September 8, 1999 |
President Clinton's senior Russia policymakers, including Vice President Al Gore, were kept in the dark for five months about a Justice Department investigation of alleged money laundering involving Russian criminal elements and a major U.S. bank, U.S. officials disclosed Tuesday. Clinton administration officials said the lack of notification is significant because efforts to curtail corruption in Russia, including money laundering, have been a key issue in U.S.
August 11, 1999 |
So who will Russian President Boris ("off with their heads") N. Yeltsin appoint as his next prime minister, once he tires of Vladimir Putin? His horse? Mikhail Baryshnikov? Lavrenti Beria, Stalin's long-dead KGB henchman? Yeltsin's sacking on Monday of Sergei Stepashin, his fourth prime minister in the last 17 months and his appointment of Putin, a low-profile Russian spymaster, seem like fodder for Jay Leno.
December 16, 1998 |
When the history of the Clinton administration's foreign policy is written, the most tragic figure may well be Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott. For nearly six years now, Talbott has been President Clinton's point man in dealing with Russia. He is well connected; Talbott has been the president's friend since the two were Rhodes scholars together. He is knowledgeable; he was Time magazine's specialist on Russia and its Washington bureau chief. He is also decent, sincere and hard-working.
October 3, 1998 |
In a speech that carried the first hints of a major rethinking of American policy toward Russia, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright acknowledged Friday that Moscow's problems can be resolved only if the solutions have popular legitimacy. "I do not want to suggest that there is any uniquely Russian way to prosperity," she said in a formal address to members of the U.S.-Russia Business Council in Chicago.
September 19, 1998 |
As Moscow's new government of old faces searches for ways out of the country's economic crisis, a heated debate has broken out among Russia specialists in the United States about how the Clinton administration should respond. Some experts argue that recent events have unmasked as a catastrophic failure the seven years of U.S.-backed efforts to build free-market capitalism in Russia.
September 1, 1998 |
President Clinton's trip to Russia marks his second major summit in less than 60 days, and the meetings that begin today in Moscow unfold in a political atmosphere that is strikingly different from his last overseas visit--both for Clinton and his hosts.