August 29, 1991 |
Thirteen men accused in the plot to overthrow Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev were charged Wednesday with high treason, a crime that can carry a sentence of death by firing squad, as vigilante groups sprouted around the country to ferret out their accomplices. The Russian Federation prosecutor general made it clear that the net has been cast wider for the others involved.
December 25, 1991 |
If he hasn't stumbled across a better deal in the help wanted ads, outgoing Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev may want to talk to Don Laughlin. Laughlin, the patriarch of this booming southern Nevada gaming community, says he would pay Gorbachev $1 million a year to serve as a host and public relations executive at his resort on the Colorado River. "He would bring a lot of business to Laughlin," Laughlin said Tuesday in a telephone interview from his office at his Riverside Resort.
April 21, 1988 |
H eeeeeeeeeeeere's Gennady! Live and in person and peering out the window of an Amtrak car rumbling from San Diego to Los Angeles, the chief of information for the Soviet Foreign Ministry is musing about the brouhaha over Larry Speakes, his one-time counterpart as superpower mouthpiece. "Yes, I was surprised that he revealed he had made up quotes for President Reagan, and I feel sorry for him because he lost his job of $300,000," Gerasimov explains.
December 9, 1991 |
Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin and the leaders of Ukraine and Belarus on Sunday declared the Soviet Union dead and established a new "commonwealth of independent states" with the capital in Minsk, capital of Belarus, rather than Moscow. "We, the Republic of Belarus, the Russian Federation and Ukraine, as the founding states of the U.S.S.R. and co-signatories of the 1922 Union Treaty . . . state that the U.S.S.R.
August 24, 1991 |
A trick telephone call helped track down Boris K. Pugo, the interior minister who killed himself rather than face arrest for his part in this week's coup attempt, an adviser to Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin said Friday. "It was like something out of Hitchcock," Grigory A. Yavlinsky, an internationally known radical economist, said in an interview. Yavlinsky said the head of the Russian KGB, Viktor Ivanenko, invited him to witness Pugo's arrest early Thursday.
March 22, 1990 |
Under pressure from top Soviet government and Communist Party officials, Moscow city authorities agreed Wednesday to permit a weeklong international Jewish film festival despite their earlier fears that the festival might bring anti-Semitic demonstrations. Reversing their previous decision, the city authorities said that "the political situation in the city . . . was less complicated" and that security could be provided for those attending the festival, scheduled to begin Saturday.