December 17, 1989 |
Delicate maneuvering is under way along the hushed corridors of Vatican diplomacy in the aftermath of the momentous meeting here between Pope John Paul II and Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev.
September 6, 1989
Leaders in the Soviet Ukraine made a concession to growing nationalism, announcing plans to make Ukrainian the official language. Preceding talks called for Friday to found a Ukrainian Popular Front movement, they published a language bill similar to laws in the Baltic republics and in Moldavia. The Ukrainian bill is intended "to rectify the current situation where the native language of the bulk of the population is emasculated and more and more rarely used," the Tass news agency said.
December 21, 1988 |
A leading Ukrainian nationalist, jailed in the early 1970s for his protests over the "Russification" of the Ukraine, returned to the attack Tuesday, asserting in an article in the Soviet Communist Party's leading journal that the Ukrainian culture is being squeezed into extinction by the present Soviet system.
May 1, 1990 |
Several thousand people turned out in Lithuania on Monday to mourn a man who became a martyr of the republic's bid for independence by burning himself to death in a Moscow square last week. Lithuanian President Vytautas Landsbergis was among 5,000 people who filed through the center of the capital, Vilnius, behind the coffin of Stanislovas Zhamaitis, 52.
May 6, 1989 |
About 400 people were hospitalized with food poisoning in the Soviet Ukraine after eating locally made pastries, the Communist Party daily Pravda reported Friday. The newspaper said many of those suffering from vomiting, dizziness and stomach pains had eaten pastry produced at a plant in the Vinnitsa region southwest of Kiev. It said salmonella contamination had been found in dairy products produced at the plant. About half the victims were children. No deaths were reported, but a young girl was seriously ill, Pravda said.
September 29, 1989 |
President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, demonstrating his personal commitment to reviving public faith in the Communist Party, made a surprise trip Thursday to Kiev to oversee the dismissal of the Ukrainian party chief, an unpopular conservative who had controlled the second-largest Soviet republic for 17 years. Vladimir V. Shcherbitsky, 71, a holdover from the now-discredited era of party leader Leonid I.