott International Inc., both U.S. firms, and Mitsui & Co.
April 20, 1991 |
The Soviet Union and South Korea agreed today to broad new economic cooperation and a joint multibillion-dollar natural gas development project in the Soviet Far East, state-run KBS television reported. The Soviet Union also reaffirmed its position that if North Korea refuses to sign the nuclear safeguard treaty it will suspend supplies of nuclear fuel, technology and other help to its longtime Communist ally, KBS said.
May 13, 1990 |
A strong earthquake shook Sakhalin Island in the eastern Soviet Union on Saturday. No injuries or serious damage were reported. The temblor overturned furniture in homes on the sparsely populated island and was felt 900 miles to the south in northern Japan, according to Japan's Central Meteorological Agency. Meteorologists in Japan said the quake had a magnitude of 7.7 and struck deep below the eastern coast of Sakhalin. The U.S. Geological Survey in Washington said the temblor measured 6.7.