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August 29, 1991 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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November 26, 1991 | MICHAEL PARKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev's efforts to bind together the remnants of the Soviet Union stalled when leaders of seven republics failed Monday to sign the treaty that would create a new political union and five other republics refused to send delegates to the meeting. The setback was one of the most serious Gorbachev has suffered since he began the tortuous negotiations on the draft treaty last spring.
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November 21, 1991 | MICHAEL PARKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Russian Federation President Boris N. Yeltsin said Wednesday that he would resign if his radical economic reforms do not rescue the country from disintegration. But he added that at least half a year will be needed before people feel any improvement. "I am being asked all the time what would happen if (the government) fails," Yeltsin said in a television interview. "I believe in our success. If it fails, we will all go, including me. This is our last chance."
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November 23, 1991 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ukrainian President Leonid M. Kravchuk, delivering what may prove to be a deathblow to plans for a Soviet common market, said Friday that the new economic union's charter has already been breached by Russian Federation President Boris N. Yeltsin's government and hence is void. "The economic treaty is already dead," Kravchuk declared in a speech setting out the domestic and foreign policy goals of a Ukraine that is expected to vote for full independence in a week. Soviet President Mikhail S.
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December 12, 1990 | MICHAEL PARKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Russian Federation, the largest of the Soviet Union's republics, agreed Tuesday to participate in drafting a new treaty binding the country together in a federal union, but it warned the central government that it would have to yield its almost total control of the economy.
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November 15, 1990 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite President Mikhail S. Gorbachev's warning that the breakup of the Soviet Union may lead to unspeakable bloodshed, as many as five republics could spurn the treaty he is proposing as a way to hold the country together, top Kremlin officials acknowledge.
NEWS
August 21, 1991
When Mikhail S. Gorbachev was ousted, so were some of the achievements that blossomed under perestroika. Among them: Union Treaty: Gorbachev was to officiate at the treaty's signing, scheduled to begin Tuesday. His treaty would have kept the federation together while granting greater autonomy to the republics. These republics were to be given greater powers in the national legislature, military matters, foreign affairs, natural resources and the administration of energy resources.
NEWS
August 3, 1991
President Bush's Ukraine visit carries special significance for Soviet politics, coming as it does during crucial, continuing negotiations over the Union Treaty, President Mikhail S. Gorbachev's blueprint for a more stable federation. The treaty, Gorbachev has insisted, will resolve pervasive battles for control among the various levels of Soviet government. But not all the republics have totally embraced his plan. -The Ukraine.
NEWS
August 22, 1991 | The Washington Bureau of The Times
The takeover of the Soviet government by hard-liners on Monday had threatened to jeopardize several major initiatives in which Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev had played a key part. Here is a list of those plans, which now are expected to be revived: MIDEAST PEACE TALKS: Gorbachev and President Bush had jointly called for a Middle East conference for October in hopes of persuading Israel and its Arab neighbors to sit down and negotiate a peace settlement.
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February 7, 1991 | MICHAEL PARKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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November 21, 1991 | MICHAEL PARKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Russian Federation President Boris N. Yeltsin said Wednesday that he would resign if his radical economic reforms do not rescue the country from disintegration. But he added that at least half a year will be needed before people feel any improvement. "I am being asked all the time what would happen if (the government) fails," Yeltsin said in a television interview. "I believe in our success. If it fails, we will all go, including me. This is our last chance."
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November 15, 1991 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev and the leaders of seven Soviet republics reached agreement in principle Thursday on a new, much looser political confederation--"the Union of Sovereign States"--to succeed the monolithic Soviet Union. But their meeting at an estate outside Moscow was not attended by leaders of five other, key republics. And much remains to be done before the new governmental entity is born. Nevertheless, the mood among the leaders was markedly upbeat.
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November 7, 1991 | MARY MYCIO and MICHAEL PARKS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Ukrainian Parliament voted after a fierce debate Wednesday to sign the treaty establishing an economic common market on the ruins of the Soviet Union. But the deputies said the pact will have to be ratified and a number of supporting agreements approved before the Ukraine, the richest and most populous republic after the Russian Federation, fully joins the "economic community."
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October 19, 1991 | MICHAEL PARKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eight of the Soviet Union's remaining republics signed a treaty on Friday creating a common market among themselves in an effort to prevent the total collapse of the country's economy. But four others, including the Ukraine, the richest republic after Russia, refused to sign the accord, fearing that it would preserve central control over their economies and prevent them from establishing full independence.
NEWS
October 12, 1991 | MICHAEL PARKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nine of the Soviet Union's remaining 12 republics agreed Friday to sign a treaty next week to maintain the country's economic unity after Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev warned that people's patience, as well as the Soviet economy itself, had reached the breaking point. Leaders of the nine republics, putting aside their quarrels with one another and their fears of Russian domination, approved the draft of an agreement establishing an "economic community" on the ruins of the Soviet Union.
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October 10, 1991 | MICHAEL PARKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bitter feuding within the Russian Federation leadership burst into the open Wednesday with the resignation of the federation's economy minister and ecology minister in the face of strong opposition to Russian membership in the new "economic community" binding together the remnants of the Soviet Union. The two ministers, who support the economic union, quit after the acting prime minister, Oleg I.
NEWS
April 25, 1991 | Associated Press
Some key points of President Mikhail S. Gorbachev's agreement with the leaders of nine Soviet republics. POLITICAL ELEMENTS * Top priority is adopting a new Union Treaty "among sovereign states." * A new constitution should be presented to Parliament within six months after the Union Treaty is signed. * New elections for national "power bodies" should be held after the constitution is signed.
NEWS
March 8, 1991 | MICHAEL PARKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, increasingly beleaguered as the Soviet Union's political and economic crises deepen, faced an unexpected fight on Thursday when the Supreme Soviet, the country's legislature, initially rejected two of his nominees for a new, nine-member national security council.
NEWS
September 2, 1991 | ELIZABETH SHOGREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Mikhail S. Gorbachev said Sunday that it would be "immoral" for him to quit his post and announced that he and leaders of most of the Soviet republics have designed a new political structure for the vast country and will introduce it during the upcoming meeting of the national Parliament. "I will not resign now. It would be immoral . . .
NEWS
August 29, 1991 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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