April 16, 1993 |
The dozen die-hard Communists on trial for treason in August, 1991, stepped up attacks on their accusers Thursday, demanding that the entire team of prosecutors be dismissed for bias, leaks and misconduct. As they left the courthouse after the second day of the trial, the coup leaders flashed the V-for-victory symbol and signed autographs for cheering fans in a show of hard-line hubris.
August 16, 1992 |
One is penning verse behind bars. Another shot himself to death to avoid the shame of capture. A third is back at work on his farm but had to promise not to engage in politics. One year after they tried to usurp Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev's powers and take control of a superpower, members of the short-lived State Emergency Committee and their accomplices have no idea when--or even if--they will stand trial. Valentin G.
April 15, 1993 |
The trial of 12 of the most powerful men of the Gorbachev era, who face charges of high treason for their roles in the August, 1991, coup, commenced Wednesday with the accused audaciously challenging the court with one legal maneuver after another.
October 7, 1993 |
President Boris N. Yeltsin demanded Wednesday night that Russia's regional legislatures, the last bastions of lawful resistance to his emergency rule, disband themselves and submit to the voters in December when a new national Parliament is elected. But he indicated that Communist and ultranationalist parties, a sizable and well-organized political bloc, would be disqualified from the Dec.
October 6, 1993 |
With the last wisps of smoke curling from the charred White House, Russia was still reeling Tuesday from the fiery Moscow battles that left 150 dead at latest count and 1,500 under arrest by angry authorities now pursuing a general crackdown. President Boris N. Yeltsin remained out of sight, promising to address the nation and meet with his security council today.
March 21, 1993 |
President Boris N. Yeltsin announced Saturday night that he is assuming temporary power to rule Russia by decree and ordered an April 25 referendum asking voters to endorse his leadership, a new constitution drafted under his direction and a law to elect a new Parliament. The bold initiative brought Russia's long-running leadership crisis to its most critical point since the collapse of the Soviet Union 15 months ago.