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November 30, 1988 | MICHAEL PARKS, Times Staff Writer
Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, condemning the repression and authoritarianism of past Kremlin leaders, projected a vision of "a new, democratic Soviet Union" on Tuesday as he outlined major changes in the country's political system. Gorbachev, introducing far-reaching constitutional changes, told a special session of the Supreme Soviet, the national Parliament, that the nation is in a "decisively crucial" period in which its current reform efforts either will succeed or fail.
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February 16, 1991 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Soviet constitutional watchdog panel ruled Friday that President Mikhail S. Gorbachev's order drafting soldiers for police patrols lacks legality, but it let the controversial practice continue anyway. The Constitutional Compliance Committee, insisting that proper legal procedures be obeyed in the future, said that "precise legislative regulations" must be adopted by the Supreme Soviet, the nation's parliament, to govern the use of Soviet troops in such circumstances.
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February 16, 1991 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Soviet constitutional watchdog panel ruled Friday that President Mikhail S. Gorbachev's order drafting soldiers for police patrols lacks legality, but it let the controversial practice continue anyway. The Constitutional Compliance Committee, insisting that proper legal procedures be obeyed in the future, said that "precise legislative regulations" must be adopted by the Supreme Soviet, the nation's parliament, to govern the use of Soviet troops in such circumstances.
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November 30, 1988 | MICHAEL PARKS, Times Staff Writer
Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, condemning the repression and authoritarianism of past Kremlin leaders, projected a vision of "a new, democratic Soviet Union" on Tuesday as he outlined major changes in the country's political system. Gorbachev, introducing far-reaching constitutional changes, told a special session of the Supreme Soviet, the national Parliament, that the nation is in a "decisively crucial" period in which its current reform efforts either will succeed or fail.
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May 6, 1990 | Reuters
Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev has denounced Latvia's declaration of independence as a "breach of constitutional norms" and ruled out talks unless full Soviet sovereignty is restored, Tass said Sunday. The Soviet news agency said Gorbachev conveyed his disapproval in a telephone conversation with Alfreds Rubiks, head of the majority pro-Moscow section of the Latvian Communist Party.
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March 15, 1990 | From Reuters
The Soviet Parliament ruled today that Lithuania's declaration of independence was invalid and said Soviet law is still in force in the Baltic republic. A resolution, proposed by the parliamentary leadership, was passed by a vote of 1,463 to 94. The resolution passed by the Congress of People's Deputies, the expanded Parliament, also turned over to Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev responsibility for "ensuring the lawful rights of every person" in Lithuania.
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September 6, 1991 | From Associated Press
Here is the text of the law passed Thursday in the Congress of People's Deputies by a vote of 1,682 to 43. The text was provided by the Tass news agency and translated by the Associated Press: Law of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on the organs of state power and government of the U.S.S.R. in the transition period: Article 1. The supreme representative organ of power of the U.S.S.R. in the transition period is the U.S.S.R.
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October 8, 1991 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The red flags had been stuck on the facades of buildings, making bright splashes in the usual dreariness of the Moscow autumn. Most people stayed home from work. As if caught in a collective time warp, the Soviet Union marked Constitution Day on Monday--even though the document that inspired the holiday, like the country itself, has effectively ceased to exist. "We used to celebrate this day as one of our socialist holidays. But no more," Nikolai S.
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August 20, 1991 | From Times Wire Services
Here is the text of Acting Soviet President Gennady I. Yanayev's news conference Monday: Ladies and gentlemen, dear friends, comrades, as I'm sure you know from the media reports, due to the inability to continue in office and under article 127.7 of the U.S.S.R. constitution, of the U.S.S.R. president, the vice president has taken office of the U.S.S.R. president. I'm addressing you, ladies and gentlemen, at a crucial moment for the Soviet Union and the entire international community.
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February 20, 1991 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Exploding a political bombshell on live nationwide television, Boris N. Yeltsin issued an unprecedented call Tuesday night for Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev's immediate resignation, charging that Gorbachev's reform drive has degenerated into a quest for boundless dictatorial powers.
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June 11, 1989 | Craig S. Barnes, Craig S. Barnes, a vice president of the Beyond War Foundation, is project director of "From Human Rights to Human Dignity," a joint undertaking of Beyond War with the Soviet Academy of Sciences and the Soviet Human Rights Commission
For Americans in Moscow the unmarked office of Anatoli Belyayev is an important stop, up a flight of dark stairs, down a quiet corridor. Americans go there because Belyayev is part of the revolutionary changes in the Soviet Union. In April he came to California and, while he was in Palo Alto, Moscow conservatives tried to close him down. Belyayev is a round, gruff, crusty editor in chief. If you are bright he likes you; if you are not, he folds his arms across his big stomach and says, "I don't know."
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October 2, 1985 | BETTY CUNIBERTI, Times Staff Writer
Vicki Enscoe of Ontario, Calif., remembers clearly-- quite clearly-- when she abandoned her feminist principles. "It was 1971, in November. I was on Azusa Avenue, going north under the overpass of Highway 10 at a red light," Enscoe said. "My bags were packed, I was pregnant, I had my boy in the car and I was on my way to group therapy to tell them I was getting a divorce and an abortion."
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