March 6, 1990 |
Pro-reform candidates, including radical populist Boris N. Yeltsin and several former political prisoners, won strong backing from voters in the Soviet Union's regional and local elections, according to preliminary results released Monday.
March 22, 1990 |
In a telling example of Soviet politics, perestroika- style, a shift foreman at a mine in the far north beat out the nation's coal minister to win election to the Russian Republic's Parliament. The Tass news agency said that Viktor Yakovlev, a worker at the Komsomolskaya mine in Vorkuta, received 501 more votes in Sunday's run-off balloting than Mikhail I. Shchadov, theoretically his boss as chief of the Coal Ministry in Moscow.
May 25, 1990 |
Leningrad, the cradle of Soviet power, finally received a new mayor after weeks of intense infighting among the radicals and progressives who triumphed over the Communist Party machine in local elections this spring. Anatoly A.
February 7, 1991 |
President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, struggling to hold his crisis-torn country together, appealed Wednesday for popular support in a national referendum on reconstituting the Soviet Union as a federal state and warned that its breakup would bring unimagined grief to all its people. Criticizing the Baltic republics of Lithuania and Estonia for their plans to hold separate plebiscites on independence, Gorbachev reaffirmed his intention to use all his power and authority to preserve the Soviet Union.
February 26, 1991 |
The Soviet legislature, trying to brake burgeoning separatist movements throughout the country, on Monday voided actions by some republics that it said would have barred voter participation in the March 17 referendum on a new federal structure.
December 2, 1988 |
Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev on Thursday won nearly unanimous approval from the Supreme Soviet, the national Parliament, for the new political structure that he is confident will turn the Soviet Union into a modern, socialist democracy.
January 13, 1988 |
Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev, defending himself from internal critics on the left and right, said in a speech made public Tuesday that overcoming resistance to reform is still the main task facing the Soviet Union in the years ahead. He warned that disaster would follow if the Soviet Union were to abandon his drive for economic and social restructuring, or perestroika, because opponents are frightened of sweeping economic and social changes.
February 27, 1989 |
The Moscow Communist Party daily suggested Sunday that there was little to choose among the candidates running for the capital's 26 districts in next month's parliamentary elections. "What was the most striking thing about the first stage of the election?" Moscow Pravda asked, referring to the selection and registration of candidates for the Congress of People's Deputies, which in turn will elect a new parliament.