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May 14, 1989
In response to S. Frederick Starr's "Volatile Soviet Situation Needs No 'Help' from Outsiders," Op-Ed Page, April 30: I have several bones to pick with Starr regarding his column on whether help should be given to the Soviet Union's non-Russian republics who are trying to gain their former independence. First of all, Starr is completely out of line when he compares the Soviet "Union" to the United States by quoting President Lincoln's writings. Starr obviously missed the fact that the Soviet Union was forged by Russia after its revolution.
June 14, 2010 | Sergei L. Loiko
In a desperate bid to stop the spread of ethnic violence in southern Kyrgyzstan, the interim government Sunday mobilized hundreds of reservist troops and issued a decree authorizing soldiers to shoot to kill rioters. The move came after Moscow denied a request Saturday by interim President Roza Otunbayeva to send in Russian troops to quash the ethnic riots in the former Soviet republic. More than 100 people have been killed in three days of fighting that began with clashes between the Kyrgyz and Uzbek ethnic groups in the city of Osh and has since spread to other areas of the south, including Jalal-Abad, according to news reports and officials.
September 3, 1991
Here is a look at the proposed new union of Soviet republics that was put forward Monday at the Congress of People's Deputies. "The situation that emerged in the country after the putsch . . . could bring unpredictable consequences inside the country and in relations with foreign states. . . . These measures will prevent further collapse of structures of power. . . ."
January 13, 2010 | By ROBERT LLOYD, Television Critic
Love them or hate them, 40 years after they went their separate ways -- the Smart One, the Cute One, the Quiet One and Ringo -- the Beatles will not be denied. With the remastering and long-awaited digital release of their pop-encyclopedic back catalog, and the video game The Beatles: Rock Band reuniting the living members with the dead as animated computer puppets, they dominated the news in 2009 and made a lot of money. My 6-year-old neighbor performs "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" with choreography, Robert Zemeckis is planning a 3-D motion-capture remake of "Yellow Submarine," and as I write these words, "Let It Be" is coincidentally streaming onto my computer from a French radio station.
December 29, 1991 | Reuters
Albania said Friday it would recognize the former Soviet republics that now make up the Commonwealth of Independent States and would establish diplomatic relations with them. A statement from the foreign ministry in Tirana, published by the official ATA news agency, said Albania hailed the changes in the former Soviet Union as "progressive processes" and was convinced they would contribute to world peace and security.
June 4, 1991 | Times Wire Services
President Mikhail S. Gorbachev and leaders of nine republics decided Monday to drop the "socialist" designation from the country's name and call it the Union of Soviet Sovereign Republics, presidential aide Georgy Shakhnazarov said. The meeting, held at the government dacha in the Moscow suburb of Novo-Ogarevo, was one of a series to draft a new Union Treaty, defining relations between the central state, the republics and the autonomous regions.
June 21, 1990 | From Associated Press
The legislatures of Georgia and Uzbekistan took cautious steps toward sovereignty on Wednesday but followed a different path than the one blazed by the Baltic republics. These were the latest challenges to face President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, who has been offering greater autonomy in an effort to persuade the Soviet Union's increasingly restive republics to remain within the fold.
With ethnic conflict gnawing at its southern fringes and exultant celebrations of freedom in the north, the Soviet Union on Sunday clearly showed the cracks in what was once a Communist monolith. Tens of thousands boycotted an election for president in the predominantly Muslim republic of Azerbaijan in the Caucasus Mountains, protesting the one-candidate ballot as "undemocratic."
June 20, 1989 | From Reuters
Youths wielding firearms, Molotov cocktails and other weapons went on the rampage in the Soviet Central Asian republic of Kazakhstan, causing some deaths in the latest outbreak of violence in the nation's outlying republics, Tass news agency reported Monday. Tass said the youths tried to seize public transport vehicles, a police station and other key points last weekend in the city of Novy Uzen, east of the Caspian Sea. It suggested that the violence was still going on. The agency did not say what caused the flare-up Friday night, but earlier reports of trouble in the area said young people were angry about better working conditions enjoyed by employees temporarily in the area, probably ethnic Russians.
July 20, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
More than 5,000 ethnic Uighurs rallied in Kazakhstan's largest city to protest China's use of deadly force to quash Uighur protests this month. The show of solidarity was the largest in any of the former Soviet republics -- home to a half-million Uighurs -- since the July 5 violence in China's Xinjiang region that authorities say claimed almost 200 lives. "We have come out to protest today because of the events of July 5 and because the Chinese authorities are continuing to deprive people of their human rights," said Khakhriman Khozhamberdi, a Uighur activist in Kazakhstan.
September 7, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Vice President Dick Cheney said Russia's actions in Georgia were an "affront to civilized standards" and called on Western nations to resist any effort by Moscow to use its energy supplies to intimidate its neighbors. Visiting Italy, Cheney also said the expansion of NATO would continue despite Moscow's opposition. Russia has objected to NATO's promise of future membership to Georgia and Ukraine, former Soviet republics.
July 20, 2008 | Kay Mills, Special to The Times
Last year, my French friend Claude told me there were wine caves you could drive through in Moldova that had extraordinary wine collections. I like wine. I like travel. I decided to see for myself. Why not? Change is good. Few people, myself included, know much about Moldova, and fewer still have visited here. This former Soviet republic is sandwiched between Romania and Ukraine.
May 5, 2008
It's tough to pay attention to wars that haven't yet broken out in places we can't even spell. But Russia and Georgia are moving precariously close to war over the separatist Georgian republic of Abkhazia, a gorgeous strip along the Black Sea where Georgian leaders would like to see rows of swanky tourist hotels. But that won't happen if Russian President Vladimir V. Putin has a say in it -- and unfortunately, he does.
April 2, 2008
It isn't often that we take Vladimir V. Putin's side on issues of international governance, but the bellicose Russian president is right about the matter expected to dominate this week's NATO summit: Ukraine and Georgia don't belong in the alliance. At least not yet. President Bush spent Tuesday in Ukraine talking up that country's membership bid, part of an ongoing administration strategy backing NATO's expansion into Eastern Europe. For Bush, a larger NATO means more potential allies willing to contribute troops to the struggle in Afghanistan, still largely an American project despite the alliance's approval of the invasion.
February 12, 2006 | Bagila Bukharbayeva, Associated Press Writer
Four-year-old Abubakir says that when he grows up he will become a caliph -- the ruler of an Islamic theocratic empire. For now, he is content to run around pretending to be an airplane while his father, Ayub Mashrapov, a member of a radical Islamic group, sees off friends at a dusty railway station.
November 6, 2005 | David Holley, Times Staff Writer
Cotton farmer Mammedali Abdullayev has never heard of the Orange Revolution that brought down the government of another former Soviet state last year. But the father of seven had an orange flag in his hand at a recent opposition rally here, and he was waving it like someone who wouldn't mind a regime change. "I'm working so hard, but I don't get anything.
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