April 6, 1991 |
The Soviet Committee on Constitutional Compliance, in a landmark but controversial ruling, on Friday declared invalid military regulations that have required army and navy officers to carry out Communist Party policy and to follow the orders of party officials. The committee held that the longstanding regulations, which ensured party control over the 5 million in the armed forces, violate the constitutional amendments that ended the Communist Party's monopoly on political power.
December 5, 1990 |
Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, disclosing the highlights of an emergency plan to get his shortage-plagued country through the winter, said Tuesday that more than $1 billion in food must be purchased abroad in the next four months to make up for shortfalls in domestic production.
November 25, 1990 |
Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, fighting to keep his continent-sized country intact, unveiled his blueprint Saturday for a new and voluntary union of "sovereign" Soviet republics, but his brand of federalism concentrates so much power in Moscow that some republics have already rejected it. In the meantime, Boris N.
September 15, 1990 |
In a non-confrontational but precedent-setting decision, the Constitutional Compliance Committee on Friday invalidated a decree issued by President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, demonstrating that the Soviet leader's actions are now subject to legal limits. "We are trying to affirm the sanctity of the constitution," the quasi-judicial panel's chairman, jurist Sergei S. Alexeyev, said as he made public the committee's first decision voiding a presidential act.
June 9, 1990 |
The Russian republic, led by the radical populist Boris N. Yeltsin, approved a draft proclamation Friday that would give its constitution and laws legal precedence over those of the Soviet Union, but that in doing so could plunge the nation into a profound political crisis. In a move that challenges the political authority of President Mikhail S.
April 6, 1990 |
The Lithuanian Parliament, in a conciliatory message to Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, declared its readiness on Thursday to discuss its decision to secede from the Soviet Union within the context of the Soviet constitution.