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May 31, 1988 | RONE TEMPEST, Times Staff Writer
There's a tense little drama being played out in the streets of this Central Asian capital these days, and here are some of the main characters and props: -- The Trojan, also known as the lonely American: He's clever, provocative, fluent in Russian and Persian. He honed his political skills in the campus elections at USC. -- The Fat Russian: He's probably KGB, has a loud, crude laugh and moves in the shadows but defers to no one. But two bodyguards are at his side day and night.
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May 31, 1988 | RONE TEMPEST, Times Staff Writer
There's a tense little drama being played out in the streets of this Central Asian capital these days, and here are some of the main characters and props: -- The Trojan, also known as the lonely American: He's clever, provocative, fluent in Russian and Persian. He honed his political skills in the campus elections at USC. -- The Fat Russian: He's probably KGB, has a loud, crude laugh and moves in the shadows but defers to no one. But two bodyguards are at his side day and night.
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May 11, 1991 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After a 24-hour holiday lull, violence erupted anew Friday in the Soviet Caucasus, with the No. 2 official of Azerbaijan's Communist Party narrowly escaping assassination by grenade launcher. In other developments, a group of Soviet troops was ambushed in an early morning attack that wounded nine soldiers, and Armenians said military helicopters machine-gunned one of their villages in apparent reprisal.
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May 20, 1988 | RONE TEMPEST, Times Staff Writer
On the map, the muddy Amu Darya River forms part of the frontier between Afghanistan and the Soviet Union, but Soviet soldiers are posted at both ends of the bridges that span the river. The local people, mostly Uzbeks, Tadzhiks and Turkmen, are largely the same on both banks of the river. The question of nationality is hazy, practically irrelevant. Signs on many of the shops here in Mazar-i-Sharif, as in other towns in the area, are in Russian as well as in Afghan Persian.
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August 3, 1993 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gunmen on horseback ambushed and killed a special envoy sent by President Boris N. Yeltsin to administer a conflict-racked zone in the Russian Caucasus, Moscow authorities announced Monday. The unknown assassins hid behind bushes and shot Viktor P. Polyanichko at close range as his motorcade drove through a forest Sunday afternoon near the village of Tarskoye in North Ossetia. They then galloped away. Killed with him were Russian army Maj. Gen. Anatoly G.
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