May 11, 2001 |
President Vladimir V. Putin named ex-Prime Minister Viktor S. Chernomyrdin as ambassador to Ukraine in a surprise move signaling an upgrading of ties with a key ex-Soviet republic. Chernomyrdin headed Russia's natural gas monopoly Gazprom before serving as President Boris N. Yeltsin's premier from 1992 to 1998. His appointment may reflect Moscow's determination to recoup Ukraine's natural gas debts, estimated at $1.4 billion to $2 billion.
December 22, 1992
How much change is ahead for Russia's economic policy under its newly named prime minister, Viktor S. Chernomyrdin? More may be clear after the new premier presents his government to President Boris N. Yeltsin--a move that is expected today. Chernomyrdin has said he plans to keep the "inner core" of economic reformers appointed by his predecessor, Yegor T. Gaidar, who was toppled last week by Russia's legislature.
December 26, 1992
For weeks now, the world has watched with increasing unease as Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin has defended his economic reform program--and its top advocates within his government--from the hostile former Communists in the Congress of People's Deputies, the Russian Parliament. Sensing the program's import, but also its growing unpopularity among the Russian people, Yeltsin recently deposed his leading advocate of market reforms, acting Prime Minister Yegor T. Gaidar.
July 1, 1999 |
Former Prime Minister Viktor S. Chernomyrdin was elected Wednesday to chair the Gazprom natural gas monopoly, Russia's largest company. While the post is largely ceremonial--requiring little involvement in the company's day-to-day operations--its occupant can wield great political influence.
December 23, 1992 |
Despite swarming rumors of resignations and firings, Russia's new prime minister signaled Tuesday that he plans to keep on almost all of the reformist Cabinet he inherited, saying that he foresees "no sharp changes" in personnel. By Tuesday evening, the deadline for Prime Minister Viktor S. Chernomyrdin to announce his new Cabinet, only the foreign trade chief was definitely quitting the young team that has engineered the last year of Russian economic reforms. President Boris N.
December 16, 1996 |
After weeks of resistance, Russia's Communist-dominated parliament finally passed the 1997 draft budget at its initial reading Sunday, having first forced the cash-strapped government to rewrite it to include $6 billion in extra spending. Prime Minister Viktor S. Chernomyrdin won the battle over the budget when, after a private talk with Communist leader Gennady A. Zyuganov, the latter told his followers to vote in favor of the draft--at least for the moment.