July 21, 1996 |
As foreign investors, Western politicians and rich Russians celebrated President Boris N. Yeltsin's recent reelection, Valentina Shetchenkova and her 8-year-old daughter rummaged through the garbage behind their local market for rotten tomatoes and cabbages to eat for dinner. Geneticist Oleg Lazebny endured yet another clash with his in-laws, with whom he and his wife have been living since his laboratory slashed wages.
July 27, 1992 |
The 8,500 workers of the Lenin Komsomol Electronic Device Factory are tending their home gardens instead of their machines this summer. The neighboring cash register plant closed down this month, putting another 8,000 people on forced vacations. Of the 24 other giant factories in this mid-size Russian town, all have either shut their gates or shifted to three-day weeks since July 1.
July 9, 1994 |
Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin lands here today with a long-coveted invitation to the World's Most Important Countries Club, marking a new phase in Russia's bumpy rapprochement with the West. For the first time, Yeltsin does not come seeking international aid. Rather, he aims to show the West that Russia, however troubled, is no longer a charity case.
August 25, 1992 |
Remember the prosperous Russia of yeoman property holders that President Boris N. Yeltsin evoked last week? Well, there are still plenty of bugs in the system, his lieutenants admitted Monday. Thirty-two of Russia's regions, at last word, hadn't even created the government committees that are supposed to preside over the massive selloff of state-owned factories and assets, the man in charge reported.
February 2, 1994 |
President Boris N. Yeltsin has signed a decree aimed at compensating Russians for savings wiped out by the raging inflation of the last two years, Russian television announced Tuesday. But the measure will be little more than symbolic, and ordinary Russians seemed to react with bitterness, not gratitude. Depositors will receive three times the number of rubles they had in accounts in the Russian Savings Bank on Jan. 1, 1992, when prices were decontrolled.
July 10, 1993 |
Pushing the world's richest nations hard for increased foreign trade, Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin on Friday got billions in additional aid instead. He expressed gratitude, but also regret. "The biggest disappointment I have from the meeting is that to my energetic calls came the reply: 'Yes, yes. It's hard. We'll have to solve those problems,' " Yeltsin said dryly after he met with President Clinton and the rest of the Group of Seven leaders.