March 11, 1987 |
The Soviet Academy of Sciences has adopted a plan that calls for compulsory retirement at age 65 for directors of its research institutes, a Soviet source said Tuesday. The plan fits in with reforms announced by Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev and could be the forerunner of a move to force aging Communist Party officials into retirement.
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January 21, 1986 |
Soviet diplomat Valerian A. Zorin, who scoffed at U.S. charges that his country had installed offensive missiles in Cuba, died on his 84th birthday, the Communist Party newspaper Pravda said. Pravda said Zorin died Jan. 14, but gave no cause of death in its weekend report. Zorin had been removed from key positions in 1971 and held the post of ambassador-at-large at his death.
April 25, 1989 |
Former Foreign Minister Andrei A. Gromyko and 109 aging members of the Communist Central Party Committee were forced out today in what was viewed as a major political victory for Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev. Eleven of the senior figures removed from the top Kremlin councils had been closely linked to Gorbachev's disgraced predecessor, Leonid I. Brezhnev. Clearly strengthening Gorbachev's position and the future of his perestroika reform program, the Communist Party's Central Committee approved the resignation of more than a third of the members of the policy-setting body who cited "reasons of health and other personal reasons."
June 19, 1986 |
The Kremlin dismissed the culture minister Wednesday in a possible stirring of the "fresh wind" that Soviet intellectuals and artists have hoped for under Mikhail S. Gorbachev's leadership. Removal of Pyotr N. Demichev, 68, who confined the arts within a conservative mold for 12 years, was announced at a session of the Supreme Soviet. He was given the largely ceremonial job of deputy to President Andrei A. Gromyko. There also were indications of the ascendancy of Anatoly F.
March 7, 1986 |
Anatoly F. Dobrynin, the Soviet ambassador to Washington for the last 24 years, was transferred Thursday to a top-level post in the Communist Party's governing Secretariat as leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev moved to consolidate his control at the close of the 27th party congress. In a departure from tradition, a woman was one of five new members appointed to the Secretariat as Gorbachev put his stamp on the body that has day-to-day responsibility for governing.
March 12, 1985 |
Hours after the announcement of the death of Soviet President Konstantin U. Chernenko, President Reagan pledged Monday to work "with an open mind" toward improvement of U.S.-Soviet relations and said he is "looking forward" to meeting Chernenko's successor, Mikhail S. Gorbachev. The President decided not to attend Chernenko's funeral, designating Vice President George Bush to head the U.S. delegation.