December 26, 1991 |
A woman died of a heart attack while waiting in line to buy milk in the Ural Mountains city of Chelyabinsk, a newspaper reported Wednesday. In a bitter commentary on the death, which occurred Tuesday, a Komsomolskaya Pravda reporter wrote that "it's time to hang memorial plaques like, 'Killed in a fight for a piece of sausage' or 'Died for a liter of milk' on the walls of food stores in Chelyabinsk."
December 23, 1991 |
Armed opposition militiamen stormed government headquarters in the southern Soviet republic of Georgia on Sunday, sparking a fierce battle that raged for hours in the center of Tbilisi, the capital. At least 17 people were killed, according to Russian Television.
December 22, 1991 |
When the leaders of the Soviet Union's republics proclaimed the formation of the Commonwealth of Independent States on Saturday, they were really announcing the simultaneous--and troubled--births of a dozen new countries. Stretching across the Eurasian landmass, they remain bound together by an integrated economy, by a shared history, by their need for mutual security. But politically they differ, and increasingly so, in their struggle to emerge from the collapse of Soviet socialism.
December 19, 1991 |
The Bush Administration's call for an international conference on aiding the Commonwealth of Independent States--the supposed centerpiece of a more dynamic American approach to the crumbling Soviet Union--has failed to catch fire and could become a minor embarrassment, U.S. officials and foreign diplomats said Wednesday. Many of the allied governments that will be asked to attend have been polite but unenthusiastic. A few have been openly critical.
December 7, 1991 |
With protesters picketing City Hall to demand better food supplies and increasing reports of raids by hungry urbanites on farm stocks, Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev appealed to leaders of four fertile republics on Friday to help feed the 9 million residents of Moscow.
December 5, 1991 |
The Soviet Union notified foreign banks Wednesday that it will suspend billions of dollars in loan payments starting today, a move that bankers said will badly damage what little credibility as a borrower Moscow has left. Spokesmen for the Soviet Bank for Foreign Economic Affairs said the suspension came as part of an agreement on debt relief reached last month with the Group of Seven major industrialized countries.